Lani Kai

(Now Closed)
Cocktail Bar and American Restaurant · SoHo
525 Broome St (btw Thompson & Sullivan), New York, NY 10013, United States
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    Nicole D.
    "The crab wantons (aka Rangoons) are amazing!"(3 Tips)
    W. Vincent P.
    "Queens Park Swizzle (yes, swizzle) is The One to love!"(6 Tips)
    Kathryn Y.
    "The tuna poke and duck potstickers are outstanding."(3 Tips)
    Sarah S.
    "The crab wontons, ribs, and lobster roll were great."(3 Tips)
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  • Fueled Collective

    We tend to frequent this spot on birthdays and team get togethers. Great drinks and atmosphere and oh, an amazing dance floor!

    Fueled Collective · August 17, 2012
  • Rebecca T.

    "special drink"

    Rebecca Taskin · July 21, 2012
  • Warren B.

    It's not PKNY. Much more of a tourist/bridge and tunnel crowd.

    Warren Bobrow · July 14, 2012
  • 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...

    The Blonde Gourmand · July 4, 2012
  • Diplomatico Rum

    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

    Diplomatico Rum · June 29, 2012
  • John L.

    Tiki Bar. Drinks were overpriced and service was slow.

    John Lawter · June 29, 2012
  • Lauren L.

    According to GOOP: a Hawaiian tiki bar in the middle of soho.

    Lauren Land · June 22, 2012
  • Tasting Table

    Pair your swizzled cocktail with the peppery seven-spice wings: Read more

    Tasting Table · June 14, 2012
  • Jalylah

    Very unfortunate experience. Manager made me cry on my birthday. I was very much fan but I won't be back.

    Jalylah · May 26, 2012
  • Henry T.

    Expensive ass drinks 8 dolllars for beer

    Henry Tu · April 6, 2012
  • Warren B.

    Try the Something Powerful. Dangerous Even.

    Warren Bobrow · March 29, 2012
  • rafael b.

    The new york sour is on point!

    rafael balbi · March 20, 2012
  • Sarah N.

    on my list- tiki themed

    Sarah Nelson · March 13, 2012
  • Adrienne S.

    Cool tiki lounge by the inimitable Julie Reiner. Yummy drinks, good vibe. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more

    Adrienne S · March 9, 2012
  • Michael O.

    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.

    Michael Oshima · February 15, 2012
  • Stephanie M.

    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.

    Stephanie Moreno · February 10, 2012
  • AskMen

    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

    AskMen · February 1, 2012
  • BoozeMenus

    Fantastic Tiki bar Read more

    BoozeMenus · January 12, 2012
  • Rob C.

    Loungy tiki bar. Go downstairs sit by the fire. The la Rosa is meh.

    Rob Christensen · December 11, 2011
  • Andrea

    They play Flo + Machines so I love them

    Andrea · December 9, 2011
  • Agatha V.

    Try the Old Wench. Just like am Old Fashioned. Ask the bartender to make a Dark & Stormy. Perfect amount of ginger.

    Agatha Viernes · December 9, 2011
  • Kelly C.

    awesome place for a boozy brunch, potato cakes are a-must!

    Kelly C · December 1, 2011
  • Eric P.

    Okonomiyaki! The craziest app you will ever order, in a good way.

    Eric Pasi · November 15, 2011
  • #illumin8us

    Lest ye not forget that BRUNCH is one of Soho's best kept secrets!!!

    #illumin8us · October 2, 2011
  • Lincoln C.

    Monday night Tiki party with Brian Miller (Death & Co.) and random special guest. Check FB to see if there are any drink specials.

    Lincoln Chinnery · September 11, 2011
  • Nellie S.

    We love Mathias the bartender!

    Nellie S. W. · September 10, 2011
  • Brooke

    Jared is an awesome bartender/mixologist ... Whatever you want to call him ... Jared= awesome drinks period .

    Brooke · September 9, 2011
  • Snooty Waiter

    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.

    Snooty Waiter · September 6, 2011
  • nymag

    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

    nymag · August 24, 2011
  • W. Vincent P.

    Hidden jewel in the corner of Soho. Queens Park Swizzle (yes, swizzle) is The One to love!

    W. Vincent Park · August 21, 2011
  • #illumin8us

    Beware; you are entering a sort of oasis for the senses that will leave you beyond satisfied. Hint; try the Sunday brunch !

    #illumin8us · August 21, 2011
  • Kathryn Y.

    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.

    Kathryn Yu · August 15, 2011
  • dorothy h.

    Stop here for tropical drinks that are delicious and dangerous.

    dorothy hui · July 23, 2011
  • Laren S.

    Go for brunch and get the bacon tasting and the lobster benedict. You won't regret it. Traif-tastic!

    Laren Spirer · June 28, 2011
  • FAC

    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.

    FAC · June 10, 2011
  • J D.

    Ryan is amazing. All his favorites just became mine! Steak Frites and an Orange Whip PLEASE!

    J Dubs · May 27, 2011
  • J D.

    Sit downstairs, there's sunlight coming in and a fire place.

    J Dubs · May 20, 2011
  • Rent the Runway

    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!

    Rent the Runway · April 26, 2011
  • Justin K.

    Good on a quiet night, but they have no idea how to handle a crowd.

    Justin Kalifowitz · April 24, 2011
  • Noah W.

    Isle of islay swizzle is a tasty Scotch drink with a nice coconut finish

    Noah Weiss · April 24, 2011
  • Jay

    Try the alcohol.

    Jay · April 10, 2011
  • Nicholas J.

    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.

    Nicholas Jarrett · March 25, 2011
  • Chris P.

    Go for the tuna poke

    Chris Phillips · March 24, 2011
  • Justin K.

    The ribs are great

    Justin Kalifowitz · March 23, 2011
  • Sarah S.

    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.

    Sarah Schultz · February 26, 2011
  • Kathryn Y.

    The tuna poke and duck potstickers are outstanding.

    Kathryn Yu · January 16, 2011
  • Ever R.

    The donuts are amazing! And yh drinks are even better.. Fun, cozy place

    Ever Ruck · January 15, 2011
  • Kathryn Y.

    Most of the cocktail list is available during brunch and each drink costs only $9 instead of $13.

    Kathryn Yu · January 9, 2011
  • Kathryn Y.

    Try the bacon tasting, one of their Bloody Marys, and the pork and grits for brunch.

    Kathryn Yu · January 8, 2011
  • nymag

    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

    nymag · December 26, 2010

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