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Posted by Amanthsa on 08/11/2005
I didn't expect much from Koi, and that's what I got. The shumai I ordered were the same as I get at my other regular Japanese place, and the sushi was mediocre. However, I have had worse and therefore would say pick Koi if you're looking for a very average Japanese meal with dependable quality. Since I ordered in I can't really give advice about the "atmosphere," but the service was good- the food got there quickly and was warm.
Posted by MG on 08/09/2005
So, the sushi was quite tasty, and the room is tastefully done. However, the fun ends there for today's lunch. We sat down, and while there were plenty of open tables, they put us next to another two-top. How about spreading out the room? Our table was very wobbly (was this a new table?) - so I fixed it. They didn't like how I did it - and it took them another 10 minutes to solve that. From there, the server brought out a very nice plate of yellowtail sashimi - only we didn't order it. When we got our order, the food was good, but was missing one of our sushi choices. Our waiter was hard to find during most of the meal, and had no personality to speak of to try and make us feel like we were in a serious restaurant that can back up the prices on the menu. If you want a scene - try Koi. If you want good sushi with better service, there's dozens of others to try.
Posted by satc4eva on 08/04/2005
My friends and I were a party of 8 and we were dreading a long wait for our table even though we had a reservation. We were pleasantly surprised and were seated promptly upon arrival. Our table was a great booth that gave us some privacy and enough room to enjoy the family style presentation of dishes. We were also pleasantly surprised that the martinis, although the same high price, were so large that we only needed one round during our entire dinner. The crab roll, tuna tartare, and grilled japanese eggplant were our favorites, along with the dessert sampler that gave us just enough for a taste of everything for everyone! The service was also excellent and the atmosphere and lighting were great - music not too loud and place wasn't too dark. After reading other menupages reviews before heading to Koi, we were apprehensive, but those reviews are entirely wrong - Koi is definitely the new Tao or Sushi samba New York has been waiting for!
Posted by anonymous on 07/26/2005
Excellent food and cocktails but pricey and the noise level in there is deafening.
Posted by sushidiva on 07/22/2005
I just got home from eating at Koi, and couldn't wait to rave about the whole experience. I read the whole rambling of a post on here, which raved about the food and then complained about it without giving any reason as to why. I agree that the portions aren't huge, but it's crazy to expect TGIFriday's size portions at a posh NYC hotspot. If you're worried about your wallet, this isn't the place to go. It's an occasion restaurant in my book, not a local corner diner. My waitress was fab, and did mention the family style dining, but stressed that you have to order enough hot dishes for everyone, unless you are doing a sushi course (which I recommend for sure) All in all a great night out!
Posted by SexXnCandie on 07/17/2005
After reading the raving reviews about the LA location in a buncha different magazines this place was a must~try. Unfortunately it was disappointing on a number of levels.. Primarily, the ambiance was overrated. It was certainly nothing special, especially when compared to others of its like such as Asia de Cuba or China Grill which are both comparatively much better. I definitely did not get the ultra~trendy feel being in this place. Even then I woulda been satisfied with the spot if the food was superior in comparison to my other favorite Pan~Asian places but it was not. The waiter stated that the portions were family style, but they were extremely meager when judging them against the large portions at China Grill (as well as other places). The price range was just about the same, but the food was lacking not only in qunatity (very small portions) but also quality. A few of the appetizers/dishes were pretty fabulous, the Yellowtail Carpaccio was excellent and the Creamy Rock Shrimp was also delicious, but for the incredibly small portion~size the quality could have been better. For my entree I had the Chilean Sea Bass which was definitely extraordinary but again, the portion was so teeny tiny that I had to pace myself when eating it so that i wouldnt devour the entire thing in 2 mins... very disappointing! Service could have been way better, we ordered a side of Fingerling Shishito Potato Puree for the table due to the fact that the entrees were lacking, and the waiter brought out Shishito Roasted Peppers instead, which was especially annoying because one of the people at our table cannot eat spicy food lol. They took forever to amend the order, and we got the potatoes significantly after we finished our meals, (it was more like dessert than a side dish lol). I must say though that the potato puree was divine, altho it might have tasted THAT good just b/c we had to wait forever for it.. Dessert was yummy, I had the Chocolate Molten lava cake which was SOOO good.. but even after all that food for the first time EVER in my dining experience I left the restaurant feeling hungry I wouldn't go back to this place, not because it was terrible because it wasn't, but because for the same price and cuisine, Asia de Cuba, China Grill, and Sushi Samba all blow it out the water...
Posted by Anonymous on 06/23/2005
I had 10:30 reservations on a Wednesday night with one girlfriend of mine. It took our waiter 45 minutes to take our dinner order and we had to ask another waitress to send him over to us 2 or 3 times just so we could place our order. That is only the beginning. Our appetizers came and not only was the food unimpressive, but after my first bite of my appetizer we both got our main courses. What kind of place is this that they can't even time when the food comes out.