The food was AMAZING! So spicy but in a good way, even the
The food was AMAZING! So spicy but in a good way, even the non-spicy foods were a bit spicy. The beef shank curry was my favorite, it had so much flavor and melted in your mouth. The tiger shrimp curry was delicious, had densely flavored omelette chunks as well, and was basically in a tom yum soup. So lucky we got seating! Would definitely come back. Service was also amazing, everyone was so kind, friendly, and attentive.
It's goods but it's hectic inside.
A lot of things goes in in here and a lot of food comes out. The food is great super tangy, sweet and spicy. The flavors are definitely very unique. The price was definitely on the pricier side but for the portion it's quite large. I definitely tasted the culture and the authenticity was great. Do keep in mind some items do run out during the day so arriving early is a bonus. When I went they were missing a few dishes that I wanted to try but had to order something else cause it was out. 8/10 would come here for the flavor and the urge to try more things but for the wait and the price I might have to consider it. Also, the menu changes from time to time which is great. Can really try other things if you want.
Amazing experience here! The food was excellent and the
Amazing experience here! The food was excellent and the service was amazing. Our orders were taken immediately and food came out very quickly. The waitstaff were so kind and attentive.There was a table of two next to us that got in an argument with the waiter because it seemed like they were there for awhile and the waiter was trying to get them to wrap up (they weren't eating anymore), as they did for the table before us so we could sit. The waiter handled the situation beautifully even though this couple was acting quite rude/entitled. Love to see a place that stands up for their other customers and themselves. Will definitely be back!
First, it's fairly difficult to get a reservation at Ugly
First, it's fairly difficult to get a reservation at Ugly Baby because it's so popular (and rightfully so). If you're interested in seeing what all of the hype is about, I'd recommend booking in advance or ordering takeout during the early afternoon hours - I stopped by once in the evening and they were so busy they couldn't accommodate a to-go meal. This time around, I had a reservation, and although my friend and I had to wait a few minutes to be seated upon our arrival, the service thereafter was relatively quick.The restaurant offers an extensive beer and wine list, as well as a zesty Yuzu Ginger cider. The menu only features a single vegan option, and fortunately it did not disappoint. The Kang Kluay, a yellow curry with kabocha squash and banana, wasn't very spicy, but it didn't have to be, because its flavor was great. The banana chunks somewhat resembled potatoes in taste and texture, likely because they absorbed the curry and eliminated the fruit's sweetness. The kabocha squash pieces were much smaller and didn't make much of an impression, but the basil leaves made it feel like more of a traditional curry.It would be nice if Ugly Baby had more vegetarian and vegan-friendly items on their menu, but the banana curry was so unique that I wouldn't mind eating it again in the future.
Awesome authentic Thai.
Always changing menu of the freshest ingredients. But, you better be ready for the heat, I'm talking real heat. You will be leaking. Hard to get into make your reservations in advance.
Just had dinner there and front guy was so rude.
I made a reservation for 3 at 5:15 pm. I walked in at 5:20 and they sat us at the counter for 3 people. Which doesn't make sense for 3 people and it didn't say during time of reservation. I asked why we couldn't sit at a table? The guy said because I was late..... by 5 minutes? He then proceeded to show me his phone. It said 5:22. And told me we were 10 minutes late and was nasty about it. Bro. That's 7 minutes, not 10 minute. That includes the 2 minutes of you being nasty to me. Don't be dramatic and there's a 15 minute standard grace period for most restaurants. No meal is worth that attitude.
- Panang beef: Overly sweetened.
I like the cooking but the seasoning was off- Fried fish: Well fired though it should have been served with some seafood sauce or some fish sauce- Nam tok beef & tripe: The seasoning was awesome, and I like the spiciness and the pla ra flavor, but the steak was dull. It should have been either cooked medium-rare or just really well-grilled like typical Thai style.The better dish of the night was Gang Som which was yummy but not enough to carry the whole dinner.
One of my favorite restaurants period! If you love spicy
One of my favorite restaurants period! If you love spicy Thai food you will love Ugly Baby. I love everything I've tried. Its amazing how you can eat a certain dish and it's so spicy, the you try another dish and it's also spicy, but a different kind of spice, then another dish which hits even more differently than the others. It's an incredible scaffolded spice journey I've been lucky enough to experience a few times. The service is great and the vibe and fun and energizing. There is usually a line of folks waiting and every table is usually full for good reason. I would definitely recommend calling ahead and making a reservation. You can also order for pickup and delivery.
