Rachel Bowie

Correspondent

  • New York City, New York, USA

Rachel Bowie is a correspondent who lives in New York City and covers hotels, restaurants, spas and luxury travel trends for Forbes Travel Guide. Bowie is a writer, editor and blogger and has previously worked as an associate editor for Boston Common and edited its travel, entertainment and philanthropy sections. She has also written for Gotham, Hamptons and Parent & Child, among other publications. Bowie received her master’s degree in journalism from Emerson College and earned her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She is currently on the executive board for New York Women in Communications.

  • On November 7, 2012
    Rachel Bowie answered the question: Rachel Bowie

    What is the chef at Koi SoHo’s food philosophy?

    The food philosophy of Koi SoHo executive chef Robb Lucas was shaped by his experiences living and eating in his native Japan. At Koi in Trump SoHo New York, Lucas works to deconstruct traditional Japanese cuisine and preparations and add modern California accents into every dish he creates. Born and raised in Japan before relocating to the United States, Lucas is known for his bold, creative approach to sushi. His main focus is on experimenting with non-traditional ingredients and incorporating Latin, Caribbean and European flavors into his modern Japanese cuisine, as seen in dishes such as his sansho-rubbed hanger steak with Peruvian aji amarillo sauce or foie gras on seared tuna with white truffle oil.
  • On November 7, 2012
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    Who is the chef at Koi SoHo and what is his background?

    Robb Lucas is the executive chef at Koi SoHo in Trump SoHo New York. Lucas got his start with the Koi Group on the West Coast, when he helped open the restaurant’s flagship location in Los Angeles in 2002. Born and raised in Japan, he moved to the U.S. as a teenager to attend Florida State University on a baseball scholarship. After a career-ending injury, Lucas moved to L.A., where he soon re-discovered his passion for Japanese cuisine. He accepted an apprenticeship at a popular mom-and-pop sushi restaurant in  Culver City. Less than two years later, was named head chef at Koi Los Angeles. Since then, he’s helped open all five Koi locations around the world before finally settling in New York City.
  • On November 7, 2012
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    What are the best things to order at Koi SoHo?

    When considering the best things to order at Koi SoHo, trust in the skill of executive chef Robb Lucas. He’s known for his creative take on traditional Japanese cuisine, so you won’t be disappointed with anything on the menu at this trendy New York City restaurant. Still, here are the best things to order at Koi SoHo:
     
    1. Crispy rice topped with spicy tuna. While most sushi lovers have tasted rice and spicy tuna before, they’ve not had anything quite like this before. A cake of rice is sautéed in butter until it’s golden and crisp, then topped with the tender and spicy tuna, creating an addictive combination.
     
    2. Sea bass tempura. Tender white sea bass is lightly fried in tempura batter and then lightly coated in a spicy mayonnaise sauce. With a light sprinkle of crispy onions and chives, this dish is divine.
     
    3. Koi Dragon Roll. This is a signature sushi roll at Koi and it’s easy to see why. This maki sushi roll is stuffed with crisp shrimp tempura, unctuous freshwater eel and baked crabmeat, then topped with crunchy golden tempura flakes and slightly sweet eel dressing. A ribbon of Sriracha hot sauce on the plate adds a thrilling hint of spice.  

    4. Short ribs. In an Asian take on the classic dish, beef short ribs are seasoned with warm spices and braised in a plum wine reduction. Creamy wasabi cauliflower purée completes the comforting dish.
     
    5. Pan-seared scallops and crab cake. A quick pan searing leaves the sweet sea scallops tender and juicy while the crab cakes are flaky and moist.  Mango salsa and champagne wasabi tobiko add bright bursts of color and flavor.
  • On November 7, 2012
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    What is the service like at Koi SoHo?

    The service at Koi SoHo in Trump SoHo New York is superb. Located in a trendy New York City neighborhood like Soho, Koi attracts an international clientele that’s used to the best in restaurant service. From the moment you arrive, you’ll find that the service at Koi SoHo is professional and polished. You can expect the hostess to seat you immediately — once your reservation is confirmed — and your waiter to be kind, and relaxed. The wait staff will be able to answer any questions about ingredients or preparation techniques in any dish on the Japanese-inspired menu. They’re also happy to suggest their favorite dishes. As your courses arrive, they’ll check back on you from time to time without hovering or making you feel rushed. From the hostess to the waiter to the bus person, your service at the New York restaurant will be seamlessly attentive and warm.
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    What are the table settings like at Koi SoHo?

