Avid beach boys Thomas Wilson and Eugene Ashe (creators of beloved restaurant Mas) stowed their surfboards (temporarily) to open Réunion, a new bar named after a sandy speck off Madagascar known for its radical surf break.
Notice hints of tasteful tiki while hanging ten: Dark ’n’ Stormies (in highball glasses designed by Ashe) come frozen, as do the Coronas (a secret ingredient ensures a superlative chill). Bottles of rhum arrangé are infused with lychee, papaya, and mangosteen.
A small menu (served late) offers beachy snacks gone global: braised short rib burgers with Sriracha and kimchee, and “sandy” clams — dredged in sweet potato-and-semolina flour spritzed with kaffir lime. But the big kahuna is the traditional Réunionaisse surf sandwich: stuffed with French fries (that’s right!), spicy ground meat, caramelized onions, and Gruyere.
As a nod to its namesake — and perhaps in anticipation of a grid-skipping crowd — the bar accepts euros (Réunion island was the first to put them into circulation). That could mean sink or swim for you.
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