Quality & unique food but cringe-worthily hipster & bare
Quality & unique food but cringe-worthily hipster & bare bones (despite still charging $25+ per dish). After 1.5 hour wait, we were seated at a "shared table." This was a small 4 person table crushed into a corner that could barely fit 6 petite humans - the couple next to us needed to get out of their seats for us to exit and go to the bathroom (refer to photo). They had an extensive beer menu but ironically didn't carry any Thai beer (or any cocktails) - I guess it's a vibe? Beer arrived in cans with no glass (also part of vibe). My plate came dirty. Food was unique (they pride themselves on extremely spicy unique dishes) but given bare bones atmosphere was not worth it. Also weirdly no appetizers (like I said, bare-bones). Soothr prices without the service or atmosphere - don't recommend the trip.
Ugly baby is so hard to get a reservation at but I was able
Ugly baby is so hard to get a reservation at but I was able to finally go. The food was incredible. I understand why it's always packed. The dishes were quite spicy so if they tell you it's spicy, they mean it. With their current menu, there was only one vegetarian/vegan option but I loved it. The staff were all so friendly and nice/bubbly. Loved the energy & the bright decor scheme of orange/yellow! Cute, small & cozy!
The food is very authentic, spicy, and delicious.
Across dishes, they really know how to cook meat perfectly. My favorite was that panaang curry, savory, perfect level of spice, and the beef was so good. We got the tom yum with pig tails, which was sour, spicy and the meat was so fall-off-the-bone tender. The five-spice pork belly had amazingly well-rendered fat. The sirloin and triple salad was the spiciest dish we got but the fresh vegetables were great to tame the heat. The place is pretty small and the atmosphere is kind of loud and chaotic. They also ran out of four dishes in the winter menu by the time of our reservations, 7:45. The service is excellent.
Called to get a walk in and they were able to squeeze me
Called to get a walk in and they were able to squeeze me and a friend for 915. Worth the wait. Beautiful eclectic setting, love the colors, the tightness, the plates. But the food, oh my. Make sure you load up on tums for prophylaxis. Thankfully the staff recommended different levels of spice for our dishes. The fish (no spice) was so crispy, mild in a very good way. This was my favorite dish and would totally get again.Next level up was the tiger shrimp with curry and egg. Egg was absorbed so well the curry and was a good step up in spice. But whoa boy the beef and tripe salad, that first bite was exquisite but painful. It's good that you can't eat too much, but you want to. Cucumbers for cooling is a must. I had to go back and finish the fish while I could still taste haha. But when I finally went back for round 2, the spice was more manageable - must have burned off some taste buds.I will definitely be back, so many dishes to try, great staff, chill environment, great selection of drinks. And definitely need to build up that spice tolerance
Booked well in advance, so was really excited to try Ugly
Booked well in advance, so was really excited to try Ugly Baby, which I had walked by several times. We were a bit intimidated by the warnings of spiciness, so landed on the five spice pork belly, parang curry, and the jungle curry. The Pork Belly was cooked perfectly with a deliciously warm sauce that was perfect for cutting the heat from the rest of the meal. Penang curry was also a hit and not overly spicy, but the jungle curry was not our favorite. The service was super friendly and helpful! Overall, really appreciated the divergence from the standard NYC Thai menu and would definitely come back!
First visit made me a fan for life.
We ordered a modest two dishes, Spare Ribs and Curried Rice, and were prepared for heat. The flavors were perfectly balanced salt, sweet, acid and a "hurts so good" heat. The sweet, cooling greens cucumbers, string beans, and lettuce were fun to munch on and the rice is all-you-can-eat!We sat at the bar facing the kitchen, and the staff gave us fair Scoville warning and recommended 2-3 dishes for two people. There drink menu is exciting and extensive - I'll definitely be back to explore more.
