Wild Ginger - Carroll Garden

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 16 reviews )

112 Smith St (at btwn Dean and Pacific), Brooklyn, New York, USA, 11201

Quick service pan-Asian food made to order. All food is vegan, except for Smoked Teriyaki Seitan, which contains whey. Menu includes Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisines; western style vegan desserts including a peanut butter bomb chocolate cake. Natural and modern decor. Open Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-10:30pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Chinese, Take-out, Pan Asian

Reviews (16)

First Review by veganmarcy

Best asian dishes in Brooklyn - Edit

So unglaublich lecker, frisch, vegan und anders, als die anderen asiatischen Läden. Unbedingt als Vorspeise die Dumplings ausprobieren. Ich schmecke sie jetzt noch. Super nettes Lokal und sehr freundliches Personal!!!
Es ist auch komplett vegan und nicht nur veggie-friendly.

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Overly sweet - Edit

Americanised asian food, with a ton of sugar even in the savoury dishes. Disappointing.

Pros: Nice decor, Good service

Cons: The food

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Very nice change - Edit

Was looking for something interesting in Brooklyn, and found Wild Ginger on Happy Cow. The menu had a nice, eclectic variety of offerings with Korean, Japanese, and Chinese items. Some, are variations of pretty typical items (orange seitan, bi bim bap). We got fresh summer rolls with a nice combination of items (including jicama and tofu) wrapped in rice paper to be dipped in hoisin sauce. The combination was refreshing. Then we had a watercress salad with shredded beats and sprouts and a peanut sauce dressing. I think this was my favorite item --- a simple, great summer dish! Then we tried crispy vegetables wrapped in lettuce. We finished with lavender rose tea.

Great find!

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Great Find in Brooklyn - Edit

Beautiful little restaurant with nice outdoor seating. I got the House Bibimbap and it was AMAZING. So many different flavours, so satisfying and relatively healthy! Exactly what I needed. We also got the Pad Thai which was delicious! Their menu has an amazing variety, a plethora of vegan options! Would recommend if you're in the area.

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Pros: delicious flavoursome food , lots of menu choices , nice atmosphere

Cons: abit pricey

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Great food and nice atmosphere - Edit

A nice little restaurant. The menu is all vegan, and the food was delicious. I was there with two children, and they enjoyed it, too. We ordered scallion pancakes, steamed dumplings, and General Tso protein. My children were worried because the dumplings are green, but they liked them. Everything was delicious!

Pros: All vegan , Fast lunch service, Clean and nice atmosphere

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Great Environment, Good Eats - Edit

This place happened to be near our hotel & I was expecting a hole in the wall, but was very pleasantly surprised. It has nice & interesting dark decor & ample seating for a small place.
The menu was extensive & we had trouble deciding what to get. I got a spinach salad which was simple but good & we got tofu skins to share, also good (though much less wholesome). For entree I got a coconut curry dish with soy medallions which was satisfying, but not spectacular. The pepper seitan dish my partner got was the same.

I stayed away from the few items with soy cheese due to other reviews (& other personal experiences in NYC) possibility of casein.

Pros: Atmosphere, Large Menu

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good taste for high price - Edit

You'll have plenty of options here, stretching over various Asian cuisines. My bibimbap had a local twist, but tasty. Prices are too high for what you get.

Pros: tasty, nice decor

Cons: overpriced

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Great vegetarian option in Brooklyn - Edit

Very good food. we got steamed vegetable dumplings, they're excellent, Basil Soy Protein is very good as well. Staff is freindly and helpful, prices are reasonable. the only downside is the terrible music that is played in the restaurant quite loudly.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Music

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not good... - Edit

Maybe we picked the wrong dishes to order, but our food was pretty bad.
The summer rolls were okay, but for my main I ordered a brothy noodle soup which I thought would be great on a cold day. It tasted like warm water with a dash of spice, and they added fake shrimp to it (which I wasn't prepared for). I tried the fake shrimp, even though I usually don't like processed faux meats, and it was pretty much inedible. My husband had a sweet and sour seitan dish, which was just okay - a lot of sauce and very few veggies.
Overall, not a place we'll eagerly return to.

Pros: nice vibe, good value

Cons: rubbery faux meats , tasteless food

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Wild Ginger, Brooklyn - Edit

Wonderful restaurant with great food. Good decor. The staff were really friendly and explained menu items. We ate there a couple of times during our short visit. Every dish was delicious. Made me want to live in NYC.

Pros: Good prices, Nice decor, Delicious food

Cons: None

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Excellent Food - Edit

I had several items on the menu and all were great. The exception was the crumble dessert. It was way beyond great. It was worth the trip all by itself. This place and the Dao Palate have almost identical menus.

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One of the best in NYC - Edit

Wild Ginger in Brooklyn, a branch of the namesake in Lower Manhattan is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in NYC. This one beats the one in Manhattan with its serene ambience, spacious room and wonderful service. The menu is quite identical, and the food in both places is just awesome. Plus, it is very reasonably priced for NYC. Go for it.

Pros: Flavors, Value, Ambience

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AMAZING!!! - Edit

This restaurant is one of the best vegan restaurants I have ever eaten at. The salads are top notch and well balanced. The food quality is great. They know how to cook! The other Wild Gingers in New York are great too but this one is definitely the best! Its the same menu at all of them by the way, they just cook and prepare everything perfectly. The waiter was incredibly and genuinely nice too!

Pros: Food Quality, Service, Superb Cooking

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Solid vegan Asian cuisine - Edit

The food was delicious. We had the spring rolls, the mango soy protein and general tsao's soy protein. All were very nicely done. The service and surroundings were also nice.

Pros: good food, service, environment

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tasty! - Edit

i really enjoyed eating at wild ginger. it was my first time there. we started with scallion pancakes which were delicious and we ended up ordering another cause they were so good. i also had a salad which was very good with a yummy dressing. for my main i had the general tso's chicken which was fantastic! i have been craving it from time to time since then. plan on going back very soon.

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Great restaurant, although not really vegan - Edit

Yummy food, cozy and restful setting. Slip into one of their wooden booths and forget your daily cares... Their vegan Thai iced tea tasted a bit off, maybe just a personal preference. The Jap-Chae korean potato noodles were surprisingly filling and mixed with various tasty veggies and mushrooms. The coconut-rice with raisins was a little dry, but fine. What really knocked my socks off was the pumpkin soup - the chunks of hot pumpkin melt in your mouth, mixed with sweet potato, white beans & cilantro. PERFECT on a chilly day. And their peanut butter bomb is a tantalizing, albeit super filling, way to cap off a great meal.

FYI this applies to their Cobble Hill location, but seems like it could apply to all their locales - their soy cheese is NOT vegan, it has casein (milk product) in it. It's not marked on the menu as such, I had to ask for them to read their soy cheese label. They were happy to do so, but I just wanted to warn anyone having (for example) the soy cheese-stuffed wontons at a "vegan" restaurant. There was also an item marked as having whey (milk product) and you should specify whether your thai iced tea/coffee is made vegan or non-vegan. Hope this helps!

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly staff, Cozy setting

Cons: Hidden non-vegan items

2 Responses

Wild GInger 24 Sep 2010 - Thanks for the lovely review. We do apologize for the wontons--we are now clearly marking the wontons, as well as the smoked teryiaki seitan, as--regrettably--non-vegan.  

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changoamable 31 Mar 2013 - wontons are now made with daiya cheese - but the teriyaki still contains whey (for what reason I still don't know._  

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