By DAVID LANDSEL
THEY did the hula in the Hawaiian Room at the Lexington Hotel in
Their children danced at Times Square's Hawaii-Kai all the way into
the '80s, and lunched at Trader Vic's in the basement of the Plaza
Hotel until 1993.
With the recent boom in Polynesian-theme party spots, it's clear
that New York's Tiki gods hadn't died - they were just taking a
How else to explain the return of the crowds to the formerly lagging
Barmacy, which reopened this week as Otto's Shrunken Head Tiki Bar
Co-owner Steve Pang is going for a "rock 'n' roll tiki"
theme with this conversion of a once immensely popular East Village
Tiki touches abound, but liberty is taken with leopard-print bar
stools and dark, rock club-esque walls.
It works because of strong, satisfying concoctions like the Zombie
(served in a really big porcelain tiki mug) and the deep-dish Volcano
Blast, bluer than the waters of the South Pacific, and served ablaze.
Be there this Saturday for a grand-opening party that kicks off
at 7 p.m., with burlesque by Fancy Chance as well as live music.