The Polynesian is the ultimate ode to Tiki, unprecedented in ambition and scope, created to honor Tiki’s past and reinvigorate it for generations to come. Located in Midtown West’s new Pod Times Square Hotel (400 West 42nd St.), The Polynesian accommodates 200 guests split equally between its indoor space and outdoor terrace, each with its own full-sized bar. The terrace also offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city.
The Polynesian features 16 original cocktails and 3 large format drinks, highlighting a large rum collection from numerous regions around the world. The menu also incorporates a wide array of spirits beyond Rum, from Gin to Bourbon, Mezcal to Scotch, and Cognac to Sherry.
The Polynesian cocktails tap into the history of Tiki, honoring its progenitors, Trader Vic and Don the Beachcomber, as well as contemporary Tiki idols. The Major Food Group team scoured historic Tiki food menus to create elevated versions of nostalgic favorites, like Pu Pu Platters with Spare Ribs, Spring Rolls, Chicken Wings, best-of-class Crab Rangoon, and more.
The Polynesian’s design by Vanessa Guilford pays homage to the heritage and indigenous art forms of Oceania’s treasured past that originally inspired Tiki culture. Timber beams and bamboo slating of the ceilings, modeled after traditional island huts, form the architecture of the space, while the decoration takes inspiration from original Polynesian arts and craftwork.