Wild Ginger: An Asian Fusion Restaurant Circa 2007 -2011 Content
For a number of years this was the website for Wild Ginger, an Asian fusion restaurant, with two locations in New York.
Content is from the site's 2007 (an early interation of the site) - 2011 with a new website design for its Great Neck location) archived pages, as well as other outside source reviews.
If you have inadvertantly ended up here while looking for information about the Wild Ginger, the restaurant's current website with all the most up to date information is found at: http://wildgingergreatneckny.com/34808
About Us... Circa 2007
Wild Ginger is Asian fusion dining at its best. Walk into our elegantly decorated restaurant and be transported to the orient. At Wild Ginger, we use only the finest and freshest ingredients to create our innovative dishes. Enjoy our Japanese sushi prepared by experience sushi chefs. Besides using the freshest seafood, we also blend our own unique sauces and recipes into our recipes which fills each bite with an explosion of flavor.
In addition to our traditional entrees such as the Udon Noodles and Fried Rice, enjoy our fusion dishes such as our Singapore Thin Rice Noodles or Thai Coconut Curry with Chicken or Shrimp. Either way, your dining experience will be one you won?t soon forget.
We have an extensive wine and liquor list. Be sure to ask your waiter for a recommendation that will best compliment your meal choices.
48 Great Neck Rd.
Great Neck, NY - 11021
10 Park Place
A Plate-by-Plate Tour of Asian Foods
By M. H. REEDJULY 22, 2007
New York Times
ALMOST two months old, Wild Ginger in Bronxville is the latest in a rapidly expanding string of restaurants geared to taking an eager dining public on a culinary ramble through Asia. The food is healthful, savory and fast, prepared with cooking techniques developed in ancient times, when scarcity of fuel was a serious concern.
Ingredients are often cut fine or shredded and then assembled or cooked quickly to order. This method increases the number of surfaces available for a better and quicker blending of flavors. It’s street food, it’s the new fast food, and it’s good for you.
Both food and service at this newcomer were inconsistent and disappointing, given that the owners are experienced with this genre, having already opened Water Moon in Rye and several similar Pan-Asian restaurants in Connecticut and New Jersey.
Though Wild Ginger needs to refine its operation, that’s not to say we didn’t have several appealing dishes there. Nothing was amiss with yellowtail tartare; the soft minced flesh, bound with mayonnaise, could be easily scooped with a toasted chip. Less engaging was yellowtail Serrano, the flavor of this fish too delicate for assertive Serrano pepper and tart yuzu sauce. And sliced sea scallop with its clean flavor needed little if any of the fiery chili sauce served with it.
Four fat little Thai crab cakes were pleasant without being outstanding, and the same could be said for Vietnamese summer rolls, which needed more seasoning. But lots of ginger in the dipping sauce for steamed pork dumplings uplifted this usually heavy selection.
Vietnamese salad, with its cool shreds of crunchy jicama and cabbage, mint and coriander, made the perfect choice on one hot evening. The mango that had been promised with seaweed salad seemed absent, but this was no loss, since the heap of dressed seaweed is the reason one orders this dish.
Entrees followed a similar pattern of high and low points. Thai red curry casserole balanced flavors beautifully. Wafting lemon grass and Thai basil, a ceramic bowl held a generous portion of chicken, shrimp and tofu. The shrimp Wild Ginger uses are big. Aromatic lemon grass, bits of pineapple and fresh cilantro enhanced these grilled jumbos, but the flavor fell flat in an unaccountably dull Sichuan peppercorn stir-fry. Samba Delight was another successful sauté, this one of sea scallops, shrimp, chicken and vegetables. Just as succulent were crisped chunks of red snapper, with baby bok choy, under a lacing of sweet-sour sauce that was not at all cloying.
Other entrees could have used help. Ginger-scallion duck needed more ginger to counter the richness of the duck meat, deep-fried sea scallops on a bed of greens were heavily breaded, and an order of duck fajitas brought a fatty duck stir-fry with hardened, lukewarm pancakes. Ordinary pad Thai and overly sweet glazed chicken and shrimp with honey walnuts could also be skipped.
