But when G suggested we go for lunch, I agreed, for variety and because it's nice to hang out with him during the workday. So, yes, despite all the vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Manhattan, we hopped on the train to Brooklyn.
The place is very nice and open inside, not at all crowded, and the service was quick. Lunch specials come with miso soup to start:
It was warm and flavorful. And at an all-vegan restaurant, I don't have to worry about bonito in my miso!
I ordered Basil soy protein with asparagus, zucchini, and peppers, hoping for a lot of vegetables. Brown rice and a spring roll also came with the meal.
Keeping in mind that this is not exactly my type of food (I signed a contract with G that I wouldn't order steamed greens), this was tasty. The soy protein tasted a bit like Italian sausage to me, what with the basil, peppers, and a slightly sweet sauce. I ate all of the vegetables, as much of the rice that I could with chopsticks (aka not much) and left the spring roll and most of the soy protein for G to finish. It wasn't bad but, like I said, I much rather whole, real foods.
G got Mango soy protein in plum sauce:
He seemed to like his plate enough but says he would have preferred something darker (I guess my meal qualifies there.) Anyway, it was a nice meal out with a nice dude. I actually would return to Wild Ginger, maybe to order a noodle dish or a salad. The menu is varied but the lunch menu is pretty heavy on the fake meats (though it is a good deal and a lot of food.)
Don't worry, I just ate a big salad for dinner to make up for the lack of greens at lunch.