Lani Kai

(Now Closed)
Cocktail Bar and American Restaurant
SoHo, New York
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  • Diplomatico Rum
    Diplomatico RumJune 29, 2012
    Diplomático Rum is one of the sponsor for the patriotic festivities!. From 6 to 8pm there will two half priced drinks for Happy Hour. Come down to Lani Kai for all things red, white and rummy
  • Michael O.
    Michael OshimaFebruary 15, 2012
    Small dishes: fantastic upscale loco moco. Large: Short rib is amazing with purple (?) rice. Cocktail: The Black Pearl - not on the menu but faaaaantastic. You'll wonder where all the rum's gone.
  • David S.
    David SNovember 2, 2010
    amazing. hawaiin ice tea is amazing. all made from ingredients from scratch. the pupu platter should include the duck potstickers, squid salad, crab wanton and the ribs. the lobster roll nuff said.
  • katie i.
    katie ivyNovember 2, 2010
    Omg a hidden gem! the Hawaiian iced teas are delicious and dangerous, I could drink them every day! the duck pot stickers and crab wantons are banging... 5 stars, I'm coming back tomorrow!
  • FAC
    FACJune 10, 2011
    The cocktail menu is spectacular and I ordered the gourmet SPAM (yes, SPAM, and it's house-made) sandwich w/ gruyere cheese sandwich on sourdough bread w/ creamy mustard sauce. DELICIOUS.
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuAugust 15, 2011
    Try the Leilani's Fizz with gin, lychee, lime, lemongrass syrup. Or the Tia Mia, a mezcal take on the Mai Tai, with mezcal, Jamaican rum, orgeat, orange liqueur, and lime.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MorenoFebruary 10, 2012
    Tiki Mondays: Brian Miller plus a rotating cast of bartenders featuring a brand of rum for the drinks from 6-8 in the downstairs bar. Otherwise, grab a table & enjoy the Hawaiian inspired drinks.
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 1, 2012
    Delicacies include pupu platters with crab wontons and okonomiyaki, smoked tuna and pork buns for snacking, and big eating on smoked pork over cheddar grits, Read more
  • Metromix
    MetromixOctober 26, 2010
    Julie Reiner's new tropical (not tiki) bar. Menu is divided into focused categories like "Spice and Tropical Teas" and "Another Day in Paradise". Menu leans Chinese takeout, done upscale. Hot digs. Read more
  • nymag
    nymagAugust 24, 2011
    Sponsored Tip: Start your epic night out here and enter the Code Sport Challenge for the chance to win a free full-size Armani Code Sport Eau de Toilette. Also: try the Queens Park Swizzle! Read more
  • Snooty Waiter
    Snooty WaiterSeptember 6, 2011
    Well made drinks here. Don't know what to get? Start with a Mai Tai and work your way up. Friend Snooty Waiter on Facebook for NYC dining info.
  • Nicholas J.
    Nicholas JarrettMarch 25, 2011
    Tuna poke and the 8 days a week. Or say hi to Tonia, Natalie & Debbie (bartenders), and do bar choice. Also: dope matchbooks. For reals.
  • Fueled Collective
    Fueled CollectiveAugust 17, 2012
    We tend to frequent this spot on birthdays and team get togethers. Great drinks and atmosphere and oh, an amazing dance floor!
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SchultzFebruary 26, 2011
    The crab wontons, ribs, and lobster roll were great. Knickerbocker royal was delicious, but the last luau was too strongly flavored with clove for my taste.
  • Rent the Runway
    Rent the RunwayApril 26, 2011
    Try the mojito for an experience that makes you forget you are actually in NYC. Added bonus: the downstairs area is great for a birthday!
  • #illumin8us
    #illumin8usAugust 21, 2011
    Beware; you are entering a sort of oasis for the senses that will leave you beyond satisfied. Hint; try the Sunday brunch !
  • Agatha V.
    Agatha ViernesDecember 9, 2011
    Try the Old Wench. Just like am Old Fashioned. Ask the bartender to make a Dark & Stormy. Perfect amount of ginger.
  • The Blonde Gourmand
    I think of this as my in-between tiki bar... not too fancy but way tamer than Painkiller. Lots of seating and tons of drink options...
