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Pok Pok Ny

117 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231
at Kane St.
718-923-9322

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8
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 6
"Recommended"

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75% would go back.

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Loved it!

By Mary from DC on 3/4/2013

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Was visiting the city with some friends for my birthday this past weekend and decided to give Pok Pok a try. Everything was fantastic. From the rice-flavored (it's mild, don't worry) water, to the pineapple vinegar soda, to the chicken, ribs, pork curry, baby broccoli, sticky rice and coconut ice cream, everything was incredibly delicious and unlike any other food our group had had. Our waiter was super nice and attentive, and they turn tables over really quickly. A note on waiting. We arrived at 5:20pm thinking no one would be there. To our surprise, the line to put your name in was about a block long. It moved quickly once the doors opened. We were the first group to have to wait, and our wait was only 30 min or so. (Luckily there is a book shop next door where you can stay warm and read up while waiting) We did notice, though, that by 6:15pm the wait for a party of 2-4 was over 2 hours. The good thing is that they'll call your cell phone when your table is ready, so you don't have to be hanging around outside or anything. Great experience.

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My mouth is still tingling

By FlyingChef on 11/12/2012

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

the beef stew was almost overpowering but comforting, the mustard greens and pork tasted exhilerating, and used quite different spicing; the half chicken, with its two sauces, was gone in an instant and the pineapple vinegar drink helped keep me cool. If you do not like spicy food this place may not be for you, and if you are unaware that dried shrimp is fishy, your neighborhood Thai joint may be a better choice. But if you want to experience the people's food from another continent, give Pok Pok a try. Btw, service was attentive and unpretentious.

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36 out of 72 people found this review helpful.

My mouth is still tingling

By FlyingChef on 11/12/2012

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

the beef stew was almost overpowering but comforting, the mustard greens and pork tasted exhilerating, and used quite different spicing; the half chicken, with its two sauces, was gone in an instant and the pineapple vinegar drink helped keep me cool. If you do not like spicy food this place may not be for you, and if you are unaware that dried shrimp is fishy, your neighborhood Thai joint may be a better choice. But if you want to experience the people's food from another continent, give Pok Pok a try. Btw, service was attentive and unpretentious.

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39 out of 84 people found this review helpful.

Highly Overrated; lackluster, overpriced food

By bearfood on 7/10/2012

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

My girlfriend and I live in the neighborhood and were excited to try Pok Pok after reading very positive reviews about the place. But of the three dishes that we ordered, only one was good--not great, but good--and the other two were extremely lackluster. The tangy "vinegar" sodas were the only redeeming aspects of the meal. Service was also unnecessarily slow: it took two hours to get three dishes (after an hour and a half wait for a table on a Tuesday night). And small details that make for a pleasant dining experience were lacking. For example, the tiny sharing plates remained on the table for all three dishes, no extra napkins were offered to wipe up after a plate of ribs, and there was no explanation for how to eat things like a side of herbs that come with a main dish. Our first course was a namesake, the Pok Pok Papaya Salad. The papaya had no flavor, the spice completely overwhelmed the dish, and the dried shrimp gave the dish a fishy aftertaste. The second course, ribs, was good, but not great. The worst dish was the duck salad, which lacked flavor and seemed more like a plate of cheap ground meat with a few chilli peppers and herbs. The bill for two sodas and three dishes came to $58 before tip. Between the expense, the wait, and the below average food, I would not recommend wasting your time. Overall, a disappointing experience.

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