Pok Pok

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Dining

    June 25, 2014
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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

    January 30, 2014

    Where to Ring in the Chinese New Year

    Ring in the Lunar New Year (and the year of the horse) with a feast for kings without getting caught in the thick of activities in Chinatown or Flushing. Here's a round-up of five great blowout options for a festive dinner.

  • 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

    January 2, 2014

    Glasserie's Sara Kramer: "I Think People Don't Want to be so Buttoned up About Food Any More.

    Greenpoint came on strong in 2013: One innovative restaurant after another threw open the doors, fostering a destination-worthy culinary community with no shortage of fans despite the fact that reaching the area, at least by train, is challenging. One leader in that charge is Glasserie (95 Commercia ... 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 18, 2013

    Martha's Andres Valbuena: Pop-Up Restaurants Are Like an Embryo -- They Need to Become a Person

    Martha (184 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-596-4147) chef Andres Valbuena loves a challenge. The Venezuela native set out to travel after a short-lived career in graphic design, landing kitchen jobs with internationally acclaimed chefs like Thomas Keller at the French Laundry, James Beard Award-winnin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Holiday Cookbookery: Buyer's Guide to Gifting Cookbooks

    Fork in the Road is publishing a series of local gift guides this year -- one from each regular contributor. This one comes from our Cookbook of the Week columnist, Hannah Palmer Egan. So, it's the holidays. And if you're a busy New Yorker like the rest of us, thinking through the gifting gauntlet ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 16, 2013

    Betony's Bryce Shuman: "I Don't Want Anything on the Menu I'm Not Thrilled About"

    When Betony executive chef Bryce Shuman was a kid, his mother, an academic studying cultural anthropology, took him to live with the Inuit people in the Arctic for 13 months, where he ate thinly sliced frozen caribou and chunks of seal meat after a hunt. "It opened my world up," he explains. "Food's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Unhatched Ducklings at Jeepney; Smoking Up Meat at BrisketTown

    Our own Tejal Rao visits the East Village's Jeepney, the latest venture from the Maharlika family, to try the unhatched duckling eggs at the "modern Filipino gastropub" in her review of Jeepney. She offers some guidelines for enjoying the small bites: "Think of the impossibly pure broth you get when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Photo Gallery: 100 Good Things to Eat in New York

    Here at Fork in the Road, we're nerds. We spend almost all of our time snacking our way around the city, researching and tasting to find the very best things to eat and drink, so we can tell you about it. In 10 glorious pages, here's a look at our last 100 days with snapshots of the great dishes we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Michelin Reveals NYC's Best Value Restaurants

    The Michelin guide recently released their list of New York City's Bib Gourmands, establishments that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. This year's list had a record breaking 126 establishments. Winners include: Alobar, Congee Village, Buttermilk Channel, Katz's, Mom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Tabata Ramen Gets New Noodle Broth

    Newly added to the Tabata menu, Black Sesame Ramen is Dish #27 in our countdown. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: Pok Pok Brings the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    How Many of These Bread Dips Can You Identify?

    This delicious collection of 15 bread dips is Dish #29 in our countdown. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: Pok Pok Brings the Funk to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Mission Chinese; Tejal Rao at Foragers City Table

    [See More Under Review: Tejal Rao at Reynards; Robert Sietsema at Yemen Café | Robert Sietsema at Pete Zaaz; Tejal Rao at Landbrot | Tejal Rao at Pok Pok Ny; Robert Sietsema on Eldridge Street] Robert Sietsema says that although Mission Chinese is not completely authentic Sichuan food, it is likab ... More >>

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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 11, 2012

    Scary Monsters, Super Freaks, Lobster Rolls

    Red Hook Flicks, the free outdoor film series on Red Hook's grassy Valentino Pier, has announced its summer schedule. The theme is Scary Monsters and Super Freaks (yesss!) and new vendors this summer include Pok Pok and Mile End Deli. Here's the lineup:

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    LuckyRice Festival 2012: Celebrity Chefs, Asian Night Market and a Hawaiian Luau

    LuckyRice Festival 2012 is a week-long line-up celebrating Asian food and culture. Currently in its third inaugural year, the event has an impressive roster of celebrity chefs and personalities from ethnically Asian Masaharu Morimoto, David Chang, and Anita Lo, to other big industry names like Danie ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>