Andy Ricker

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    Here's What You Missed at Taste Talks

    The weekend's Taste Talks events went off without a hitch, bringing together top New York food mavens and eager eaters to share in conversation and plenty of good dishes. From Friday evening to Sunday night, Taste Talks hosted a round of events -- dinners, presentations, a Future of Food expo, and S ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Chefs Light Up Grills for an All-Star BBQ

    A lineup of New York's best chefs will be on display September 14 at East River State Park, where they'll be grilling up their favorite dishes for you to devour. This is the finale to the upcoming Taste Talks event in Brooklyn, and 25 chefs will hit the waterfront for the All-Star BBQ, building up s ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Sambal Eggs: Brooklyn Palates Dance to Selamat Pagi's Balinese Twist

    Kale, chicken wings, deviled eggs. Yes, we're definitely in Brooklyn. But the sautéed kale is tossed with toasted coconut. The chicken wings? Glazed in chili, garlic, and palm sugar. And the deviled eggs dosed with sourness and spice from chiles and kaffir lime.

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    August 1, 2014

    Move Fast: Nab Your Tickets for This Year's Taste Talks

    "Mario [Batali] asked me to this, and my general rule is, if Mario asks me to do something, I say yes," chef Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese and Mission Cantina explained of his turn as master of ceremonies and curation for the upcoming Taste Talks event in Brooklyn, September 12-14. "April wasn't a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    The 10 Best Summer Cocktails in NYC, 2014 Edition

    Each New Yorker has his or her own remedy for the stinking, thick blanket of heat that covers the city all summer. Some go for weekend getaways along the New England coastline. Others opt rely on what may as well be an IV drip of cold brew coffee and air-conditioned hermit lifestyles. Still others v ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    Why You Should Chow Down to Support STREETS International

    Neal Bermas spent years working in the hospitality industry, both as an owner and operator of restaurants and as a consultant, offering his advice on restaurants and hotels around the world. Fifteen years ago, he touched down in southeast Asia, and he was moved by the place. "I felt really connected ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    10 Ways to Be a NYC Restaurant Bad Boy (or Girl)

    We know: You went to culinary school hoping to woo ladiez (or dudez) with your chef skillz, didn't you? Unfortunately, now you've graduated, and all you have is a job where you bust your ass on the line only to hang up your Crocs and pass out on your couch, Tindr still open on your cell phone, Top C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Atera's Matt Lightner: Restaurants Are Like Houses; It Takes Years to Make Them Homes

    A number of transplants are making waves in the New York City restaurant industry of late. David Bowien brought us Mission Chinese, an outgrowth of his successful San Francisco pop-up. Andy Ricker planted Pok Pok here, the first satellite market outside of his home city, Portland, Oregon. And Matt L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Our Biggest Food Stories of 2013

    Just a few more hours before we ring in 2014. Already feeling nostalgic for 2013? Take a gander at some of our biggest food stories of the year, and relive the last 12 months.

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Pok Pok Phat Thai's Phat Thai, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Phat Thai Thamadaa from Pok Pok Phat Thai (137 Rivington Street, 212-477-1299), $9.50 Get a taste of Andy Ricker's Thai cuisine -- for less than you'd spend at his Columbia Waterfront restaurant.

  • Dining

    November 27, 2013

    Holiday Arts Guide: The Minds of Chefs

    New cookbooks offer a glimpse inside some of the city's top restaurants

  • Voice Choices

    October 30, 2013


    Andy Ricker shares his cooking secrets

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Reader: Andy Ricker's Argument Against Free Rice is the Worst Argument Ever

    It's been just over 24 hours since we posted our interview with Pok Pok's Andy Ricker, and in it, the chef made his case for not serving free rice: "You're keeping your food cost below 30 percent, so if you're charging $7 for a giant plate of food, something has to give: labor, rent, or food," he to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Pok Pok NY's Andy Ricker: Free Rice Is an American Invention, and the Word "Authentic" Pisses People Off

    He might be an out-of-towner, but so far, Andy Ricker hasn't found much use for the PR firms employed by most of this city's biggest restaurants--the Portland restaurateur's reputation preceded his Big Apple entrance, and since landing a year and a half ago, he's had no trouble netting press or crow ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    The 10 Best Thai Restaurants in NYC

    A decade ago, the average New Yorker would be hard-pressed to name 10 destination-worthy Thai restaurants, but as the city's collective palate has expanded, so too have the options for regional cuisines from Southeast Asia; fiery, sour Northeastern Isaan flavors seem to be in particular abundance th ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Pok Pok NY's Papaya Pok Pok, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 31: Papaya pok pok from Pok Pok NY The simple papaya salad is a good measuring stick for the quality of a Thai restaurant--and at Pok Pok NY, the dish is a standout on the menu.

