Ginger & Lemongrass – Whitestone, NY (Queens/Long Island border)
Rating: 1 (not edible) to 5 (food heaven!): A Solid 5
This place is a hidden gem… and when I say “hidden” I mean freaking far…! Well for brooklynites – yes! For anyone w/o a car, impossible! It took us a good 1.5hr w/ minor traffic to get to… Whitestone, Queens… (the only time I would be jelly of my Queens peeps!) – SO WORTH THE DRIVE! #willtravelforfood
Ginger & Lemongrass looks misplaced, on a residential block, next to a no-name gas station… (Delta?!? What?! Idk… never heard of it before) but what a quint find! I can only venture a guess – this used to be a 1 family home, turned to a restaurant. The outside is unassuming, with its namesake in yellow and a few bar seats facing outside patrons through its window.
Once inside the cozy restaurant, the decor will welcome you with brightly painted mellow yellow steel chairs… and thick block tables. Cute light fixtures and tiny pottery on the walls with self-serving utensils/chopsticks/menu/napkins – a side (bottle!) of sriracha & hoisin sauce. The staff is very welcoming, attentive at times (we never got small plates for the spring rolls… my niece had to use double napkins on the bare table… a little germ will make you stronger, right?!?).
While Ginger & Lemongrass call themselves Viet-Thai fusion, I think their best sellers are the Viet items… actually it’s the infamous “Beef Pho w/ Marrow”… YES!!! It comes with a giant half bone “melt in your mouth” marrow!!! (Plan your visit now!). While glancing through the menu – we knew at first sight what we were getting.
-Spring rolls (Pork version… ) although, I still prefer the traditional Vietnamese spring roll skin & filling, this one is good – too meaty for my taste, and the crispy Chinese spring roll skins was more greasy than the traditional skin. My niece loved it! Well she is 5… what kid doesn’t like fried anything? 😉 – $9
-2 Large Beef Pho w/ Marrow; comes with all the fixing (bean sprouts, jalapeño, cilantro, lime, basil, thinly sliced beef) – what’s different is that this broth is very rich, more than the traditional Pho, which is usually on the lighter side, it’s also a little more milky… and there are chunks of beef briskets! I know!!?! And of course this giant bone marrow… roasted to perfection topped with a creamy well seasoned pesto… mmm… I literally had foodgasm. Seriously. – $34
-2 Viet Iced-coffee w/ condensed milk – it’s the ONLY way to drink this… – $6
Total bill $65 (tax & 20% tip included) – it’s definitely more pricey than your local Viet joint… but there’s no happy ending… LOL
Take a drive! #happyfoodhunting