The Polynesian

New York, NY
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400 West 42nd Street
New York, NY
Opened in May 2018
Mon-Wed 4pm-1am
Thu-Fri 4pm-2am
Sat noon-2am
Sun noon-1am
(212) 254-3000

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The Polynesian

6.7

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by 61 people

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Decor 6.7
Drink Quality 9.2
Drink Selection 8.2
Food Quality 7.9
Food Selection 5.9
Mood 5.9
Music 3.4
Service 8.6
Tikiness 5.4
Tilt 6.6
Vibe 6.2

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Humuhumu’s description

The Polynesian is an upscale modern restaurant in midtown Manhattan, near Times Square. It is located on the third floor of The Pod Hotel 42, and opened in May 2018. The space is sleek and airy, with more subtle nods to Polynesian art and culture. Seating dividers are made from sticks, clearly inspired by traditional Oceanic sailing maps; graphic repeating patterns on the floor and behind the bar appear to be very-abstracted echoes of tapa or quilt designs of the Pacific. The dominant colors in the space are warm wood and ocean blue, and select pieces of Oceanic art are on display.
The restaurant has been created by New York's Major Food Group, with help from bartender Brian Miller, who had been hosting regular tiki drink nights around New York for several years. Miller's menu includes not just nods to drinks from the history of tiki bars, but incorporates nods to actual Polynesian history. The food menu is limited and tends toward the snack end, with some classic fare like Crab Rangoon.

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EdOConnor
EdOConnor has visited The Polynesian.
February 13, 2019, 2:32 PM
I visited The Polynesian in January of 2019. After a 20 minute wait, we were escorted past the curtain entrance and taken through an impressive space with great decorations. The overall feel was a mix of tiki with modern cosmopolitan, but it was still a great vibe. The drinks were also had good flavor, presentation and selection. Although some of the cocktails were sweeter than I typically prefer, I was able to find a few which were interesting and excellent.

The only thing that was strange to me was the music selection. It was a Saturday night in NYC, at an impressive tiki-themed bar and restaurant, and they were playing motown and R&B music at fairly high volume. This made it quite loud (like a nightclub) and somewhat difficult to hold a conversation with my friends, but it especially detracted from the tiki experience.

Anyway, I had a great time and enjoyed some fine drinks and decent food. I'd go again, for sure.
WFlourance
WFlourance has visited The Polynesian.
January 21, 2019, 6:50 PM
I really dug this place! Had a taste of 9 different drinks on the menu and was blown away by the originality. I felt like I was rediscovering tiki flavors all over again. The music was a little too disco friendly for my tastes but it helps others get acquainted with the atmosphere. Decor was definitely not you traditional tiki but not a complaint by any means - it definitely achieved an escapist atmosphere but also included touches of luxury and fine art.

Now the highlight: They have multiple custom mugs that are incredibly well done (by Muntiki) and not available for sale. This may frustrate some but I feel like it adds to the upscale mystique and originality. This was a huge plus. I feel like the Polynesian is exploring a form of tiki bar that could sustain the culture for years to come through its innovation, attention to detail, and ability to surprise dedicated tiki fans.
JimNeumayer
JimNeumayer has visited The Polynesian.
October 12, 2018, 2:16 PM
Like its name, The Polynesian whisks you to a tropical
oasis complete with authentic oceanic arts for decor!
While it may not be the typical tiki bar, rest assured you
are in for a real treat, Brian Millerís concept really hits
the mark. While some will complain about the cost of
the drinks, be prepared for some of the best and creative
drinks you have ever tried! All of the staff were outstanding
and very knowledgeable about tiki drinks/history.
We tried over seven drinks on a Friday night seating,
and not one disappointed. Yes it was crowded, but it is
Manhattan after all. If you are visiting from out of town,
would suggest you stay at the Pod Hotel where the bar
is located, makes for an easy exit to your room later.
Would highly recommend The Polynesian!
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