    The table settings at Koi SoHo in Trump SoHo New York are as minimalistic as the restaurant’s interior design. Expect to find pristine white placemats and linen napkins, a fresh pair of eco-friendly bamboo chopsticks, as well as a small dish for soy sauce. The dark, wooden tables are brightened up with a single orchid in a vase and a small votive candle. The simple setup at the New York restaurant puts the focus on the beauty of the sushi and other Japanese dishes. It also leaves ample room for you and your guests to spread out, peruse the menu and try a variety of dishes — all meant to be shared.
  • On November 7, 2012
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    Does Koi SoHo have any special views?

    Any special views to be found at Koi SoHo, the fashionable Japanese-fusion spot in Trump SoHo New York, are inside the restaurant. If you’re seated at the bar or one of the tables in the front of the restaurant, you’ll see smartly dressed New Yorkers arriving to dine. The floor-to-ceiling windows that line the perimeter of Koi SoHo are covered by white, gauzy curtains. The main dining room is at ground level so a peek through the windows gives you a front row seat to all the trendy New Yorkers walking by. Koi SoHo does offer a second floor where breakfast is served, and the waitstaff will open up the curtains on special request. While outdoor views are limited at the Japanese restaurant, on the inside, don’t be surprised if you spot a celebrity or two during your meal.
  • On November 7, 2012
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    What’s the best table at Koi SoHo?

    The best table at Koi SoHo in Trump SoHo New York depends on what you prefer in a dining experience. If you like to be at the center of it all, ask for one of the booths in the center of the room. The seats face the floor-to-ceiling windows lining the perimeter of the restaurant, and you’ll be within earshot of conversations taking place at the restaurant bar. Despite the central location of these booths, the noise level is never overpowering — most likely due to the restaurant’s high ceilings. If you prefer privacy, request a table in the back on the other side of the bar opposite the hostess stand. There, you’ll find dark corners that are tucked away and a bit more intimate than other tables at Koi SoHo.
  • On November 7, 2012
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    What is the price range for a meal at Koi SoHo?

    The price range for a meal at Koi SoHo depends upon what you order, but expect to spend about $60 per person, making it on par with most of the fine dining options available in this trendy section of Soho in New York City. Entrées (labeled hot dishes here) cost $24 to $48, while sushi prices range from $5 to $24 for one of Koi’s signature rolls. You’ll also find a range of soups and salads priced from between $5 and $32, as well as a variety of original and inventive appetizers that are $24 to $29. Keep in mind that the dishes at Koi SoHo generous as they are designed to be shared. We think it’s fun to order a variety of items to really get a sense of the chef’s range.
  • On November 7, 2012
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    What are the private dining rooms like at Koi SoHo?

    The private dining room at Koi SoHo in New York City is located on the second floor, just off the mezzanine lounge where breakfast is served. The décor of the private dining areas mirrors that of the main dining room; expect earthy tones, gauzy white curtains and candlelight for an intimate event your entire party will enjoy and remember.

    Koi’s private room is designed to accommodate a variety of party sizes and can be reconfigured depending upon your needs. Koi requests that groups of 12 or more order from a prix-fixe menu that is selected ahead of your arrival. The private dining room on the can accommodate up to 45 guests for a seated meal. If you need more space, you have the option of renting out the entire mezzanine level, which can accommodate 60 to 70 guests comfortably.
  • On November 7, 2012
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    Is Koi SoHo a good place for group dining?

    Koi SoHo in Trump SoHo New York is an ideal place for group dining. Koi SoHo specializes in Asian fusion and Japanese-inspired dishes that are appealing to most palates; and the menu’s generous portions are designed to be shared. Choose between booth-style seats that can comfortably accommodate three or four people, as well as tables lining the perimeter of the room, which can be rearranged to handle a larger group. If you’re looking to entertain a larger party, Koi SoHo is happy to accommodate. There’s also a private dining room on the second floor that can hold up to 45 guests for a seated function. Just call in advance to make a reservation for your party — the New York restaurant asks that groups of 12 or more order from a prix-fixe menu.
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    What is the interior design of Koi SoHo?

