It may not be quite as spectacular as San Francisco’s Tonga Room, where it rains indoors, but this is the closest thing Manhattan has gotten to it since, well, the Hawaiian Tropic Zone. The folks behind Quality Meats and Park Avenue Autumn have once again teamed up with AvroKO, this time to reimagine the tiki bar. When the 13,000-square-foot space opens in the former Porcao space tonight at 5:30 p.m., you’ll find a main room with a 40-seat bar under a giant crystal chandelier, a Lagoon Lounge with coral fireplace and “barnacle chandelier,” a Volcano Room where the wallpaper evokes Polynesian tattoos, red-glowing Cave Rooms, and soon, a nightclub!
Chef Craig Koketsu’s take on Pacific Rim cuisine (he’s calling it “Inauthentic Polynesian”) includes pu pu platters consisting of items like croque monsieur spring rolls, as well as “luaus” such as a suckling pig that you can pre-order for eight. And you can get your shoes shined while enjoying rum straight out of a custom-built fountain. No subtlety here! Richard Leach, former pastry chef at Aureole, has created the frozen and flaming drinks (served in coconuts and scorpion bowls, naturally) as well as oversize desserts. Check out the menus below, and as you click through the slideshow, imagine white-jacketed waiters and a very strong head buzz.
Hurricane Club, 360 Park Ave., nr. 26th St.; 212-951-7111