Koodo Sushi Gives FiDi Pan-Asian Hope
Koodo Sushi has long-deserved a review, as since early last year, it has been a steadfast standby for top-notch sushi and diverse pan-Asian offerings in the depressingly boring Financial Distract lunch scene. It’s not open early; it’s not open late; it’s pretty threadbare; and it 100% caters to the banker set; yet, Koodo Sushi succeeds where many neighboring Japanese spots fail. It’s quick, high-quality, and, well, not nausea-inducing.
I know – you’re thinking “not nausea-inducing? That’s a great endorsement…” In the barren culinary desert that is Wall Street, food that doesn’t make the stomach turn over deserves a gold star. Koodo offers extensive sushi options, from standard rolls to complicated special rolls, Chinese entrees and appetizers, ramen noodles, Vietnamese starters, dim sum, innovative weekly specials, charcoal grill specialties, and a variety of healthy dishes for those looking to keep it light.
As a primarily Japanese establishment, the sushi, sashimi and traditional Japanese hot dishes are the best and most creative choices. The sushi rolls vary regularly offering such wild options as the Black Pearl Rolle with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, tobiko, avocado and kumbu seaweed or the Golden Pond Roll with steamed lobster, avocado, cucumber, red leaf lettuce, and tobiko in an orange soy bean pepper wrap. My personal favorite? The Red Phoenix Roll – a fat roll-up of shrimp tempura with spicy tuna and tobiko.
The lunch specials offer cheap alternatives to the otherwise pricey menu. For $10, you can get 4 pieces of assorted sushi with a California roll and miso soup. For $9, you can get 2 pieces of shumai, 2 rolls, and miso soup. And for $9.75, you can get tender salmon terikyaki with rice and soup or salad.
Koodo keeps it simple. The bare main dining room features wood tables, simple kitschy Japanese art, colorful lanterns, and plenty of space. The service is very friendly and rapid; the bustling waistresses are eager to please and offer up recommendations for the best new dishes. Perfect for a lunch with colleagues or visiting friends in the financial district, this underground and hard-to-find Japanese spot is worth the hunt.