Rock You Like A Hurricane

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Everyone on Park Avenue living the life of the New York City professional will probably start scheduling after-work dinner meetings with clients at the Hurricane Club, side effects if they haven’t already. Elegantly designed, yet artfully inviting, the Hurricane Club offers a modern dining experience with a Polynesian twist. The fall weather is quickly moving in, so escape it by a trip through the revolving doors on West Park Avenue to something a little more- shall we say, tropical? The entry widens to a high ceilinged dining room complete with bar and lounge area dotted with palms, each section screened off island-style. Servers donning white suits with an expert knowledge of the menu attentively assist, though you may not need much help deciding on what to treat yourself to.

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Delicious tuna tartare wrapped in crispy cones are presented on tiered wooden servers, and certain drinks on the numbered cocktail menu are served in coconuts with umbrellas to match. Jack Sparrow followers are welcome to a menu filled with a slew of rum-filled concoctions. Groups can even share cocktails served in fishbowls, but the drinks and menu must catch your wallet at a good time. The Polynesian experience is truly in the menu. Hawaiian fried rice mixed with egg and avocado by your server at your table is delightful when paired with the steak skewers, which are served with a micro treasure chest of dipping sauces.

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In the need of a nightclub and not dinner? The owners of the Hurricane Club within their first year also have managed to open a party venue right downstairs, Riff Raff’s. True to the name, expect something very different upon entering the doors. (That is, if you and your party fit the extremely strict dress code–men, that does not mean Ed Hardy or Affliction tee-shirts, and women, put the Herve Leger away. Hipsters are welcome, but not “hipster Jesus,” so dress in your most fashionable ensemble to get a coveted nod from the bouncers.) Once you’ve made it in the doors, get ready for a trip.

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Yes, the teenage clown who used to show up to your kid sister’s birthday party to make all of those screaming children into zebras and leopards, now is a beautiful server with a paint pot who’d love nothing more than to initiate you into the world of mischief next door to the corporate loving Hurricane Club.

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Once you’ve gotten your stripes, head to the tiki bar, for a taste of the islands. Cocktails come served with flamingos and umbrellas, sometimes in watermelons and coconuts. Party to the playlist of Phoenix-like indie/pop under the disco ball, or relax on leather banquettes surrounded by tribal masks and Malaysian tapestry decor, as well as the neon animal-shaped lights. And make sure to grab some of the props – yes, PROPS – to make it a night of, well, riff-raff!

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by Rachel Margaritis