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Posted by Anonymous on 07/22/2012
Though cramped on busy nights with occassionally lackluster service, Gingergrass is a pretty unique spot... especially considering it's a very vegan friendly place that you can also bring meat eaters. Not only are their menu staples (like pho or the noodle bowls) really well prepared, but they also have seasonal veg specials, like purple cauliflower...excellent! Really inventive, healing drinks as well, like housemade ginger ale and limeade. Fun decor and crowd but you have to be up for a bit of noise as the space isn't insulated at all. Certainly worth a visit.
Posted by April on 01/27/2008
Such a shame! The demise of Gingergrass. My friends and I used to love this place. Actually, the food was really good and we were willing to deal with the small area and the garage-like ambiance. The only problem is that now it is full of pretentious management. I am a loyal patron, who lives bi-coastally. I am also in D.C. and NYC. I am used to crowds and waiting. The other night, the manager had the nerve to expect our group of six to wait in line for more than an hour because they don't take reservations. They will tell you, when you phone in, that they will be able to seat you without a wait. However, when you get there, guess what? No dice.... We live right up the street. It is hard to stomach as I have watched the manager's friends come in after me and be seated at the first available table. This is foolish on the management's part because all of that waiting allows you to get a really good look at the insulation-exposed ceiling, which also drips. The bathrooms are in poor condition, and the place stinks like grease. The ventilation is atrocious. Guaranteed: you will need to dry clean your clothes if you spend any significant time there, so wear machine washables. The carry-out section is not separate from the dining area, so while you are paying to sit with service, people are hovering all around you. The floor is slick cement which allows sound to carry, and the area is so crowded that you can forget any opportunity for conversation. Because the aisles are so narrow, not getting bumped by wait-staff or patrons as they pass is a challenge unto itself. All of this was tolerable when the food was better than decent,, but now, I am convinced that the only reason this place is still popular is because the area is lacking in dining opportunities other than bar-like settings or Hispanic food. The once hole in the wall with good food is gone. Kind of like the "Stockholm" syndrome for a restaurant patron.
Posted by Vincent Nior on 05/22/2007
This place is awesome. I live in NY and anytime I come to LA I wind up eating here first. Heres what I like... Wok Tossed noodles w/ Tofu my friend gets the Mako salad. If they ever opened one in the east village Id be there all the time!!