Inventive Thai with staff
Inventive Thai with staff who made a special occasion even more special.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food is fantastic and the overall experience is all down to Chef Hong's approach to her diners. It's an open kitchen so she is visible working and expediting, and makes it her business to regularly go around the tables to chat to guests and see how they're enjoying the food and the experience. All in a friendly, natural way. It's highly unusual for such a talented chef to do this, and makes a dinner at Ngam very special. Her approach rubs off on the wait staff who are all great. The restaurant itself is also the right mix of cosy and cool. Highly recommend.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Chef Hong is wonderful
The food here is wonderful and chef Hong makes you feel at home. We came in for dinner before heading to a movie and loved everything even though it took MUCH longer than it should have. Without us even complaining Chef Hong came over to our table, apologized, gave us two drink vouchers for our next visit and comped us for one of our entrees. We went back a second time last week and were just as impressed by the food and everything came promptly. Check Hong again came over to our table and thanked us for coming back. I would recommend Ngam to anyone who likes inventive Thai food.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Each dish had a complex layering
Each dish had a complex layering of flavors& spices. Will definitely eat here again nextVisit to NYC!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Enjoyed everything! Wings,
Enjoyed everything! Wings, rotie, pad thai, chicken and short ribs were favourite. Oyster shots best ever.
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great "standard" Thai issues
Great "standard" Thai issues and a bunch of more innovative (yet equally delicious) items. Would definitely go back!
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food is amazing. Service is
Food is amazing. Service is pleasantly adequate. Chef came by our table to inquire about our evening. Class act.. Best Asian fusion I have ever had .
Looking forward to my next visit
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious! Every part of the
Delicious! Every part of the meal was so tasty. Loved the atmosphere. Only negative was that the cocktails we had were kind of weak. Many more things on the menu we want to try... Will definitely go back again.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
I went with a friend to try
I went with a friend to try Ngam after reading great reviews. It lived up to expectations. The place is super cute and they were extremely helpful when choosing a dish. The Chang Mai fries are a real treat!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Ngam is a small place with
Ngam is a small place with an active tame-out clientele. It's not fancy, with a low key atmosphere that is neat and modern. Menu was varied, not your standard Thai restaurant, and we found several appealing, well flavored items. You could make a nice meal from the "small plates." Be careful to check how spicy something is when you order. Wait person was very helpful and friendly and the drinks were great.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The staff here is great- they
The staff here is great- they accommodated a brunch of 15 for us, were helpful and handled payment well. The food lived up to the Chef's reputation, and we had a great time. Recommend for sunday brunch, fun creative menu and awesome space!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The first thing that needs to be said: Ngam is somewhere to go for unexpected flavors, and fun, fusion food. As we ate, my friend commented that everyone around us looked like a serious foodie, which she liked.
We had some hits and some misses. My first cocktail was weak, but when I told our server that I wanted my second one strong, he was happy to oblige. I wasn't sure how I felt about the oyster shooter, but the scallop served in a martini glass was perfect and interesting.
Everything else was great. Grilled calamari was juicy and flavorful, the sweet pea kao suey with dumplings was incredible (spicy, but you can tell your server to go easy on you), and the jasmine panacotta with lychees -- UNREAL.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Thai food!!! We went
Great Thai food!!! We went to a broadway show & arrived at the restaurant when it was winding down for the night but the staff greeted us warmly and helped us make a yummy food selection. Would definitely try it again when we had more time to fully experience the food!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is indescribably
The food is indescribably good. I lowered my face into the "Cutie Duckling" to let the smells wash over and in me. Sitting at the counter and watching the cooks do their thing was part of the sensory experience. Everybody was friendly and helpful. If I lived in New York I would be there all the time.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I am a Thai cuisine lover
I am a Thai cuisine lover therefore I critic the restaurants with much scrutiny. I absolutely have nothing but praises for Ngam. Love it!!! When I write a note of praise on my receipt, that means you of pure quality and worthy to be praised!
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Saw this chef and Restaurant
Saw this chef and Restaurant on Iron Chef. Took family that is new to Thai food and they loved it! Really unique dishes and great assistance in choosing dishes. The chef even walked around to the tables and was personable with the guests. Definitely recommend!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food , trendy, young, fun
We thoroughly enjoyed the great food and active younger vibe at this contemporary fusion Thai place. Chef Hong knows how to create "new" Thai with modern sensibilities and a lighter healthier feel to her dishes. Many unique creations, all that we tried. With perfect balance and artistic flair. We will return. Suggest you try it before it gets too hard to get a reservation.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for our group of 10!
