Oh Koi… how I love thee

14 Oct

There are not many restaurants that I can eat multiple times in a week and still want to go back the next day, however, Koi (on 40th Street between 5th and 6th Aves, across from Bryant Park) is on the top of that list.  I’ve heard a lot of people discredit Koi as being a lesser Nobu, but my Nobu experience was just fair, whereas I am excited every time I go to Koi (and I’ve probably been there over 20 times).

The dish everyone looks forward to is their crispy rice.  It’s topped with spicy tuna (I have mine with regular tuna sashimi to avoid the spice).  It is sensational.  I’m still not sure how they make the rice taste that good and have that amazing crispy texture, but that secret keeps me coming back all the time.  I (and many others) have chosen to order this as just their entree.  It’s that good.

The crispy rock shrimp appetizer is a favorite, however, I think the Kobe Beef Carpaccio with fried shiitake mushrooms and yuzu vinaigrette is sensational.  Their warm baby spinach with mushroom salad is also quite tasty.

For an entree, I ALWAYS order the Miso Glazed Cod.  I would say that this dish revolutionized my life since it’s actually what started me eating fish.  It’s always done perfectly.

The sushi is also notable.  The baked crab roll is on top of a regular (delicious) California roll.

Usually I leave too stuffed to have dessert, but it is always VERY good at Koi.  I love the rice pudding creme brulee.  Delish!

Overall Koi is so dependable and so good that it’s one of my absolute favorites in NYC.

Total Nom Points: 8.5 out of 10

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