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South Pacific Ports Chinese & Polynesian Restaurant., New York City, NY (restaurant)
TabooDan
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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
Posts: 641
From: BC, Canada
Posted: 2008-08-12 3:47 pm   Permalink

Name:South Pacific Ports Chinese & Polynesian Restaurant.
Type:restaurant
Street:Seventh Ave & 51st Street.
City:New York City
State:NY
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
I saw a postcard on Ebay for this restaurant called the South Pacific Ports (Chinese & Polynesian) Restaurant. I did a search and didn't find anything on here for a South Pacific in New York but there was one in Pittsford Plaza which was in the community of Pittsford, a suburb of Rochester, NY.

I believe this to be a different location as this South Pacific Polynesian Restaurant was at the Hotel Taft in downtown New York.
For a VERY interesting, but short & summarized, read on the history of the Hotel Taft, check this link out:

http://www.nypress.com/18/8/news&columns/DavidFreeland.cfm

Great little history lesson on the building itself and it's unlucky history!

I do not have any other information about this place.
If you read the link above you would agree that this location for a Polynesian Restaurant would have been very successful! Especially with the theater and the area!!

Oh...and here is the postcard. It sure looks like it was quite the place!! Looks like good old drink menus on the tables! Who's got one??
I believe this card was postmarked 1970's.



TabooDan


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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4356
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-05-02 4:30 pm   Permalink

Here are a couple of ads that sold on ebay that provide a little more information on the South Pacific Ports restaurant.




Some interesting themes Hong Kong Street of Joy? Did that come with a happy ending?

And a blow up of the postcard.



DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4356
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-10-27 2:36 pm   Permalink

I picked up a large ad from the South Pacific Ports that adds a little more to the story. It was obviously modeled after the Kon Tiki Ports with the different rooms and themes (and the ship).



The rooms:

The Street of Joy - this one is my favorite!



The Long Hut



The Bogie Saloon.




The Schooner Eastern Pearl.



And the PuPu Wagon



Cool stuff from NYC.

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11197
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-10-28 12:48 am   Permalink

I too would like to "discover exotic dishes like Ding Dong Pork" there!

The typeface style of the ad leads me to believe this was a 70s place that came in late on the trend, one reason why it might not have succeeded for long.

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