LuAnne's Wild Ginger

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380 Broome St (at Manhattan Little Italy), New York City, New York, USA, 10013

Pan-Asian cuisine vegan restaurant using tofu, vegetables, seitan, and soy protein. Extensive menu. A few NY locations, formerly Wild Ginger. Open Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11:00pm, Sun 12:30pm-10:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Delivery, Take-out, Asian, Fusion, Korean

51 Reviews

First Review by Poundie

Loved it - Edit

Really enjoyed our dinner. They were friendly and the atmosphere was nice. We had hot and sour soup, pan fried dumplings, eggplant with garlic and black pepper seitan. All were very tasty. Salted caramel ice cream was outstanding!

Pros: All vegan!

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Maybe it was an off day? - Edit

Sadly, my experience was a mediocre one. The food was very tasty, but it was served indifferently. The veggie shiu mai were obviously old. Not only were they not hot, the tops of some were dry even though the lettuce leaves underneath were damp and shriveled. The pumpkin soup was lukewarm. The side of steamed greens and hot tea were fine. In short the food was tasty, but the details were careless. Also, the service was not up to modern standards. They were in a rush to get my order even though it was not over busy, and no one bothered to ask if things were to my liking.

I may give it another try in future, but at this point I cannot give it a great review.

Pros: Tasty food, All vegan menu

Cons: Service needs improvement

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YUMMO! - Edit

Got off Amtrak headed directly downtown to checkout The Butcher’s Daughter only to find out they only had “bar snacks” til 5! Used this ap to find LuANne’s and SO GLAD I DID! Awesome fresh choices in a cozy atmosphere with great friendly service.

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LOVED this place! - Edit

We were so happy to find this place! We ate there two days in a row because we loved it. EVERYTHING on the menu is vegan. They have a lunch combo (11:30a-4pm M-F) that is delicious and a great deal (includes a fried spring roll, miso soup and a pumpkin side) for $9!!!??? and there are about 15 different entrees to chose from. One day we shared a pot of tea with our lunch and the other day we had some warm sake. We also enjoyed the cozy ambiance and decor of the smallish dining room - very comfortable. The service was excellent too. We will definitely visit them again next time we're in NYC.

Pros: All vegan delicious food, Price is amazing, Nice ambiance

Cons: No cons! Wish they were in MN too.

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Nice cozy spot - Edit

It kind of looks like it's always closed from the outside ... But it's worth opening the door and coming inside. The menu reminds me a lot of a restaurant near me in the Boston suburbs so I wasn't totally wowed. That said, the Wild Ginger version of their orange seitan was better. The udon yaki was too sweet for my taste as was the japchae. The matcha cheesecake was quite nice.

Pros: Knowledgeable staff, cozy environment

Cons: Small space

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One of the two best vegan restaurants in NYC - Edit

LuAnne’s is one of the two best vegan restaurants in Manhattan. Fabulous food, outstanding and friendly service they have an extensive gluten free menu.

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Lousy service! - Edit

Waitress and hostess were very rude to us from the start, and we were nice the entire time. Will NOT frequent this place.

Pros: vegan

Cons: bad service

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this place is great - Edit

I work about a block away and I frequent Wild Ginger whenever I’m in NY.

Singapore Noodles is a personal fave and highly recommended.

Pros: fast, convenient, wholesome

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meatlover420 approves - Edit

i ordered the eggplant & string bean lunch special to go. it was done in 7 minutes. large portions for $9. eggplant was tight. would go again.

Pros: good value, delicious

Cons: none

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I really liked it! - Edit

We had lunch here after a long walking morning and it was definitely a good idea! Even if the restaurant is located in central Manhattan (close to Little Italy) the atmosphere is very calm and nice. Friendly staff and quick service. Delicious Asian food. We ordered some dumplings, noodles and an aubergine-based dish. Everything was quite good. We couldn't try any desserts and it was a pity because everything looked interesting.
I would come back!

Pros: Good food, Convenient location, Friendly staff and quick service

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my favorite place! - Edit

This place is so amazing. I bring all my vegan and non-vegan friends here, always amazing. The Thai iced tea and Thai iced coffee are amazing, the black pepper seitan, basil-ginger soy, and the scallion pancakes are my favorite. Such a cute place, too.

