128 Elizabeth St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.719567 -73.995383
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Little Italy
Unusual, but great place – I spent 10 nights in New York, visiting various places at the end of a round the World trip, and no-where was I made to feel more welcome.
Thanks to Tony, Olga, Tatiania, Jo-Jo and Inga,
I will definetely be back
Great decor and service! – If you want to escape New York City and "feel" like you're at a tiki bar on a warm island in the Carribean, I strongly recommend Tropical 128. I went here this passed week-end and I was pleasantly surprised at how different the decor was ... in a good way. It almost felt like I was in a rainforest. :) The place wasn't crowded when we arrived but I'm assuming that's because it was only about 7 pm on a Saturday night. However, it was a great experience. I had the "Coconut Mania" drink and it was delicious and the bartender/waitress was very attentive and pleasant. We had a nice time. Oh, for those of you who like to shoot pool, they also have pool tables in the back. :)
A billiards joint that doubles as a spring break-style, tropical-themed watering hole. – With a kitschy, tropical-themed bar in front--complete with fake palm trees, rock walls and bright rainbow lights--and a generic pool hall in back, Tropical 128 suffers from multiple personalities. And as if its theme weren't disjointed enough, the spring break vibe is inexplicably infused with an Asian flavor, thanks to a yakitori (meat skewer) menu and drinks like the Passion Pearl--a pina colada made with sake. Your best bet is to speed past the island oasis altogether, grab a cheap beer and secure a pool or snooker table.
Hits: Unlike most other Manhattan pool halls, you can secure a pool table on a weekend night, and with $12 games (for two) and $5 beers, you've got yourself a fun and relatively inexpensive evening.
Misses: Sensory overload begins before you even step inside--pop music blasting, neon signs shining--and continues until you leave.
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