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“Great for business meals”
Review of Koi

Koi
Ranked #567 of 14,591 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Between 5th and 6th Avenue
Transit: B,V,D,F to 42nd Street; 4,5,6 to 42nd/Grand Central Station.
Description: Rich earth tones of orange, red and brown impart warmth to the cool and tranquil space. Thin tapestries of translucent rose fabric are embellished with flame motifs and suspended from the ceiling, creating a separate seating area perfect for a light bite near the large front windows. Famous for its unique and mouth-watering interpretation of Japanese cuisine. Upscale Japanese fare is given a jolt of new life through an innovative use of ingredients, resulting in refreshing and exciting flavor combinations. Crispy Rice with Spice Tuna, an addictive version of the classic spicy tuna roll, featuring warm grilled rice topped with a thick layer of cool, savory tuna. Baked Crab Roll, for which succulent fresh crab meat is wrapped in a thin rice paper dotted with sesame seeds and baked to perfection. Hamachi Fusion with Soy-Citrus and Truffle Essence all artfully plated by Koi’s skilled culinary team.
Reviewed February 24, 2013

This is a great sushi restaurant in midtown. The service is always quick. You can't get seated until your whole party arrives. The crispy rice and rock tempura shrimp are appetizer favorites. The staff is very friendly. They close for lunch at 2:30, so it's great to get in and out quickly. The tables are close and it gets loud. Booths are best if you can get one. The chocolate cake is awesome.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Loved the food and environment. Tables are a little close together in the back so ask for something not so "tight" to the next person.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We visited Koi in LA years ago and enjoyed the breadth of sushi and sashimi choices and the merriment-inducing bamboo sake pourers. By chance, we found ourselves staying at a Manhattan hotel near a more recently opened Koi in the Bryant Park Hotel. Splashy contemporary and dramatic digs with perhaps a weblike structure near the ceiling, different levels, and even an entertaining descent into the bowels of the building via deep red-walled staircases in search of restrooms. The food had some of the same qualities of our previous otherly-coastal visit but we were intent on branching out a bit. Having informed our waiter that we were in rushed pre-theater mode, we were served in record time. Since we didn't have time for a long, leisurely munch through the menu, we chose to forego main courses for smaller appetizers and sashimi, and relied on the waiter for some recommendations. We were also armed with both Tripadvisor reviewers' suggestions and uncoy Koi's touts of their own specialties.

For our taste, this resulted in a grab bag of experiences. Let me start with the good. We prefer simple sashimi that tastes as if it just jumped into our plate, and the yellowtail (a standby favorite) and the sweet shrimp were sublimely tender and flavor-subtle. Sea urchin was a long resisted choice but we were urged toward the urchin and were intrigued by its pudding-like presence in a hollowed out cucumber. The textural differences empahasizes the distinctive qualities of the two ingredients rather well. My wife is a huge fan of lightly grilled or roasted vegetables, so the tender and sweet Japanese eggplant offered a nice change of pace to our fish-heavy cuisine (note that the dishes arrived when ready because of our time constraints, so we ate what was before us in no coherent order, and that added to the adventure).

Our first two dishes were from the Koi Signature Dishes list, in fact the first two items on the list: Koi crispy rice with spicy tuna, and seared tuna with jalapeño and garlic chips. I could have eaten much more of the seared tuna, as it combined sublime cuts of tuna with a combination of subtle spice heat and crunch. Worthy to be a source of establishment pride. The crispy rice was another matter. Reviewers have tended to rave about this dish, and it's on the menu in a place of honor at the top of the specialty list. I'd never order it again, nor would I recommend it to most sushi or sashimi lovers. It was surprisingly heavy, more chewy than crispy, and spiced in such a fashion that it tasted more like hamburger than anything else. None of the airy lightness and freshness of the sashimi was in evidence in this dish, and I can only imagine that its raves from other diners comes from its taste and textural difference from fresh raw fish.

This was a strange dining experience in that it mixed the good with the bad so starkly, and also because what to some tastes may be so attractive was a keen disappointment for me. At least the extensive menu provides an opportunity for diverse culinary interests to be satisfied in the same specialty establishment, so I would consider a return if I had time for a more thoughtfully chosen path through the menu.

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

The restaurant's decor was beautiful and the service staff was very friendly. The food was very expensive and fairly average. We did only order sushi, so I can't speak for any cooked food, but I've had much better sushi for much lower.

1  Thank Yvette H
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Awesome Sushi Hotspot...One of the Best in NYC. Food is delicious. If you love sushi this is a must try.

Thank Rosario C
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