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The Polynesian: Major Food Group's Over-the-Top Midtown Tiki Bar

There Will Be Rum

By Ilana Dadras ·
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From the group behind The Grill, Carbone, Zz's Clam Bar and plenty of other indulgent NYC gems, comes The Polynesian: an ode to Tiki in the heart of Midtown West. 

It's open now inside Pod Times Square Hotel, and here's what to know about...

The Drinks
Rum-forward cocktails in custom-made ceramic vessels, obviously. But if you're here with a group, you may want to try one of their large-format cocktails, like The Exotica Bowl (kaffir lime-infused rum with curry leaf, lemongrass, coconut cream and more served in a large snifter, nestled in a clam shell with dry ice. Yeah.) or The Hokule'a Punch, which is a rum-raspberry purée situation served in an actual canoe.

The Sustenance
Pu pu platters with spare ribs, some top-notch crab rangoon, wontons and more. 

The Space 
Timber beams and tiki carvings. Bamboo-slated ceilings modeled after island huts. A bar topped with glazed lava stone. Hand-painted murals depicting 18th century Polynesian expeditions. A huge bespoke table topped with a pirate's map of Polynesia. There's no missing the theme in this space, which is divvied up into an expansive indoor area and outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the city. 

Check it out...

Ilana Dadras passes her days writing about good food, talking about good food and consuming good food. Occasionally doing other things, too.

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