Recently, when I started working on polishing up my Dairy Free Manhattan page, I realized that I was lacking in posts for some Asian cuisines. In particular, I didn’t have that many Thai restaurants that I had written about, so I went to work. I thought, gee, I’ve been to a bunch of Thai restaurants – which ones would people really want to know about? And it occurred to me that some of the ones I’ve been to recently were not that noteworthy, so I didn’t want to include those. But then I remembered Sookk.
We ate a Sookk probably a few years ago, and really enjoyed it. This was back when we still lived on the Upper West Side, and so Sookk, which is on Broadway between 102nd and 103rd Streets, was not that far from us. But even though we enjoyed it, for some reason we never went back. So I decided that I would make a trip to Sookk, pick up some take out from them, and bring it home as a kind of surprise for Therese.
Sookk is a different kind of Thai restaurant. While they have lots of Thai favorites like pineapple fried rice and pad see ew, their philosophy is bringing to life the street food of Bangkok. So on their menu you will find unusual offerings like Galangal Coconut Milk Soup and Bangkok Soft Shell Crab.
For our dinner, I paired two standards, pineapple fried rice with shrimp and pad see ew (fat noodles) with vegetables, with two unusual (and wonderful) dishes, chicken pumpkin curry and herbal cinnamon duck. The duck, for a duck dish, was very delicate and subtle, the mildly sweet broth balancing nicely with the powerful flavor of the slices of duck breast. Meanwhile, the pumpkin curry, while it might seem to be an autumn dish, is on their menu all year round I believe. The coconut milk base goes nice with the chunks of pumpkin to create a memorable satisfying dish.
If you wonder whether I was really there recently, they did have their Halloween decorations up!
I had to duck my head to keep from getting faux-cobwebs stuck in my hair! Next time, we will have to eat in – there are some dishes I didn’t order (like the galangal coconut milk soup) because I have a feeling that they work better if you eat them when served in the restaurant. I look forward to our next visit, to try more of Sookk’s street food-inspired creations!