137 Rivington St., Lower East Side
Phone: 212-477-1299; website
Status: Certified Open
Last night Thai chicken wing messiah Andy Ricker finally opened his eagerly anticipated new restaurant Pok Pok Wing in the old BaoHaus space on Rivington Street, giving his cultishly loved Portland creations a home on the East Coast. The small space doesn't yet have booze or gas, but early reports (and Yelp reviews!) indicate the wings he's cooking up on electric stoves are just as addictive as what he's serving out West. Says a tipster who stopped in on opening night: "Wings are great, same as the ones I had in PDX. $12.50 for a good portion. Papaya salad is nice ($8.50). But the surprise dish on the small menu is the Khao Man Som Tam--shredded pork cooked in palm sugar and black soy over rice. Delicious."
In addition to those three items—shredded pork is $10.50—Pok Pok Wing serves coconut rice, sticky rice, house roasted peanuts, drinking vinegars, Stumptown stubbys, and Kafae Boraan Yen, which is cold brewed Stumptown coffee mixed with condensed milk, evaporated milk, and sugar. Soon, there will be specials.
Pok Pok Wing is open from 5 PM until midnight on Sunday through Thursday and until 2 AM on the weekends. Ricker's next Pok Pok production, Pok Pok NY in the Columbia Street Waterfront District, should open sometime soon. See the full menu here or below.
[Menu via Pok Pok Wing]