The Hawaiian Room

“Aloha.”

The Hawaiian Room

1937 – 1966

Polynesian

“A romantic atmosphere for Dining and Dancing, an authentic setting complete even to a tropical rain storm – Entertainment – Hawaiian Music – Songs and Dances…Native Hawaiian Dishes and Beverages, also the famed Lexington cuisine.”

Ownership:

Restaurant Associates (Jerome Brody and Joseph Baum, Managers, and Alan Lewis, Director, 1956 – ?)

Charles Rochester (Manager, 1937 – 1956)

Executive Chef:

Albert Stöckli (1956 – ?)

Location:

Hotel Lexington, Lexington Avenue at 48th Street, Basement

Film:

The Hawaiian Room. Documentary. Directed by Ann Kirk. Kaneohe, Hawaii: Hula Preservation Society, 2012.

Publications:

Mariani, John with Alex Von Bidder. The Four Seasons: A History of America’s Premier Restaurant. New York: Smithmark, 1999: 8, 16-17, 42, 65.

Notes:

  • Early experimentation for the menu of the Four Seasons occurred primarily in the Hawaiian Room kitchens.

Related Restaurants:

The Four Seasons (Restaurant Associates)

Forum of the Twelve Caesars (Restaurant Associates)

Lüchow’s (Restaurant Associates)

Menu:

Sunday, September 1, 1940 (New York Public Library, Rare Book Division)

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