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Pok Pok Ny
Thai Restaurant$$
Today 5:30 – 10:30 pm
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117 Columbia St New York, NY 11231
117 Columbia StUSNYNew York11231
(718) 923-9322pokpokny.com
$$Thai Restaurant, Southeast Asian RestaurantToday 5:30 – 10:30 pm
Monday 5:30 – 10:30 pmTuesday 5:30 – 10:30 pmWednesday 5:30 – 10:30 pmThursday 5:30 – 10:30 pmFriday 5:30 – 10:30 pmSaturday 5:30 – 10:30 pmSunday 5:30 – 10:30 pm
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Northern Thai cooking delivered in a tiny no-frills, no-reservations waterfront spot with a garden.- Google
People talk about fish sauce, northern thai, pork belly, pork neck and chef andy
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shaun richards
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Prompted by Anthony's Bourdain's gushing review in his Brooklyn episode of No Reservations, my husband and I made the trek to Pok Pok while visiting NYC in January, 2014. It was a very indifferent dining experience. While Bourdain made much of the fact that the food is uniquely regional, the flavours (fish sauce, lemon grass, coriander) were all really familiar. The signature dish of spit-roasted poussin was moist but very bland. It could have benefited from some kind of rub or marinade. The pork neck was flavourful but very tough and dried out, which really must have taken some effort to achieve. The papaya salad was sub-par, even by the standards of my local thai takeaway. Most disappointing was the watery sticky rice. If you market your restaurant as a dining destination you at least need to be able to turn some decent rice Finally, given the fact that the food was indifferent at best, I wasn't at all receptive to the whole plastic table cloths and plastic dishes thing. I get the street food concept, but then why charge decent china and linens prices? The only thing I thought was exceptional in any way was the starchy water -- that was really nice.
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Holly Manning
reviewed 6 months ago
I went to Pok Pok for my sister's birthday and really enjoyed it. The meal was primarily family style, so going with a group of similar tastes will serve you well. I also recommend getting there early, as they do not take reservations and usually have a line before it opens. Their outdoor seating is very relaxing and was great for a larger group. The food was delicious, but I only have a strong memory of the pork belly and one of the noodle soups. They also have a large number of vegetarian options.
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Matthew Muenzer
reviewed 10 months ago
DISCLAIMER: NOT WORTH THE WAIT You have to check in at the door and I didn't hear them hand out a wait shorter than an hour and a half (even for parties of two). I went to stand in line to check on our wait and the woman who checks in parties disappeared into the restaurant for almost half an hour and wouldn't let anybody in to check in or ask questions. People who were called to take tables even had to wait briefly. The food was solid and different. but nothing is worth that wait. That said, if you can get there at around 5pm (and only if you can), it should be fine. It's not terribly cheap or terribly expensive, but the servings aren't exactly big. The food is nice -- lots of lime, spice, and good-quality ingredients (and the wings are great, but not the greatest ever). The service was pretty good once inside, but they barely acknowledged you as a human being trying to interact with their restaurant before you're sat down.
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Christopher Westendorf
reviewed a month ago
If you have a table with more than 4 people, then be prepared for a 2 hour wait. However, that shouldn't be a deal breaker as you are surrounded by tons of things to entertain you while you wait. For instance the whiskey lounge that they own next store has some light fare food and specialty cocktails. Once you get to the table to finally eat you are in for a treat. The food is delicious and far from the over sugared american thai kitchen standard. I highly recommend this place to people that live in Brooklyn. However, I don't think it is worth the commute from manhattan.
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ConcreteTV Ron
reviewed 5 months ago
Our wait was very-very long but whatever; Pok Pok has been getting rave reviews and it was Saturday night. That said, the service was very friendly and efficient. Sadly the food was substandard Thai at hipster foodie prices. Firstly, the table water tasted unpleasant (ricey). On inquiring, we were told it supposed to taste that way; some kind of leaves soaked in water thing. My girlfriend's entree; "Da Chom's Laap Mauangsome" (spicy pork) was nearly inedible. To boot, it came with a side of mostly useless leaves and herbs - even more inedible. My entree was a rice noodle and chicken soup. They called it Khoa Soi Kai but it was basically your normal Thai restaurant's Tom Kai. It was, however, far less yummy than your average Thai restaurant's Tom Kai. Quite possibly it was made using the selfsame ricey table water leave concoction. The highlight of our meal was the $15 barbecued chicken wing appetizer. Not that that was so great either. To be honest, I've had better Korean and Japanese barbecued wings umpteen times without having to leave lower Manhattan.
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iron frank
reviewed 7 months ago
If patience is a virtue, Pok Pok NY might be the most virtuous restaurant in town. What it lacks in expediency it makes up for spicy deliciousness, and oh those wings. Pop into their whiskey bar down the block whiles you wait and nosh on some wings and a cocktail based on one of their seasonal Som vinegars and time will just fly by.

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