Koi The Bryant Park Hotel Koi
Celebs and celebutantes frequent this über-trendy Asian-inspired eatery at the Bryant Park Hotel.
Openings: Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly


  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested
Koi, New York, NY

Koi Restaurant Review:

Housed in the achingly hip Bryant Park Hotel, Koi is a spin-off of the scenester-central Los Angeles eatery of the same name. The décor is highlighted by the attention-nabbing net-like contraption that hugs the ceiling of the long room. The food, unfortunately, is less memorable. The creative sushi rolls are tasty but will have a hard time competing with the city's better sushi spots; the creamy rock shrimp tempura is a delight at first bite, but then marred by too much salt. Other dishes, such as the grilled lamb chops and the seared albacore, are passable for the type of eatery Koi aspires to be. You might do better with one of the signature dishes, like the foie gras on seared tuna with white truffle oil, or the rock shrimp ceviche and yellowtail sashimi with shiso pesto. Still, celebrities (and those who want to be like them) don't come to Koi for the food. And if that's the case, this Midtown eatery won't have a problem putting smiles (or smug grins) on patrons' faces.

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