    Koi SoHo in Trump SoHo New York features a sleek and minimalist interior design.  In many ways, stepping into Koi SoHo creates the same feeling of calm that you experience in a high-end spa. Earthy tones, gauzy white curtains covering the floor-to-ceiling windows along the perimeter of the room, towering orchids and garden-like features — all make Koi SoHo feel like a slightly exotic oasis for travelers and locals alike. The space is set up with privacy in mind; the main dining room features plenty of dark corners, perfect for hiding away and discreetly dining under the radar.

    Our favorite detail: the hand-blown glass chandeliers, which hang delicately from the high ceilings, casting a soft light throughout the candlelit room. Make sure to take a peek at the upstairs breakfast area while you’re there — the spiral staircase is your cue that there’s a second floor above the already massive space. But despite its size, Koi SoHo remains intimate and cozy, making it a great place to relax after a long day exploring New York.
  • On November 7, 2012
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    What are five things to know about Koi SoHo?

    There’s a lot to take in when you first arrive at the trendy New York City restaurant Koi SoHo. Here are five things you should know about the upscale restaurant inside Trump SoHo New York before you arrive:
     
    1. Koi SoHo is an outpost of the popular Asian fusion franchise that originated in Los Angeles and quickly became a magnet for a star-studded crowd. It’s the second Koi location to open in New York; the other one is in Midtown.
     
    2. Executive chef Robb Lucas presents his modern take on traditional Japanese cuisine at Koi SoHo by deconstructing each dish down to its most flavorful elements. You’ll find the presentation unique and flavorful all at once.
     
    3. Koi SoHo is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and features a bar that’s fully stocked with wine, sake, signature cocktails and craft beers.
     
    4. When dining at Koi SoHo, try to get one of the booths directly in front of the bar, at the center of the restaurant. They’re the best spots for people-watching as restaurant guests — and occasionally celebs — come and go. You’ll also have the best perspective on the restaurant’s chic décor, which includes hand-blown glass chandeliers, candles and large orchids.
     
    5. The best part about dining at Koi SoHo: The dishes are all designed to be shared. Order a couple of signature appetizers, sushi rolls and sizable entrées and enjoy tasting some of everything. 
  • On November 2, 2012
    Rachel Bowie answered the question: Rachel Bowie

    What are the best annual events in Moosehead Lake?

    The International Seaplane Fly-In is an annual event that takes place every fall in Moosehead Lake, Maine. It got its start in 1973 when a few Moosehead Lake pilots decided to start a tradition of weekend fun and flying. If you’re in town in early September, expect to see aviation history up close — in addition to Cessnas, Cubs and Beavers, many classic and experimental seaplanes have been known to appear at this legendary event. Combine the International Seaplane Fly-In weekend with a visit to the Aviation Museum in Moosehead Lake. Your whole family will enjoy seeing a small piece of the history and adventure that makes this area proud.
  • On November 2, 2012
    Rachel Bowie answered the question: Rachel Bowie

    Are there any annual events that I should be on the lookout for when planning a visit to Moosehead Lake, Maine?

    The International Seaplane Fly-In is an annual event that takes place every fall in Moosehead Lake, Maine. It got its start in 1973 when a few Moosehead Lake pilots decided to start a tradition of weekend fun and flying. If you’re in town in early September, expect to see aviation history up close — in addition to Cessnas, Cubs and Beavers, many classic and experimental seaplanes have been known to appear at this legendary event. Combine the International Seaplane Fly-In weekend with a visit to the Aviation Museum in Moosehead Lake. Your whole family will enjoy seeing a small piece of the history and adventure that makes this area proud.
  • On November 2, 2012
    Rachel Bowie answered the question: Rachel Bowie

    Are there any annual events that I should be on the lookout for when planning a visit to Moosehead Lake, Maine?

    The International Seaplane Fly-In is an annual event that takes place every fall in Moosehead Lake, Maine. It got its start in 1973 when a few Moosehead Lake pilots decided to start a tradition of weekend fun and flying. If you’re in town in early September, expect to see aviation history up close — in addition to Cessnas, Cubs and Beavers, many classic and experimental seaplanes have been known to appear at this legendary event. Combine the International Seaplane Fly-In weekend with a visit to the Aviation Museum in Moosehead Lake. Your whole family will enjoy seeing a small piece of the history and adventure that makes this area proud.