I tried Ginger, the 5 month old Sushi place on 1st Ave, between 6th and 7th today. Even at eight o' clock on a Saturday night we were the only customers there.
Despite comments I've read the music was tasteful, mostly Japanese instrumental music.
Everything we ordered was done quite perfectly and costs less than most places of it's caliber.
Even the mundane edamame were plump, tender and fresh tasting. The Idako(baby octopus) appetizer were delicious. They came covered in a smokey sweet crimson red sauce that I couldn't stop eating.
Shumai seemed done perfectly as well.
It's definitely the perfect place for anyone into imaginative Maki and who's not into hyper-authenticity.
Not to be missed is the Golden Roll. This was the hit of the table. Eel and advocado topped with a large dollop of Peanut Butter.
Also the crunchy roll has a bite like I've never had in a Maki roll before. Crisp and toasty sesame exterior stuffed with a cushiony banana and spicy tuna center. Spicy shrimp and mango was also tasty. Every combo no matter how odd sounding had a nice balance of flavor.
A complimentary trio of ginger, green tea, and red bean ice cream were brought for the table to share completing an already perfect meal. The total was about 30 dollars per person and we were stuffed.
Service was very friendly too. This place really needs some customers as the staff looked pretty down, with no business coming in.
Unfortunately towards the end of our meal another couple of women came in which we were happy for the restaurant but then they started smoking and totally ruined what was left with the sushi.