||Lani Kai, New York City (SoHo), NY (bar)
Joined: Feb 28, 2009
From: Los Angeles
|Posted: 2011-02-23 10:51 am  Permalink|
The Tasting Table NY newsletter said that Lani Kai is now serving lunch, plus happy hour from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. with bar snacks under $5 and drinks for $8.
Joined: Jan 31, 2010
|Posted: 2012-09-21 06:32 am  Permalink|
According to their Facebook page:
"After two wonderful and rewarding years we are deeply saddened to announce Lani Kai has been sold and is closed. Due to the demands of other existing business's and future projects we were not able to give Lani Kai the time and focus it, and our customers, deserve. We would like to thank a loyal and talented staff and everyone of you that came to enjoy our touch of paradise.
Joined: Mar 26, 2002
From: Brooklyn, NY
|Posted: 2012-09-22 6:23 pm  Permalink|
This is a shame. It was only a few blocks from my office so I used to meet people there for a drink quite often. Even last week, they made no mention of the closing. Anyone know the complete recipe of their "Bitter Wench"? It's an excellent drink. Here's how it was described in the menu:
the bitter wench
Bourbon, demerara rum, Elemakule Tiki Bitters and Angostura Bitters
PDF of the menu: http://www.lanikainy.com/pdfs/LaniKai_Cocktail_Menu.pdf
Joined: Dec 13, 2002
From: New York City
|Posted: 2012-09-26 4:37 pm  Permalink|
Yes, apparently it was a huge surprise for everyone, possibly including the employees. One of our own TC members reported that he went on the Monday before closing, and it was business as usual. It happened to be one of the fantastic "Tiki Mondays" hosted by Brian Miller, where he and a guest bartender from local bars would serve up original and classic tiki libations, with happy hour prices for some drinks for the first hour. Oftentimes a liquor sponsor would throw in a pupu platter for guests to knosh on.
The next day it was simply shut down and closed. Some digging around revealed that it to become a lesbian bar, possibly by members of a lesbian reality show. What associations the bar has with the show I'm not sure. I read that they were selling items the following Saturday. I peeked around and they were only selling plants and the teak chairs used in the dining area. I didn't have any heart to buy anything. We were told that the nice "Lani Kai" hanging sign was to be resurfaced and reused for the new bar.
In retrospect, I'm not sure if Lani Kai was ever doing booming business. I heard that Fridays and Saturdays were very busy, but I've been there on a Friday and it wasn't that busy. To me, Brian Miller's Tiki Monday was by far the busiest time they had.
I've met a lot of great bartenders there, and seen them come and go at Lani Kai. I was glad to take and meet up with local and out of town TC members here. We had a lot of great drinks there. Tiki Mondays will be sorely missed around here in New York.
Joined: May 25, 2004
From: NYC Area
|Posted: 2012-10-25 10:28 pm  Permalink|