On the basis of the Village Voice "Best Of" spread this week, I checked out Pukk at 71 First Ave. It's a cute little hole in the wall done in a spare, modern decor with stone seats embedded in the floor. Service was a little slow, and in fact, although the place was not crowded, my appetizer and entree arrived at the same time. But to the food: soups, appetizers, salads, sides and desserts run $3-$5, and noodles, curries and other entrees run $7-$9. Yes, this is cheap eats. They use soy for all the "meats" on the menu, and although in theory I'm not a fan of fake meat, they do a very good job with the food here. I had a terrific appetizer called "Square Noodle Roll" which contained radish and black mushroom in a black, sweet chili sauce. It was rich, mushroomy and complex. Really a good choice. Then I had "duck" with prik king paste, string beans and mushrooms. I asked for it spicy, and they definitely complied. This dish was also delicious. How authentic the food was I can't say, but I liked it a lot and plan to come back with a group and sample a lot more.