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Vegetarian Thai food in the East Village

Pukk is an all vegetarian Thai restaurant with many vegan options.

Added by Dave Rolsky on Jun 8 05 (last updated Feb 17 09)

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It's fun to go to a Thai place with a ton of vegan options, but the food here is average. Any old Thai place that had tofu options would be just as good. The ambiance is kind of off-putting, as well; it's like eating in a slightly grimy spaceship designed by Apple. I would not recommend making a special trip to come here.

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Update: On my third visit to Pukk I found myself less impressed with the place. It seems to be steadily declining in quality and novelty.

None of our dishes were particularly noteworthy. The "spinach rice crepe" was bland, the "green curry chicken" fell flat (where was the spice?), the "duck basil" was a passable stir-fry, and the spicy corn noodle was the best dish (but it too was a simple stir-fry with broad noodles). Also, I wish they gave larger, free portions of brown rice and their special seven-grain rice; as it stands, they give you a piddling amount which all but forces you to order more for $1.

Lastly, our lychee rice dessert was boring (sweet rice and lychee), compared to the wonderful sesame cheesecake I had had here three years ago on my first visit.

While I still like Pukk for its friendly service, low prices and cool ambience, I think it needs to revamp its preparations and take more risks with its menu.

Original review: I've been to Pukk twice now, once in 2007, and once in 2009. The decor is lounge-y futuristic, but has decayed a fair bit since my first visit there. That said, the food is still good. The mockmeats here are well-done; if you're looking to fool someone, this is the place to take them, as their mock duck is extremely supple, as is the mock chicken. Their Prik King Duck ($8) was delectable, and their green curry chicken ($8), while tasty, was a bit sweet. I would say the Massaman curry ($8) was also a bit too sweet. Make sure to try their chocolate mousse pie ($5), which was heavenly, or their sesame cheesecake ($5), which was unusual and distinctly Asian. That said, the sesame cheesecake was far bolder in taste in 2007; in 2009, I found it to be dumbed-down and more pedestrian. The prices are very low and the food is excellent. I also love that they offer brown rice.

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Neighborhood

East Village

Directions

Between 4th and 5th Streets.

Non-Smoking

No Reservations

Not Wheelchair Accessible

Prices

$$ - average

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Thai

Features

  • Delivery
  • Romantic

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Hours

3:30pm - 11pm
3:30pm - midnight
3:30pm - 11pm

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