Super-fresh Thai stocked with fresh fruit & plenty of twists.A newcomer to the East Village, Purple Ginger arrived just in time to give the neighborhood's Thai food scene a much-needed punch-up. Though the chef has two decades of experience with classic Thai cuisine, his work at Purple Ginger admits a bit of creative flair: amidst the fantastic standards (spicy noodles, vibrant curries) you'll find intriguing ramen dishes and excellent grilled steak experiments. Everything is tied together by the kitchen's commitment to hyper-fresh fruit, veg, and protein; when you taste Purple Ginger's mango shrimp or pineapple satay, for example, you may realize that the times you've had them elsewhere, you totally got something out of a can. To make the most of all these summertime flavors, pair the whole spread with a Thai iced tea and wrap it up with fried bananas. Those are fresh, tooand they're phenomenal.
Chicken Miso Ramen, $8.95
Chicken Pad Thai, $8.95
Spicy Mango Chicken, $9.95
Purple Ginger chicken, $13.95
Crispy Mango Duck, $15.95
MondayThursday, 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
FridaySaturday, 12:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m