I have probably mentioned Pok Pok several times (drinking vinegars?) but I was just there last week, and realized how much I like it.
Here are six strategies for eating at a hip, trendy restaurant like Pok Pok and remaining frugal:
- Go at a funny time. I took off early on Friday and the voice of reason and I were hungry around four. This turned out to be fortuitous because not very many people are eating at 4pm. That meant I got to sit down and order as soon as I wanted, and I didn’t have to get angry/hungry and order more more more.
- Share. We almost always split something when we go out to eat because our stomachs are small and restaurant portions are huge.
- Do not branch out. Just get the wings, dang it. Spicy. Yes, $12.50 is pricey for wings but they are the best wings I’ve ever had and one time I went to Pok Pok and got something other than the wings and was sad. Another time I met up with a friend and one of her friends, who I didn’t know. I got the wings, and loved every bite (didn’t share that time) and then found out at the end of the meal that I was dining with a vegetarian. Oops. I bet she was really grossed out, but she acted like it was no big deal.
- Don’t get the drinks. Places like Pok Pok don’t have to have happy hour specials to get people in their doors. Drinks are about 70% of the cost of food, and they’re… weird. Go to the liquor store after if you want a drink. Or go home and drink a drinking vinegar!
- Also, at Pok Pok, don’t get dessert. I very rarely order dessert, as I’m kind of fussy (not eating wheat really cramps dessert style) and I just really like ice cream so I made sure to get some on my way home from Pok Pok.
Then, enjoy yourself!
That’s my plan for having a good dinner at a fair price. Our bill, after tip, was around $25.