Disclaimer: I hate super duper SPICY food and this place
Disclaimer: I hate super duper SPICY food and this place serves up five alarm bells level spicy!With that said, I wrote a review on Somtum Der (East Village) and gave them an extremely low rating because I spent the whole night and entire next day running to my toilet and nothing can erase that brutal memory. The good thing that came out of eating at Somtum Der is that I have a good baseline how spicy authentic Thai food can be. Ugly Baby serves really authentic Thai dishes- the kind of dishes you can neither spell nor pronounce, but look amazing on Instagram. After reading pages and pages of reviews of how spicy the dishes are, I prepared myself by taking 2 Imodium pills and making sure I had a big glass of Thai iced tea near me at all time during the meal.I first stumbled here when a friend and I stumbled across this place on Yelp. We decided to walk the 30 minutes from Downtown Brooklyn to Carroll Gardens and take our chances as walk-ins. Big mistake. This place is small, small, small. Upon walking in, we were immediately told that all the tables were reserved for the rest of the night. This was on a Sunday night. Seeing how popular this place was, I decided to make a reservation online a week in advance (the earliest you can book a table) and place your orders. Ok, this is the first time I've ever had to pre-order dishes a week in advance for a restaurant in NYC. But when in Rome, do as the Romans...For a party of two, we ordered the following:Khoong Muk Kai Kem/shrimp, squid, and salted egg yolk ($25) This was my favorite because I love seafood and it wasn't overly spicy. Kao Tod Nam Klook/curried rice, pork skin, peanut and ginger ($22): This was a very large plate of food. It wasn't my favorite, but also wasn't bad either. There were raw vegetables (string beans, cucumbers) that helped cool the palette, but I didn't think the flavors were particularly interesting. I wouldn't order this again.Tom Som Pla Kra Pong/red snapper in ginger and tamarind broth ($32) This was my second favorite dish because the broth was a gentle balance between sour and spicy and broke up a lot of the spice from the other dishes.Hor Mok Pu/steamed crab on banana leaf and coconut ($30) This was the spiciest dish, which I didn't enjoy. I also thought the taste of the steamed crab was off/not great/not to my liking. The texture was like of a paste instead of actual crab meat. There were also thinly-sliced red peppers sprinkled over the steamed crab which I avoided like the plague. My friend bravely ate them and I saw the regret in the aftermath. I would not order this again. Overall, it was a lovely meal (especially coming in knowing what you're getting into and being able to manage those expectations). My friend and I were initially seated at the bar which wasn't ideal because I hate sitting on bar stools. But, sitting at the bar was still nice because you have a full open view of the kitchen and the nice family that cooks the food. We were shortly moved to a table at the front of the restaurant which was much better. The family that runs the restaurant was personable and made us feel very welcome while offering suggestions from their extensive beer and beverage list. The ambience is also worth noting as super eclectic and vibrant- a lot of bright colors. I would recommend coming here at least once. Book early and come with an open mind. Next time you're craving Thai food, ditch the Pad Thai, and checkout this Brooklyn gem.
Best Thai food I've had in NYC or beyond, we'll be back
Best Thai food I've had in NYC or beyond, we'll be back regularly to try more of the menu, especially now that you can book reservations (if you reserve ahead of time be prepared to select your dishes ahead of time as well). We ended up seated at the bar, which was a great opportunity to see the chefs at work. Excellent variety of beer, wine, and cider. All dishes were incredible, my favorite was the Nung Gai (crispy chicken skin), such a perfect amount of flavor and texture, definitely has a kick. Kang Hoh (red curry pork shoulder with glass noodles) has a kick to it! Tom Som Pla Kra Pong (red snapper in a ginger tamarind broth) was refreshing and has a bit of an acidic kick with the tamarind. Tong Pad Kai (kabocha squash, straw mushroom, egg, basil) didn't seem spicy at all and was nice to round out the meal. We were told that 4 dishes is too many for a group of 2 and to order 2-3 next time but no regrets, we had amazing leftovers for a couple of days. Would love to come back to try the prix fixe experience ($55 per person for groups of 6 or more).
Definitely recommend! Came here on a Thursday evening and
Definitely recommend! Came here on a Thursday evening and walked in with no wait around 6:30pm.I had read reviews that Ugly Baby was very spicy, and while it was a good level of spice, I definitely wouldn't call this unbearable. If you've at other spicy spots like Mala Project or Fish Cheeks, Ugly Baby isn't as spicy comparatively.All the dishes were great, though I probably wouldn't order the fried sea bream again (Pla Tod Kamin). The flavor of the skin was great, but the fish itself was pretty dry.