  • Laren S.
    Laren SpirerJune 28, 2011
    Go for brunch and get the bacon tasting and the lobster benedict. You won't regret it. Traif-tastic!
  • W. Vincent P.
    W. Vincent ParkAugust 21, 2011
    Hidden jewel in the corner of Soho. Queens Park Swizzle (yes, swizzle) is The One to love!
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuJanuary 9, 2011
    Most of the cocktail list is available during brunch and each drink costs only $9 instead of $13.
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SMarch 9, 2012
    Cool tiki lounge by the inimitable Julie Reiner. Yummy drinks, good vibe. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Ever R.
    Ever RuckJanuary 15, 2011
    The donuts are amazing! And yh drinks are even better.. Fun, cozy place
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly CDecember 1, 2011
    awesome place for a boozy brunch, potato cakes are a-must!
  • Elena V.
    Elena V.October 12, 2010
    Yay for Knickerbocker Royale; with champagne and fresh raspberries<3. But how can you have a Hawaiian bar without lava flows?!
  • Brooke
    BrookeSeptember 9, 2011
    Jared is an awesome bartender/mixologist ... Whatever you want to call him ... Jared= awesome drinks period .
  • nymag
    nymagDecember 26, 2010
    The Queens Park Swizzle (aged rum, bitters, mint) here is one of our favorite cocktails of the year. Featured in Where to Eat 2011! Read more
  • J D.
    J DubsMay 27, 2011
    Ryan is amazing. All his favorites just became mine! Steak Frites and an Orange Whip PLEASE!
  • Lincoln C.
    Lincoln ChinnerySeptember 11, 2011
    Monday night Tiki party with Brian Miller (Death & Co.) and random special guest. Check FB to see if there are any drink specials.
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuJanuary 8, 2011
    Try the bacon tasting, one of their Bloody Marys, and the pork and grits for brunch.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissApril 24, 2011
    Isle of islay swizzle is a tasty Scotch drink with a nice coconut finish
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuJanuary 16, 2011
    The tuna poke and duck potstickers are outstanding.
  • #illumin8us
    #illumin8usOctober 2, 2011
    Lest ye not forget that BRUNCH is one of Soho's best kept secrets!!!
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DesmondOctober 9, 2010
    The crab wantons (aka Rangoons) are amazing!
  • Eric P.
    Eric PasiNovember 15, 2011
    Okonomiyaki! The craziest app you will ever order, in a good way.
  • Abigail G.
    Abigail GulloOctober 25, 2010
    Sorry Nicole, not at all impressed with the Crab Wontons. Too creamy and bland. Where is the Crab? The ahi slider was good. Could have used 2 for $8 though. Jeez, soho...bummer.
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuOctober 20, 2010
    Go with a few other people and split a bowl of Planter's Punch.
  • dorothy
    dorothyJuly 23, 2011
    Stop here for tropical drinks that are delicious and dangerous.
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LandJune 22, 2012
    According to GOOP: a Hawaiian tiki bar in the middle of soho.
  • J D.
    J DubsMay 20, 2011
    Sit downstairs, there's sunlight coming in and a fire place.
  • Rob C.
    Rob ChristensenDecember 11, 2011
    Loungy tiki bar. Go downstairs sit by the fire. The la Rosa is meh.
  • rafael b.
    rafael balbiMarch 20, 2012
    The new york sour is on point!
  • The Salup Group
    The Salup GroupOctober 7, 2010
    Seeking an island getaway? Come by for a great tropical drink after work!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJune 14, 2012
    Pair your swizzled cocktail with the peppery seven-spice wings: Read more
  • Justin K.
    Justin KalifowitzApril 24, 2011
    Good on a quiet night, but they have no idea how to handle a crowd.
  • Warren B.
    Warren BobrowMarch 29, 2012
    Try the Something Powerful. Dangerous Even.
  • Andrea
    AndreaDecember 9, 2011
    They play Flo + Machines so I love them
  • Rebecca T.
    Rebecca TaskinJuly 21, 2012
    "special drink"
  • Chris P.
    Chris PhillipsMarch 24, 2011
    Go for the tuna poke
  • Nellie S.
    Nellie S. W.September 10, 2011
    We love Mathias the bartender!
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