The Polynesian

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$30 and under
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Hawaiian
The Polynesian is the ultimate ode to Tiki, created to honor Tiki’s past and reinvigorate it for generations to come. Led by global Tiki apostle Brian Miller, a veteran craft bartender of more than two decades, The Polynesian is unprecedented in ambition and scope. Located in Midtown West’s new Pod Times Square Hotel (400 West 42nd St.), 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 outdoor terrace closes at 11pm Sunday-Thursday, 12am Friday and Saturday. Our outdoor terrace opens May 2019! Everyone must be 21 years old with a valid ID. Reservations do not guarantee outdoor seating.
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CV
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and drinks! Sliders were delicious. Great spot to hang with friends or for date night.

VC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sat outside and while the Polynesian theme isnt very obvious outside (theres a few palm trees and wicker chairs) its a beautiful rooftop with great times square views. Had the Notorious POG to drink and it was fantastic and our group ordered the pupu platter and all the food was incredible (we were especially obsessed with the coconut shrimp, ribs and spicy cucumber). Would definitely go back!

LG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Tiki bar in manhattan for drinks, barware and ambiance!

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night at the Polynesian! It was really nice - we split up our time here, first round outside on the rooftop seating area, 2nd round and food inside. The rooftop was really nice but unfortunately they can't do glass/ceramic/fire outside. It was still early on this Friday evening, so there was no problem moving indoors. My biggest concern when checking this bar out online was that it's pricy. We were pleasantly surprised as 1 drink at the Polynesian = 4 elsewhere. Delicious and Strong! 2 rounds and we were set!! Food was quite amazing (curry rubbed wings and Hawaiian ribs) - really wish there were options for bigger plates.

ML
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the location, even though I thought it would be a little higher up. Nice open area, not too crowded so you could actually hear each other talk. Great service and good food. Only weakness was the drinks. A few were really just not pleasant. I know with the whole Polynesian vibe that you want to do fancy tropical drinks, but maybe offer less options and make sure they are delicious. Simpler drinks would be better, but it's a really great spot if you pick the right drinks. (Also - they are totally not served in the fun glasses that they picture in the menu and that we saw on Instagram. If you're going to do a tiki vibe, DO the tiki vibe. The coconut shrimp was delicious and we all loved the tuna sliders.

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely a destination location. Small plates, served nicely and present well. Drinks are the thing here and make no mistake, they are premium drinks at a higher price. But beyond question, the best Mai Tai in the city!!

MM
Orlando
80 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great post show drink spot. Bring back the purple daiquiri!

DX
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Cool concept. Some drinks were really good.

Still some kinks to work out.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Went here for drinks only, but it’s my second time and I loved it. Large venue with impeccable decor; inside and out. We sat outside and it was beautiful with great seating for groups or a cozy date. Waitstaff was very attentive and on top of it for how busy it was. The drinks are unique, fun, follow the theme completely, strong, and most importantly taste delicious. Our view was of Times Square and downtown which was dreamy. Really just a lovely place that I would highly recommend to tourist or local alike.

SG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Really fun place and a great retro feel. Service is pleasant if a bit slow but the cocktails are complicated. But definitely a great place for a festive night out.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Hi, I booked for a surprise birthday party and after I came earlier twice one hour before (to leave a cake for the birthday), the same man that was at the entrance, although he just saw me few minutes before, he asked me under what name is the table taking into consideration that I was next to the person who s surprise should be for! So even if I tried to make at Polynesian a special occasion, they almost revealed it. Unprofessional. Even if it was the security guy who was there when I came twice and measured me from head to toe.
Secondly, the charge of $4 per person to slice a cake considering the fact that anyway you have a check of over $600 is also not a good taste (even if they told me from the beginning). The waiters were very on fast forward mode and neither very friendly.
In the end the probably manager tried to do his best but overall the place is not sure an option in the future.

MS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The view is spectacular and being outdoors on comfy couches can't be beat. The food is tasty, and the drinks delicious, but every time I have been it takes way too long to get a drink. The wait staff works so hard yet it takes forever to get drinks.

WS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great drinks

DM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I felt this place was over hyped. The theming was okay. Nothing exciting. The only thing we wanted to take a photo of was our drinks. They were VERY strong. Almost to the point of not tasting pleasant. We got 1 drink each (2 total), one French fry and one salad. The bill came to almost $70.00 before the tip. An okay experience, but not interested in going back.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the service was very quick and accommodating, and the rooftop was super cute with beautiful views of Manhattan. The waitress sat down with us to answer all of our questions about the food and drinks.

JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Got caught in a thunderstorm, came in soaking wet from head to toe, through and through. Asked for a towel and after 15 minutes received a "hand" size towel, useless. Was seated in a room that had little or no atmosphere of Polynesia, the room was bright, not subdued as a Polynesia bar.

Drinks were excellent, food was good and a fair value based on location and the attempted atmosphere of a "Tiki Bar"

Would not come back service was apathetic as well, the staff was apathetic to the plight of being soaked and cold from the thunderstorm.

