We arrived around 8:30, which is a little past prime dinner hour in this area, but the street was hopping on a warm Saturday night. Every restaurant on the block was crowded. The Ginban hostess was taking one of her seemingly frequent smoke breaks when we showed up, but she put the ciggie out pretty quickly and came inside to seat us when we went through the door.
We received our menus right away, but it took a while for someone to take our drink order. The slowness was not an issue at first. The menu is massive. I really needed time to puruse it.
Since I was eating at a new restaurant, I wanted to try something that I couldn't get anywhere else. I ordered something called Red Oil Dumplings. It turned out they were unavailable. Kevin had the shumai pictured above. I ended up getting vegetable dumplings, which the server recommended.