Do you miss the sun and surf or the sound of the ocean waves crashing against the shore? Or better yet, do you miss tropical drinks served in coconuts and tall tiki glasses? If your answer is a big fat yes, don’t fret! You can have your island escape right here in the middle of NYC at The Hurricane Club!
The Hurricane Club is tucked away on Park Avenue close to Madison Square Park. It is in a huge office building and from the outside you see huge doors and the windows are covered in heavy tiered white drapes. It looks a little intimidating at first. Enter and you are in a luau wonderland. Although it is island themed, the interior is still incredibly nice and posh, not at all cheesy. No girls wearing grass skirts here! There is a huge bar area in the middle, which gets packed during happy hour. There’s plush seating everywhere for diners and rooms go all the way to the back of the restaurant. The space is actually really big.
Their drinks here are so much fun! Most come in a coconut shell or a giant watermelon. If you have a huge party, you can order a giant drink that four people can share, kinda like one of those giant fishbowls. Except here, it is in a giant watermelon. I had the fish skewers for dinner. It came with six different sauces that were encased in a wooden box, very cool presentation! The fish was nice and tender and the portions were more than enough. My friend had the steak. It was alright, i didnt expect it to be great since it was a Hawaiian themed place so their specialty is not in the steak department. The sauce was a little too salty and the portion of the steak was really tiny. The best part of the meal was our coconut rice. It is a must try!!! It’s in a coconut shell, naturally. The rice was in a coconut sauce, not too dry and not too soupy. It was warm, soft, and comforting.
The Hurricane Club also offers a Luau special in which you are served a prix fixe menu plus a whole suckling pig. So if you’re a pork lover and have tried it in real luaus in Hawaii, they have a small version here! They also have a great deal on Sunday brunch. It is a Dim Sum brunch for twenty dollars. Not bad for a really grand place. It is always crowded here and it is a very popular place for happy hour. People seem to love the vibe here and the laid back but fancy ambience.
There’s a huge surprise downstairs if you use the restrooms. For men, theres a shoe shine guy and for everybody else, there is a fountain by the wall that pours rum. So you can pour yourself some in these teeny travel-size bottles for a couple of bucks! Awesome!
So if you are nostalgic for some island flavor and novelty, head out to The Hurricane Club. It is quite an experience and a surefire fabulous time!!