Review By: Stefanie Parks –
I don’t know about you, but I could probably eat sushi every day… And some days, I just HAVE to have it. Yesterday was one of those days.
I had dinner plans with a friend of mine and for the past week we had been talking about going out for sushi. So, naturally, I had been craving it all week and was dreaming about my salmon avocado roll all day. About an hour before we were supposed to meet, she told me that she was stuck at work and wouldn’t be able to make it. I was really bummed about not being able to see her, but not gonna lie, I was maybe a little more bummed about the fact that this meant my much anticipated sushi feast was cancelled.
Well, I decided that I wasn’t going to let my friend’s crazy work schedule hold me back from the sushi that I had been waiting for all day (all week). Not only did I decide I was still going to get sushi, I also decided that I was still going to go to the same restaurant we had been planning to go to… Alone. I haven’t had a sit-down meal alone in NYC yet, but it’s not something that I mind doing. I kind of like taking myself out to a meal once in a while.
There was a Scout Mob for Ging Sushi, which is literally around the corner from me, so that was my plan. As a quick sidenote, if you’ve never heard of/don’t use Scout Mob, you need to start immediately. It’s basically Groupon, but for free. Instead of buying a coupon and having to use it before the expiration date, they just offer coupons to certain restaurants (usually 50% off up to $25) completely for free. You don’t have to purchase anything ahead of time and you don’t have to make any commitments. It’s really amazing. My boyfriend and I use them all the time, and it’s a great way to discover new restaurants around the city AND save a little money while doing so. I can promise you that this is not the last time you’ll hear me talking about Scout Mob.
Ok, well you’re probably ready hear about the restaurant (I mean that’s what this blog is supposed to be about, right? The restaurants? Ok, I’ll get to it). I got to Ging Sushi and luckily decided that I wanted to sit outside. I say luckily because right after I arrived and got seated, two groups of 10-12 girls walked in. Like I said, I don’t mind going to a meal by myself every once in a while, but when you’re alone and there’s a huge group of girls sitting on either side of you? Well, that’s just awkward. So instead, I sat outside next to a couple that was chain smoking in my face, which was clearly a lot better.
Whenever Dave and I go out for sushi, we always get a couple of special rolls… but when I go myself or with my friends I tend to keep it a little simpler/healthier and usually go with salmon avocado rolls and/or rainbow rolls. This time, I decided to go with one of each (with brown rice – I’m so healthy) and a kani salad to start (mayo on the side – I’m so healthy again). I was only introduced to the kani salad a few months ago, and ever since, I’m hooked. It’s basically cucumber, crab, and mayo mixed together and it is delicious. Friendly tip: If you ever order a kani salad (and you should), always get the mayo on the side. If not, it will come out drenched in it, and that’s just never a good thing.
My salad and rolls all came out at the same time, and whenever this happens I always get a little annoyed. In my opinion, when someone orders an appetizer, salad, soup, etc. you should bring it out before the main meal. The definition of appetizer states, “a small dish of food or a drink taken before a meal to stimulate one’s appetite.” So clearly something that I’m planning to eat before my meal. When you bring them all out at the same time, my meal has to just sit there waiting for me. Ok, so strike one for Ging Sushi.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to eat whatever I’m least excited for first, and save whatever I’m most excited for until the end… You know, save the best for last. Unfortunately though, this usually backfires as I always tend to get full about three-quarters of the way through my meal. When I was ready to start on my rolls, I did what I always do and went for the piece that I was least excited for first…. Rainbow roll topped with tuna. I’m not sure why, but I’ve just never really been a big fan of tuna.
I prepared my soy sauce with a big heap of wasabi and the second my tuna-topped rainbow roll hit the soy sauce, it completely fell apart. I thought it may have been a fluke, but piece after piece, the same thing kept happening. Strike two for Ging.
Both of the rolls were good, but definitely not even close to the best that I’ve had in NY or even on the UES. I don’t even think I can say that Ging is the best sushi around the corner from me. In my opinion, the only thing that Ging really had going for it was the Scout Mob factor. $20 (including tax and tip) for two rolls and a kani salad ain’t bad… but I guess $20 for a place with two strikes ain’t that good either…