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Penny Strategist – The $6 Business Lunch at Pukk

Pukk: Chic and Cheap

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.


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    pukk is great. my friend and I go there all the time, for dinner or lunch!

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    yes! i love pukk! although i haven’t been there for lunch but i love it there, i should write a review..

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    thanks for bringing attention to a great vegan restaurant! ;)
    i do wonder how you found the portions small? the soup is full size, the appetizer is full size and a half size portion of an entree seems totally reasonable for lunch ;).

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    Patrick Kwan

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    Well, maybe I have a big appetite, but I often end up hungry after getting a Pukk lunch special.

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    coolest/nicest bathroom i have EVER been in.

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    i agree with patrick. i’ve never had the lunch portions but even for dinner..if i just get a main dish i’m still hungry..i usually get 1-2 appetizers + a main dish and then i’m still hungry haha so i usually go to atlas for desert since the deserts at pukk don’t seem that interesting..

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    Roseann Marulli

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    For dinner I always get the spinach toast and the duck basil with brown rice, and that always stuffs me, though I make sure to force down the rice pudding creme brulee anyway–beyond delish!!! When I went for lunch with a friend recently, she has the tofu & eggplant dish, and it was enormous! (And we still stuffed down the rice pudding.) Maybe it depends on which plate you order?

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    Jason Das

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    It would be really cool if all you people with stuff to say about Pukk left a restaurant review as well as your comments here. People who just look up Pukk in our restaurant guide won’t see what you write here, and I’m sure your fellow vegan diners would appreciate knowing what you think of the place!