Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 10/09/2013
Photo: Daniel Krieger
Whiskey Soda Lounge
115 Columbia St., 718-797-4120, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Whiskey Soda Lounge is a fantastic name for a joint like this: the moniker sounds old school and the space looks that way too, with wood paneling and strings of Christmas lights. But when you hear Thai covers of Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" and Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music," you know you're not on the outskirts of Chicago in 1950. Instead, this is the Bangkok-inspired world of Andy Ricker, whose Pok Pok and Whiskey Soda Lounge in Portland, Oregon, led to their wildly successful duplication here. Whiskey Soda Lounge, located down the street from Brooklyn's Pok Pok, is meant to handle the overflow from that restaurant, but this place holds its own. Drinks are the main event, the spicy Thai bar food meant to accompany an evening of imbibing. Ike's Vietnamese fish sauce wings are here, along with deep-fried anchovies with sriracha sauce, stir-fried Manila clams with chilies and garlic, and smoky, sour-cured pork riblets with shaved coins of fresh ginger.