Models Love The Sashay And Sushi At Trump Soho's Koi
When Koi Soho opened at Trump Hotel in September, we dropped everything to check it out—fashionably late, of course—and it turns out we weren't the only pretty little things there.
When we arrived, we thought we were crashing a Vogue after-party. Seriously, the entire restaurant was packed with models, and not the ones that you see in JC Penny ads, FYI. We asked our waitress what private event was taking place, to which she casually replied, "No event, it's always like this."
A little history: the restaurant space used to be Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, which didn't quite work out. We did the math: carbs + models = fat models = no work. So it only made sense that Trump turned to Koi Restaurant Group from LA, a well-known team that delivers sushi like no other.
Models like to eat things with sticks, and we know this because we've seen them camp out at Bryant Park Hotel, another fashionable place where the only Koi existed in Manhattan—until now, obs.
We're not all up and up on the models names, but we did recognize the guy from all the Versace ads, thanks to his catwalk to the bathroom (and, of course, that chiseled jaw line). We also gave a wink over to Pedro Andrade, model and TV host at NBC, not to mention the gaggle of girls from New York Model Management.
With all these lookers abound, it was hard to focus on the menu—until the food actually came. We died right there. The sushi was some of the freshest, with innovative dishes to boot, thanks to Executive Chef Robb Lucas. The Baked Lobster Roll was unreal, and the duck special had us at quack. Seriously.Don't even get us started on the Northern Lights Roll. Sex in the mouth.
And that's why when we returned to the restaurant under less distracting circumstances, we still gave Koi props in our Five New Hotel Restaurants To Try in NYC feature, not only for the cuisine, and the stellar wine list, but the ridiculously chic decor, models or not. It deserves it in spades.
[Photo: Trump Soho/Versace]