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Mother of Pearl

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95 Avenue A, New York, NY 40.725662 -73.984114
at 6th St.   See Map
212-614-6818 Send to Phone

Photo by Christina von Messling

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Mon-Thu, 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat, 3pm-2am; Sun, 3pm-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.

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Tiki has struggled to take hold in New York, but Mother of Pearl aims to change that with a space that’s more aerielike and bright than its predecessors. On warm days, the cheery front room opens wide to Avenue A, with sheer curtains and hardy-banana plants lining the entrance. Take a seat at a flowery banquette or post up at the tiled bar atop a bar stool modeled after Polynesian sculpture, and ask head bartender Jane Danger for a Shark Eye cocktail ($15)—it blends passion fruit with Maraschino and bourbon and is poured over pebble ice into a sharkshaped glass. To finish, Danger dashes cherry-red tiki bitters into the drink and lets them dribble down the side of the shark’s “mouth,” resulting in a cocktail that’s both downright delicious and Instagram catnip.