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Pukk

Food: 4.264.26
Atmosphere: 4.374.37
Service: 4.474.47

(20 customer reviews. Leave your own!)

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71 1st Avenue
New York   NY 10003
(212) 253-2742
Pukk website

Veg level:

Vegetarian (mostly vegan)

Menu indicates vegan items

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)

Accepted Payments:

  • Visa
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  • Mastercard

Hours:

Sun-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri & Sat 11am-12 midnight.

Directions:

Between 4th and 5th Streets

Delivery notes:

Pukk delivers.

$10 minimum.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on December 18, 2009.

User Reviews of Pukk

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 4.264.26
Atmosphere: 4.374.37
Service: 4.474.47
  • Review by NotBuyingIt! on May 4, 2011:

  • This was one of my favorite places when I lived in NYC. This was my husband's absolute favorite place when he lived there. The food was delicious and innovative! They have some amazing cocktails and there's always a new, interesting special. The interiors are equally interesting and the service is great too. Highly recommend it!
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by spanky87 on February 4, 2011:

  • I went to this place trying to find a new restaurant that wasn't something I typically frequent.

    The waitress was friendly and quick to sit us, she constant checked in without being overwhelming. It was pretty slow when I went, which had me wondering if the place would be any good, but you never know until you try, right?

    The appetizers were amazing, as well as the unique thai tea mojito I had, mmm! I was hoping the rest of my meal would reflect the start of the meal, but I was wrong. The soup I had- tom yum, wasn't the quality that I am accustomed to from my other thai food restaurant and I found it a little too sour for my liking, but each place has it's own recipe so I enjoyed it for what it was. The mean meal was a huge disappointed. My bok choy was ice cold, as well as most of the dish. I actually had water running all over my plate, and the vegetables were soggy. I would go back, but I think I would just order the appetizers and snack while enjoying their interesting drink choices.

    The layout of the place itself is awesome, the chairs, tables and tiles are unique and are a nice change from the typical paper or cloth covered table and regular wooden chairs, although the plastic chairs for customers sitting on the outer part of the chair had my boyfriend concerned he wouldn't fit in the chair. Too small, and who wants to be the one stuck in that char when you have such a cool 'bench' on the other side of the table?
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by RichBeBe on July 7, 2010:

  • I've been here before but never wrote a review. As always the service was outstanding and super fast. Had a special spinach pancake appetizer as well as spinach toast which the waiter recommended and it was excellent.
    My GF ordered Pad Thai (boring) and it was actually boring, so I brought the food down to four stars. My spicy watercress duck was delicious and was just hot enough to be spicy but not too hot as to over power the flavors.
    Great food and great prices means I will go back again quicker than the last time I went.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by seagull on September 14, 2009:

  • The best thai food around! Love this place! The atmosphere is clean, trendy, and contemporary. (A little too contemporary for me to give the atmosphere 5 stars.) The spicy spring rolls, and mushroom puffs are amazing! The pad thai is excellent, and protein "duck". All excellent.

    By the way, beware of eating pad thai at non veg restaurants. A lot of times the pad thai had fish stock in it, and the waiters will tell you it doesn't. (My experience at Republic.) Definitely worth traveling out of your way to Pukk to have peace of mind, AND the best tasting pad thai around!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by VeganScot on August 23, 2009:

  • We (myself, wife, grown up son and daughter) dined at Pukk while on vacation to NYC from Scotland recently. We all chose something different to eat, my choice being Spinach Toast to start with, followed by Golden Mushroom. Can't remember what I had for dessert but it was all delicious! It was quiet during our visit there (late afternoon), service was very good and prices reasonable. Not too sure I liked the seating because where we were seated, had it been a busy time, my wife and I would have been sitting back to back with other diners with no backs to the seats. I would imagine bumping backs would have been unavoidable, and would have felt uneasy sitting there. Nice enough place though, we enjoyed our meal.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by alf-redo on June 12, 2009:

  • their lunch special is a great deal. i love their fresh spring roll. the main entrees i've tried have been good and fresh (not amazing, but really good) and it is a fun space.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by DavidG on June 10, 2009:

