Andy Ricker Is Opening Whiskey Soda Lounge in Brooklyn

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Ricker has new plans. Photo: WILL RAGOZZINO/Patrick McMullan

Columbia Street's ever-popular Pok Pok Ny will close from January 1 through January 17 for its first annual tuneup and deep clean, but in the meantime, Andy Ricker has confirmed to the Times that he will indeed open a Brooklyn outpost of Whiskey Soda Lounge, his Portland cocktail bar, at 115 Columbia Street. Diners unnerved by the long lines they may encounter at Pok Pok will soon have the option to ease their minds with tamarind whiskey sours and small plates in the new space, which is just a few doors down from the full-service restaurant. Expect lots of snacks, cold drinks, and, of course, fish-sauce-fried chicken wings this spring. [Diner's Journal/NYT, Earlier]