Pok Pok to replace BaoHaus in the LES

For a long time, BaoHaus was on my list of places to go. This tiny hole-in-the-wall in the Lower East Side serves up Taiwanese street food, and is particularly well-known for their steamed buns. I had to take Eddie Huang‘s business off my list because he recently boarded up. This isn’t a complete loss though. Eater reports that Portland’s Andy Ricker (who won the Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest 2011) will bring his famous Vietnamese fish-sauce chicken wings to New York.

Ricker was expected to open up shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn, but spotted this opening in the process. From what I’ve gathered, it seems like his Portland restaurant, Pok Pok, is a huge restaurant, so a tiny shack in the Lower East Side will be a change. However, Ricker says that the was looking for a spot just that size for a wing shack. The offer has already been made, so it’s no rumor. I don’t have an official opening date, but you can expect this Oregon import before the end of the year.

In the meantime, grab yourself a bao from the Eddie’s new haus on 14th Street. I’d recommend the Haus Bao ($3.50), which is a creative mix of beef cheek, crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish, and Taiwanese red sugar. Not convinced? Stare at that picture.

BaoHaus (site)
238 E 14th Street
Manhattan, NY 10003
Neighborhood: East Village

Pok Pok (site)
3226 SE Division Street
Portland, Oregon 97202

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