WS
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We were oldest customers in the restaurant, treated with a degree of disdain by the staff

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

Drinks were insanely strong and good, not too sweet despite being Tiki drinks. Highly recommend the drinks that come in the tiki cups

Food was very good , but would be nice if there was more shellfish or raw bar appetizers etc. Its a bit too much of fried foods

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian Miller has done a great job in reviving the Tiki bar experience. Every cocktail was carefully constructed and formulated by this friendly pirate. Not only are the drinks on point, the interior is amazing; Turquoise and imported wood that completes the experience. The terrace will give you a signature New York skyline view.

This location is perfect for building a rapport for corporate events, a visit in the city or a nice date. The environment is perfect for holding a conversation.

Congulations to Red, who is doing well as a server and will always provide you with the best experience.

GS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The them was nice and the overall ambient was too. Unfortunately the rooftop is completely surrounded by small trees that completely block the visual on the street downstairs. Food was a little too fried and on the heavy side but tuna poke was good. Cocktails are unsatisfactory just loaded with alcohol.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Engagement celebration with friends!!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great summer spot & the drinks were good. Overpriced

D
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The drinks are amazing for the price you pay. I wasn’t to excited about the food menu, but if you like small bites then it’s the perfect spot. Great staff everyone was friendly.

H
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Service! Amazing amazing drinks! Food was good. Coconut shrimp not really coconut more fried. Spring rolls and curry cauliflower were delicious.

NG
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique drinks and snacks. Everything on the menu had an element that took it to the next level. Talia was our drink server and made sure we were welcome and even recommended several drinks.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 3

Drinks are bitter and horrible!!

D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like this place!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat outside on the roof deck, which offers a great view of the city, but unfortunately there were a lot of bugs flying around (I was bitten a couple of times). The music was also really loud and I had to ask to move to another table that was further from them so we could hear each other talking better. The seating wasn't terribly comfortable either. My friend sat on what appeared to be a tree stump and our table was really tiny for being able to order a few apps to share. There also didn't seem to be real dinner options, just small plates. I think this place is better as a first stop for a drink and to enjoy the view before venturing on for a proper dinner.

T
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic tiki cocktails, presentation, and food. The rooftop is a windy location so keeping everything weighted down was hard at times as everything is lightweight (except for full drinks). The food is very good but very expensive, which seems disproportionate compared to the quality of drink and fair cost.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The drinks were amazing, food was great as well. It's really a beautiful place, feels very beachy. Only thing is it's pricey-- but I will say I expected the food servings to be very small and they were actually decently sized. I will definitely be returning.

CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff here go above and beyond! Incredibly accommodating! The drinks are tasty and strong! And the food is great! I recommend the Pu Pu Platter, which has a fun presentation and includes a nice variety of appetizers. One thing to be aware of, if you want your drink to come in a fancy glass, you need to be seated at an indoor table. Regular clear glasses are used outside.

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

Great outdoor space.
Very strong But delicious drinks.
Unhealthy overpriced small plate food options.

AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, my favorite cocktail bar in NYC! :)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Wonderful venue with great vibe but drinks were disappointing- bitter and a bit cheap tasting. Definitely not on level of 3 Dots and Dash tiki bar in Chicago

k
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun vibe. Good drinks. Cool setting. Nice light apps that were tasty but didn't leave you weighed down. A great pre-theater spot.

SV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome drinks and food!! Fun atmosphere!! Staff was great !! Thanks for a fun time!!

MA
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Our waiter was wasted. He could barely keep his eyes open when taking our orders. I tried to wave him over when we wanted to order food but he never came back to our table so another waiter took our order. After informing them that someone in our group has a severe and potentially fatal allergy, he seemed very confused and changed his mind about whether or not she could eat a particular dish about five times; this made our guest decide against ordering any food or drink at all. He also assured me that my order was a sautéed dish when I asked if it was battered, as I was trying to avoid bringing breadcrumbs to the table to be considerate of my friend with the allergy. The three appetizers we ordered were then served in incremental periods, and after everyone had finished eating what they had ordered, our waiter plopped a BATTERED fried dish in front of me, so it had to be sent back immediately. At this point (at least 20 minutes later) our initial drunk waiter reappeared asking what we needed when I had called him over to order TWENTY minutes earlier. We paid for our overpriced, flaming (oooo wow exciting) drinks and oily, flavorless and spent our Friday night elsewhere.

AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Although the food an ambiance were really good the service was horrible. The waiter disappeared, never came to ask if we wanted refills. We had to flag down another waiter passing the table to get service. Too bad it’s a nice location.

PM
Atlantic City
41 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lounge.... With very good bar food. Sliders are off the hook.

V
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome true Tiki bar with highly crafted tiki drinks that pack a punch. Better crab Rangoon than Trader Vic’s, don’t tell TV that.

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