You need to know about: Tiki Mondays and the John Dory chef's table
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Mon Aug 8 2011
Photograph: Jolie Ruben
Tiki Mondays at Lani Kai
Swing by tropical-drinks haven Lani Kai (525 Broome St between Sullivan and Thompson Sts, 646-596-8778) on Monday nights, when owner Julie Reiner turns over her tins to tiki expert Brian Miller (responsible for the cult tiki night at the now-shuttered Elettaria). Each week the veteran barman and a guest of his choosing (Pegu Club alum Jim Kearns on Mon 15) will execute a special menu of classic and modern riffs on Polynesian quaffs, concocted with Miller's own homemade syrups—plus a playlist to match. The fun begins at 6pm, but show up early: A rotating cast of rum sponsors means free drinks for first responders.
Chef's table at the John Dory Oyster Bar
Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield are no strangers to bucket-list dinners: At their Ace Hotel meatery, the Breslin, the pair offers whole-pig and -lamb feasts for groups at a Camelot-like roundtable. Those who favor sea creatures to land mammals should head across the hotel lobby to the John Dory Oyster Bar (1196 Broadway at 29th St, thejohndory.com), where their latest large-format feasting option recently debuted. Bloomfield and chef de cuisine Josh Even have devised a bill of fare for 8 to 12 people that includes JDOB favorites like squid bodies stuffed with chorizo, fluffy Parker House rolls, raw-bar delights and much more. The meal is $95 per person ($145 with wine pairings) and goes down once a night (7pm) at a chef's table inside the kitchen. Make reservations at least four days ahead by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 646-214-5764.