THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Joia
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Joia Restaurant Review: THIS ESTABLISHMENT IS CLOSED Once a strictly Italian restaurant, Joia has widened its gastronomic net to include the Mediterranean region, Peru and various parts of Asia. Not that it matters much---this romantic, candle-lit dining room has always been more about scene than cuisine, though nowadays the rowdier, late-night action takes place at The Club and in a sleek and sexy upstairs lounge called, appropriately, Joia Lounge. The windswept, wide-open rooms below provide a pleasant setting for some pretty good, if inconsistent, fare from chef Francesco Giuizio. You can start with tenderly seared Kobe beef in piquant black pepper-watercress sauce, which is pricy at $3 per ounce, or find more satisfaction from steamed mussels in coconut-curry broth. Best main courses include hearty oxtail-stuffed tortellini, filet of beef in a velvety rich black truffle sauce, and yellowtail snapper with sweet chili sauce and cashew-flecked jasmine rice. There are also selections of sushi, ceviches and caviars. Desserts seem like leftovers from the old Joia, traditional Italian treats like panna cotta, tiramisu and espresso crème brûlée. The most appealing aspect of dining at Joia is that if you're out for a night on the town, you can just head upstairs after dinner and start your partying right away.