On our visits, those who operated the sushi station seemed inexperienced, producing items of unreliable workmanship and of little artistry in presentation. The cutting could have been more precise, although the fresh salmon sashimi could not have been more buttery. Sushi rolls lacked uniformity. The best of those we sampled was the Mind Eraser (no rice), all fish neatly bound by soft avocado and a thin nori wrapping. However, Green Devil roll incorporated a whole stiff fried shrimp; My Best Friend roll came unpleasantly hard packed; and Wild Ginger roll of peppery tunas was so loose it fell apart on the plate.
The suggestions for sweet endings are worth considering, like mango or coconut sorbets, hazelnut gelato, rich chocolate mousse and delectable mango mousse cake.
Fast and Free Delivery
On those nights that you don’t feel like leaving the comfort of your home to enjoy a spectacular meal, give us a call and we’ll deliver it to you for free (orders totaling over $15.00). Stop in and pick up one of our take-out menus to keep in your home. What a great way to have a delicious meal without having to lift a finger!
Let Us Cater Your Next Event!
Wild Ginger would love to cater your next event. Bring your guests into our spacious and elegant restaurant or we will deliver the food to you at your home. Either way, we will create an innovative menu catered to the needs of your guests. Call to discuss the catering opportunities that await you at Wild Ginger.
Circa 2011 Great Neck Location
Wild Ginger serves a variety of Asian Fusion dishes. The restaurant’s interior décor features authentic Oriental elements like bamboo light fixtures and is casual with a touch of elegance. The chefs at Wild Ginger are experienced in preparing several types of Asian cuisines. They combine their knowledge and techniques with fresh ingredients to create a range of unique menu options.
The appetizer menu at Wild Ginger offers options like Thai spring rolls with pomelo sauce, chicken or beef satay with roasted peanuts, crab cakes with pineapple sauce, Vietnamese summer rolls and honey back ribs. There are several specialty sushi rolls to choose from as well, including the classic rainbow roll, the shrimp tempura roll and the summer roll. Popular entrées include chicken in mild mango sauce, scallops in broccoli soy ginger sauce, Indonesian specialty pork sambal and prawns in eggplant garlic sauce.
Review of Wild Ginger (48 Great Neck Road, Great Neck)
by steve • August 1, 2011
Reviews of the Best Restaurants in Great Neck, NY | greatneckeats.com
Original Post (8/1/11)
Wild Ginger is perhaps symbolic of Great Neck restaurants in general. Inside is a fine looking restaurant with decor rivaling Manhattan restaurants, with hanging plants, a classy brick wall, intimate wicker chair seating, and an overall Southeast Asian vibe. Outside? The restaurant is in a strip mall, between a Waldbaum’s and a Rite Aid.
We went on a Sunday night. There was no wait to get seated, but the restaurant seemed fairly busy. As they are an “Asian Fusion” restaurant, there’s a good mix of different dishes, from Japanese sushi to Thai Red Curry to Sambal Sambal from Indonesia to Chinese-style fish and duck dishes.
The best Asian Fusion in Great Neck
While not quite at the same level as it was years ago when it was one of the pioneers in the Asian Fusion genre, Wild Ginger can still be considered one of the nicer, more upscale restaurants in Great Neck with decent service and excellent food.
Updated 8/2012 Rating by steve: 4.0 stars
Lisa and I have been back to Wild Ginger a couple times since the original review was written, partially because we enjoy the food there and partially because I’m addicted to buying deals on Groupon and Living Social, which Wild Ginger seems to be a regular part of. When I do the math in my head it’s actually a pretty good business move on their part, as I tend to order appetizers and drinks to the point where my discount from the Groupon is much less in reality than what it is in my head (that’s the tricky thing with Groupons–it’s only a 50% discount if you order exactly $30 of food–order $50 and it becomes a 30% discount, order $60 and it becomes a 25% discount, and so on.
In any case, Groupon or no Groupon, Wild Ginger is still an excellent experience.
When we went this past weekend, the restaurant was pretty packed. We were seated in back by the open kitchen. One thing I really liked was the fact that we could see the kitchen and all the cooks preparing our meals right in front of us. I’m an avid viewer of the Food Network show “Restaurant Impossible”, which helps me appreciate all the more how very clean and well-run Wild Ginger’s kitchen is, even when it gets busy (which is was that night).
I definitely wanted to try new things, versus the duck which I seem to order again and again. We decided to try a sushi roll, the Mars roll. This is a roll that consists of crunchy spicy lobster topped with tuna and salmon.
The presentation was beautiful.
As for the flavor, I’d say it was good, but not knock-your-socks-off-great as I’ve had at other sushi restaurants.
