Wild Ginger in Bronxville
Here I am again with my second review of the day. I'm going to keep this one short so as not to raise anyone's ire that somehow I am a ringer. No, I am just new to chowhound.
Anyway, Wild Ginger is a great restaurant in a town with other really fine dining destinations. Whether you opt for Thai, a few Chinese offerings or the Japanese/sushi choices it's hard to go wrong.
I am partial to sushi and anything rolled has been terrific. Also the cold noodles with salad, unlike the usual type, is lighter and brighter than what one usually finds. I liked it quite a bit.
The hot and sour soup, a vegetarian one at that, is the best in the County, I believe. So too the soup with dumplings. Salads overall are the best I have ever tasted in an Asian restaurant.
Kids and older patrons seem addicted to the sesame chicken. Sashimi is presented in quite pretty platters.
Service isn't always consistent and the English skills of some of the staff is sometimes barely perfunctory. If you have the good fortune to get Mary, get her. Great kid, great waitress.
Wild Ginger has same-named sister restaurants in Great Neck and Manhattan and is also owned by the same folks that own Water Moon in Rye.
The ambiance is fine, but can be loud when filled with high school kids and even sometimes the Sarah Lawrence crowd.
Parking requires some luck in Bronxville, but there are some lots in addition to street parking and there is no charge after 6 pm and Sundays.
We live in Bronxville and have only been to Wild Ginger once. Once was enough. Not only did we find the food to be mediocre and oddly sweet, but 4 out of the 6 of us had a little intestinal issue following the meal. IMHO Haiku, just around the corner, is vastly superior in terms of food though the dining experience can feel hectic at times. Wild Ginger definitely had a better dining room, but since it's about the food, we won't be back.
Wow, that's awful. I can't imagine going back to a place where such a thing happened. It's sad, really. I have been going weekly to Wild Ginger for over a year and have never, ever had anything remotely like that happen. Plus I usually have a reaction if a food is a milisecond past its peak.
I have been to Haiku and enjoyed the food as well. But I keep going back to Wild Ginger because I find it superior. But Slave to the Grind right next to Haiku? Best in Westchester.