My wife and I had been waiting to eat here during our NY
My wife and I had been waiting to eat here during our NY vacation. I already checked their hours of operation before going and it said they're open Sat 12pm. We get there today around 1:45pm and the whole place is closed and the chairs are all stacked. Wth is that all about?
I wish I can give ZERO stars, really looked forward to this
I wish I can give ZERO stars, really looked forward to this place with my co workers. Waited 40 mins for food and nothing, not even 1 dish came out. Everyone who sat after us even go the food. Totally unacceptable. RUDE RUDE service!Also we pre ordered foods one hour a head before you go to the restaurant. I am totally shocked by service is so RUDE! Unbelievable...Service is Totally unacceptable
The food is good if you like something super hot and spicy,
The food is good if you like something super hot and spicy, but the service was rude. We had to wait outside for the food and not inside. We were rushed out and told to wait outside for our to go order. We are not for sure if it was because we were black or in costume for leaving a convention?? We would not come again, it was not worth our money. This is sad since we love Thai. If you are looking to clear your sinuses this is the place to go, especially if you want your butt hole on fire later.
This restaurant had been on my list for almost two years
This restaurant had been on my list for almost two years since I moved to New York. Going to Ugly Baby during the summer of 2021 required both a reservation a week in advance as well as the list of dishes that the table planned to order. Nothing that I say is of anything new-- Ugly Baby is one of the most unique Thai restaurants I have been to. All of their menu items are names that I had never seen before, which made it all the more exciting.Khoong Muk Kai Kem - shrimp and squid cooked with salted duck yolk. This was absolutely my favorite dish of the evening, and maybe one of the best things I have ever eaten. I ordered another bowl of rice just so I could soak up the remaining sauce. Kang Hoh - pork shoulder and glass noodles slathered with red curry paste and Hung Le curry. Rice is also mandatory to clean up the plate. Laab Ped Udon - Beware, this one is not for the faint of heart. I have a very high spice tolerance, and I could not stomach more than a few tiny bites of this dish. The duck salad is fantastically flavorful, but the spice was so overwhelming that we had to box most of this after several glasses of water.
first off, making you order the food with the reservation
first off, making you order the food with the reservation is pretty crazy. second of all, if you have the ability to, sit on the inside wall of the restaurant (the side behind the host table) bc when the sun sets that heat burning on the side of your face plus the spicy food is pretty killer. third of all, you will be full much faster than the normal amount of food you would typically order bc you'll be chugging water/thai tea/eating rice to fill up. The spicy duck salad made me cry and I have a decent spice tolerance. My bf eats spicy buldak chicken noodles for fun and he said it was the spiciest thing he's ever eaten in his life. that being said, everything else was very good. the pork shoulder was delicious, as was the eggplant and the penang curry (best thai curry i've had). I think the spiciness could've been better managed if the sun wasn't beating down on me. this was a very cute place with fun colors and sweet staff. Prepare yourselves!
Ugly baby takes a lot of pride in having very spicy food
Ugly baby takes a lot of pride in having very spicy food but unfortunately it was not that spicy nor flavorful full to me with the exception of one dish. The dishes are meant for sharing so between my friend and I we order three dishes- the duck salad, spare ribs, and shrimp, squid and salted egg yolk dish. The duck salad was spicy but lacked any real flavor and did not have that much duck. The portion of the spare ribs was very generous but it was coated in fish sauce. Don't get me wrong, I love the fish sauce but with spare ribs it was a bit of an unusual combination for me. However, The shrimp, squid and salted egg yolk dish was absolutely fantastic and redeemed the other two meals. I guess it's truly a luck of the draw when ordering meals here, if I return maybe I'll lean towards trying the more popular items versus being adventurous.
I am telling you right now: I've lived in New York City for
I am telling you right now: I've lived in New York City for ~10 years, and the Kao tod nam klook (curried rice and pork skin) is one of the best dishes I've had here. Period. There were moments where I couldn't believe the burst of flavors with every bite. Insanely delicious.We also got the fried turmeric sea bream (I swallowed bones and I liked it that's how good it was) and the banana leaf crab meat curry called Hor Mok (which was easily my second favorite meal at our table). Beyond that, every single person working was personable, happy to be there, and so damn pleasant. I can't remember but I think I tipped 27% just because I loved them so much. Anyway, in short: go here. Go here now.