The Shallows

With the weather at an uncontrollably hot level, and the need for something cool and tropical, I made my way down to the East Village and LES (Lower East Side) with a couple friends to "get tiki with it".

Our first stop was a newish, Polynesian restaurant called Mother of Pearl. With chic 70s beachy decor, Mother of Pearl makes you feel like to walked into a glamorous hotel in Hawaii. If you've never had Polynesian food this would be the place to try it. The unique combinations (which almost always combine fruit) will leave you wanting to order the entire menu - both savory and sweet. The main attraction? The Shark Eye drink, which comes in a shark head cup, complete with a "mermaid tail" of the mermaid who unfortunately encountered the shark, and blood dripping down it's mouth onto your napkin. Hello Jaws...

Following Mother of Pearl we migrated to the Summer pop-up Tiki Tabu (inside the Sixty Hotel). The LES is quickly becoming the go-to place for the newest and hippest bars and restaurants in the city right now. Rooftop bars have always been the rage and this one doesn't disappoint. The vibe of the bar was surprisingly refreshing for a Friday night as most of the people were fun, laid-back and completely unpretentious. Decorated brightly with kitschy hand-blown lava lamps, neon flamingos and floral print this was the perfect "getaway" for a stormy summer night.