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Take Root's Elise Kornack: "I'm Tired of the Pork Phase"

    Take Root chef and co-owner Elise Kornack grew up in a family that put food at the center of its existence. "My mom was Italian," she explains. "I woke up to the smell of garlic and went to sleep to the smell of garlic." But after she graduated from high school, she never contemplated cooking--inste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    The Pines Debuts an Outdoor Kitchen

    People like eating outside, and they'll stop at almost nothing to do it. They will choke down steaming food as mysterious water droplets rain down from air conditioners above. Crowd a party of eight into one pitiful corner of shade. Inhale exhaust (or canal) fumes along with aromas of fine wine. But ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013

    MOFAD Will Throw Puff Party Featuring Wylie Dufresne, Anita Lo, Andy Ricker, and More

    Last week, we caught up with Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) executive director Peter Kim, who weighed in on the project's plans for its first pop-up exhibit, "BOOM! The Puffing Gun and the Rise of Breakfast Cereal," which will debut in August if it can get the Kickstarter funds together by July 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Mission Pok Pok Morini? Watch Danny Bowien, Andy Ricker, and Michael White Discuss Brand Building and Restaurant Empires

    "Once you're calling yourself a chef, no one is really telling you what to do anymore," Danny Bowien said a few weeks back at a Culinatro panel on branding and restaurant expansion. The company spoke with the Mission Chinese owner, along with Pok Pok Ny's Andy Ricker and Osteria Morini's Michael Whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Eric Ripert, Mario Batali, Floyd Cardoz and Others Will Say 'Shame on Sandy' at Relief Benefit

    On Saturday, January 12, My Last Supper and a few big name chefs will join forces to support Sandy relief efforts. But before you grab your elastic waist pants and skip lunch, know this -- the evening will run as a variety show with the finger-wagging title, "Shame on Sandy". [See More Edible News: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Andy Ricker Brings Whiskey Soda Lounge to Brooklyn

    Brooklandiayn is getting a new bar this spring. Andy Ricker, owner of Pok Pok Ny, told the NY Times earlier this week that, come spring 2013, he'll open an East Coast offshoot of his popular Portland bar, Whiskey Soda Lounge, at 115 Columbia Street.

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    September 21, 2012

    5 Great Sodas in NYC

    Now that the days of dropping five bucks on a jumbo, movie theater Coke will be going the way of smoking in bars, New Yorkers might want to consider a carbonation contingency plan. Despite Mayor Bloomberg's approved soda ban, plenty of NYC restaurants are crafting their own sodas in-house. Although ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Pok Pok Brings the Funk to the LES

    Dish #30 is for noodle lovers Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. Andy Ricker's Pok Pok Wing has been rebooted as a tiny noodle bar on the Lower East Side, wher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2012

    Say Goodbye To Pok Pok Wing, BaoBQ

    It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Know of any restaurants or bars opening or closing? Drop us a line. Andy Ricker is shutting down Pok Pok Wing on Rivington Street. But don't worry, it will be replaced with Pok Pok Phat Thai, where he will be serving four different types of pad thai. [New York Ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Pete Zaaz; Tejal Rao at Landbrot

    Robert Sietsema goes for pizza at Pete Zaaz and is impressed with the Mexican chorizo "with a zesty tomato sauce, queso blanco, pickled onions, nuggets of skinless sausage, and--odd man out--slivers of kiwi." Tejal Rao tries the fare at Landbrot, the German all-day café and bakery in the West Vill ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Three Good Things: Rome, Pok Pok, Ice Cream

    1 Layne Mosler of Taxi Gourmet writes about her experience with Italian taxi drivers and shares her top six cabbie-recommended restaurants in Rome. [The Guardian] 2 This great tour of Andy Ricker's pantry at Pok Pok (the Thai restaurant I reviewed last week) that includes dried flower pistils, sun- ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 13, 2012

    Pok Pok Ny: Bangkok Pop, No Fetishes

    Andy Ricker draws Thai-food lovers to Truckland, Brooklyn

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Review: Pok Pok Ny

    For this week's review of Andy Ricker's Thai restaurant, Pok Pok Ny, I swung by Columbia Street many evenings to either check out the wait situation or to put my party's name down for a table. It's a funny system at Pok Pok, reminiscent of those flashing, vibrating beepers that let you know it's you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    When American Chefs Cook Immigrant Food

