Ngam
Ngam

Ngam

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ngamnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127778424x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 11:00pm,
    Dinner: Friday - Sunday: 5pm - 12:00am
    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4pm - 7pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Thai
  • Executive Chef: Hong Thaimee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering options:
    *Delivery for corporate events and meetings (premiers, receptions, etc)
    *On-site catering for special events
    *Chef Hong Thaimee personal on-site cooking

    We love to serve you in and out of house. Please feel free to contact our Event Manager for more information on menu and price options:
    Crystal Rogers | 212-777-8424
  • Special Events: Fall & Winter Events-
    Happy Hour, Thai pre fixe brunch

    Visit: www.ngamnyc.com for our most recent Event Calendar

    We love to host your special evenings here at NGAM. We have customized options for all events including meetings, receptions and celebrations. Please feel free to contact our Event Manager for reservations and more information on food and music options: crystal@ngamnyc.com | crystal@ngamnyc.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th & 13th Streets
  • Public 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
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking or local parking buildings
A word from Ngam
Long ago chef Ngamprom "Hong" Thaimee left her modeling and television work in Thailand and made her way into the world of food, trainining under Thailand's most celebrated chef, M.L. Sirichalerm Savsti. Eventually she came to New York, where Thaimee cooked at Kittichai and Spice Market. She now goes solo at Ngam, which, aside from being her namesake, happens to be the Thai word for beautiful. The Union Square area spot serves updated spins on Thai comfort food, including a tom yum soup with crispy trout, Thai burger with papaya salad, pad Thai with grilled black tiger prawns, and duck larb salad. You'll also find a smaller lunch menu, plus a bar serving wine and beer.
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Ngam reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)neighborhood gem (49)hot spot (26)good for groups (26)great for lunch (18)romantic (10)special occasion (7)late-night find (7)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • I liked it!
    KEBAVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The lobster curry was delicious. I would skip the Chang Mai fries -- even though they are famous.
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  • Please get ceiling fans or use AC
    teppietwo2
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Dinner was good but room was too hot and very uncomfortable...took away from the dining experiences...
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Your Everyday Pad Thai
    MarcVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our first time at Ngam and it didn't disappoint. Tried several different dishes with a variety of curries. Each plate had great layers of flavor as well as texture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average Thai food
    Riomalleo
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food and service were reasonable. It is a nice place but a little noisy. Unless you have high expectations you will not be disappointed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern food
    carolk
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Went for lunch. Most of our dishes were great. We ordered an appetizer of dumplings. However, waiter did not advise a) that they were extremely HOT (spicy) (and we had ordered all of our other dishes NOT SPICY! or B) of the exorbitant cost of the lobster dumplings. $ 34, which we only saw once the bill came. We thought they'd even forgotten about the dumplings as they arrived after we'd eaten out other appetizers and main course. When they did come, they were with noodles and a broth, more like another main course...and VERY HOT. Ended up taking them home for a family member who likes hot and spicy. The waiter just said, "oh - I probably should have told you about the price..." Disappointing end to an otherwise delicious lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • ThePigsTheThing
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Always tasty (sweet, spicy, etc.) and fun. Highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious, unusual brunch
    IKnowFood
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We went for brunch with one gluten free person and one teenager new to Thai food. The brunch menu had delicious options for all. We had an appetizer of grilled meeats, a traditional pad thai, a zucchini pad thai (grated zucchini as noodles,) a kale salad, and a chicken and waffles for "dessert." Everything was amazingly fresh, perfectly spiced, and delicious. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anne
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Waved for a long time to get the attention of a waiter from the chatting group. Waited a long time for the food to come out. Weird taste (frizzy) Thai Iced Tea, bad tom yum soup that tasted like plain water with just hot pepper powder & a few pieces of rubbery shrimp, way too salty smoke charred noodles & way too oily black knight pasta. Overly priced for poor food & services. Too noisy & need better placing with tables. The only good thing was the regularly refill of water by one of the bus staff, he refilled our glasses like 5 times during our hour-long dinner (this was nice as our Thai Iced Tea was not drinkable). Lighting was too dim as the gentleman sitting at the next table needed to use the flash light from his cell to read the menu.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    good food,lobster dumplings and lobster tail in coconut sauce was delicious! zucchini pad tai was OK. green curry with chicken was tasty. Cheng mai fries are very good, different dipping sauces are very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Thai Food
    FirstDATEdine
