Lani Kai

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Mixologist and Owner Julie Reiner and Mixologist Natalie Jacob of Lani Kai - New York, NY

525 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
(646) 596-8778
www.lanikainy.com
Hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-2am; Fri 1pm-3am; Sat 11am-3am; Sun 11am-2am

The very latest installation from indomitably cheerful and productive Julie Reiner, Lani Kai is as much a tribute to Reiner’s Hawaiian upbringing as a celebration of her adopted Big Apple hometown. With two spacious floors decked out in nude woods, clean lines, soft lighting, and a small (tidy) jungle of hanging plants, the place is like a dose of relaxation in the shameless retail parade just south of Houston. On Monday nights, grab a seat at the marble bar downstairs for Tiki Mondays with Miller, with a weekly changing menu, guest bartenders, and a schizophrenic soundtrack (anything from doo wop to the Humpty Dance pumps from Mixologist Brian Miller’s iPod). Miller’s laid back about everything but tiki, so expect delicious concoctions, whether they’re classics like the addictive Pearl Diver or updates like the balanced, bright, and boozy Tracy Jordan Swizzle (you’ll have to ask Miller about the name). Upstairs, Mixologist Natalie Jacob is mixing up Reiner’s menu of island-ready drinks—good for the Big Island or the Big Apple. The Isle of Islay Swizzle balances Black Grouse and falernum against pineapple and passion fruit. And Jacob’s own Hamilton Park Swizzle has equal parts Applejack (aka Jersey Lightning) and Lustau Palo Cortado Sherry. Keep the luau going—you’ll want to—with sliders, small plates, or go whole hog (literally) with a Suckling Pig Roast.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Tracy Jordan Swizzle: Tea-infused White Rum, Sherry, Lime, Pineapple Demarara, and Velvet Falernum
  • Isle of Islay Swizzle: Black Grouse Scotch Whisky, Kalani Coconut Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Passion Fruit Puree, and House Falernum

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