***Come any time between 6:30pm and 9:30pm, stay as long as you want, or leave when you need to. You will pay for only the food you order (plus tax and tip).***
I’m excited to invite you to the Wild Ginger! A Pan – Asian restaurant with a welcoming and efficient staff, cozy atmosphere and a great division of space that provides a sense of intimacy.
Located on 112 Smith Street bet. Pacific / Dean Street, the food is mostly vegan, but there are a few vegetarian dishes in the menu. So, if you’re vegan double check with your waitress if the dish you want is vegan.
The dishes are composed of deliciously rich combinations of Thai, Chinese, Malaysian and Indian dishes that make me want to dine there time and time again.
Scallion Pancakes with Homemade Mango Salsa
My favorite dishes are their Sweet-Citrus Soy Protein and their Jade Mushroom. I’ve always wanted to taste their highly recommended Peanut Butter Bomb dessert, but after the main course, I’m so full that I keep postponing it till the next time.
Zagat.com gives Wild Ginger a very high score of 23, calls it a "vegan paradise" and says, "the creative, flavorful dishes star mock meat that even carnivores will enjoy for a healthy change of pace; friendly, accommodating service and cheap prices complete the virtuous picture."
The Vegan Guide to New York City says about Wild Ginger:
Three friends--Richard (the architect and co-manager), Winnie (the accountant and manager), and her husband, Tim (the chef)--have pooled their assets to create one of the most popular and successful vegetarian restaurants in town. Richard is responsible for the elegant yet cozy interior, Winnie, for the crisply efficient running of the place; and Tim for the tasty dishes. "Pan Asian" is how they describe their cuisine--Thai, Chinese, Malaysian and Indian--and for once the menu truly deserves this overused and often inaccurate appellation.
We practically shouted our adulation of the Scallion Pancakes with the Home-Made Mango Salsa, which tasted less like crepes than small pizzas topped with a piquant mango sauce. We adored the Samosa in Curry Sauce. Their newest appetizer, Tempeh in Satay Sauce is supernal. For the main course, our taste buds thrilled to the exotic flavor notes in Malaysian Curry Stew (mild, slow-cooked coconut curry with soy protein, broccoli, carrots, potatoes and pumpkin) and Mango Soy Protein (thin-slice medallions sauteed in a mellow plum sauce with mango, zucchini, sweet-sage turnips, peppers and onions).
Beverages--we tossed off the homemade Wild Ginger Beer, and Virgin Mojitoes with gusto. They were--to our teetotal, non-alcoholic sensibilities--bewitching. For drinkers of more adult beverages, there is an array of beers, wine and sakes that are guaranteed to "bewitch, bother and bewilder." Vegans, however, should beware the Lassis (an Indian drink made with fruit juice and yogurt). Order soy-milk lassis instead!
Wild Ginger is located in Downtown Brooklyn, not far from Manhattan.
Train Directions: Take the F or G to Bergen Street, the A or C to Jay Street, or the 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Borough Hall.
I am delighted to be hosting my first meetup for the group. Hope to see you there!
Michelle, new assistant organizer