Pukk: Chic and Cheap
You’re budget conscious but don’t want to sacrifice chic for cheap – Vegetarian Dim Sum House’s crumminess just won’t cut it for lunch this time around. So, how about an East Village Thai restaurant with a stylish green, gold and white quasi-minimalist atmosphere?
Whether you have to impress a cheap date (yes, that craigslist date you’re meeting for the first time) or hold a business meeting to discuss your next freelance/entrepreneurial project that will be your big break, Pukk’s three-course lunch specials make perfect sense for your wallet and palate.
For just $6, you get a brothy vegetable soup with choices of an appetizer like crispy tofu with sweet chili sauce and a Thai summer roll served with tamarind sauce, and an entree like the pad see-ew duck (seitan with broad rice noodles and chinese broccoli in a sweet and savory sauce) and Massaman curry veggies (sweet potato, onion, and veggies in a peanut curry sauce).
Portions can be small, so order a rice dish to fill yourself up better, or splurge by ordering an extra lunch special or a full-size entree. And yes, their prices are also very reasonable for dinner – entrees average $8-$10.
It’s no secret that it takes more than a few pretty pennies to live in NYC. SuperVegan Penny Strategist serves as a playbook to help all you starving vegans/cheap bastards get by with a satisfied stomach as part of our non-court ordered community service. Check out some past SuperVegan Penny Strategist features.