As much as I love eating Thai food, I was never a fan of the country’s most famous dish (in the States, at any rate), pad thai. On the rare occasions that I would order it at restaurants, I’ve always found it to be too sweet for my tastes. But now, there is one place in the city where I would happily order it: Pok Pok Phat Thai.
It’s an offshoot of Andy Ricker’s main restaurant (which is excellent) in Red Hook and it specializes in the noodle dish, offering about three or four variations. On this visit, I stuck with the regular pad thai and a Thai iced tea (with lime, not milk). It makes for a great lunch when I’m looking for a quick bite and I want something hearty but not too filling. The restaurant is tiny, with maybe about a dozen seats; there have been a few times when I’ve gone when it’s crowded but there were plenty of seats when I went yesterday.
And you know it must be pretty good when your Thai friend thinks it’s pretty authentic. We both love the Brooklyn Pok Pok but Pok Pok Phat Thai is a lot easier to get to when you need to satisfy a craving.