Gallery Bar Pop Up at Rainbow Room

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This summer, Rainbow Room’s Gallery Bar hosts its first-ever tiki pop-up, pouring summery cocktails like the Banana Boat, Mermaid Lagoon and orchid-topped Coco-Cockatoo, plus a dramatic Smoke on the Rock—with coconut, lime and a finishing touch of smoke. The refreshing menu ranges from Hawaiian pizza (topped with grilled pineapple, crisp pork belly and burrata) to beef poke and a fried-tofu banh mi, plus desserts including coconut-frosted rum cake and an updated cream pie (with roasted banana purée and chocolate ganache). It's tropical flavor with an NYC twist, as guests clink glasses and gaze across the sunset over Manhattan island.
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AG
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked the pop up room for a sisters night out. Exceeded our expectations! The views were breathtaking, the ambience was relaxed and the service was top notch!

DO
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Eveybody was extremely nice and the atmosphere unrivalled around the globe. When it came to the food, my reservation was 21:45 and the kitchen closes at 22:00--thus, by the time I was seated, had the menue (which looked very good) the kitchen was closed. Too bad! Mabey next time...

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

Was disappointing for a bar 65 event. The tiki theme was an afterthought with mediocre decorations. Unclear as to why they had steelpan music. The food and drinks were average, and I am saying this as a person who has really enjoyed several events at Rainbow Room, Bar 65 (Christmas buffet and dinners). Perhaps my expectations were too high. Hopefully the next pop up bar is better.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super ambiance, cocktail special delicieux comme la nourriture.
Et une des plus belle vue de manhattan

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BK
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing view - so great to be here. This place is an adventure

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We went for the ‘Tiki’ themed night - embarrassingly bad. A few plastic palm trees and staff in Hawaiian shirts. Zero atmosphere. Hassled by the server to leave a good tip... Best avoided.

A
London
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful view of manhattan. Definitely recommended at sunset!

IZ
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 1

Neah, not what I expected. Not the rooftop you want to go for the city view! No outside access! Weird looking interior. Can’t say much about food or drinks . We only had some appetizer and champagne. I would not recommend this place if you are looking for a true NYC rooftop experience

l
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pop up Tiki Bar on the 65th floor of 30 Rock was fabulous! Get drinks, delicious food! Excellent service! Let's do this again next year!

KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The view is magnificent but the room itself is so dated. It looks like a hotel bar that hasn’t been updated in 30 years. Would recommend Bar 65 next door which is beautiful and definitely has a more special feel.

RO
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

The Gallery Bar Pop Up Tiki Bar @ the Rainbow Room was lacking...Tiki!

7 Tiki cocktails to choose from and only 2 had rum in them! One of the 2 rum cocktails they were out of and when I asked if they could make me a mai tai, they said they couldn't! The rum cocktail that I did order was essentially an old fashioned, but with rum - definitely not tiki.

The ambiance was really lacking. The bar had what looked like a grass skirt stretched out along the front of it and the glass floats that were hanging from the ceiling, were gaff taped. There were some plants and some green lights...but...nothing was tiki about it It was...not good.

The pros - the food was great!

Also, our reservation was at 9:30pm and the staff started cleaning up the place almost immediately after we sat down. It was definitely distracting.

I don't think I'd recommend going to the Gallery Bar Pop up Tiki bar @ the Rainbow Room.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I attended the tiki bar cocktail pop up last night with a friend . We had reservations for 7:15, and by that time, one third of the special cocktails were not available. That’s 2 out of 6. The drinks we ordered - one gin based, in a carp fish vessel, and the other, a banana flavored concoction in a coupe (where was my tiki mug?) - were just too cloyingly sweet. No balance, just pure sugar. We opted to leave after one round since we were sorely disappointed after experiencing those drinks. Dale Degroff, please come back and straighten things out please!

The decor seemed an afterthought and half assessed. Shiny crinkly emerald tablecloths, plastic potted palm trees, some orchids in bad vases and colorful glass globes suspended near the windows. The calypso band didn’t really do it for us either. Both of us started laughing when they started playing a saucy rendition of besa-me mucho.

FWIW, we enjoyed the view, which obviously was the real draw here.

BI
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I was a little disappointed. Perhaps because we went early (5:15) and it was completely dead. Expected to be outside. We had one drink and left to go to Bar 65. Sat outside and menu was the same as at the pop up. Totally enjoyed Bar 65. When we were leaving I noticed a live band performing at the POP Up and it looked more lively so maybe it was the early time.

