Posted on November 28, 2011
At less than a year old the vibrant Niko restaurant in New York City’s Soho is pleasantly inviting. An outstanding collaboration between architect Rafael de Cárdenas and restauranteur Cobi Levy, the unique Japanese cuisine is served in an equally unique space. A staircase leads to the main dining area with the immediate sense of intimacy. Colorful abstract décor lines the high ceilings above the cozy booths, while the voguish crowd grows louder through the night. The booths line the walls and windows with views over the cobblestone block as the chandeliers, by artist Jim Drain, sit dimly lit above the bar. The menu offers everything from Sushi and Sashimi to Skirt Stake and Pork Teriyaki. The sushi is perfectly proportioned and extremely fresh, but I recommend the succulent and full-flavored fried chicken. However, if you are hoping for an abundance of desert selections, Niko is not your best bet.