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Thai Stunner Ugly Baby Reopens With a New Menu and Dine-In Service

Plus, Eli Zabar’s gluten-free cafe Noglu is moving to a new location on the UES — and more intel

A dining room table with several dishes, two orange beverages with ice cubes, and a few ornamental, palm-sized cacti
Ugly Baby in Carroll Gardens
Photo by Jessie Jacobson

Beloved Thai restaurant Ugly Baby reopens after temporary closure in March

Well, that didn’t take long. Two weeks after Thai destination Ugly Baby announced that it was temporarily shutting down, the restaurant is back up and running starting this weekend. However, things look a bit different: The Carroll Gardens spot revamped its dinner menu and has added a new dine-in option for customers after months of solely offering takeout and delivery during the pandemic.

According to an announcement on Instagram, Ugly Baby has finalized two new, separate menus for dine-in customers and takeout and delivery orders. The dine-in menu, which was shared last night, includes a range of seafood, beef, pork, poultry, and offal items including kang ped, a sting ray curry, and tom jud, a pork belly pineapple soup. There’s also a separate ‘no meat’ list, plus a handful of items listed simply under ‘brace yourself [mind-blown emoji]’. The new takeout and delivery menu will be posted to Instagram later today.

For diners who are eager to eat indoors at Ugly Baby, there are a number of new rules to follow. The restaurant is offering dine-in service by reservation only, and the reservations will only be accepted over Instagram direct message to start. Customers must place their full food orders ahead of arrival at the restaurant, and seatings are limited to 75 minutes per party. Takeout and delivery service will continue as it has throughout the pandemic, with orders accepted ahead of time also over Instagram direct message.

In other news

— Eli Zabar’s gluten-free cafe Noglu is moving into a larger location on the Upper East Side, Crain’s reports.

— The Bastianich family’s nearly 30-year-old Italian spot Becco in the Theater District has reopened with outdoor seating, and is once again offering its pasta tasting menu to diners, according to a restaurant spokesperson.

— Sprawling ramen chain Ichiran has added delivery and takeout options to its three NYC locations. All three locations are also open for indoor dining, according to a spokesperson.

— The cocktail of this summer will be the Cosmopolitan, Grub Street declares.

— Jason Baron, the co-owner of LES restaurant Bonnie Vee, is overseeing a new rooftop cafe at an upcoming bouldering gym located inside a warehouse in Greenpoint. The operation is slated to open in May.

— A new location of quirky ice cream chain Ample Hills opens inside Urbanspace at Bryant Park today, according to a spokesperson. The opening marks the chain’s third location in Manhattan.

— Everything’s fine:

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