Restaurants, Thai East Village
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This is not exactly a traditional Thai restaurant—the chicken and duck are made out of soy, one entrée is named “Three Musketeers,” and the tiny 30-seat dining room is fashioned to look like the inside of a swimming pool, covered floor to ceiling in circular white tiles and basking in a lime-green glow. The flavors, however, are as bright and intense as the real thing: tender eggplant in a spicy basil sauce; papaya salad nipped with a chili-lime vinaigrette; rich noodles swimming in green, red and yellow curries. It’s all good, cheap and meat-free. Just beware the desserts: They’re vegan, and they taste like it.


Venue name: Pukk (CLOSED)
Address: 71 First Ave
New York

Cross street: between 4th and 5th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30am–11pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am–midnight
Transport: Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average main course: $7. AmEx, MC, V
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