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Consumer: Tiki Bar Revival

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Local and farmhouse has long defined New York’s restaurant tableaux. However, it is the new tiki bars that blend exotic themes and elaborate drinks that are creating buzz.

Recently opened Réunion reinforces Stylesight’s Vintage Surf Redux report with a balsa wood bar and classic drinks like the Dark n’ Stormie while Sean Petraske of Milk and Honey fame opened Painkiller, a bar that blends an old-school tiki vibe with a Lower East Side grit.

The most recent additions to the tiki revival look to a more contemporary aesthetic, with only slight hints of nostalgia. Opening Monday The Hurricane Club, a massive 13,000 square foot luxe dining room and bar mixes elegant chandeliers with a Polynesian flair. About the tiki bar’s return, Hurricane Club’s Michael Stillman says “all that farm-to-table stuff is serious and exhausting and too earnest. We need to have some fun.” Lanai Kai, which opens at the end of this month, also follows a more elegant approach channeling elegant homes from Hawaii.

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Active Capsule: Vintage Surf Redux

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