• Critics’ Pick
  • Pok Pok Phat Thai

  • Thai Vietnamese Asian: Southeast $8.50-$15
  • 127 Columbia St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11231
  • Neighborhood: Columbia St. Waterfront District
  • Phone: 718-625-2184
This venue is closed. Considering how much Andy Ricker has single-handedly done to rehabilitate the sullied reputation of pad Thai, that hapless Siamese-menu cliché, it seems a tad churlish to say that of the three principal dishes on offer at his noodle nook, it’s our least favorite. This is not, you understand, to disparage the quality of his rendition, which, like everything the chef-restaurateur does, aspires to utmost authenticity, and does indeed excel in its perfectly calibrated, intentionally understated contrast of flavor and texture—the slick nest of pork-fat-fried rice noodles mingled with nuggets of dried shrimp, pressed tofu, and preserved radish, among other toothsome things. According to his cookbook, Pok Pok (Ten Speed Press), Ricker considers the iconic dish rich but minimalist, as subtle as it is satisfying, and we defer to his expert opinion. For something a bit brasher and rough around the edges, though, we recommend the kuaytiaw khua kai, a sizzling toss of chicken, egg, and cuttlefish with wide rice noodles that crisp and char on the fire, or the hoi thawt, a delectably greasy broken crêpe embedded with saffron-colored mussels and egg. The pad Thai might be edifying, but these two are imperative.

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  • Special Features

    Delivery Notable Chef Take-Out Hot Spot Private Dining/Party Space Late-Night Dining

  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

  • Reservations

    Not Accepted

  • Delivery Area

    Huntington St. to Middagh St., Bond St. to Columbia St.

  • Delivery Hours

    Wed-Sun, 5pm-10pm Mon-Tue, closed

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