AvroKO Hospitality Group (AHG) has announced a fourth renowned NYC hospitality concept will join its line-up of eateries due to debut in New Zealand, adding seafood and rosé focussed The Poni Room to its Auckland offering.

Bringing the flavours of New York to Auckland with never-been-done-before dining and drinking experiences, three of AHG’S new restaurant and bar venues - The Poni Room, Ghost Donkey and Liquorette - are set to open soon at Commercial Bay, with Saxon + Parole opening later this year.

The Poni Room is an all-day Asian-inspired, rosé-centric eat-and-drinkery with a convivial atmosphere that encourages nothing but good times. A place to socialise, mix, mingle, be and be seen, The Poni Room is set to lift the energy in Auckland’s hospitality scene as the place to let your hair down, party to a rotation of leading DJs and throw events to be remembered.

The Poni Room’s seafood-centric menu celebrates the best of the catch from New Zealand’s neighbouring waters. The food offering, overseen by AHG partner and executive and Michelin-starred chef Brad Farmerie, derives inspiration from Japanese and South-East Asian cuisines with a whimsical high-low approach to dining, a cheerful experience which sees diners sharing and conversing with a mate, or ten, over the dishes’ eclectic messy, sticky, sweet and salty flavours and presentations.

With award-winning restaurants and bars around the world including New York, Las Vegas and London, AvroKO is delighted to finally bring a taste of The Big Apple to Auckland’s thriving dining and hospitality industry.

The other offerings from AHG coming to Auckland by way of New York City are:

Ghost Donkey.

Ghost Donkey is set to bring an authentic Mexican experience to Auckland. At its core, Ghost Donkey is a lively, vibrant mezcal and tequila bar that embodies the heart and soul of Mexican hospitality, celebrating its heritage and respecting tradition whilst working its big city swagger.


An American casual cocktail counter with drinks and pizza to enjoy in or takeaway, Liquorette is a beverage-led concept readily positioned to fill a gap in Auckland’s bar scene. Inspired by the bodegas, superettes and liquor stores that are ubiquitous in NYC and LA, Liquorette’s multi-faceted beverage program promises a very special experience, bringing global cocktail culture and innovation to Harbour Eats.

Saxon + Parole

Opening later this year, Saxon + Parole, a Bowery-born modern steakhouse and cocktail bar with a rooftop terrace overlooking the Waitematā Harbour, will bring a menu of classic American fare to Auckland, with contemporary touches that celebrate the bounty of NZ, whilst paying homage to the restaurant’s strong NYC roots. Alongside the well-executed takes on classic dishes - with some surprising twists - this institution is known for its seasonally driven cocktails and thoughtfully curated wine and beer lists prepared and served by an award-winning beverage team.