Pros: amazing food , amazing service

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great all rounder! - Edit

I took my non-vegan friend to this restaurant and they absolutely loved it, which says a lot. We got the sweet and sour tofu and veg. Seaweed salad, spring rolls, and dumplings all of which were really tasty, the only thing that was bland was the teriyaki tofu. All in all a great little restaurant and reasonable priced.

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Good value for money - Edit

Great selection of Asian dishes ranging from the healthy to the less-so. Quality of the food is good and service is friendly.

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Kimchi Udon - Edit

Perfection. I wouldn't have changed anything about the meal. I am very pleased with my experience and would return 100x!!!

Pros: eastern style cooking

Cons: i don't have infinite money to buy one of ever

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not worth the price - Edit

The meat substitute they used made me feel sick and the dumplings seemed like the same frozen ones that every other Asian restaurant uses. The food didn't seem to be prepared fresh, this all would have been fine but it's also expensive.

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Great food and service - Edit

Great example of not only flavorful vegan food but some healthy Plant-Based options.

Pros: steamed and low oil food options, great attentive service

Cons: too many fried options.

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the Perfect delicious affordable lunch - Edit

Nothing fancy but very cozy,warm and has good music that all adds up to relaxing delicious affordable lunch.
After being ripped off in other places in New York it was so nice to relax into a Jasmine Tea and a very tasty and healthy Asian Vegan lunch.
Highly recommended!

Pros: affordable , Delicious, Atmospheric

Cons: Not many tables you might have to wait or return l

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Also called LuAnn's Wild ginger - Edit

We had a pleasant dinner here. We had the Grilled Eggplant for appetizer - it was really nice and tender. For entrees we had the Malaysian Curry Stew (soy protein with vegetables, potatoes and pumpkin), and Smoked Teriyaki Seitan. Both were very good. Brown rice came with the dishes. Compared to the take-out menu, miso soup was not included when dining in, a strange minus. Overall, an enjoyable dinner with good service.

Cons: miso soup not included

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Delicious! - Edit

Wide range menu, excellent service and delicious food. Highly recommend!

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Underwhelming - Edit

The food was bland. The shredded bean curd had very little bean curd in it and way too much beans sprouts - the dish should have been named bean sprouts rather than shredded bean curd. Pad thai was ok. The satay tempeh had the tiniest bit of satay sauce that I could not actually tell you whether the sauce was good. The décor is very nice.

Updated from previous review on 2016-12-25

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cozy place - Edit

cozy place with a great lunch menu. had a Miso for starter , a main dish with deep fried "chicken" , sweet chili, rice, spring roll, and vegetables, all for 9$. the atmosphere was authentic and charming.

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Good Service/Atmosphere, Bland Food - Edit

I wish I could give Wild ginger a better rating but the food was very underwhelming for me. The spring rolls were honestly the worst I've ever had. They were filled almost entirely with jicama and nothing else and the hoisin sauce they use for dipping isn't a good pairing. The noodles I got were good but it's something that I could easily whip up myself at home in a few minutes.

I might stop by one more time to see if Wild Ginger can redeem themselves food wise but I won't go out if my way. To end on a positive note the prices were reasonable and the service was very good. They are also in a nice walkable area.

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Great Vegan in Little Italy - Edit

Lots of wonderful Vegan choices and a gluten free menu. Overly soy based dishes however but a few choices without. Good price, ambiance and service.

Pros: Ambience, Gluten Free Menu

Cons: Soy Based Dishes

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Delicious! - Edit

This was the best meal I had in NY. Great atmosphere, lots of tempting options and a very tasty meal. The servers were fantastic.

Pros: great food, great staff, great atmosphere

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Overrated - Edit

My wife & I were sincerely hoping that the "Pan Asian" here would be creative & delicious. The pre-made dishes that were recommended to us came out in less than 5 minutes & looked & tasted like it came out of a package from the freezer at the vegan grocery. We won't be back.

Pros: Good beer!

Cons: Bad Food!

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Top class food in pleasant restaurant - Edit

I had lunch there in September 2014. Waiting staff prompt, knowledgeable and helpful. The appetizer was King Oyster mushroom teriaki - fantastic! Taste and texture much like fresh calamari (I can still recall tasty food from my previous life as a piscaterian 30 years ago). Main course was of similar high standard. Thoroughly recommend this place

Pros: Great food, good service, creative menu

Cons: not cheap

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Nice enough food - Edit

Nice pan-asian food and all vegan. A lot of options.

Pros: Good value

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