When we finished the sushi, a rather odd thing happened. A waiter came by our table, saw that we were finished with the sushi, and took the soy sauce contained off our table and walked over to another table across the restaurant. It was another few minutes before the rest of our plates were cleared. The one thought I had going in my head was…can’t they just buy enough soy sauce containers for every table?
For the entree I asked our server, what his recommendations were for entrees. He very quickly replied: the Red Snapper, the Wok Grilled Garlic Shrimp, the Pan Pan Noodles, or the Crispy Chicken and Shrimp with Honey Walnuts. I went for the Red Snapper.
Being Asian, the first thing that struck me was that it had no bones (which most authentic Asian fish dishes have). Being born in the United States and very much Americanized, I welcomed it. I suppose my palate was designed for “fusion” food in that regard. I also welcomed the fact that there were no fins, gills, or eyeballs as is customary in traditional non-fusion Asian fare.
The skin was delightfully crispy. The sauce was sweet; at first I found it delicious but the more I ate of it the more overpowering the sweetness was. Still, it did go well with the fish, which was steaming, tender, and flaky. The garnish on the top was supposed to be crispy, but I found it to be a bit stale.
We had the choice of white rice or brown rice. While they don’t give you a lot, the good news is that you can ask for seconds and they’ll bring it to you, no charge.
Lisa ordered the Sambal Sambal, which consisted of grilled shrimp (which were gigantic), along with grilled vegetables like zucchini, onions, and mushrooms.
It all came in a crispy bread bowl which was edible (at least I assumed it was).
All in all, this latest visit to Wild Ginger reinforced my 4 out of 5 star rating. The food will not necessarily knock your socks off, the service can be hit or miss, but it’s still one of the best places to come in Great Neck for a very good meal at a decent price.
I opted for the crispy duck with pineapple fried rice. When the plate came out, the table next to me was so impressed that they all ordered one. The presentation was beautiful, as you can see here. The duck lived up to its name, as the skin was crispy and flavorful, and yet the duck meat itself was tender and well cooked. The drizzle of hoisin sauce and scallions lent a classic Chinese flair to the dish. The pineapple fried rice was good, if a little small in portion size and slightly lacking in flavor.
Lisa had the Singaporean Rice Noodles. For health reasons, she asked them to prepare it with low sodium. I’m happy to say that the kitchen complied. Even with less salt, the dish was authentic and flavorful. All the ingredients, from the scallions to the onions to the mushrooms and Chinese cabbage were fresh, and the whole dish was very light and not greasy as I’ve had in other restaurants.
Service overall was fair. Our water glasses sat empty for a short time, but they were finally filled. Our server was a bit brusque, perhaps because he was busy attending to the large table next to us. But overall, it was a pleasant dining experience. Our meal cost about $35 (we didn’t order drinks, appetizers, or dessert), so Wild Ginger is not cheap. On the other hand, I’d put it on par with any Asian fusion restaurants I’ve had in Manhattan, where parking alone can cost as much as our whole meal did.
All in all, a solid four stars out of five. The meal and service didn’t blow me away, but on the other hand, it was very, very much above average.
4 stars out of 5
48 Great Neck Road
Great Neck, NY 11021
Valley Stream, NY
5.0 star rating 11/20/2011
This restaurant is amazing! I love the ambiance as soon as you walk in the decor is beautiful!! I came in the first time on a Saturday and it was packed!! however the wait staff couldn't have been more attentive and my friends and I were seated at a great table. I ordered the salmon salad which is absolutely delicious!! I also had an amazing drink their signature drink the wild ginger martini yum!!! I decided to come bak during the week and eat at the bar it was amazing once again this time i had the steak and shrimp wow!!!!! let me just say its a big dish but I basically finished the entire thing!!! strongly recommend this place!!!! you have to go!! will not be disappointed!!!
5.0 star rating 5/3/2011
Came here with a big group for uncle's birthday. Ordered the broccoli soy ginger. Although I didn't eat anything prior to going, it was very filling. Again the green tea in the glass bottle, with the cutest little cups were amazing and delicious. I ordered the avocado cucumber rolls for the appetizer and the broccoli soy ginger with tofu, it was very tasty, lots of flavor. Yum I'd enjoy going back another day!
