Ugly Baby

Ugly Baby

Thai Restaurant$$$$
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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    Suzy T.
    "Khao soi & Kang Kanoon were very delicious."(12 Tips)
    Beth K.
    "Duck salad, green curry, and red snapper broth fish- so good!"(14 Tips)
    Emily W.
    "BYOB for now, so come with beer or an acid heavy wine."(7 Tips)
    Inna G.
    "Kua kling (beef) is extremely spicy and dry."(4 Tips)
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  • Peter C.heart icon on user image
    Peter CucèAugust 23, 2017
    Some of the best Thai in NYC. Duck salad is incredible, spicy & herbaceous. Also: coconut soup w/ fish, turmeric sea bream, pork shoulder. Khao soi is well balanced.
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    Jonas BlankOctober 20, 2017
    Legit Thai, maybe more adventurous menu that their “father” restaurant. If something says “spicy,” believe that. The “brutally spicy” item is a spiritual journey, to say the least. Duck salad too.
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonSeptember 12, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    All great: chicken skewers, duck laab, and khao soi, fried coconut milk cakes, green curry. I'd skip kua kling in favor of other, tastier dishes. BYOB for now, so come with beer or an acid heavy wine.
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    AmateurConciergeMarch 24, 2019
    Authentic Thai, but for a place that requires u to show up at 5:30 pm for dinner, it’s not THAT good. Decent khao soy.
  • Kim P.heart icon on user image
    Kim PhamOctober 13, 2019
    The pig’s tongue is lovely and the duck salad’s heat CREEPS up on you (but is damn tasty). My favourite thing on the menu is the curried rice with pork skin 🔥
  • Foxxy B.heart icon on user image
    Foxxy BApril 23, 2018
    It is spicy (sometimes crazy spicy), but not to feign authenticity. Menu is casual yet WOW in its selection (fried coconut cakes, stingray soup, etc). Far more approachable vs Pok Pok or Uncle Boons.
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 20, 2017
    Order the kua kling, brisket soup, and rice noodles. Bring your own beer or wine as Ugly Baby currently doesn’t charge a corkage. Read more
  • F. B.
    F. BastardJanuary 25, 2018
    I like this place but I can’t help feeling the spice level is turned to 11 as some kind of statement about authenticity. Duck laab inedibly hot. Kao Tod Nam Klook (rice salad) my fave dish.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsonDecember 21, 2017
    no longer BYOB
  • Brandon F.heart icon on user image
    Brandon F.April 17, 2018
    As traditional as Thai food can get with its rich flavors and spiciness with the elegance of unique dishes you won’t find in a lot of Thai restaurants around the area.
  • Amanda N.heart icon on user image
    Amanda NogueiraAugust 25, 2018
    Don’t fool yourself thinking you can handle spicy food. This is another level, specially the green chicken curry. Ask for a salad, rice or cucumber as a side.
  • Louis D.heart icon on user image
    Louis DavidApril 13, 2019
    Best KHAO SOI I had outside of Thailand, but beware, it is really really spicy! :)
  • Marie R.heart icon on user image
    Marie RicherDecember 31, 2017
    Super spicy! Duck salad, pineapple mushroom curry and coconut taro cakes were so good. Friendly, helpful and fast service. 🔥🌶❤️👶🏻
  • Trevor H.heart icon on user image
    Trevor HillJune 16, 2019
    Incredible flavors that are incredibly spicy, come prepared. Wish I could've tried everything but loved the dishes we had: Khao Soi and the shrimp/squid
  • Zucchini R.heart icon on user image
    Zucchini RoseJanuary 14, 2018
    Laab (duck salad), Kao Tod Nam Klook (curry rice), and Kang Kua Supparod (mushroom, pineapple 🍍 curry) all super delicious! Can’t wait to come back!
  • Tucker M.heart icon on user image
    Tucker MonetFebruary 9, 2018
    Michelin restaurant in the making. Get there before 630p to make sure you can get a table. Two words: sea bream!
  • Stan T.heart icon on user image
    Stan TranJuly 17, 2018
    Truly authentic Northern Thai food. Get delivery or expect to wait. The spicy dishes are not for the faint of heart (but still delicious)!
  • Micah C.heart icon on user image
    Micah ChilesMarch 5, 2018
    Fantastic, affordable Thai food. Must order the khao soi. The ‘brutally hot’ beef dish is no joke
  • Ashley C.heart icon on user image
    Ashley ChenDecember 4, 2017
    Live a little and try some fun stuff - sea bream and durian sticky rice. Nobody comes here for pad Thai.
  • Ryan A.heart icon on user image
    Ryan AmbsSeptember 22, 2018
    You can tell by the location that they are not trying to make the food accessible but the spice level reaches almost that of novelty. The food is good but it is hard to finish a dish because of it.
  • Honghui Y.heart icon on user image
    Honghui YuJanuary 12, 2018
    Delicious Thai food in a cozy setting. Most dishes are quite spicy though so you may need to load up on the Thai iced tea.
