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Luau 400, New York City, NY (restaurant)
uncle trav
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2009-05-21 2:19 pm   Permalink

Name:Luau 400
Type:restaurant
Street:400 E. 57th St.
City:New York City
State:NY
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
Thought that the Luau 400 deserved it own spot on Locating Tiki. I hope some TC members can throw in some information about this place as it is very hard to come by. I believe it was opened in about 1957 by Harry Bloomfield. The curious name comes from the restaurants address (400 E. 57th St.) The Luau 400 had a Hawaiian themed floor show as late as 1972 as far as I can tell. One of the notable performers was Hal Aloma who also recorded an album at the 400. Here is a small mention in a New York magazine article from 1958.
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The Luau 400 at 400 E. 57th St., is another example of what we think the South Seas should be like. To enhance the atmosphere, owner Harry Bloomfield has employed all his theatrical skill to present tropical trees, waterfalls, and exotic birds as a background for the sloe-eyed waitresses, ukulele players, etc. A favorite with show people, especially for private parties, and one of the last ports of call for upper East Side theatregoers on the way home.
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With both an iconic menu and mug design this location has always made me curious as to what else may be found. here is an ad I found on the net and a mug from the collection of Scaraba Tiki.









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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2009-05-21 2:44 pm   Permalink

i lost an auction for a feature matchbook from the luau 400 on ebay about a month ago....so at least we know those existed too...

 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4350
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-05-21 4:27 pm   Permalink

Here are some Luau 400 items from the Tiki Gallery

A nice brochure with interior photos








Matchbook



Menu



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donhonyc
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Joined: Jan 13, 2003
Posts: 1173
From: The Quiet EAST Village
Posted: 2009-05-22 07:49 am   Permalink

never knew about this place, very cool!

 
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cheeky half
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Joined: Nov 22, 2002
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2009-07-14 4:12 pm   Permalink

Here's the LP:



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Formikahini
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 1502
From: Houston, Texotica
Posted: 2009-08-31 9:22 pm   Permalink

I got the following note forwarded to me ages ago from an Asian-American woman I met at a party, but completely forgot to post it:

"I was talking to my mom today and remembered to ask her about that place in NYC I was telling your friend [me] about. As it turns out, I remembered the story all wrong. The place was called Luau 500 (or Luau 400). She thinks it was on E. 28th or so. My Uncle Tommy (Nishimura) was a bit of a local celebrity who sang on occasion when he was there. (Uncle Tommy was the one who had also had a bit of an acting career - an episode of Sanford & Sons, a couple of episodes of Hawaii 5-0, and the big movie he was in was called "Wake Me When It's Over" (1960).)

"Anyhow, I said that my mom won a beauty contest at the Luau 500. That's the part that was wrong. She did win a beauty pageant - Miss Niisei Sino - but it was not at the Luau 500. It was a local Asian/Hawaiian organization's beauty pageant."

I wish her mom or uncle had saved me a mug or 12....
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cheeky half
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2009-08-31 9:54 pm   Permalink

Love the stylish simplicity of the logo. Always struck us as particularly unique. Love it so much we recently made a handful of these pendants.


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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-09-29 8:21 pm   Permalink

Here is a fun little souvenir photo from the Luau 400.






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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-09-29 8:39 pm   Permalink

It's Barbie in Tikiland!

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-09-29 8:44 pm   Permalink

Barbie with the one-piece Zebra suit no less!



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sneakyjack
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From: NYC Area
Posted: 2009-10-14 10:44 am   Permalink

from oogamooga - tiki clean
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-11-16 7:25 pm   Permalink

I came across this Luau 400 menu on ebay from the opening night in 1957.










A classic example of the pre-Tiki period where they had not yet incorporated the Tiki mask figure that later became their signature.






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1961surf
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From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2010-11-16 7:56 pm   Permalink

Not an easy mug to find.Found this one several years ago .









 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-05-22 10:09 pm   Permalink

Saw this very early menu from the Luau 400 featuring a pair of Leeteg paintings on the cover on ebay a while back.




And a nice story of the restaurant on the back




Some interior photos and drinks on the menu inside.






Also spotted this cool matchbook with the unusual center opening style.



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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-01-07 11:51 am   Permalink

Another souvenir photo showing a handsome couple at the Luau 400 I found online. You can see the corner of the menu on the table.





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