U
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The view is awesome. The rest is time travel back to the 80s. They were trying to make it look like the place was so desired that no-one ever could get a table but in fact the room was half empty during the three hours we were there. The waiters try to serve you as quick as possible, we felt rushed too leave ASAP by their demeanor. All in all, mixed feelings about the place.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and amazing view!

IE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

totally overrated and disappointing. sad attempt at a tiki bar with terrible drinks

TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I was expecting more ambiance, the decor was only mildly tiki~esque. There needed to be more decorations besides some orchids on the tables and the waitstaff could use more Hawaiian-inspired attire. The view is amazing though and the food was delicious. We got the Hawaiian pizza which is perfect to share between 2 to 4 people. The tiki drinks were served in great glassware but far too sweet in my opinion but fun to try. The service was lovely, everyone was very attentive.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely will be going back. The drinks, food and atmosphere are amazing!!

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very pricey and not necessarily "tiki themed". However the food and drinks were great but small portions

MR
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The food and service was very good and there were interesting hand crafted drinks. It was a great idea. You should schedule more pop up occasions!

PD
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

With the "Tiki" pop-up, we were expecting a recreation of the old Trader Vic's, but instead experienced merely a tacky, overpriced nod in that direction. There was minimal Tiki decor, consisting mostly of ugly table clothes. The menu had only a few and unfamiliar Tiki-style drinks and food. The food was good but very expensive The customers were downscale touristy, and the staff slow, a bit surly and undistinguished. For drinks and diner at $230, the experience was disappointing.

PR
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Didn't get a table which had been booked in the room requested

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Der Service war hervorragend, konnten in ruhigem Ambiente und extrem schönen Ausblick einen schönen Abend verbringen.
Jedoch ist die Preiskategorie schon enorm hoch. Haben für 2 Cocktails, gesmischtes eingelegtes Gemüse, 1xHeilbutt, 1x Hühnchen und einem Nachtisch 140$ bezahlt, mit gewünschtem Trinkgeld deutlich mehr...
Die Portionen waren aber ordentlich.
Für diesen Ausblick hat es sich gelohnt

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JM
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Champagne pop up bar had many champagne drinks to choose from but no other options listed if you are not a champagne drinker. We got the lobster deviled eggs which were tasty. The views are amazing.

CS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful ambience, and views to die for, loved taking pictures as it went dark, a fantastic experience!

S
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best view in manhattan! The service was good but the outside section was really crowded.

CC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

People were great...limited menu... freezing cold...very loud...confusing reservations online...

JS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Spectacular views, but poor atmposphere, very quiet and extremely cold with an overzealous air conditioning unit close to diners which we asked to be turned down, with many diners keeping warm in their own jackets and blazers. I wouldn't come again given I have seen the view (which is great I would add). Service is very slow. Could be a lot better...

AG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

top three places on the planet

KN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

It is called a Bubble Bar... There should be more energy, people smiling and a feeling of joy. Instead, it was stuffy, low energy and boring. Come for the view that’s it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Wonderful view,spectacular translation from day to night.Sadly menu limited food we had was good.Service was mediocre.Atmosphere and ambiance not there but go for the views.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I were told to go here by a friend while visiting NYC on vacation. Definitely enjoyed the experience and would recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great but our waiter Joseph was amazing! He made everything perfect and for that I will always go back!

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

It seemed like there was only one waiter for the entire room. He was very kind but it was slow service. The food was amazing and the bubbles were delicious but it didn’t feel like a “pop up.” Never having been to the Rainbow Room, it honestly felt like it was a regular room with some champagne flights. Nothing really special.

A
London
45 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very touristy but still remarkable, the champagne bar at the Rainbow Room as out-of-this-world views. The setting is spectacular and the champagne is overpriced but it is a special occasion type of place.

ML
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Service poor, our host when we paid the bill and tip did not even come back to us.

EC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was a really great popup. Beautiful view. I would definitely attend again.

PR
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic views and lovely venue would recommend over going to the top of the rock

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Worth the view! Although the service was lacking, our cocktails snacks, and the setting made up for it. Stunning view of the city skyline at night.

SD
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent experience with amazing city views. Far better than to of the rock! You can have your drink along with the views! Makes perfect sense!

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