The plates at Purple Ginger embody the restaurant's colorful name in flavor and style – staples like spicy noodles and vibrant curries anchor the menu, paving the way for a range of inventive grilled entrees and vegetarian dishes.Since opening up in the East Village a few years ago, Purple Ginger has given the neighborhood's Thai scene a welcome boost. After two decades of experience with classic thai cuisine, their chef decided to get a bit more creative and distinct with the menu at Purple Ginger – plates here tend to embody the joint’s colorful name in flavor and style. Staples like spicy noodles and vibrant curries anchor the menu, paving the way for a range of inventive grilled entrees and vegetarian dishes. Purple Potato Spring Rolls and Crystal Shrimp Dumplings lead to Pan-Fried Striped Bass and Purple Ginger Tofu. The kitchen's commitment to hyper-fresh fruit, veggies and protein is what ties it all together.
Take a tasty introductory course over the Papaya Salad, a stacked plate of shrimp, peanuts, papaya and a spicy lime dressing. Or dig deeper into the Coconut Milk Noodle Soup, with fresh lemongrass, cabbage, cilantro and bean sprouts. Guests choose their own adventure with each bowl: pick the protein and noodle style then get to slurpin’. Vegetarians will enjoy a long list of new additions to the menu, like the Basil Veggie Chicken or the Sweet & Sour Vegetable Spare Ribs, while their meat-eating counterparts will savor the chef’s special Crispy Mango Duck or the Purple Ginger Chicken (seasoned with ginger, green and red peppers, sweet beans and a sweet oyster sauce). Meat or none, to make the most of all these flavors at the table, pair the whole spread with a Thai iced tea and wrap it up with fried bananas. Those are fresh, too, so we’d save some room to get properly acquainted.
Papaya Salad, $6
Crystal Shrimp Dumplings, $6
Coconut Milk Noodle Soup, $9
Purple Ginger Tofu, $10
Spicy Sweet Basil Chicken, $11
Crispy Mango Duck, $16
Monday—Thursday, 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m