    If you read Francis Lam's story for the New York Times last week, maybe you thought about it for a few minutes: why do American-raised chefs who learn to cook the food of immigrant cultures often become so much more successful than the immigrants themselves? It's a very interesting question. I don ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Under the Toque: Andy Ricker on East-West Fusion, Anthony Bourdain Joins CNN

    Andy Ricker talks to the Times on how his foreignness helps him learn traditional recipes from Thai chefs: "On one level, that means they may have an easier time with the language -- telling the story of their food, or knowing how to make obscure dishes sound sexy in menu descriptions." [NYTimes] S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Say Hello to Pok Pok NY, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

    Pok Pok NY, a branch of Andy Ricker's Thai chain, opens tomorrow in Brooklyn's Columbia Waterfront district. [Eater] Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya is now open on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    How Pok Pok Wing Chef Andy Ricker Made Shrubs Cool Again

    Lauren ShockeyTwo of Pok Pok Wing's drinking vinegars​While Pok Pok Wing is best known for its sticky-spicy-sweet chicken, one of its more interesting foodstuffs are the Pok Pok Som, or drinking vinegars, a refreshing beverage akin to old fashioned shrubs. "We first starting selling them at Po ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Pok Pok Wing Brings Portland's Beloved Spicy-Sticky Poultry to the LES

    Andy Ricker's deep-fried, fish-sauce-dressed chicken wings have been called one of the best restaurant dishes in America, and the chef even won a James Beard Award for his Thai cooking at his Portland restaurant, Pok Pok. Ricker's planning to open a full-blown Pok Pok outpost in Red Hook, but until ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Ryan Skeen 'In' at Pera Soho; Sam Talbot 'Out' at Imperial No. 9

    ​​Ryan Skeen, formerly of Fish Tag (who's also formerly of Allen & Delancey, Irving Mill, and 5 & Diamond), will head the soon-to-open Pera Soho. [Grub Street]Sam Talbot has given notice at Imperial No. Nine, over long-standing disputes about the restaurant's direction.[Eater]Portla ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Portland's Andy Ricker Coming to NYC; Jonnatan Leiva 'Out' at 10 Downing

    ​Gualtiero Marchesi, the first chef in Italy to win three Michelin stars, teamed up with McDonald's to create two burgers and a dessert. [Daily Meal] Eddie Huang announced on his blog that Andy Ricker, of Pok Pok in Portland, is going to open a "wing shack" in the old BaoHaus space. [Zagat Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Lady Chefs Rock the James Beard Awards!

    ​So the James Beard Foundation Awards were last night and New York City cleaned up pretty well, with Best New Restaurant going to ABC Kitchen, Outstanding Pastry Chef awarded to Eleven Madison Park's Angela Pinkerton, Outstanding Restaurant Award also nabbed by Eleven Madison Park, and Outstan ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    And Here's What People Ate at the James Beard Awards

    Lauren ShockeyEgg-ceptional Virtual Eggs, from Michel Richard​ Everyone knows that the real point of the James Beard Awards is to eat and drink a ton of free food and booze during the gala tasting. That, and to go to the after-parties and see chefs spraying crowds with jeroboams of champagne. ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    The 2011 James Beard Award Finalists Are...

    ​Earlier this afternoon in Portland, OR, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for the 2011 James Beard Awards. So without further ado, the nominees, after the jump:

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    James Beard Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists Announced

    opentable.comThe product of blood, sweat, and tears​It's almost time for the Oscars. That is, the Oscars of the food world: the James Beard Foundation Awards. Today marked the announcement of the restaurant and chef semifinalists, who were chosen from a record 28,000 online entries. Finalists ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    The James Beard Awards Semi-Finalists Have Been Announced

    Will the spirit of James Beard smile upon New York chefs?​The James Beard Foundation announced its list of semi-finalists for the annual James Beard Awards today, kicking off the food world's very own Oscar season scrum. The semi-finalists were selected from a pool of 21,000 online entries; th ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    James Beard Semifinalists Announced

    The semifinalists for the illustrious James Beard awards have been announced, with a quite a few hometown favorites in the lot, including Dan Barber and Tom Colicchio in the the Outstanding Chef category; Babba and Jean George for Outstanding Restaurant;  Corton, Momofuku Ko, and Scarpetta for ... More >>

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