Long time listener, first time caller .... I've never been moved till now to post something about a restaurant, but I've discovered a freakin' awsome little sushi joint in the East Village, so I felt it warranted sharing wth the world. It's called Ginger, on 1st Ave between 6th and 7th. Their menu includes all the usual Japanese favorites (tasty shrimp shumai) as well as a really nifty mushroom appetizer and these other shumai with pork and a whole lotta wasabi inside. (YOW!)
But the real reason to go is the sushi, the sushi, the sushi. The owner is not Japanese -- he's a white guy who just really, really, REALLY loves sushi. So he went and found himself a competent sushi chef, and is apparently just maniacal about all the fish being really, really fresh. He told me himself that he would rather run out of fish (and occasionally has) than have fish lying around, and I believe it.
In the last couple of weeks I've been stopping in at least once a week ... if I lived in the Village I'd be in there almost every day, but since I'm in Queens, that's a little tough. But it's well worth the haul, since there's no sushi of any kind in Astoria, and even in Manhattan, most of the sushi in the same price range is pretty suspect. Ginger is not scary cheap, but at around $11-$12 for a entree sized assortment of some of the best maki I've had in my entire life, it's damn reasonable. the only other sushi I've ever had that was as good was about twice as expensive. I want to tell as many people as I can about this place, because at some point it would be really nice to see the owner not have to go out on the bicycle to make deliveries. :o)