I'll be honest - I wasn't expecting much from a restaurant that had availability 3 days before a Friday night for a group of 10 people. Boy was I surprised! The food was great and really inventive (I had the papaya pad thai and my husband had the squid ink noodles with calamari), the drinks, even though lacking liquor, were really tasty and not too sweet, the cost was very reasonable and the service - WOW! Living in NYC, I never have high expectations for service at any restaurant that isn't $$$$ and I was pleasantly surprised by the attentive and friendly service here.
Overall, great food, drink and service and a reasonably priced meal make Ngam a restaurant I would return to and recommend to others!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
House-made curries and sauces
House-made curries and sauces really do make a difference! The best Thai meal we've eaten outside of Bangkok. Great specials and an equally great regular menu. Each dish was excellent. We also had appeatizers and soup, and everything was delicious. Add to the great food a very personable chef/owner and Ngam is a winner. Can't wait for our next trip to New York.
5/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic thai flavors with creative modern twists. Every bite was amazing.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good, creative food and good
Good, creative food and good service. Reasonable at $100 for two people with drink each.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thai beyond the Typical
I'm very happy I stumbled upon this restaurant (thankful to Opentable b/c I would not have gone there if it had not been on Opentable and thankful because I had a great meal and a professional and helpful waiter. My table shared the Surf & Turf for an appetizer and I had the Soft Shelled Crabs as an entre. My friend had a more typical green curry. We enjoyed the food. I always ask waiters what they recommend and our waiter hit the bullseye with his suggestions. The ambiance was great, but we ate there late and it was fairly quiet. There are some larger bench like tables, too.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's been very hard to find a great Thai food place, and finally, I found it. Ngam has a great ambiance and interior. The food was exceptional. Had pad thai and green curry. Green curry was impressive. Highly recommend!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not exactly Thai but well worth it
I tried this as a 2nd date spot before a movie at the recommendation of a coworker. The food was very good (definitely try the surf and turf app for 2) but it was more of a Thai/American fusion menu. They offer the mandatory noodle staples typical of a thai restaurant (pad thai etc.), but they also carry some very interesting alternatives. The decor gives the feel of that modern vintage look - it's not the most romantic spot but definitely works for a casual date or a precursor to a movie. I will be going back again.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food but a little expensive
I'm an avid Thai food eater and whilst this is good food with authentic inclusions such as holy basil it is a little on the expensive side. Green curries, a staple in thai cooking, shouldn't cost this much.
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Maybe the best Pad Thai I have ever had. Also started with a delicious corn chowder.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very tasty Thai food.
Very tasty Thai food.
Appetizers were great, if not authentic.
We had a great meal.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would bring my Thai parents here
Love it - so hard to find properly spiced Thai in Manhattan, and Ngam does that and more. Great, identifiably Thai flavors in both favorite and inventive new dishes.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Seasonal Dishes For Summer
With a fresh summer menu everything we had was amazing. The zucchini and papaya pad Thai were to die for, lots of flavor and still was light and everything was fresh. The corn chowder was tasty but was served very very hot as in heat, couldn't eat it for 10 mins, which is a downer when served as a appetizer. The service is fine nothing spectacular, but not really too much to complain about they did get a little busy and took a little while to get out. I always bring friends from out of town to Ngam for lunch and everyone is always blown away by the food.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our second time in
This was our second time in New York since visiting Bangkok about two months ago ... and our second time dining at Ngam. Ngam is by far the best Thai restaurant we've dined out outside of Thailand. It is not the usual "Thai" restaurant we've been accustomed to but rather, creative, fresh, well prepared Thai food. We will definitely be back during our next visit to New York.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious & innovative food
Delicious & innovative food with a healthy and echo minded flare.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Twist on Thai
We totally enjoyed our meal at Ngam. Ordinary Thai dishes were made exceptional by great flavors and ingredient twists, such as zucchini substituting for pad thai noodles. Chicken wings were outstanding. We also loved our Tom Yam Tinis. The great music was drowned out by the high noise level, not unexpected in a small crowded space. Only complaint was lack of AC: with an open kitchen, this was a problem. I'll go back in the winter.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The pad thai was delicious.
