Want A Tropical Paradise Without Jumping On A Plane? Try NYC's 'Hurricane Club!'

Tue, March 15, 2011 6:42pm EDT by 3 Comments
Posted Tue, March 15, 2011 6:42pm EDT

If you’re dreaming of waves crashing and Mai Tai’s on the beach, we’ve got the place to mix things up!

The new Hurricane Club, located not too far from Grand Central, really is a whirlwind of fun. The layout of the restaurant has been designed to make you feel as if you’ve left the streets of New York City and entered a tropical tiki bar somewhere in the middle of the Pacific! Once you get through the whited-out revolving door and the huge wooden double doors you’re truly no longer aware of the city outside. Instead, you’re met with a totally tropical vibe, complete with palm trees, huge diamond chandeliers, and funky crocodile booth seating!

As I walked to my table I thought to myself, “This is not the place to take Gram and Gramps when they visit!” But the good thing is—they’re probably the only two people you know that won’t LOVE this place! Which means lots of young, single, good-looking Manhattan types in the crowd.

The restaurant was packed with groups, both big and small, ready for a good time and some great food. The table across from me was an engagement party, next to me was a birthday, and at the other side of the room a group of Sex and the City-esque girls getting ready for a fun night out on the town. But the atmosphere is not the only important thing about a restaurant—it’s food! And all I can say is YUMMM!!

We started off our meal with a few of the PuPu platter dishes which were perfectly bite-sized so you can order a few without filling up before your main course. Be sure to try the Peking Duck Tea Sandwiches, such an interesting combination of food! The entrees continued with an array of Polynesian cuisine both from the ocean and land. We went for the Honey Glazed Baby Back Ribs and the Black Bean Lamb Chops Au Poivre with a side of Coconut Basmati Rice and Ginger Broccoli with Ginger Raita. To say I enjoyed it would be the understatement of the year, especially considering I HATE vegetables (I know I’m weird)! Now before I lose you as you run out the door to go here let me tease you just a bit more. COCKTAILS AND DESSERT!! If you leave this place without either I feel bad for you, so promise me you won’t torture yourselves this way. OK, I’m done pressuring you! Now get on down to Hurricane Club ASAP!!!!!

—Sofia Fuller

CROWD:

An episode from Sex and the City

ATMOSPHERE:

Loud and lively, good times with good friends

GIRL TO GUY RATIO:

60/40

CHANCES YOU’LL BE HIT ON:

Guys, the odds are in your favor!

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