Best laid back place for Tiki Drinks in Manhattan.
I'm a chowhound newbie planning a day trip to Manhattan to see an old friend that I met on Oahu. Looking for a place to get frozen drink with an umbrella in the city. Places I've seen look like nightclubs with "velvet ropes" and dress codes. - PKNY, Riff Raff.
Any place with amazing drinks that a tourist could do some day drinking?
I dunno. I love Otto's and I agree they don't have that velvet rope thing going on but I'd hardly call them "laid back.". Of course I go on Thursdays when they have a punk/heavy metal DJ so perhaps it varies by day.
Reunion is more laid back, IMO, but they don't open until 5:30.
Amazing drinks will be difficult during the day time as our best cocktail bars usually don't open until 5-6pm (esp in Manhattan). Shoot for decent drinks and you'll do much better.
I don't think PKNY has a velvet rope out and a dress code, just a bouncer at the door. The vibe is tiki mixed with hip hop, lots of graffiti on the walls. I think the drinks are better there than at Otto's but Otto's is a decent choice as well and opens in the afternoon. Depends what kind of atmosphere you want. Neither strikes me as that "night club" esque.
Avoid Hurricane Club / Riff Raff if you don't want a faux club scene.