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idreamoffood May 3, 2010 07:54 PM

I am thinking of going to Koi with a party of 8 for a law school graduation dinner. Is there some place better to go or is this a good choice? I am looking for Asian (not just sushi though) and celebratory place. If you like koi, what do you like there?

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Koi
40 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018

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    RIFK May 5, 2010 05:12 AM

    Have you considered Japanese Brasserie (on Hudson)? You can get a table in the private tatami room which is great for small parties. Food is excellent (one of their specialties is a creamy, smokey tofu that is delicious; lots of small plates, great sushi).

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      chow_gal May 5, 2010 06:00 AM

      it's called EN Brasserie, if you are looking it up. Very expensive / overpriced, but a big 'wow' factor in terms of decor.

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        silverlainy May 6, 2010 06:33 AM

        I think EN Japanese is better and cheaper than Koi but I haven't been to either recently...great cocktails at EN. I found Koi really disappointing actually, would much prefer Nobu, EN, or even Budakkan for upscale asian fusion although if you want more Japanese style then not Budakkan. The sampling I had at an event at Megu was pretty good but I've heard the portions are tiny. They all can handle large groups

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          idreamoffood May 6, 2010 11:02 AM

          Thanks! What about Chow Bar? The menu there looks interesting. Thanks for the EN rec as well. Are there other fusion places anyone would recommend besides budakkan or megu?

    2. goodhealthgourmet May 3, 2010 08:29 PM

      take a look at some of the threads about Buddakan or Megu - i think both have menus & atmosphere that would suit your needs.

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      Buddakan
      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      Megu
      62 Thomas St, New York, NY 10013

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