The pad thai was delicious. I would definitely get that again. The Thai omelet was ok but the lump crab was not worth the $8 extra charge. If I were to order the omelet again, I would order it as is (instead of paying extra for other protein). If it's a hot day, I would order my food to go as the restaurant doesn't get very cool. The a/c seems to be on but since there is no wall separating the kitchen from the dining area, the place isn't as comfortable as it can get.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Inventive Thai Dishes & Drinks
I went with a group of about 10 people here, which I understand is incredibly difficult to accommodate, especially in New York so I was impressed by how on top of it our waiter was!
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place!
I rarely ever find a place that's just as good for dinner as brunch but Ngam is that place! I keep coming back and recommending the restaurant to friends.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better food than Thailand
This is the best thai food in NYC. It tastes so authetic. Its as good as or better than the food I ate in Thailand last year. The owner/chef is from Chiang Mai and she said the other chef was from Bangkok. She is the nicest person and gives recommendations on what to eat. The portions are pretty big so and there is a lot of variety. Everything I have tried tastes amazing. The atmosphere is pretty cool as well. Service is great. Definitely try this Ngam.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food, ambience, energy & service. My third time there and each time was consistently fabulous.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Arrived for happy hour. $3 Tiger beer and bargain apps. No oysters, though they were on the happy hour menu. Our group of 3 got 2 different regular menus and the one with soft shell crabs which 2 of the 3 wanted not in effect. Adding duck "special" to pad thai took it from $12 to $28 which was a surprise. Should have asked price. But pleasant service, good food and generous portions saved the day for Ngam.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for the first time with three friends; we each loved what we ordered from apps to entrees. The place has a really nice vibe and the service is fantastic. Also, I think the prices are quite good for the quality of food and the portion size.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
live in the neighborhood and have walked by a million times and havent had a chance to go. finally went with two friends and was so happy that they were willing to share as i wanted to try everything. everything was so delicious. we went very early so it was not crowded and the service was perfectly fine. The flavors were delicious and the plates very inventive. i cannot wait to go back!
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Thai food in NYC. The garden salad and Zucchini Pad Thai are simply beyond description.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Disorganized but tasty!
The hostess sat us quickly despite my late arrival, which was very kind of her. The waitress may have been new as she forgot 2 things: to add chicken to my fried rice dish, as we discussed, and my date's rice with his fish entree. Another server brought the chicken about 8 minutes later. While it was tasty, it should have been in the meal from the beginning. Overall, the food is quite good, and perhaps this waitress just needs a bit more practice.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Innovative, delicious food
Ngam is delightfully different Thai food and pleases both the adventurous and traditional alike. Every dish was better than the last. Just a wonderful, wonderful dinner.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food at Ngam is terrific, and the service is excellent. I have a severe food allergy, and the owner came over to double check with me on what to tell the chef. She also checked in with us a few times during the evening. I'm very impressed.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Back for more!
Love the menu, energy and tasty food! I've been back twice in two weeks. The tom kah soup is killer and the squid ink noodles, fanominal. Craving more already! Super chill industrial decor and open kitchen plan.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Honest and flavorful Thai...
I just had lunch at Chef Hong's wonderful Ngam restaurant and you can certainly feel the "love". Creative and simple Thai food includes the special spring rolls, yam/sweet potato fries and really authentic pad Thai. Everything is tasty and the ambience is relaxed. Great lychee panic cotta as well. Servers friendly and helpful. As it was our first time, we were encouraged to try the best daily specials...will certainly go back.
The union square location can't be beat and I believe ched Homgs Ngam recently vote best Thai in NYC. I whole hearted lay agree...
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very creative thai. Amazing spring rolls first sweet than salty. Nuances of taste in food makes this place special. Portion size of the curries could be better but the quality v. quantity makes this place worthwhile. Highly recommended for those that love spice not simply heat but different nuances of spice in their foods. I recommend it for anyone who likes to explore creative menus....
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect evening via a perfect meal
Consistently fantastic food with fresh ingredients. You can tell the staff truly cares about quality and the diner experience. A go-to spot for a guaranteed wonderful meal. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable. The kale fried rice knocks my socks off every time. The red snapper was succulent and perfectly cooked. The cocktail menu is innovative and refreshingly delicious. Not exactly traditional Thai cooking, but all the right elements and nuances are there.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A local taste of Thailand
This gem takes me back to the land I love every time I visit. The fresh ingredients are expertly mixed and the atmosphere is local and 'warm'. Since I can't get to Thailand as much as I would like these days, I'm happy to know this restaurant is close by.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
excellent food all around...we
excellent food all around...we were large party of 8 and while this is not traditional thai, everything was excellent. good value for money. many of us agreed we would be back.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM