i think i had the worst pad thai ever at thai-nam (137 e. 45th) nr. GCT. they have a big sign in the window mentioning laab - so i was a little curious (though the price quoted on the sign for laab was too high - 10.95). so i got the lunch special chicken pad thai for 6.50 to go instead (maybe this was my mistake), comes with a salad or soup, i got the salad, (the dressing seemed a rip off of dojo's carrot dressing), and the pad thai looked like it was made with ketchup (was florescent reddish-orange goup), it was sickeningly sweet, with dry chicken as flavorful as cardboard, no peanuts, no lime (lemmon instead = bogus). i asked if their thai fried rice was shrimp paste fried rice, and they said they 'can't make that, nobody can handle shrimp paste,' which is pretty innocuous if used correctly? also, their friendliness was thinly veiled, no genuineness here. you could see the greed in their attitude. i wonder if their expensive entrees are any better? the old borough adage is unfortunately true - once you've had thai the way it is meant, anyplace in manhattan will not add up. most especially the place serving possibly the worst pad thai ever.