Monday, February 13, 2012

Pok Pok Review

Anyone who lives in New York and reads about new restaurants has read about Pok Pok. It’s original location in Portland has been covered heavily on various shows on the Food Network and The Cooking Channel. Its new East Coast outpost has been in all the local papers and magazines. I should mention that I love a good wing; I love all types from grilled ones at Dinosaur BBQ or the classic at any good local bar. So naturally, I was intrigued by the Vietnamese flavors of these wings. Shady, a friend from the long ago days of high school, and I met up to try them out. At first we were totally underwhelmed by the décor and seating. There is a small counter in the middle and along the walls, seating maybe for 15-20 and an open kitchen in the back.  We ordered the Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings, spicy. 

The wings were sweet and spicy all at once. They had a caramelized surgery coating with a dusting of spices. The spice was just enough to give heat but not to overpower the other flavors. They were a little messy, but what good wing isn't? A large order is six wings served whole, with the flat and the drummet still attached, but not very meaty. I found these wings to be a little pricy at $12.50. Taking into account the price and the taste, I’d say the company was better than the wings. 

Have you been to Pok Pok, what did you think?  


  1. Gramercy Girl is not only good to her friends she's great to her Husband! Knowing I could not join her she brought home an order of wings for me, for lunch. Even though I had to heat them up in the toaster oven, I have to agree with the review. The wings are extremely tasty and flavorful, but at $12.50 an order, the wings should be much more meaty. These wings may pass for top end in Portland, but in one of the culinary capitals of the world, this was a bit disappointing. Won't rush back, and will probably need some sort of coupon to make them reasonable.