17 January 2012

a brunch at Ngam

Despite the 15 degree chill, we decided to walk from our Financial District apartment, to Union Square, for brunch and errands. Plan A (Side Bar) was a bust- overridden with Ravens fans. We decided to push on towards the East Village. 

Ngam's otherwise uunassuming entry caught my eye with a chalkboard offering unlimited cocktails with brunch. The space is industrial and open with exposed brick and piping and modern art accents.  We were immediately greeted with a warm smile and led to a cozy table for two in the back.

The menu is fusion of Thai and modern comfort food dishes. The complimentary cocktails are Soju-based. We tried all three: bloody Mary, mochatini and Thai Tea Martini. These are absolutely stunning libations crafted with attention to detail and impossibly fresh ingredients.

 For our entree selections, Chris requested the Thai-tea soaked French toast with a side of caramelized bacon, myself the steak and eggs. The eggs were whipped with Thai basil and the chef's take on hash browns: julienned and braised sweet potato. While these dishes sound heavy, we felt pleasantly content and by no means weighed down.

As we exited, the chef introduced herself to us. Kudos also to our server. She was quite attentive, without hovering and had a clear love for the restaurant. This is our new spot. We'll be back in the near future.

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