The Polynesian

4.2
155 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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What 155 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
3.8
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4.1
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4.5
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Foodieforlife
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellently executed drinks, yummy small plates and perfect service! What a fun date night!

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IanM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite bar in NYC, we come here every time we are in the city for business.

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ChristineT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

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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andreak
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

drinks were great

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VictorR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere. Great drinks. Unique decor. I will keep coming back and reccomend this place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drink was amazing, I just hope there was a better selection off food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Drinks were delish. Ambiance was cool. Food was ok. Our server was horrific.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, very nice place

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Decided to try some cocktails and late night snacks after an evening out. The

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Before concert meal

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SamP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

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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CameronN
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

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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Alexm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

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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saraha
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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Molly
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

overpriced in my opinion but still very fun

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loveeeee this place !!

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vipbretf
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Work event

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Jerome
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly staff, great cocktails, nice nibbles and an amazing atmosphere.

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kbinvt
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The space is not as unique as it looked in the photos, it’s just ok.
Service was very slow.

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DKAPD
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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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vipRENATAP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I had higher expectation- theming is ok but nothing special, and drinks were not great.

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vipEliana
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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vipBillM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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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BalaP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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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SandrineM
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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EdBur
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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vipDarren
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

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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vipTimetoEatinNYC
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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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LeLe
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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vipDouglasM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. High end tiki bar serving some of the best rum drinks I’ve had in NYC.

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vipTexinNYC
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The coconut shrimps were the best I ever had!

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FlorianM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, drinks and good music.

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Kaiulani
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food1service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome tiki bar!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was great. Drinks and ambiance were amazing.

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The Polynesian is rated 4.2 stars by 155 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.