A new restaurant opened in Great Neck this week that's actually worth writing home about--Wild Ginger. Located in the Waldbaum's shopping center in the heart of Great Neck, it is a handsome restaurant that serves up inventive "Thai Oriented" (no pun intended) fare in a nicely decorated space.
The decor is first rate, with a high ceiling, lots of polished wood, colorful mural on one side of the restaurant and an open kitchen in the back. The food is refreshingly different from run of the mill Thai restaurants (although a delicious Pad Thai is available). The menu reads somewhat like Rain in the city (e.g. Thai Duck Fajitas).
I had the Thai Crab Cake appetizer which consisted of actual crabmeat, wrapped in bead curd sheets and fried, served with a plum sauce and a small green salad in the middle. Very tasty. My entree was sesame crusted tuna, sliced thin, barely cooked on the edges and raw in the middle. It was stacked on a bed of soba noodles dressed with a light green tea vinegarette and all drizzled with wasabi. Exquisite! My wife loved her sesame crusted salmon with stir fried vegetables in a delicious teriyaki style sauce. Appetizers were in the $7-8 range and entrees averaged about $14-18 (noodle dishes cheaper). The service was very friendly but clearly still learning the ropes.
While we were too full for desert, there is a very nice French bakery next door, Mondrian, with awesome looking pastries, cookies and ice cream with tables to eat at.
Definitely a very positive addition to the restaurant scene in Great Neck.
48 Great Neck Road
Great Neck NY 11022
(Their website link is below but so far only contains information on their other restaurants, all located in Connecticut.)