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The Polynesian, New York, NY

The Polynesian

4.4
4.4
157 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
TThe Polynesian is the ultimate ode to Tiki. Located inside the Pod Times Square Hotel at 400 West 42nd St. The Polynesian offers a 21st century Tiki experience with its elevated cocktails, nostalgic fare and opulent decor. The Polynesian accommodates 200 guests split equally between its indoor space and outdoor terrace, each with its own full-sized bar. The terrace also offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city. We offer a menu of small bites and delicious cocktails. For any questions please email info@thepolynesiantiki.com.

Our operating hours are Sunday-Thursday 1am (Kitchen closes 11pm) & Friday & Saturday 2am (Kitchen closes 12am). Our outdoor terrace closes for the season at the end of September 2019.

Everyone must be 21 years old with a valid ID.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Lounge
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–1:00 am (last reservation at midnight) Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am (last reservation at 1am) The outdoor terrace closes at 11pm and is weather permitting.
  • Phone number
    (212) 254-3000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Executive chef
    Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone
  • Private party facilities
    For private events, please contact us at events@majorfood.com
  • Neighborhood
    Hell's Kitchen
  • Cross street
    9th avenue & 42nd Street
  • Parking details
    Icon Parking - 350 W. 42nd New York, NY 10036
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 157 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

157 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Go early if you want faster service and a good table. Food was better before their menu changes but still good. It's really all about the cocktails and ambience! Great for drinks with friends or a quick bite before a play.

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  2. Foodieforlife

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellently executed drinks, yummy small plates and perfect service! What a fun date night!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The drinks are always the top highlights, a lot of great choices. Also, the ambiance is amazing.

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  4. IanM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite bar in NYC, we come here every time we are in the city for business.

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  5. ChristineT

    New York City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This is my 2nd time visiting. The food and drink menu changed so some favorites are gone. For shellfish allergies mostly everything is fried in the same oil so my friend could only eat the fries. The staff was overbearing at times and asked to bus the table before we were done. It wasn't crowded and other groups were not bothered at all. Not a comfortable feeling since we were the only AA there so we won't be back.

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  6. andrea

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    drinks were great

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  7. VictorR

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing atmosphere. Great drinks. Unique decor. I will keep coming back and reccomend this place!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, drinks weren’t spectacular, also was a bit overpriced. On the drinks, it may have just been us, my girlfriend and I, but they were either too alcohol heavy or they were too ingredient heavy, no balance. Ambience and theme were great.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drink was amazing, I just hope there was a better selection off food.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Drinks were delish. Ambiance was cool. Food was ok. Our server was horrific.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing, very nice place

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  12. Tingy91

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Decided to try some cocktails and late night snacks after an evening out. The

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Before concert meal

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  14. SamP

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall a good experience but service was lacking. Had to consistently flag down different servers to order more drinks, food, and get the check. Would still go back.

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  15. CameronN

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place with great drinks, but poor service. We sat for about two hours and seemed like our waiter had forgotten about us.

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  16. Alexm

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The drinks were good and strong. On the expensive side. We would go back if the service had been better. After receiving our first round of drinks, we didn't see a server for over 1.5hr and never received the food we ordered. We also had wanted to order more drinks but they weren't around.

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  17. Sarita

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun to check out tiki bar in NYC as we love tiki culture and to explore spots all over the USA.

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  18. Anonymous

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    overpriced in my opinion but still very fun

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loveeeee this place !!

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  20. bret

    New York City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Work event

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  21. Jerome

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff, great cocktails, nice nibbles and an amazing atmosphere.

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  22. kbinvt

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The space is not as unique as it looked in the photos, it’s just ok. Service was very slow.

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  23. DKAPD

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    If you want the old Tiki experience , this is a good place to go. Was crowded but not overly noisy. Everything (drinks and food items) run about $20-25. A fun place to spend the money. Have a very limited menu, even smaller than you see on line but the items we ordered were very good (coconut shrimp, crab ragoons, dumplings, fries)

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  24. RENATAP

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I had higher expectation- theming is ok but nothing special, and drinks were not great.

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  25. Eliana

    New York City

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for drinks and bar food. Drinks were nicely presented and tasty. The food was great and as expected for bar food. Nice level is loud, but I was able to talk to those seating near me. Awesome place, great for people watching and just having cool looking and tasty cocktails.

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  26. BillM

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I have no idea where the strong reviews for this place come from. Cheesy, terrible apps, poor drink selections. Just something low-class about it from the jump. I was handed a cheap cardboard menu that was sticky as hell and disgusting. Food was cheap - frozen grocery store quality and WAY overpriced. Service was decent. Would not recommend.

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  27. BalaP

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The cocktails were good and varied In sweet to extra sweet. There were not many options for food. The bar snacks were mostly the fried kind and left us wanting something healthy and substantial. The decor was the highlight.

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  28. SandrineM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect : the food, the cocktails , the ambiance, the music and the best of all : the waiter John ! Thanks for all It was an excellent moment for my Birthday !

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  29. EdBur

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Polynesian is a great place for getting tiki drinks - their drinks are interesting, flavorful, and they use a generous amount of alcohol. The vibe inside is very frenetic - music is funky and loud, and the interior is great. However, don't arrive hungry - the finger-foods they provide are generally fried and small in portions.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I LOVE tiki drinks. The Polynesian is a absolutely stellar example of the tiki arts. We had a wonderful time and will absolutely be back.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
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  32. Darren

    New York City

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a fun place! The food is appetizer style and exists solely to keep people from getting too drunk. The drinks are amazing and potent. Warning... I’m 205lbs, and two of the specialty cocktails knock me on my butt every time!

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  33. TimetoEatinNYC

    New York City

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The drinks are pricey but really good. However the food quality has declined since the past times I have been there.

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  34. LeLe

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Hmmm this place is beautiful but as it got closer to pretheatre was very crowded and noisy, and the drinks are super expensive--like $19 per. The special tiki cocktails themselves are delicious and beautifully presented. Food menu limited but tasty--dumplings, curry fried cauliflower, spring rolls, a few things like that. It's a nice concept atmosphere wise and excellent servers, but I think we were the only non-tourists there, and I'm not sure I'd return. I would recommend it to someone from out of town who has money and wants an over-the-top experience.

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  35. DouglasM

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place. High end tiki bar serving some of the best rum drinks I’ve had in NYC.

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  36. TexinNYC

    New York City

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This a great and fun bar located close to the theatres and transportation The cocktails are on point and the food is really good. It has the authentic Tiki bar feel!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The coconut shrimps were the best I ever had!

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  38. FlorianM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great drinks! We were sitting at the bar. Barkeeper were great and easy to talk. Try it! We did not try the food.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, drinks and good music.

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  40. Kaiulani

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The reason why I give the food a one star cause I didn’t have a chance to try to there food... there drinks are strong but it’s sooooooo dammmm good to honest taste a cocktail with alcohol

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The Polynesian is rated 4.4 stars by 157 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Polynesian

400 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

Additional information

  • Cross street
    9th avenue & 42nd Street
  • Neighborhood
    Hell's Kitchen
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–1:00 am (last reservation at midnight) Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am (last reservation at 1am) The outdoor terrace closes at 11pm and is weather permitting.
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Lounge
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Icon Parking - 350 W. 42nd New York, NY 10036
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 254-3000
  • Private party facilities
    For private events, please contact us at events@majorfood.com
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