Start stringing those flower leis, New York: Tiki is about to return in a big way. An upcoming bar from the city’s favorite tiki pirate was announced last night.
New York has been bereft of a true tiki palace since the closings of Lani Kai and PKNY in 2012 and 2013, respectively. In the meantime, the city has been getting its tiki fix via periodic pop-ups, most notably Tiki Mondays with Miller, held quarterly at the cocktail bar Pouring Ribbons. The host of that event, Brian Miller, confirmed at last night’s Tiki Monday that it would be the final one because he is preparing to open a tiki bar of his own later this year.
Further details are scarce, but rumors have been swirling for months. Miller mentioned during his announcement that he’d previously worked with Major Food Group (the folks behind restaurants like Carbone and the upcoming Landmark in the former Four Seasons space). Might that have been a hint they’ll be involved in his new bar? We’ve also heard through the grapevine that the new bar is expected to be a large, multilevel space, possibly affiliated with a hotel, on the far west side of Midtown Manhattan—but this, also, is unconfirmed.
In any case, we’re assured we’ll be holding Mai Tais soon enough. We can’t wait.
UPDATE: Miller has confirmed via email that he is indeed partnering with Major Food Group for the new bar. This is (ahem) major news, since the restaurant group is one of the biggest players in the NYC food scene. Miller adds that the bar will be a “rather large” space (but not multilevel) on the third floor of the new Pod Hotel that is being built at 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue; its opening date is not yet known.