Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pok Pok, Who's There?

Thai booze and beef at Brooklyn's Whiskey Soda Lounge


The legend of the Pok Pok craze goes something like this...

Just a year and a half ago, Andy Ricker landed in NYC and opened Pok Pok Wing in the LES. A few months later, he crossed the East River and landed on the up-and-coming Columbia Waterfront District with Pok Pok NY. A few months after that, Wing got a makeover to become Pok Pok Phat Thai.

And he's far from done. Now Ricker'sĀ done the worst possible thing to your Fall Into Health diet by openingĀ Whiskey Soda Lounge, a wood-paneled den of strong Thai cocktails and even stronger Thai drinking food in Cobble Hill.

As usual at these joints, don't expect to be able to pronounce most of the menu. Just ask for the five-spice fried pork ears, or maybe the slow-grilled flank steak and pork neck pounded with a sledgehammer (aka "MSG beef"), they'll know what you mean. Same goes for the deep fried eggs and yes, Pok Pok's signature spicy wings.

The cocktail list changes up frequently, so be sure to check the board when you roll in. But you can't go wrong with a few standbys: the Thai-chili-spiked bloody Mary, the tamarind whiskey sour, and a tart libation that mixes Pok Pok's own apple drinking vinegar, gin, lemon, and soda.

The bad news? The Lounge is only open until 1a. So you'll have to go home sometime.

Whiskey Soda Lounge
115 Columbia St. (Kane St.), Cobble Hill
(718) 797-4120

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: F/G to Bergen St.
Scene: South Asian drinking den where there are strictly no guns allowed. (Read the sign.)
Best bets: Ike's Vietnamese fish sauce wings; "MSG beef"; Pok Pok Bloody Mary
Nearby: Pok Pok NY; Bocca Lupo; Char No. 4

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