Restaurant Week: Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

 Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Another pick for Restaurant Week was Koi Soho, the Japanese fusion restaurant that opened in 2012 in the Trump Soho hotel. If you follow this blog, you probably know now that I like to have a dinner where I can enjoy the company I am with and do not need to yell to be heard. Well the funny thing is that, as soon as we opened the first door, we heard the music blasting and Jodi and looked at each other thinking that it would probably be hell. Fortunately, they put us few tables from the bar that was packed with people enjoying drinks and food. But still, loud music. 

 Dining room at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Dining room at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

 Chandelier at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Chandelier at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Decor wise, it is an impressive place: modern and slick, with floor to ceiling windows, booths as well as comfortable chairs giving an elegant and trendy feel to the place.

Replacing the bread basket that would anyway not make sense in a Japanese restaurant (!), was the edamame that was on top of the Restaurant Week menu. 

 Edamame at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Edamame at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

I liked it as it was perfectly cooked and salted. 

For her appetizer, Jodi ordered the Koi crispy rice that is one of their signature dishes. To top it, she had the choice between tuna and avocado. She chose the latter. 

 Crispy rice with avocado at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Crispy rice with avocado at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

  Crispy rice with avocado at   Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Crispy rice with avocado at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

This was fantastic, especially the rice that was heavenly crunchy. It was definitely a dish I recommend. 

On my side, it was the Kobe style potstickers that were also very good, the dough being as I like, meaning thin and a bit crunchy and charred on one side. The pork filling was very tasty as well. I guess it was a good start!

  Potstickers at   Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Potstickers at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

  Potstickers at   Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Potstickers at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Then, for her entrée, Jodi picked the vegetable quinoa croquettes, that was served with an edamame wasabi cream. This was a good vegetarian dish and I loved the croquettes that were deliciously crunchy. Would I order it?  Maybe, but more for an appetizer. 

  Vegetable quinoa croquettes at   Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Vegetable quinoa croquettes at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

  Vegetable quinoa croquette at   Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Vegetable quinoa croquette at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

On my side, I went for the O Su Su Me, Chef Nobu's selection of nigiri and double tuna roll (tuna sashimi, on spicy tuna roll with wasabi tobiko and wasabi aioli). 

  Nigiri at   Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Nigiri at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

  Tuna roll at   Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Tuna roll at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

  Tuna roll at   Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Tuna roll at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

This was not too original, but I admit that I enjoyed it, the fish being fresh and the roll having a nice texture. 

For dessert, we both got the trio that was composed of green tea Mochi ice cream, a raspberry with caramel (yes, it counts as one in the trio...) and a succulent green tea tres leches, that was a nice take on this Latin dessert.

  Dessert trio at   Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Dessert trio at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

 Green tea tres leches  at   Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Green tea tres leches at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

 Raspberry and salted caramel  at   Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Raspberry and salted caramel at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

 Green tea mochi  at   Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

Green tea mochi at Koi Soho in the Trump Hotel, NYC, New York

That was a good way to end our Restaurant Week dinner at Koi. Would I go back? Probably, for more crispy rice and that tres leches!

Enjoy (I did)!

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