Restaurant Review: Ginpachi

Details: Located at 33-41 Francis Lewis Blvd, Flushing, NY 11358. I couldn’t find an official site so here’s their Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ginpachi-flushing

I was looking for some good omakase in Queens, preferably under $100, with mostly no luck. A friend then recommended Ginapachi and I decided to give it a go. Considering the price, it was okay.

Omakase is essentially the chef’s choice. The sushi chef decides what they want to serve and you just sit quietly and see what he can do.  Generally, in Manhattan, a quality omakase costs around one hundred and fifty dollars. There are some cheaper options, but, in general, you get what you pay for.

Omakase at Ginpachi is sixty-five dollars per person, not including tax and tip. Judging from the Yelp page, the omakase is generally the same and doesn’t change. The first thing they give you is your average miso soup. Then comes a small amount of sea urchin on some kind of tofu. Then comes a plate with three dishes on it; monkfish live, tuna tartare, and a giant sea snail. Then comes a giant shrimp, wrapped in potato string and deep fried. Then comes about five pieces of nigiri which comes one at a time. Lastly, you get a raindrop cake.

In regards to taste, it was okay. I didn’t feel like anything was that extraordinary, but I didn’t pay a hundred and fifty dollars for it. The sushi was good for omakase, not amazing. The only thing that was amazing to me was the last piece of nigiri which was fatty tuna, but I always like fatty tuna so that was no surprise.

Service was nice. The interior is unassuming.

Overall, I had a fun time, though I think it was more due to the company I was with rather than the food. If you want a really good omakase experience, then I’d recommend shelling out the money and going into a reputable sushi chef in Manhattan and getting their omakase. If you don’t want to spend that much money but still have some good quality sushi, Ginpachi isn’t a bad choice.

Score: 6.8/10

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