The best part about eating Chinese food is the confidence that comes when more than one billion people tacitly support your culinary decision; the second-best part is that their bakers can see the future. Revel in these perks with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi, Chinese cuisine, and drinks at either Chens in Wrigleyville or at Koi in downtown Evanston.
Chens and Koi are sister restaurants run by husband-and-wife team Bing Zhou and Sandy Chen. Sandy runs Chens, located one block away from Wrigley Field, while Koi, located a few blocks from Northwestern, is Bing's domain. The restaurants have identical menus featuring four regional styles of authentic Chinese cooking and premium-grade sushi and sashimi. Crispy duck ($13.95) is twice-cooked to achieve double deliciousness, while soong with stir-fried chicken ($10.95), shrimp ($13.95), or vegetables ($9.95) floats to the mouth on crisp, levitating lettuce leaves. For the indecisive eater, the Maki flights ($5.95) feature a representative ark of six sushi duos. The menu complies with multifarious mouth mandates, featuring options with all veggies, no wheat, low sodium, no MSG, minimal fat, and not made out of melted-down Playmobil figurines.
Koi and Chens both have a full bar and a wide selection of sake (starting at $4.50), as well as a beautiful wood sushi bar and elegant decorations. Koi's lounge hosts a fireplace, exposed-brick walls, and a waterfall, while Chens' dining space is protected by terra-cotta warrior statues who come to life to bind unruly diners in sausage casing.
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- ¬some of the best Chinese food in the Metro Area – OpenTable reviewers who dined on 6/28/10
Located in the heart of Evanston’s restaurant row, Koi Restaurant’s sleek interior places diners in leather seats beside exposed-brick and polished-slate walls decorated with murals of Chinese country scenes. Once seated, guests can sip sake or craft cocktails while perusing a diverse menu of traditional Chinese and Japanese fare. Delectable meals of braised meats, noodles, and stir-fries are accompanied by delicate morsels of sea bass, eel, yellowtail, and tuna formed into sushi rolls. In addition to these flavorful feasts, owner Sandy Chen has curated a long list of regional Chinese cuisine, ranging from spicy Szechuan-style red snapper to crispy Hunan-style chicken.