First is a very small space on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, at 137 Rivington Street, where a new concept will open featuring a familiar Pok Pok staple, Ike's Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings. This will be called Pok Pok Wing. The word "wing" in Thai means to run, or to go quickly. In English, it ain't no thing but a chicken wing. Wing will also have papaya salad made to order on the menu and sticky rice as well as the Som drinking vinegars. It's in a great neighborhood, very vibrant and busy with restaurants, galleries, bars, cafes, retail and fashion as well as a large diverse population of residents out on the streets at all times of the day and night.
Second will be a full service restaurant called Pok Pok Ny in Brooklyn at 127 Columbia Street in the Columbia Waterfront district near Red Hook and Cobble Hill. This is another great neighborhood, quiet and full of families, parks, low key businesses with a view of the Manhattan skyline across the water. Pok Pok Ny has a tiny dining room and a big outdoor seating area, kind of like Pok Pok PDX. In Thai language "Ny" or "nai" means "in", context being a phrase "nai meuang" or "in the city". We dropped the "meuang" for reasons of simplicity and pronunciation. The NY reference in English should be obvious.
I hope some NYers give it a try and report back once it opens. Pok Pok has a very good reputation in the PNW for serving "authentic" Thai food, but can the quality be maintained in their NY branches? (I've not yet been to Pok Pok, but it's on my list for my next visit to PDX.)