Authentic? Yes! Delicious? Yes! Addictive? Definitely a YES!
I call it my 2014 summer love, a beautiful relationship! When I’m in the city or asked for a suggestion to meet up and have lunch…NGAM NYC is the place to go!
Located near Union Square NYC, it’s between 12th and 13th Streets on 3rd Avenue!
As you walk in, you see the skilled sous chefs busy at work – handling orders and smiling!
You then proceed to walk to the rear for seating and without knowing it you become completely relaxed! Such a great atmosphere!
The staff is awesome and I always find myself asking them for suggestions; for the lunch and dinner menus are different (this is how I know I LOVE this place).
Hong Thaimee, Chef & Owner of Ngam
The food at NGAM is no way finicky, just comforting.
If you love spicy food, they have it! If not into spicy, there is a dish definitely for you! And there are items which are Gluten Free! I had the pleasure of meeting the Chef and owner of NGAM, the beautiful Hong Thaimee.
It was on one of my visits, where a photo shoot was in progress where Hong was rolling out many Thai dishes for her upcoming cook book! A delightful and remarkable woman who took a moment to speak with my friend Lisa and I on her love of cooking.
If you are a foodie like me, you have seen her many times on Food Network’s Iron Chef of America. Just last week when dining with my niece, her staff said she is currently in Thailand; which I know must be amazing – it’s on my bucket list to visit <smiling, yes again>!
Be sure to view NGAM’s website (below) to see Hong’s achievements and all the amazing things she’s doing now!
Now here are my NGAM favorites!
#1 “Chiang Mai Fries” which are made of Kabocha pumpkin and sweet potato! They are fried to perfection; served with a homemade red curry mayo and a sweet and sour peanut relish! Warning!! They are addictive! Tip: please keep the sweet and sour relish on the side for a special addition to your noodles – if ordered (that is if you have any left!).
#2 “Kale Fried Rice”, where you have a choice of a rice to choose from, I always pick jasmine sautéed with love! Farm fresh kale, carrots, heirloom tomatoes, sweet onion, scallions and crunchy kale chips.
#3 “Peek Gai Tod/Brother Chai’s Chicken Wings” which are these spicy chicken wings served with a tamarind chili sauce and sliced granny smith apples!
#4 My choice of Mah Mah noodles with chicken that is served with lovely Thai basil, pepper, young peppercorn, carrots, broccoli, kale and cauliflower! The dish is called “Pad Kee Mao” Spicy Drunken Noodle”
For drinks, I will include either or both – but no doubt a fabulous “Honey Lychee Martini“ (Tito’s vodka, lychee juice and honey) and a refreshing “Thai Iced Tea”!
Now NGAM also serves brunch, where a friend of mine dined (without ME, I might add!) and had their “Wings & Waffles”. He raved repeatedly over the dish and told me secretly with such excitement that he ordered it 2x; after the first order! He said what got him happily hooked was the coconut taste in the waffle, it was delicious – a homemade coconut waffle, with marmalade glazed chicken wings and coconut cream! Here is a picture taken from NGAM’s website, because no picture was provided for it was not even a thought during the duration of happiness which repeated 3x! :)
Wings & Waffles!
Now NGAM is also known for a wonderful after-work place to go, for the evening side is also fun and adds to what New York City is all about!
I am planning to have a small gathering with a group of friends at NGAM soon, either partaking in a Thai cooking class, Thai Crab Feast or just dinner; it’s such a challenge with everyone’s schedules; but I am up for it!
If you love Thai food, like a place where you can relax and even in the middle of the day enjoy a Honey Lychee Martini, I recommend NGAM! You will have a wonderful time!
Food has power—it speaks to your soul. If I can cook the kind of food that will touch people’s souls, well, that’s my goal.+
Ngam is located at 99 3rd Avenue (btw 12th & 13th Streets) New York, NY 10003 (212) 777-8424.
To learn more about Chef Hong Thaimee and NGAM – Modern Thai Comfort Food restaurant, go to http://www.ngamnyc.com . Photos by NGAM’s website and Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC.
+ Quote take from Gotham Magazine article, 2013 New York Faces, Hong Thaimee.