Eat & Drink New York City Restaurants

Koi- Bryant Park

March 11, 2016

I have a confession. If I had the choice, I would eat sushi for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My love for sushi started out early in life when I was just five years old and ordering California rolls without any of that “gross green stuff” (which is funny to look back on because now I love all of that green stuff).

So when my boyfriend and I were in New York City for the weekend, I knew that I wanted to go to a nice sushi place for Valentine’s Day dinner. And after all of my instagram stalking of NYC foodies, I found the perfect restaurant in Bryant Park–Koi!

They actually have two locations in New York but we chose this one because it’s so close to Grand Central Station (had to go back to work the next day) and because I’m a little obsessed with walking around and watching the ice skaters during this time of year! And don’t let the name confuse you–Koi has a very diverse menu, which is good since my boyfriend never really ate sushi before he started dating me (aka our first official date was out to one of my favorite sushi places near campus) and so I didn’t want to force him into eating raw fish all night.


After being seated in a cozy little corner, we ordered drinks to keep us occupied while we looked over the menu. I went with the most refreshing cucumber cocktail I’ve ever tried (it tasted like the fancy water you get while at the spa, just with vodka added!), while Matt went with a more traditional Japanese beer.


Pro tip: If y’all eat at Koi the next that you’re in the city, you MUST order their Cripsy Rice. I’m not exactly sure how they do it, but the rice comes out crunchy (but not fried) and the spicy tuna on top is to die for. And even if you don’t believe me, you can take Matt’s word because he had never even had raw fish before and he loved it! The spices were just so amazing and the spicy tuna had just the right amount of kick to it that you couldn’t wait to pop the next piece into your mouth!


We also ordered the Kobe Style Potstickers, which were amazing as well. I actually just started eating beef and pork again after 11 years, and so I felt a bit naughty enjoying these so much. And I have to admit that I dunked my potstickers in the scallion ponzu sauce probably a little enthusiastically with every bite!


After such a large breakfast at Egg Shop earlier that day, we made the executive decision to split an entrée so that we wouldn’t have too bad of food babies on the train back up to Connecticut. After much deliberation, we went with the nightly special of Brown Butter Scallops with Wasabi Mashed Potatoes and we definitely made the right choice! While having one more scallop would have been optimal for sharing, we made it work, although we did duke it out over the last of the mashed potatoes… I think that he let me win now that I’m looking back at it!


Do y’all have a favorite sushi restaurant to go to while traveling? Another favorite of mine is Nobu, which I’ve been to in both New York City and London!


Koi- Bryant Park

40 West 40th Street

New York, NY 10018


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  • WhatWouldVWear

    Yum! The sushi looks so good! Koi sounds like a great place to eat!

    Wishing you a great weekend, beautiful!

    xoxo, Vanessa

    • I loved Koi! Not only was the food amazing but we had the best waitress who literally went through the entire menu with us!

  • It looks really delicious

    Beauty Candy Loves

    • All of the food we ordered was delicious! But my favorite was definitely the crispy rice!

  • Blaire Bingham

    I love sushi too, and my husband and I try to get it whenever we travel too! Those dishes look amazing!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • I absolutely love trying out new sushi places! Plus eating out while traveling is always somehow more romantic than when you’re at home!

  • So fancy! I love good sushi (even if I cannot do the raw stuff because I am a big chicken).

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • My boyfriend isn’t a huge fan of raw fish either, which is fine with me because that just means that there’s more for me!

  • Nina

    This looks so yummy.

    • Koi had the most amazing menu! If love to go back and try even more dishes!

  • So I was thinking that you were probably the coolest 5 year old out there, Courtney!! A penchant for sushi at that age? When most children are opting for fries and whatever it is that 5 year olds eat these days, super cool 🙂 I’m a sashimi person myself but after a recent tummy issue post eating it at a new Japanese place, I’m erring on the side of caution these days and staying away from Japanese food. Let’s see how long that lasts xoxo

    p/s hope to see you at my link-up, it’d be lovely having you

    • Both of my parents are huge sushi people, which is probably why I love it too, although my sister hates fish!

  • Everything looks delicious! I love the way the sushi was presented. I’m a huge fan of scallops, so your entree has me drooling.

    • Scallops are one of the only fish dishes that both my boyfriend and I absolutely love! I love to make them at home with Parmesan risotto!

  • You are making me so hungryyy! I could also eat sushi every day for every meal. Koi sounds amazing- I would love it go!

    Annessa /

    • Sushi is amazing! Koi was pricey but the food was definitely worth it!

  • agreed, sushi for every meal please!!

    • I’m glad that other people agree with me!

  • Neha 14wow

    Wow..great post…I am hungry now…Everything looks delicious!
    xo, Neha

    • My favorite dish was definitely the crispy rice!

  • Unfortunately, I can’t eat sushi – stupid allergies! But what a great spot! You can’t beat Bryant Park <3
    Green Fashionista

    • My mom is allergic to sesame seeds so we always have to be super careful when we get sushi… Food allergies are the worst!

  • I love sushi too! Especially when it’s super fresh (like this looks!)

    • When I was in Hawaii this past fall I definitely took advantage of all the fresh fish by eating as much poke as I could! So delicious!

  • Meghan Conard

    Sushi is my favorite food too! This place looks delicious!

    • I could definitely eat sushi everyday and not get sick of it! There are always so many choices!

  • Jenna

    That looks divine! Fantastically written review also!

    Jenna ||

  • Mona Cristo
  • This place looks amazing! I love Sushi. I have heard so much about Nobu so I really want to go there soon. 🙂

    • I absolutely love Nobu! I’ve been to the one in London, NYC, and Malibu, so I’m definitely a little obsessed with their food!

  • Omg ! This looks really delicious, I’ve had sushi before but not like this ,I can just imagine how tasty this would be. Great post.

    • The crispy rice was so delicious!! Sushi is the best!

  • Oh my, yes! I adore sushi, I actually get cravings for it haha! The food here looks delicious! 🙂


    • I get cravings for sushi too! Usually during work and then I have to convince my friends to go or to lunch with me!

  • Looks soo good! Glad you had a great time!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

    • We had such a fun date night! Great food and even better company!

  • Love sushi so much!! Your pictures make me so hungry right now and the sushi style is really modern!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

    • The crispy rice was AMAZING! I could really go for some sushi right now!

  • Ivona Iwarra Josipovic

    I agree with you and would eat sushi for every meal 🙂 Glad you enjoyed your visit to Koi and thanks for sharing!

    Ivona from

    • I’m glad that you agree! My boyfriend thinks that my obsession with sushi is kind of weird but I could died itself eat it everyday!

  • Although I have to admit to not being a huge fan of sushi, this all still looks surprisingly appetising haha! Yum to the mashed potatoes 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • The mashed potatoes were so delicious! I’m slowly trying to convert my boyfriend into a fish lover haha

  • yummm!!

    kisses from dubai ❤️

  • I’ve never had sushi but I really want to try it!!

    • Sushi is definitely my favorite food of all time! My boyfriend had never had it either until we started dating!

  • Sybil

    omg!! those scallops!!!!! yum!!

    Have a great week!

    Animated Confessions

    • The scallops were so amazing! Especially paired with those mashed potatoes!

  • Trang Do

    Yummy! Love this place!

    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Koi was amazing! The food and the atmosphere both helped to make it an amazing date night!

  • Looks so yammy, need to go and have a lunch now x
    Yukova Blog

    • I’m hungry too looking back over these pictures!

  • Lauren Scorzafava

    This all looks so delicious!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

    • Koi had the most amazing food!! We both had an amazing date night!

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