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Went to Ngam last Sunday after reservation, it was everything i heard about, Excellent food and Drinks and service. Would recommend this place to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ruined by really poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Highs: Ambiance (good setup, community dining setup works), Energy Low: The Service was atrocious... we might have seen waiter 3 times all ight. Lots of staff, but we'd flag someone down to ask for things (another beer, sharing plates, etc) but they would forget or just ignore us because had to ask for everything 2-3 times. The food - fine, not amazing (certainly not worth the effort required with the staff). I understand the attempt at Thai/Modern US fusion, but dishes were either too far out there or boring.The Thai tacos tasted like a sausage and pepper pizza, the pad thai was kind of boring. My wife and I had high hopes for this place based on the reviews and word of mouth, but left feeling very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Poor Service
    QAZokmED
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Very nice restaurant, but greeted very rudely upon entering, and continued with poor service through-out the night. The food was delicious, and very original menu with a couple classics/favorites available. The food could have been a touch spicier. Overall, I'd likely go back and hope for a different server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sam04
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had to wait 30 minutes for the table. Both entree orders were wrong, our server did not bother to come check on us despite us trying to flag him down multiple times. The food actually did not taste bad, and the menu was innovative - such a pity the management of the restaurant and service is so bad!
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  • Great night
    Crebel007
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Ngam was awesome! Fun food, great environment. Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was very tasty. Everything we ordered was delicious and the prices are very fair. Definitely a great place to try a unique spin on typical Thai dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Okay Thai food.
    Tubbymoon
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Ngam has okay Thai food but nothing special. Don't really recommend it unless you're eating late in the area. Pretty pricey.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Thai Food
    Stylin80
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Ngam is my go to Thai place in the East Village. The food is consistently great, service is good and reasonably priced. Highlights are: Calamari appetiser and the Zucchini pad thai or the Thai Green Curry. Highly recommend sitting at the bar watching the chefs in the open kitchen, or at the long table in the middle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    i found it from google maps and i've been on a big tom kha soup kick. there's was great. i was glad we didn't need to sit at the communal table for that meal, but it could be cool for certain occasions. overall well done thai food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Vegan friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Good food great service, very accommodating for vegans, zucchini pad Thai is great.....as is the papaya salad......will be back for sure....have been there twice in the last week for takeout, which is fast and just recently for a 6 person lunch!,
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  • Thai spectacular!!
    somuchtoeatsolittletime
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The four of us were seated at one of the lower tables towards the rear of this new THAI restaurant in our neighborhood. A higher family-style table with stools seated endlessly changing, smaller groups of two and three. Plates were large enough to share and the variety of appetizing selections gave us a peek at what was possible for future visits. Prices are not inexpensive, but the quality of the food makes this a go-to place for REALLY delicious asian food.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Service matters
    Justanotherfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was good. The managing was not all too well. A group of young ladies were using the restroom as a place to do there hair and make up. Not just in the restroom but in front of a mirror that happened to be a table away from me, oh and there were two customers sitting there waiting on there food. Terrible. Management should have had the ladies escorted out of the restaurant.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Experience - Raw Chicken
    Mexicali
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I've been here before - my 1st experience was great - this time not. The AC was broken and my BF and I sat down sweating bullets. Also, beware of a SUPER loud atmosphere. Okay if you're with friends - not okay if you're trying to get to know someone. You practically need to put your ear against your date's mouth to hear them. Service was slow, but when food finally arrived, it did tasted pretty good (I ordered papaya pad thai w/ chicken + my BF ordered old school pad thai w/ chicken). BUT when I was 1/2 way thru my meal, I noticed 2 large pieces of chicken that were completely raw :-( Manager came over + apologized - he was VERY nice and comped the meal, but still... Raw chicken is a NO NO!
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  • Disappointing
    Kwar228
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is one of these restaurants where I don't understand why anyone gives it a good review, unless it was a total aberration and there was a dishwasher filling in for a cook on the night we were there. Utterly mediocre...like getting thai food in the suburbs. Very nice waiter but very long gaps in service..drinks took forever, ordering even longer. Food came out fairly fast.
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  • A new twist
