The swankification of Hell's Kitchen continues with today's opening of Réunion Surf Bar, a beach-themed, quasi-Tiki spot from partners Thomas Wilson, Eugene Ashe, and Five Napkin Burger's Robert Guarino. The restaurant takes its name from Réunion Island, a French-owned island off the coast of Madagascar, which also loaned the spot its signature dish: a hollowed-out baguette packed with Chinese meatballs, French fries, caramelized onions, and Gruyere, which is appropriately named Le Americain.
Besides the giant American, the restaurant serves Réunion-inspired dishes like short-rib sliders, banana-leaf-steamed mahi mahi, and "Dodo dogs" slaw-topped smoked French sausages that share their bun with a giant, fatty piece of bacon. The drink menu, served by bartenders clad in board shorts and skully caps, carries the jet-set surfer shtick along with mai-tais, dark & stormys, and a tequila-spiked "frozen Corona" slushy. When it's time to pay the bill The restaurant is happy to accept your payment in either dollars or euros. Check out the menu below.
Reunion's Full Menu [PDF]
Runion Surf Bar, 630 Ninth Ave. at 44th Street.; 212-582-3200