  • Pukk is my favorite Thai restaurant! I love the look of the restaurant as its very railroad like. It can get a bit crowded, but the food is worth it. For a appetizer, I always go for the chicken nugget. It come with five small pieces of rolled chicken with an amazing sweet and sour sauce, and always has some greens on the side. For my meal, I always get the Duck Basil. If you love basil, this is the dish for you. Its has a nice amount of soy duck (for $2, you can add extra dukk)mixed with white onion, green, and red peppers. Sometimes the onion is a little undercooked, but for the most part, its fine. The workers are friendly, and always are on top of refilling the water. If you haven't gone to Pukk, you should give it a try. Also, Pukk has one of the nicest bathrooms I've ever seen.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by Teese on January 24, 2009:

  • Pukk is one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

    I usually only order appetizers there since I've tried several entrees and been disappointed. My favorites are the Thai Chili Pancake and the Potato Puff. I eat these every time I go. For dessert, I recommend the chocolate pie thingy or the lychee rice pudding brule.

    The decor, as people have mentioned, feels like a space-age bathroom. It's comfortable though and they play some nice ambient music.

    I particularly enjoy the service. They're prompt without hovering. A nice balance.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by moglidabear on November 10, 2008:

  • This is my favorite restaurant in the city, hands down. I have gotten about a dozen of my friends addicted to the place -- including ardent meat eaters. Not only is it great vegan/vegetarian fare, it's among the city's best thai food --- my once a week place.

    My advice: start with the fresh rolls served with tamarind sauce, and end with the vegan lychee rice pudding brulee.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by thejway on September 12, 2008:

  • One of my favorite places to eat. The staff is sweet and always make me smile with their warmth. Their prices are good and you can get a decent meal without spending too much; great for small groups and casual get togethers. They usually have good upbeat music playing too.

    Make sure you wash your hands, it gives you a reason to visit the bathroom and check out the hologram and the chic sink and faucet.

    The Fresh Roll is my favorite appetizer. I like their Pad Thai, with no egg of course. Thankfully, they ask if you want egg or no egg in case you forget to tell them.

    I like their Thai Iced tea a lot. It's the only one made with soy milk that I know of. Their standard version is too sweet for me so I've modified it for myself. I have them use more soy milk and less Thai tea concentrate. (They remembered my version so I don't have to tell them anymore.)

    I like the curry dishes, but for those that don't like curry, I'd suggest their tofu dishes or even a mock duck entree.

    I like Pukk, which is Thai for "vegetables."
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by veggie_chick on August 15, 2008:

  • I love this place. Very reasonable prices; very good service; nice, trendy, hip atmosphere. Oh, and the food is absolutely delicious. I'm not big on meat analogs nor have I ever eaten real duck, but their mock duck, in particular the prik king duck, is fantastic.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by Roseann Marulli Rodriguez on July 11, 2008:

  • Pukk is amazing! Everything on the menu is great, but I always get the same thing because I love, love, love it: the spinach toast appetizer, duck basil with brown rice, and Thai iced tea without the soymilk (supersweet and yummy!). And though that always stuffs me, I make sure to force down the rice pudding creme brulee anyway--beyond delish!!! When I went for lunch with a friend recently, she had the tofu & eggplant dish, and it was enormous. (And fantastic--and I don't even like eggplant.) Regardless, we still managed to stuff down the rice pudding. It's light and sweet but not in an overpowering way, the perfect way to cleanse your palate. You can't go wrong at Pukk! (Though there was only one waitress at lunch, so the service was pretty slow, but that was an anomaly.)
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by BankBank on July 3, 2008:

  • Color me impressed! Pukk has a great vibe, it's very stylish and futuristic while also being low-key.

    I started with a Lychee Mimosa... yum (hint: save the piece of fruit at the bottom for dessert). I started with the Stuffed Tofu appetizer... delicious. A generous portion of tofu is fried and stuffed with veggies, and a highly flavorful peanut chutney is drizzled on top.

    For my main course I picked 'Triple Crispy', not really knowing what to expect. What I got was small triangles of fried tofu, very crispy, accompanied by string beans and carrots in a really yummy garlic wine sauce. This dish was soooo good, and I liked that it had a lot of veggies.

    I found the waitress to be extremely helpful, pleasant, and prompt, and I plan on going back soon. Yet another place I would have no problem bringing omnis to.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by ariela on July 2, 2008:

  • I'm a fan of Pukk! It's good priced & yummy. My favorite two dishes are the basil duck and the spicy broad noodles with duck(which is quite spicy!) (If you get a main dish you can choose b/w getting it with duck,chicken,tofu or vegetables, I definitely recommend the duck!! the chicken is mediocre) As for appetizers, I really like the chicken nuggets, the spicy spring roll & the curry thai pancake(although it's pretty oil & they don't give you much but it's really tasty!) I've tried their glass noodle clear soup but it was too salty imo. Also their curry dishes are like soup,way too much liquid. I wouldn't recommend them. Their salads (the duck salad & the all green salad) are both really good too.

