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Jan 17, 2009 11:13 AM

Polynesian, Micronesian or Melanesian food?

I'm very curious. Is there any Pacific Island food in Manhattan to speak of? I'm aware of L&L Hawaiian on Fulton Street but have no interest in eating there again.

I'm looking, but not expecting to find, food or restaurants serving Polynesian (Hawaii, French Polynesia, Tonga, Samoa etc), Micronesian (Guam, Palau, the Marshalls, Northern Marianas, FSM, etc) or Melanesian (Papua, Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomons, etc) cuisine. I'm even looking for places that might have just one or two dishes from these regions.

This type of food is VERY hard to find anywhere, especially on the East Coast. Thanks in advance for any thoughts of ideas. I know its a very unusual request!

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  1. I think there is a place called "Roy's New York" in the Financial District area (more specifically, at the Marriot Financial Center at 130 Washington Street) that serves Hawaiian Fusion Food but I have never been there (I always wanted to go but never made it down). It's a slightly mid-to upscale chain restaurant affiliated with Chef Roy Yamaguchi. I am sure you have heard of it if you have been to other parts of the country since it's a chain... I definitely know there was one in Newport Beach (CA)'s Fashion Island Mall. There is their website:

    If you happen to go, please let us know how the food is! I am very curious to go.

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    1. re: bearmi

      its ok ive eaten at the one in newport...nothing to write home about

      1. re: Lau

        Thanks for the quick reply... I was just looking at their menu and the price is pretty high.. probably because of its location in the Financial District they probably cater to folks on expense accounts so price is less of an issue. I suppose eetspa might be better off saving $ then fly out to Calif to get more authentic stuff... ha..... I am sure there are more options out west...

        1. re: Lau

          I agree with Lau. Roy's is less than impressive and didn't even have ahi poke on their menu.

          I've heard of this new place Hawaiian Island Grill in Midtown East but haven't had the chance to visit it.

      2. There are non-period!!! Best to book a flight like a do twice a year to wonderful Hawaii and get your fixes.