Rhubarb Blush at Whiskey Soda Lounge Ny
Salted Lime Tom Collins at Whiskey Soda Lounge Ny
Tamarind Whiskey Sour at Whiskey Soda Lounge Ny
Phat hoi laai at Whiskey Soda Lounge Ny
Wings at Whiskey Soda Lounge Ny
Whiskey Soda Lounge Ny
Andy Ricker’s Thai canteen was conceived as a spillover spot for Pok Pok Ny hopefuls, killing time across the street while they wait for tables and cultish fish-sauce wings. But the boozier kid bro isn’t just a stopping-off point—it’s a destination in its own right, offering a highlight reel of ahaan kap klaem (Thai drinking food) and smartly tweaked cocktails.
DRINK THIS: Not surprisingly, whiskey—commonly drunk with fizzy water in Thailand—is front and center. The nouveau shophouse stocks a 30 plus roster of American slugs (Michter’s, Four Roses), as well as selections from Japan (Hibiki), Ireland (Connemara) and Canada (Pendleton). For a culturally appropriate nip, order two fingers of the menu’s solitary Thai hooch, the rummy, sugarcane-sweetened Mekhong ($10). Cocktails ($12) are Pok Pok carryovers (Mango Alexander, Rhubarb Blush), some slightly updated: The lounge swaps Pok Pok’s Salted Plum Tom Collins for a refreshing, lightly tart salted-lime variety.
GOOD FOR: A hard-to-pronounce bar snack. Coal-toasted cuttlefish ($8), né plaa meuk ping, is flattened through a squid press into smoky, rip-apart strips, while deep-fried marinated pork ($9)—studded with Thai coriander seeds—is the chewy crossbreed of good jerky and spareribs. More elegant is a fragrant tumble of Manila clams ($16), stir-fried with krachai root, Thai basil and galangal.
THE CLINCHER: The low-ceilinged rec room is sparse—wood-paneled walls, drooping Christmas lights—but dashed with poppy touches of Bangkok-in-Brooklyn kitsch. Sodsai Chaengkij’s jangly, Thai-language covers of Elvis Presley and the Beatles serve as a soundtrack, and one wall is devoted to clippings of Muay Thai champ Tri Dumkham, who introduced Ricker to northern Thai cuisine. Like Pok Pok, it’s a thoughtful tribute to the country thankfully with less wait and more whiskey.
|Venue name:||Whiskey Soda Lounge Ny (CLOSED)||Contact:|
115 Columbia St
|Cross street:||at Kane St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 4pm–midnight; Fri, Sat 4pm–1am|
|Transport:||Subway: F, G to Bergen St|
|Price:||Average entrée: $11. Disc, MC, V|
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