    The place itself..it kinda reminds me of a bathroom! haha Just the whole decor and mats you sit on. & to me their chairs aren't comfortable so try to fight your friend for the wall seat :)

    The service is really fast & the waiters have always been friendly.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 55
  • Review by veganfriendly on September 2, 2006:

  • We love Pukk! We went back there last week and really enjoyed it. The entrees were delicious and everything else was not only delicious but really original and interesting. Plus the plating is great, the decor is great. And it's relatively cheap.

    Read our full review (whith photos!!) here.
  • Review by Red Lurcher on July 21, 2006:

  • I love the decor of this place - the shiny white tiles and green lights. The food is godawful though - flavorless, oversugared and ugly. I keep trying it again because others seem to like it. Time and again, Pukk dissapoints.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by dustinbuster on July 19, 2006:

  • Pukk, for lack of anything original to say, is amazing. And the faux duck every one is always raving about? Incredible. Even though the interior looks sort of like a bathroom from the future, the place is comfortable, and the service excellent. I never believed thai food could taste like this sans the fish sauce, but whatever kind of culinary crack they are adding to the dishes at Pukk, it's nothing less than magic.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by ktmccoy82 on June 2, 2006:

  • Cheap, hip and delicious is all I can say about Pukk. Going out in alphabet city, go to Pukk first! Get a carafe of Sangria (I prefer the red) and order an array of things to share! You'll be pleased.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by Olivia Lane on May 21, 2006:

  • I can't honestly say that I like much of the food here, though I've eaten it severally times because my friends are fans. The Red Curry Duck special with Spring roll is a good thing to order for lunch. Lunch is only $6, so somehow it makes the junk foody (in a bad way), lackluster taste more justifiable. Make sure you don't get brown rice (for some reason, they don't really cook it properly). The Lychee iced tea and the vegan thai iced tea are both very refreshing. The atmosphere is very clean, artsy, upscale and un-dirty hippy.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by Laura Leslie on May 5, 2006:

  • Pukk is absolutely brilliant. They serve vegan versions of many traditional Thai dishes, including curries, noodles, and rice, and offer several "fake meat" options, including "chicken," "duck," and tofu (the "duck" is my favorite).

    Pukk is the first mostly-vegan Thai restaurant I've been to, and it's been a long time coming. No worries about fish sauce or what's safe to order--everything on their menu is either vegan or can easily be made vegan. And no wincing at the icky meat smells coming from nearby tables--there is no meat at all served at Pukk, and only a few non-vegan items on the menu.

    Pukk's also notable for its awesome lunch specials--for only $6 you can get a huge meal, with a soup, an appetizer, and an entree with rice. Their portion sizes are generally satisfying without being overwhelming, though sometimes the dinner entrees can seem a bit small.

    The quality of food varies between average -> awesome. Most of the appetizers are very good. However, I find the vegan chicken to be mediocre (while the duck is great), and some of the items are pretty bland (fried rice and pad thai are good, but not extraordinary). The real benefit is in knowing that the food is vegan, and having something simple but satisfying. And for the quality, the prices can't be beat.

    Pukk also has a small but nice selection of drinks (their white sangria is awesome) and some tasty desserts (I'm in love with the lychee rice pudding).

    The service has generally been good--once or twice they were rude and wouldn't seat me until my friend had arrived, but once you're there they check in regularly and keep your water filled. And sometimes they seem a little confused (I've been told by several servers that "everything is vegan," even though there are clearly eggs on their menu).

    Pukk is in a small space, but they use it really well, with classy little tables built into the walls, lots of mirrors, and sleek white walls. I've taken plenty of non-vegans here and they've all liked it--the food is tasty and the environment is appealing.

    Make sure to specify whether you prefer white or brown rice, and make sure to ask for no egg whenever you order a noodle dish.

    Some favorites: the tasty Thai ice tea (made with soymilk by default!), the soup that comes with the lunch special (delicious broth), the massaman curry duck entree, and the lychee rice pudding. Also keep an eye out for the interesting specials they have each evening.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44

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