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Tiki Bars in New York City Area?

jksterling Apr 3, 2008 01:30 PM

Hi everyone,

With the whole new wave of tiki drink inspired cocktails entering the haute-bar scene, I wanted to try to experience the real deal. With both Trader Vic's closed, where else can a girl go for some real, honest-to-god, kitch-as-can-be tiki time?

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    sam1 RE: jksterling Apr 3, 2008 01:32 PM

    otto's shrunken head on 14th rules...you pay a bit more for the tiki glass but its refundable i think.

    depends on the bartender but the mai tais are great...sometimes a bit too strong for my tastes.

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      mrnyc RE: sam1 Apr 3, 2008 06:08 PM

      ahh but more fun to order a suffering bastard.

      more fun to order it that is, not necessarily to drink it ;)

    2. brooklynbrownie RE: jksterling Apr 3, 2008 05:43 PM

      I've never been here myself, but my buddy and blogging partner swears by King Yum in Flushing. She recently posted about it here: http://blondieandbrownie.blogspot.com...

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        southern transplant RE: jksterling Apr 3, 2008 07:45 PM

        Gonna have to second Otto's Shrunken Head on 14th. Expensive but strong tasty fruity drinks!

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          cjd260 RE: southern transplant Apr 4, 2008 08:10 AM

          Third for Otto's. I personally think that it's just kitschy enough, the drinks are phenomenal, and they're not even that expensive if you return the glasses at the end of the night (it just seems expensive b/c of the $5 deposit for each glass). That said, I usually end up keeping my glasses.

          Finally, extra bonus: you can order food to be delivered to the bar. Not many places in Manhattan are cool about that.

        2. JungMann RE: jksterling Apr 4, 2008 06:18 AM

          There is Waikiki Wally's in the East Village, 2nd St. and 1st Ave I believe. Every 45 minutes or so the waitresses (and one waiter) stop serving to do a hula dance. Doesn't get much kitschier.

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