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Pok Pok NY...good, not great

fishermb | Apr 22, 201205:54 AM

Wife and I tried the new Pok Pok NY on Columbia Street last night and felt it was a bit uneven. We arrived about 20 minutes before they opened at 6PM and there was already a pretty big line ahead of us. We wound up being the last to get a table with the initial seating and I already heard the hostess talking about a 1.5-2 hour wait for the rest of the line out front. Service was quick but uneven, in at least 2 or 3 instances they brought someone else's food to our table and asked if it was for us. We sat in the backyard area and it's pretty cramped, which I'm fine with for a casual restaurant like this, but at least have your servers know who ordered what.

We started with the wings which had an incredibly tasty fish sauce. They were very good but after eating 3 or 4 found the taste of the sauce almost overbearing. I definitely enjoyed them, I just don't think I could eat a full order. We shared 2 other dishes: I ordered the Phak Kad Jaw, stewed mustard greens and pork ribs. The greens were tasty, the ribs were dry and OK. Wife ordered the clay pot Kung Op Wun Sen, with prawns and pork belly over bean thread noodles. Like the wings, this dish was incredibly tasty, but it was so overpowered with black pepper that even with sharing half and half between each other,neither of us could finish our half of this dish. The shrimp were great, the noodles were tasty, the black pepper was just too much.

Those 3 dishes and 1 beer came out to about $45 + tax + tip. We generally enjoyed the meal but I can't imagine waiting 2 hours for it on a Saturday night. The 2 waitresses we asked had absolutely no idea if they would be doing take out or delivery any time soon, which if the case we'd certainly try some other dishes. I know this place has been hyped-a-million and the Yelp reviews I read so far are just gushing. I'm happy to have it in the neighborhood, it will bring more foot traffic and the inevitable overflow will also help out other nearby bars and restaurants.

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