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“Innovative Thai food, with friendly and helpful service”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ngam

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Ranked #1,112 of 13,554 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: East Village
Cross street: 12th & 13th Streets
Transit: MTA Subway 14th Street and Union Square (MTA Line N / R / Q / L) 14th Street and 3rd Avenue (L Line) MTA Manhattan Bus M 101 / 102 / 103 M 15 M 1 / 2 / 3
Peaks Island, Maine
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93 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Innovative Thai food, with friendly and helpful service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

We took my mother here for her 89th birthday, and were delightful surprised by both the food and the service.

Yes Ngam has traditional favorites like pad thai and green curry. But they add an interesting twist to each. So it was an evening of taste thrills.

We had not come prepared with birthday candles, but the staff quickly turned two of their regular deserts into a festive end to our culinary adventure.

  • Visited March 2013
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new york, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best Thai food in NYC.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Best Thai food in NYC, expertly prepared and beautifully presented. I am so excited about this place. Everything we tried---Autumn Harvest Basket, Chaing Mai fries, papaya and apple salad, Tom Yum soup, Cutie Duckling, Calamari with squid-ink noodles--- was absolutely delicious and spot-on. I loved the fact that they made the papaya salad authentically, with plenty of fish sauce; too many restaurants cater to "American" taste and compromise their taste. Cocktails were also inventive and refreshing. The service was quick, efficient and friendly: a great combination. What a great find!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank stella8888
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nyc
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124 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“LOVE THIS PLACE!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

The food here is so excellent, the flavors so clean and well defined, and the welcome so joyous, that you can't help but enjoy yourself. Cocktails are super, and the staff is friendly, knowledgable and enthusiastic. I have been here as a couple, with teenage kids and with friends. My only quibble is that its not located in my neighborhood!

  • Visited March 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Creative Thai with soul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Have eaten here several times now (and watched the chef compete on Food Network's Iron Chef America). My kids love the chicken wings appetizer. Can't go wrong with the crunchy shitake mushroom spring rolls or the oyster shots. All specials are recommended, but even the ordinary pad Thai is special, with lobster instead of shrimp. The woman has a way with meat -- pork belly and short ribs are always good. I'm waiting for Chef Hong (she's the little girl on the tricycle in the blown-up photo) to add her tamarind soup with fried soft-shell crab!

Visited January 2013
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Thank VandyMom
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New York City, New York
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335 reviews
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“New twist on Thai works for me”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We've lived in Thailand and seek out "authentic" Thai fare in NYC, but we're also open to new interpretations -- such as is done at Ngam. On our first visit, we were delighted with the green papaya salad. It had all the depth of flavors (spicy/salty/sweet/sour) in a traditional version, but the chef added crisp green apple slices that definitely enhanced the experience. The butternut squash curry was both a comfort food and also had the right bite of spice. The brussel sprouts prik king didn't have discernable prik king seasoning, but we cleaned our plates anyway. Service is friendly and responsive -- and the chef/owner was there running things with care and vigilance

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Bagan
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