    Tony2meVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyable gastronomic experience. Every dish, while simply prepared bursts with flavour. Excellent choices for both vegetarian and non vegetarian.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, medium service
    SSGG
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was great - different from any Thai food I've had. We had to look around for a server to help us take our order and pay the check and not a lot of description when we asked questions about the dishes
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Menu
    jenecoyoteVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Lots of vegan and paleo options. Very friendly and attentive staff. They have happy hour specials on the cocktail menu and the food is creative and ambitious with many variations of old favorites that I have not seen at any other thai restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    NYCfoodies
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This is one of the best Thai place I have been to, great place to bring a friend or a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Spot
    kararenee
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here for dinner. He ordered the green curry with tofu, and I ordered the pad see ewe with beef. We also had a side of coconut rice --- best coconut rice I've ever had. Everything was excellent. Pretty decor, nice crowd, friendly service. Great date spot! We left very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Overall good
    Foodiefromupstate
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great food, loved happy hour drinks and apps. Cozy but not cramped--For guests at least, heard at least three glasses break. My only real complaint is although I put a special note indicating a birthday, it was not acknowledged.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait but yummy
    MelemellyVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We waited for our food for almost an hour but our server was super apologetic and accommodating (she gave us a free round of drinks). Once we received the food it was quite good though!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love the burger
    lolcat
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Lemongrass burger was phenomenal. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very good for gluten and dairy free options. Good was good and plenty of variety on the menu
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overhyped
    amyssha
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    the food was mediocre, service pretty bad, good drinks though.
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  • Spacious & tasty!
    SmilingCandle
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Love the modern Thai food here. Too often it's too sweet or bland, this place gets it right. Had seasonal selections: watermelon sangria, mushroom spring rolls, amazing som tom with kiwi & strawberries, pad thai made with raw zucchini noodles instead. Hot weather appropriate and great offerings for vegans too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Bkos2
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This was my second time here and both were great. Came with a group of about 12 from work and had the prix fixe. Second time I brought my girlfriend for her birthday. It was a little warm in the restaurant since the cook the food behind a bar like counter. We were promptly seated as another couple or two were waiting. The service was good but not great as sometimes it was hard to find the waitress. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed the meal. Everything came out great and was rather quick. The drinks were unique and tasty. Overall had a great time for a very reasonable price.
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  • Delicious...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    By far one of my favorite thai restaurants in NYC. The flavors of the dishes is amazing and with some unique pairings.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Interesting take on Thai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I have no complaints about Ngam. We had the Thai Taco, the Very Rustic Chicken Soup, and the Ghang Kiaw Wan with chicken for an entree. It was all different and new to us, and everything tasted good. Our waitress was friendly and reasonably attentive. When I mentioned the Yelp check-in deal, she offered to deduct the price of my friend's mojito, even though the deal is technically only for beer or wine (I think). I would definitely come back here at some point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 260 reviews are from the Ngam reviews archive.
  • 6/21/2014
    bmr2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great Food and service, but the restaurant itself was so loud that I had to almost shout in order to talk to the person next to me (most likely a function of eating there at 7 P.M. on a saturday night). I would definitely recommend trying this place out, just maybe not at a peak dining time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    Infoodheaven21
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Come here whenever I can and recommend it to everyone. No other pad Thai compares.
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    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Thai with a Twist!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I was looking for a new Thai spotted when I found Ngam, the menu features traditional Thai dishes with a unique twist (like Pad Thai made with zucchini noodles). They also had a GREAT cocktail menu with fresh ingredients like kiwi and thai basil, try the Spring Fling. I went there with my boyfriend and the dishes were a good side for splitting so we got to try a few different things. Overall the experience was great, the only problem we had was that we went on a warm summer day and they did not have the air on or fans so it was a bit sticky inside. That being said I will definitely be back again
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    I would recommend this to a friend.