Dine Out Dietitian: Ngam in the East Village

This week I’m sharing a post I wrote for Dine Out Dietitian, a site where RDs write restaurant reviews & offer insider tips for some of their favorite healthy restaurants.

My most recent review was for Ngam in the East Village, located at 99 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10003.

Here’s the shortened version (and a little background story).. 

When I was an RA (resident assistant) in college, I always used the same question for an icebreaker. Maybe it was my inner foodie (or obvious foodie) that propelled me to ask this question but it was always, “what is your favorite cuisine?” I would always start first just to begin the conversation..or maybe I just wanted to talk food first.

Thai is my favorite and I could probably eat pad see ew every single day of my life. Too bad, it is a little heavy for me (noodles, rice, and all) so my foodie dreams were put on hold…But no worries health-conscious Thai food lovers, I found a LIGHTER Thai fare and am excited to share it with you. I didn’t think lighter Thai cuisine was possible but it is thanks to Ngam.

I went to check this place out with another RD and let’s just say, RDs will really like this place.

We tried the Zucchini Pad Thai (zucchini noodles, pad thai sauce, eggs, peanuts, garlic, chinese chives, and vegetables) and Papaya Pad Thai (green papaya noodles, pad thai sauce, eggs peanuts, garlic, chive, tofu). The texture of the zucchini and papaya noodles were a little crunchier than rice noodles but both were extremely tasty and pretty close to the traditional pad thai. My favorite was the papaya pad thai. It had a great balance of flavors and also left me feeling much “lighter” than a classic pad thai would.

papaya pad thai

Papaya Pad Thai

zuchini pad thai

Zucchini Pad Thai

What I love about this place is that it offers Thai classics with a healthy twist but also keeps traditional dishes on the menu, so you can still bring your friend who is probably having pad thai everyday without you, but you will have healthier options available to you.

Other things I would like to try- their kale fried rice (oh kale, yes) and their beet dumplings!

You can read the full review here. And if you’re curious for other healthy spots in NYC, click here to check out other places I’ve reviewed.

Have you tried Ngam? What are you favorite Thai spots (I could go on..)?

Happy Dining Out,



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