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The Friki Tiki Speakeasy Hits Hell's Kitchen
March 27, 2023, 7:11.55 pm ET


Photo: Emilio Madrid

Restaurateur Robert Guarino (Marseille, Nizza, Five Napkin Burger), designer Eamon Roche (The Kiosk, E&O) and Broadway producer Greg Nobile (Parade, Slave Play) have opened a new tropical-inspired speakeasy in Hell’s Kitchen, called The Friki Tiki, located in the former home to Réunion Surf Bar (357 West 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue).

Photo: Naty Caez

Awaiting those who find the intimate and discrete watering hole are a range of expertly crafted, tropical-inspired cocktails, such as Rummy In MY Tummy, and a signature frozen painkiller, as well as exotic bites including Hawaiian Sweet Bun Cubans. The Friki Tiki is also home to Hell's Kitchen best Happy Hour every day from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Photo: Emily Louick

Committed to offering live music nightly, The Friki Tiki’s rotating line-up will include resident pianists performing an all request piano show, Showtune Singalongs every Wednesday, and Broadway stars popping in to perform from past, current, and upcoming productions.

Photo: Naty Caez

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