With Fork in the Road reporting that Painkiller will open in mid-April, and Lost City uncovering the relics of a former tiki joint in Jackson Heights, our mind is on all things Polynesian. And yet this news blows us away, monsoon-style. Diners Journal reports that Julie Rainer of Flatiron Lounge and Clover Club is bringing top-notch mixology back to Eben Freemans old stomping grounds the Tailor space at 525 Broome Street (so much for rumors that Socarrat might take it). And the Hawaii native is opening (you guessed it) a Pacific-Rim (but not a tiki!) spot that will serve tuna poke, barbecued ribs, and a pu-pu platter. Says Rainer: Cocktails have gotten too serious these days.
Julie Reiner to Turn Tailor Space Tropical [Diners Journal/NYT]