4 1/2 star rating 8/14/2011 Updated review
Whenever I drove out for the day to visit my parents who live in Port Wahington, we would always drive to Wild Ginger for dinner. They have a lot of staff so the service is pretty fast. The green tea here is great. In the summer I liked to have it iced. Aside from tasting great, the appetizers are decently priced. If you like dumpling, do get some. They were my Dad's favorite dish. He always commented that the dumplings "are super good!" Wild Ginger has so many different types of sushi you can get overwhelmed. You will also find the regular standbys of Chinese and Thai dishes such as lo mein, pad thai, general Tsos chicken, etc. ON several occasions I have ordered the chicken lo mein which was super good. I haven't been out to Wild Ginger since my father died of cirrhosis of the liver several years ago. I wish he had had the chance to try baclofen, a new drug that is slowly gaining traction as an alterenative medical treatment for alcoholism. Baclofen's original use was for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries, however it is now undergoing testing as a treatment for alcoholism. And although it has not yet received approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe and effective treatment for alcohol or drug use disorders, doctors in Europe have been prescribing baclofen as the primary treatment for people who drink excessively for quite a while now. My boyfriend who is now working in a clinic that treats alcoholism says that preliminary open-label studies from Italy demonstrated effectiveness of baclofen in reducing alcohol use among the alcoholics. In addition, results from a clinical study conducted by Brown University show alcohol-addicted participants receiving baclofen were able to abstain from drinking for longer periods of time than those who didn’t receive the drug. Oh well. Perhaps the next time we head out to Long Island we can stop by.
4.0 star rating 7/9/2011
As this restaurant is practically across the street from my parents' home, I tend to hit it fairly frequently when I visit Great Neck. The cuisine is Asian Fusion. So far, I have not been disappointed. You should start with the steamed vegetable dumplings. They are lighter than most dumplings and quite tasty. For dinner last time I had "surf and turf", i.e. steak and shrimp. It was delicious, the steak was cooked perfectly and the shrimp were of a nice size and were flavorful. The sauce was good without being heavy or cloying. It also came with a nice assortment of vegetables. They offer both white and brown rice with most entrees. My mother had garlic shrimp, which was equally good. With dinner we drank a very nice, and reasonably priced, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. We finished up dinner with some of their green tea, served in a cup with a small pot; it was quite good and refreshing. As always, the service was quick and efficient without being hurried.
FOREST HILLS, NY
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4.0 star rating 9/16/2010
I had a very nice meal here, nothing was excellent, but everything was good to very good. Its fusion, which is nice to be able to order just about anything Asian, but its also a bit frustrating to have a menu with 40 or so entrees (including specials) and wondering what is the freshest and best. With that in mind, we had a variety of dishes, some worked more than others. The Pad Thai I found to be kind of bland, it did not have the usual strong flavor I'm used to, although my company enjoyed it. The sushi roll we had was very good, standard; sweet from a sauce, not particularly memorable, but it was quality. The Seafood Ceviche is not very good. Its got mango, which I do not personally like with tuna and salmon as I don't enjoy my fish to be sweet, and the presentation and fish are passable. It was not bad at all, but not worth ordering in my opinion. There was a chicken dish that I found to be not lean chicken, and quite boring. The green vegetable dumplings were excellent, enjoyed by all. The Crispy honey chicken and shrimp was a huge portion and was very good, crispy chicken with a good sauce and green beans. The Soft Shell Crab was decent, tasty by no sauce and a very small portion for a main course, especially at $20. I had a few bites of a salmon dish that was excellent and a very large portion. All in all, the food was decent to good, the service was friendly. The drinks were a highlight, we had a few excellent fun drinks including the Pomegranate Mojito which I enjoyed very much. All in all, I would go back here and try something different, most people really enjoyed the meal.
3.0 star rating 2/10/2009
The Thai crab cakes had no "thai" that I could taste, but the vegetable dumplings were very good. I had the snapper entree and it was HUGE (like a double entree) and RICH. Yummy. Service was OK and the place is very large and comfortable for a spot in a shopping center.
3.0 star rating 10/13/2008
Nice setting. A very modern decor with good lighting and an open kitchen. Plenty of tables. The food was pretty good. Asian Fusion style - Sushi, Thai, Indonesian, and Chinese.
For groups of 4+ make a reservation in advance.
We had the duck rolls for appetizers and they were delish.
The Sambal Sambal chicken is basically Thai basil chicken and that is very good. Wasn't impressed with the Pad Thai as it was a bit sweet.