Sun-Mon, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Tue-Sat, 5:30pm-midnight
6 at 23rd St.; 6 at 28th St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
14th St. to 35th St., First Ave. to Sixth Ave.
The team behind Park Avenue Cafe brings this intentionally cliché-inspired Polynesian spot to the old Porcao spot, with design from AvroKO. With moody lighting, crystal chandeliers, and plenty of mirrors, the typically raucous scene feels fitting for a boom-times night out or a bachelorette party: Dapper waiters clad in ivory jackets look like they just stepped off Fantasy Island; delicious Hawaiian fried rice comes to the table in a sizzling stone bowl, and you can even sip your cocktail directly from a whole coconut (or a watermelon, if you’re sharing). With Chef Craig Koketsu at the helm, the showy, throwback menu is better than it needs to be: tasty (and pricey) small plates like tuna tartare cones and spicy pork dumplings can be combined in a pupu platter sampler, while entrees are reliably sticky, tangy and sweet. Try the honey-glazed ribs served with lotus root or the crispy pig, its meaty chunks served Peking duck-style with steamed buns and crunchy garnishes. Seafood options abound as well, and while the skewered and glazed preparations predominate, we preferred the delicate, steamed snapper with seasonal mushrooms.Recommended Dishes
Imperial pupu platter for two ($37); Crispy peking pig ($38)