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



by 33 people



Everyone You
Decor 6.6
Drink Quality 9.2
Drink Selection 8.1
Food Quality 7.7
Food Selection 5.7
Mood 5.4
Music 2.7
Service 8.5
Tikiness 4.9
Tilt 6.3
Vibe 5.8

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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.


Tikisteffie has visited The Polynesian.
August 11, 2018, 3:04 PM
Cocktails are great
radiotiki has visited The Polynesian.
July 23, 2018, 7:52 PM
Visited The Polynesian over the weekend late on a Sunday afternoon. There were people there but it wasn't packed, no trouble getting a table. This place has a lot of great things going for it; Drinks: top notch (I had the Tangaroa followed by The Derelict both amazing). Tiki mugs: unique and impressive. There were also some nice touches like the napkins and the drink umbrellas with The Polynesian logo printed on them. Menu also designed with nod to the artwork of vintage Tiki menus. Where the whole thing falls short, as others here have mentioned is the overall design/experience. It is not designed as a tiki bar but more of another upscale NYC bar that caters to the millenial nightlife crowd. The music was a mix of classic rock and hip hop which I didn't totally mind but I didn't feel this was the venue for it. In fact I didn't hear any exotica, Hawaiian or surf tunes. With all that said, I'll probably return for a repeat visit with a friend so they can see how amazing the drinks are, but after that I'm not so sure this will be a go-to in the foreseeable future.
RumAndOldSpice is a semi-regular at The Polynesian.
July 22, 2018, 3:18 PM
I have been to the Polynesian several times since it opened already, and I am overall very impressed with the place. New York tends to have major issues being Tiki, they feel they must have some sort of twist on it or a modernization. grand opening night I arrived in full Hawaiian regalia, white pants white loafers vintage aloha shirt and straw hat, and I was one of only a few people who were remotely dressed for it. That night I sat at the bar and enjoyed a few too many concoctions starting with some from the menu and of course asking for a Mai Tai, which oddly is not on the menu, nor is any classic Tiki drink except for a frozen pina colada. Every drink is a original, they are great, however there should be a classic section. They do make up for it by having bartenders who know what to do as my might I was gorgeously tasty. That night the music was a lovely mix of retro Hawaiian, surf, ska, and reggae, which really reflected the atmosphere I think.
However, on subsequent visits, it appears the playlist is being slowly tweaked away from the traditional and more towards generic oldies and classic rock. I feel this is kowtowing to the douchey after work crowd that loves the outdoor space, and order beers and vodka tonics. There seem to be more and more of them with each visit. the only way I can see to avoid them is to come later at night, when it's slower and you can chat with the bartender and get some real good drinks. In spite of these things it is still one of the best in the city. If they can just keep in mind that this should an immersive experience, they it could be the best overall.
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Upcoming Visits
visiting on
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
for the first time
visiting on
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Will be there from 3-5pm on Saturday Oct 13 2018 for the monthly meeting of the NYC Tiki Adventurer's Club. Join us!
Regulars & Visitors
  • Trader Mike
  • DixonAlibi
  • PKJC
  • merdogg
  • Hotdogsandpizza
  • tikitraveler
  • RumAndOldSpice
  • radiotiki
  • JRCX
  • Realtikimama
  • pittsburgh paulie
  • xtsnpatx
  • A'Pau-ling
  • Textiki
  • Exoticah
  • ElGreco
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