The very-much-anticipated NYC expansion of Portland's Pok Pok continues today with the installation of new signage onto the old 5 Burro space on Columbia Street in Brooklyn. Andy Ricker, Pok Pok's chef and owner, has left a note addressed to the sleepy Columbia waterfront community that starts off with a cheerful "howdy, neighbors," and ends with a brief explanation of what kind of food Pok Pok Ny will serve. ("Ny" is a double entendre, we noted a while back, referring to a Thai phrase for "in the city," and of course, our city.) Ricker will also be going up before Community Board 6 tonight to discuss the Brooklyn restaurant's on-premises liquor license application.
If all of this is making you hungry, do not despair and instead head on over to Bon AppĂ©tit to check out their primer on home-style Thai food, which is compiled by none other than ... Andy Ricker. Dude's everywhere.