I’ve never said no to Asian food. Especially, high end Asian food.
Still housed at The Bryant Park Hotel, Koi’s beloved signature dishes, inventive cocktails and Zen inspired atmosphere have kept diners coming back for over the years. As hard as it is to make it in the restaurant business, let alone in New York and Los Angeles’s dining scene, Koi has become a modern classic as they celebrate 18 years in NYC and 21 years in LA. Most of Koi’s staff have been with them since opening in 2005 and a majority of their guests are still regulars – neighboring business employees who come in for their weekly power hour lunchtime meals and those who still pick Koi as the venue of their choice for girls night out, date nights, and other celebrations – key to such consistent business for such a long period of time.
When we first got to our table we were treated to some amazing cocktails including a KoiTini (Blood Orange Puree, St Germain, Sparkling Rosé) and the Lychee Martini (Vodka, Lychee Purée, Cranberry). Both were so good and well, I am a sucker for Lychee.
Then our server brought us the most delicious miso soup. It was so fresh, and more importantly so hot. I love the presentation of it with the cover on it.
After, we had Creamy Shrimp Tempura. It was super crispy and presented on leaves.
Koi Crispy Rice topped with Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail Tartare, or Truffle Avocado. I loved all of them. I particularly wasn’t expecting the Truffle Avocado which was amazingly good.
Then we had the Hamachi Fusion with Soy Yuzu, Truffle Essence, which was simply amazing.
The next course was a baked crab handroll. I enjoyed the outside of the roll since it was very non-traditional from the typical rolls I have had.
For the main cource, we had fried rice with mushrooms with a skirt steak. The steak was so tender and delicious. We ordered two more cocktails including the Matcha Aura (Muddled mint, Gin, Matcha sake, Lime) and Samurai (Japanese Whiskey, Muddled Ginger, Lemon). As a whiskey freak, the Samurai cocktail truly hit the spot.
To end the dinner, we had an amazing cheesecake with sides of white chocolate and raspberry.
I enjoyed my dinner tremendously and it was perfect before my guest and I saw a show.
FOI NYC is the perfect place if you are looking upscale Japanese fare that offers unique and mouth-watering interpretations of Japanese cuisine. It’s truly a treat and I plan to be back soon.