Riff Raff's, Midtown East
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 951 7111
Concierge.com's insider take:
The look of Riff Raff's, a subterranean bar/nightclub located underneath the Polynesian megarestaurant Hurricane Club, is equal parts tropical (tribal masks and Malaysian textiles line the walls) and city-sleek (a disco ball hangs from the ceiling, and there's lots of shiny dark wood), but the drinks are all tiki. Extremely large cocktails, occasionally served in a watermelon or coconut, come adorned with colorful straws and plastic flamingos, and there are enormous bowls meant for large groups to share. The $350 Shitshow is comprised of an entire bottle of Grey Goose vodka plus a raspberry yuzu mixer. For those with less extravagant tastes, Riff Raff's offers a regular bar menu with more standard (yet still pricey) cocktails, such as the Coconut, featuring Montecristo rum, coconut, cardamom, and passion fruit. New York City's reigning iPad DJ duo phenomenon Andrew Andrew hosts a party there every Thursday night.—Alexis Swerdloff
Open Wednesdays through Saturdays 10 pm to 4 am.