PKNY

Tiki Bar
PKNY Patrons looking for a kitschy antidote to a humdrum day should head to PKNY, a classic, fun-loving tiki bar offering expertly crafted tropical cocktails and a mellow attitude. New York United States 40.716554 -73.989548
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PKNY - Tiki Bar in New York.
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Party Earth Review Patrons looking for a kitschy antidote to a humdrum day should head to PKNY, a classic, fun-loving tiki bar offering expertly crafted tropical cocktails and a mellow attitude. Roughly the same dimensions as a subway... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    F, J, M, Z: Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D: Grand Street-Chrystie Street; F: East Broadway-Canal Street-Rutgers Street

  • Phone:

    212-777-8454

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Su–Th 6pm–2am, F–Sa 6pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth PKNY Review

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Patrons looking for a kitschy antidote to a humdrum day should head to PKNY, a classic, fun-loving tiki bar offering expertly crafted tropical cocktails and a mellow attitude.

Patrons looking for a kitschy antidote to a humdrum day should head to PKNY, a classic, fun-loving tiki bar offering expertly crafted tropical cocktails and a mellow attitude.

Roughly the same dimensions as a subway car, the tiny windowless space nonetheless conveys a clean and breezy island vibe, helped along by the sleek bamboo bar and the images of topless Polynesian girls featured under its glass countertop.

Plenty of tiki masks complete the look, with a dash of urban flavor provided by the skull and crossbones logo and random graffiti.

A whir of blenders mixes with classic rock tunes as a diverse crowd of neighborhood regulars, young professionals, and the occasional hipsters claim their barstools and peruse the menu of original PKNY creations like Inglorious Suffering Bastards and Scorpions.

Though small groups of barhopping friends and cocktail aficionados may prefer to squeeze into the simple red booths to discuss flavor profiles, the real action is at the bar, where the chatty bartenders – part showmen, part expert mixologists – make their audience of outgoing regulars and newcomers alike feel at ease with their lively banter and helpful suggestions for navigating the impressive cocktail menu.

Though the staff and patrons may have left their Hawaiian shirts at home, PKNY’s beachy vibe and sunny attitude are enough to create an upbeat, relaxing escape for those who need to get away from it all.

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Tip from Emma:

Can’t afford a trip to the Caribbean? No problem. Stop in at PKNY and order a Beachcomber Daiquiri – you’ll feel like you’re lounging on the sand, albeit a little darker and with unlimited cocktails!

  • Crowd

    Lower East Side residents, cocktail and tiki bar aficionados, young professionals, Europeans, and stylish hipsters, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    iPod playlist of rock and island music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Valentine Ale beer $7, cocktails $12+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers are fine, though chicer ensembles are the norm.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mid-week when it’s easier to maneuver around the tiny space and the owners do their own bartending, or Fridays and Saturdays for a completely packed scene.

  • Close By

    Sasha Petraske’s White Star (21 Essex Street) is another superior mixology venue featuring unusual pairings of simple ingredients.

PKNY User Reviews

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PK BDAY
Christina K. Jun 19, 2013
About a month ago, I went to PKNY for my 22nd birthday. I was searching for a place that had a tiki theme, and PKNY was the place that often came up in conversation and google searches. My friends and I were ecstatic while walking over to PKNY, so much in fact, we passed it several times on the street. The outside of PKNY camouflaged with the surrounding shops and buildings, for there were no windows or signs, just dark graffiti suggesting the name, "PKNY." We finally found the place (the body guard standing outside helped) and we excitedly entered. When I first entered PKNY, I was claustrophobic to say the least. The front door leads to a narrow space filled with large groups of people holding drinks larger than their heads. Luckily, the body guard sent my group and I to an open space in the back, which is perfect for smaller parties. We made it to the back, which happened to be more of a lounge area. Before even having a drink, my friends and I were tipsy from the decorative palm trees, fruity drink smells, and the easy going energy of the bar goers and bartenders. I ordered a drink called a "Scorpion Bowl" (which can be spilt between two people.) The "Scorpion Bowl" is similar to a giant margarita and has a shot in the middle, which is served with a tiny flame. Note: PKNY is a place to drink, there are no appetizers or food here. PKNY was the ideal place for a birthday party. It was fun to socialize with friends in the back room of the bar, while enjoying drinks that looked as if they were plucked off of tropical trees. However, I think it would be difficult to casually go to this bar, since it is very narrow and overwhelming. If you are looking for a paradise within New York City, this is the place to check out! Since PKNY has no windows, you seem to forget the crazy world that is going outside of PKNY's chill atmosphere.
Must-go place to drink some of the east-coast's finest tiki-style cocktails.
Jan B. Mar 30, 2013
It all came together when Giuseppe Gonzalez and Richard Boccato (one of Sasha Petraske's most notable mixologist prodigies) teamed up to create a tiny tiki hot spot in Manhattan's east side. Every detail of the bar is channeled to make the guests enjoy a miniature holiday in the Caribbean, and forget all of their day-time troubles sipping on a freshly hand-crafted cocktail by some of New York's best mixologists. The prices for the drinks are semi-moedrate, as is the wait on a crowded night. It is all forth it, though, because the drinks are certainly worth it. My personal recommendantion: The "Suffering Bastard"
Tiki Bar!
Justin W. Dec 11, 2012
Who doesn't love a tiki drink. Such a fun time in what appears to be a non-descript locale. Enter a tiny bar with some amazing bartenders making drinks that are worth the wait. If you are looking to forget the rest of your evening try a Zombie. They will only serve you one, because I think even the straw is made of 151. Fun vibe with an ecclectic crowd.
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