WNY using its noodle: The latest food craze hits the left side of New York

There’s nothing slippery about it. A noodle bar is one of the latest and hippest dining trends. From Manhattan to LA, foodies are noshing at these Asian haunts. The noodle bar craze finally arrived in Western New York this summer. Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel unveiled its newest restaurant, The Noodle Bar at Koi.

The Noodle Bar at Koi restaurant offers a quick, healthy, savory, and affordable dish and a new alternative for lunch or a late-night snack. Everything is fresh, authentic from China, and made to order – and the experience between chefs and diners is interactive.

A part of this friendly and attentive staff is Executive Chef Gary McHale, a self-taught chef who has absorbed the technique of preparing innovative dishes throughout the world. His creativity can be seen in his sushi rolls, from decorative sushi to rolls with sausage, this chef does not disappoint.

The comfortable, modern environment is welcoming with plush booths, warm colors and an open kitchen. Watch master chefs prepare items such as noodle and rice dishes, congee (porridge), and dim sum (dumplings) in front of guests.

A first class dining experience at Koi

I recommend a bowl of petite noodles in chicken broth, with steamed juice dumplings of pork and crab meat. The carbs in this dish may be a small portion, but they are plentiful. There’s no delicacy in eating this dish. Served in a ceramic bowl with a spoon, do not be afraid to cut these meaty treats with a knife.

A bowl of steaming noodles at the Koi bar

Be sure to wash down this piping hot dish with a glass of Pennyworth or Coconut juice (both $3.50 per glass). Both herbal drinks, the latter is blended on ice, and is a clear drink of young coconut. So sweet yet refreshing, you’ll be asking for a cup to go.

Pennyworth – – worth every cent

Forget the slots and crap tables, The Noodle Bar at Koi hits the jackpot.

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel – The Noodle Bar at Koi Restaurant
310 4th St., Niagara Falls, NY 14303 (near hotel entrance doors)

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Michelle Glynn

Traded globe-trotting for motherhood. Side hustling as a freelance writer since 2001.

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