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Posted by David from London on 08/15/2008
The food was really good, the service, although a bit rushed, was fine and the atmosphere, lovely. But, we were still hungry after our meal and went out directly to another restaurant. We are not big eaters but, seriously, the postions were miniscule and overpriced.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/12/2008
Great experience over all- but that is because I wasn't paying the bill! The sushi was good, as was the kobe beef and the duck, but for the 4 of us to eat with only 2 drinks each was close to $1000 with tip! I agree with previous posts that it feels like a hotel restaurant, but the food is really good. Ask to be seated at one of the tables by the sushi bar- best location in the restaurant. Don't miss the rock shrimp rolls! (and be careful when ordering as some prices are per person, not per order!)
Posted by mv on 04/20/2008
Food is exceptional. Superior quality sushi and main courses. However, it is mighty expensive and we all left hungry. Drink prices are oboxiously high as well.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/25/2008
i went to koi with my mom. i work at a restaurant in westchester and the chef who i worked for used to be the head chef at koi. when i went the waiter had told me to give him our menus because the chef had something up his sleeve. he ended up sending out and 8 course meal. I strongly recomend the calamari salad. this was incredible. the chef had sent out a piece of wagyu beef. he said it was on the menu for 280$ the steak was perfection. at the end of our meal the chef had given me a tour of the kitchen. its incredible. i strongly recommend that you should come here.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/01/2008
Lets try to look at the positive. The food was good and the service was pleasant. But it stops here. Although reservations were made ahead of time for an occasion, the hostess seated us in the "couples row", the row of tables for two with inches apart from the adjacent table. The restaurant was, mind you, half empty at 7pm on a Saturday. There was still one table between us and the only other couple in the row. However at 7:45 she brings over another couple, and seats them right in between us and another couple, with at least three tables EMPTY at either side of us. The couple placed in between actually tried to leave the restaurant as they were visibly upset by the seating, however they talked them into staying at another table. So, what does our hostess do 15 minutes later? She seats another couple right in between us ten minutes later. At this point we were almost done with our meal and it simply was not worth arguing. By the time we left at 8:30, the place was still a third empty.
Posted by FooDee on 02/20/2008
The only thing KOI has going for it is that is across the street from one of the OTHER worst restaurants in the city. Koi is slightly better, so at least it will benefit in comparison. The room is very hotelly it feels desperate like it's going for a Buddakhan-type vibe, but didn't have enough of a purse. Portions are ample, I'll give it that. The spinach salad with really salty, with strange, unidentigied rice noodles perches atop, imparting neither flavor nor texture, but made it sort of annoyingly difficult to eat. The mushrooms in this (and in everything else they appeared in) were woefully overcooked to the texture of shoe leather. The tiger shrimp came with the abysmal chewy 'shrooms, as well as more salty onions and little kumquat rounds. The flavors were not horrendous, just completely disjointed: none having anything whatsoever to do with the others. Edamame were similarly flavorless but for the lovely salt crystals clinging to the shells. Might as well have just licked them rather than bothering getting to the beans. The yuzu sauce underneath the grilled salmon cloaked the fennel and arugula in a cloying mayonnaise-esque gum, and overpowered any voice the veggies may have initially had. Some of the desserts sounded interesting enough, but after all of that, I wasn't taking the risk. Oh, and the "scene" might be a scene if you're from N.J., but there was nobody interesting in appearance or celebrity for my tastes, except maybe our waiter, who was very helpful and nice and charming.
Posted by oona on 02/09/2008
Me and my boyfriend went out for a nice dinner to Koi last night because we are sushi lovers and had heard rave revues from random celebrities. We ordered the most expensive things (crab wontons, lobster roll, crunchy rice tuna something...) that the waiter recommended as the best. Everything was very subpar. We live in a small town in Florida with three sushi restaurants that are far superior to koi in taste, value, atmosphere and service. We were so disappointed.