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40 W. 40th St., New York, NY, 10018
nr. Sixth Ave.
By PRGinger on 6/13/2011
The food came fast in about twenty minutes, but the appetizers came ten minutes after ordered six of them. Impressive! I enjoyed the service and the waitress was so nice! Beautiful place too, it wasnt crowded for a saturday either. LOVED IT!
By annesophielaframboise on 4/28/2011
My husband and I both come from Montreal and we love to get the chance to try out what New York has to offer in terms of great dining. We got there at around 8h30, sat down and ordered by 8h45 and by 9 o'clock, we already had our main courses. The wine came out after the entrÃ©es and the sushis were absolutely hideous and far from what we expected from a "japanase fusion" restaurant. We told our waiter we really felt rushed to leave and I told the concierge of our hotel never to suggest that to any future clients. So disappointing.
By Gbrickstone77 on 7/4/2010
service was horrible, food was cold and overwhelmed with sauces, and the manager speaks with an unwelcoming tone. If your paying upwards to $80 (glass of wine, appetizer, and entree), you would expect well dressed managers, not young kids in their parents suits, and the dishes would compliment the main ingredient instead of draining it in sauces. Even a simple spicy tuna roll came apart when picking it up with my chopsticks. The few pleasant things are the servers are friendly, overall ambiance is amazing, and drinks are quite tasty.
Great Scene, Great Food
By johnsean on 10/17/2008
Koi New York is one of the most fabulous restaurants in the city. The ambiance is great, the food is fab. Koi NYC is similar to its sister locations but with a nyc vibe. I loved every dish that I had here. The crispy rice is just as good as it is in LA along with the rest of the dishes. I really enjoyed my time here and would go back in a second. If you are visiting in the city, you must go to KOI
Great Food + Great Service = Great time
By ccinny on 10/9/2008
I've been hearing great things about Koi for years now and decided to give it a go. Wait was short and sweet about 15 mins and our server was also very attentive and knowledgably. We ordered family style and the best dishes were the crispy rice spicy tuna, salmon carapaccio with black truffle sauce ( I don't like salmon or truffles but I still tried it and it was delicious), and the spicy yellowtail tartare. We also had the dessert platter which had a sample of the desserts. The best one was the banana spring rolls with chocolate ice cream... they were so good I wanted to take an order home with me. I'll be back soon!
Fabulous times await.
By elizabeth87 on 4/1/2008
Went to Koi a week ago, and I must say, a lot has changed since the previous reviewers have posted. First of all, we arrived early and were told to wait downstairs in the Cellar Bar for the rest of our party. You must check your coats before going downstairs, which is annoying, but the dark bar has a lovely atmosphere and is a great place for a pre-dinner drink. Our dining companions met us downstairs, we drank delicious white wine, before going upstairs to our waiting table. Koi was not loud and the music was not loud either. The atmosphere was almost serene, and I must apologize to our fellow diners who were there that night - for we were the ones making all of the noise. Our group of 20 sat along the back wall, and as expected, the more drinks we had, the louder we became. The waiters were a bit slow - we had to ask repeatedly for more wine and additional glasses. The food was delicious, although I do not recommend the tofu with vegetables. For $18 (which I believe was the price), you can do better with something else. Overall, a great experience.
Another mediocre sushi restaurant
By citrakayah on 6/27/2007
The quality of the food is just mediocre, and a 40 mins waiting? this particular waiter is pretty out of it. It might be loud as i found myself shouting at my partner. Let's see i get way more fancier cocktail drinks at NOBU, my partner ordered spinach salad which was good, then again, how can you go wrong with spinach salad. I ordered salmon sashimi and spider roll. The sashimi definitely is not the highest quality i ever had or up there. soft shell crab was overcooked according to my partner, mushy. i didnt fancy it either. His rock shrimp something something is like junk food. you just dont serve "junk ish" food at good restaurant. Morimoto next I guess.
Koi - not shy, but playful in a provocative way
By martin_chamois on 10/7/2005
Koi has had a rocky beginning, but it has gained a solid basis for a longterm performance. The bar and lounge crowd is moving elsewhere. the wait staff, kitchen and sushi chefs are developing. The seating has a few positives and many negatives, so select your table carefully. The modern Japanese fusion menu has many winners - try the lamb chops. The overall package is now enjoyable and worth a visit.
Good Food, Too Much Noise
By SpecialK on 8/3/2005
Recommend the duck and the lamb. The restaurant is too loud and detracts from the meal. The tables are too small making for a crowded experience. The noise was so overbearing I could not even hear the waitstaff (or my companions for that matter). Nevertheless, the main courses were magnificent and overcame the distractions. The decor is attractive and if they can ever correct the noise issue the place will have great ambience. Go for the food but bring along ear plugs.
By jwah on 7/28/2005
Loud music, obnoxious service and an ugly shi-shi bar scene can't overcome the decent food. The 30 minute wait for a table was excruciating and seemed to magnify the disorganized and frenzied state of the place.
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