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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

RESTUARANT REVIEW


Koto ($$$$, 2, 92, just off of exit 4 of I-87 S): Easily the best sushi in the area. Hands down better than Ichiban, Sushi/Thai Garden, or Saso for basic quality and tastiness of the fish. Atmosphere of the restaurant is also better than any of the competitors. The combination prices are fair, but the a la carte is a bit expensive. The real deal, however, is at lunch, when you can get 2 maki rolls, soup, and salad for just $7 (3 roll deal is just $10). Absolutely cannot be beat. Try the rainbow roll or some white tuna sashimi. Get the edemame. You will NOT be disappointed. Most recently ate here: early May, 2005.

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    At 8:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

    I do not agree with the review of Koto in Albany.
    The restaurant started very well, but very soon deteriorated to the extent that many of my friends don't want to go there any more. Today my children decided to treat me for on the occasion of my birthday. The food was very mediocre. The service - worse than that. At the end, when my son, who was paying with his new credit card, asked my advice on the tips, I told him that 10% would be more than fair. I never expected an agitated manager to come to us and demand 15% tips.
    I was appalled, and the chidren were embarassed. My son immediately paid the requested amount. When children left, I stayed, and tried to talk to the manager, but all I encountered was aggressive rudeness. It is sad that what started as a good restaurant has turned into an arrogantly and poorly managed place.    



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