  • Tarnima S.
    Tarnima SabedDecember 13, 2017
    favorites were: fried turmeric sea bream, northern egg noodle curry soup with beef shank, southern style chicken thigh skewers
  • Suzy T.heart icon on user image
    Suzy TranJanuary 19, 2020
    Khao soi & Kang Kanoon were very delicious. 🥵 food is spicy, by even southeast asian standards. Order the Thai ice tea... b/c you will freaking need it.
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    PeggyDecember 30, 2023
    Everything is spicy, but the spiciness level really varies — a mild spicy one time was much spicier than a medium spicy next visit!
  • Yoeun P.heart icon on user image
    Yoeun PenFebruary 25, 2019
    Authentic flavor hindered by unnecessary spiciness. I eat extra hot all day everyday, but Ugly Baby is too hot.
  • Peter D.heart icon on user image
    Peter DiPrinzioNovember 25, 2018
    Almost all the dishes are medium to very spicy, but they are all delicious and unique. Service is fun and prompt
  • Kathy L.
    Kathy LiuJanuary 13, 2018
    Intensely spicy duck salad- pair it with a much-needed Thai iced tea so you don’t lose your tongue.
  • Liza F.heart icon on user image
    Liza FrybergerFebruary 24, 2018
    Spicy duck salad should not be missed. Melt-your-face delicious. Be sure to get a Thai iced tea to tame the fire!
  • Jarel H.heart icon on user image
    Jarel HillDecember 3, 2018
    Khao Soi, Kung Hoh, Kao Tod in that order. Everything was awesome and spicy. Not crazy spicy but u def feel it.
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurmanJuly 18, 2018
    The grilled prawns and khao soi was DELICIOUS, order a thai iced tea to kill the burn.
  • Beth K.heart icon on user image
    Beth KDecember 30, 2018
    Duck salad, green curry, and red snapper broth fish- so good! Get ready for heat and layers of delicious flavor.
  • Jesse L.heart icon on user image
    Jesse LaneNovember 5, 2018
    The khao soi was a revelation. The duck salad is also outstanding. Really can’t go wrong here.
  • Adela M.heart icon on user image
    Adela MouNovember 22, 2017
    Everything is delicious and spicy. The khao soy was awesome
  • Shellyheart icon on user image
    ShellyNovember 17, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Kao ko appetizer is to die for! Is it muffin? biscuit? Pure joy topped with sweet sauce, honey and cilantro?
  • Miguel C.heart icon on user image
    Miguel CutiongcoOctober 21, 2017
    Khao Soi is good but be warned it is VERY spicy 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶, Gae Golae skewers were perfect!
  • Inna G.
    Inna GNovember 18, 2018
    EVERYTHING is spicy even if the menu doesn’t mention it. If you are ok with your mouth on fire this is the place for you!
  • Gideon O.heart icon on user image
    Gideon OlshanskyNovember 30, 2018
    Great spot for spice lovers. Not only does the food kick, the flavors are fantastic.
  • miles l.heart icon on user image
    miles lennonMarch 18, 2018
    Super spicy but delicious. Ask the waiter to give you tips on level of spice. Assume medium is nuclear
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissDecember 28, 2017
    Some of the best new Thai in nyc and spicy as hell
  • Cameron W.heart icon on user image
    Cameron WDecember 29, 2019
    Amazing food. Spice level, heat, is high but delicious if you are up for it.
  • Dan S.heart icon on user image
    Dan SohaydaMay 7, 2018
    There's spicy Thai food and then there's Ugly Baby. The level of spice is otherworldly. Our server tried to tell us to order different items, but could not adjust the heat level.
  • Calvin L.heart icon on user image
    Calvin LammersApril 21, 2019
    If you like spice, this is the place for you. Great food and awesome beer selection
  • Gregory F.heart icon on user image
    Gregory FisherNovember 4, 2018
    Food here is spicy, but not as good as other more affordable places in Elmhurst or Woodside
  • Graham G.heart icon on user image
    Graham GnallNovember 13, 2017
    Duck salad, kua kling, khao soi. Hot! but manageable with a big group and byob.
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonSeptember 16, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Weekend lunch is the move here. No wait. Easy peasy.
  • Joe S.heart icon on user image
    Joe ScheipNovember 23, 2018
    Everything i’ve had is divine. Khoong Muk Kai Kem is my go to.
  • Angela
    AngelaJuly 22, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    The sea bream is our go to. So good.
  • EM H.heart icon on user image
    EM H.October 8, 2018
    It’s spicy!! Can’t go wrong. They also serve Plan Bee beer
  • Austin O.
    Austin OgilvieApril 18, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Thai in New York. Spaciest menu I’ve ever seen
  • John C.heart icon on user image
    John CoatesSeptember 24, 2017
    Spicy! And currently BYOB
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