Pok Pok jolts New York with flavor
Hold fast when you visit the stunning new Pok Pok Ny in a pier-side section of Brooklyn--and visit you must.
Do not order the legendary wings and the restaurant’s fiery namesake papaya salad, tempting though they may be. Those dishes, after all, are available at Pok Pok Ny’s Lower East Side sibling, Pok Pok Wing.
Instead, order any of the uncommon Thai dishes on Pok Pok Ny’s extensive menu. We ordered nearly half the available items when we dined, and every dish was spectacular.
We’re talking about charcoal-roasted catfish salad ($14) and smoke-saturated bites of eggplant with hard-boiled eggs in Yam Makheua Yao ($10). Rotisserie hens (half a bird, $12; whole, $20) are literally packed full of lemongrass, and demure Phak Kad Jaw (stewed mustard greens and pork ribs; $14) is a restorative brew far from the Thai-American norm.
Slam a beer slushy ($6) alongside mussels caught up in a rice-and-tapioca-flour crêpe (pictured; $14). From there, all roads must lead to an affogato of condensed-milk ice cream drowned in coffee ($7).
In a flash of chile heat, endless dipping sauces and sour-salty-sweet flavors, Pok Pok Ny has instantly redefined “destination dining.”
Pok Pok Ny, 127 Columbia St. (at Kane St.), Brooklyn; 718-923-9322 or pokpokny.com
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