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KOA

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74 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Romantic

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About

Koa is an Asian fusion restaurant located in the Flatiron area of New York City. Modern meets classic in this restaurant, as the dramatic crystal chandeliers hang down over dark wooden tables and lighted walls. Tables are dressed simply with small, glowing candles and white napkins to add a clean appearance to the dining area. Relaxation is easy in this environment, making it a good place to meet up for a casual lunch or dinner or even a formal meeting with a business partner.

Cuisine at Koa is mostly a combination of Chinese and Japanese dishes. Traditional ramen noodle soups are offered alongside various barbecues, vegetarian entrees and more. Popular choices of meals from Koa include the kale fried rice, vegetable sorda, yuzu crispy shrimp and the snow crab avocado rolls. The bar area serves international beers, wines and cocktails as well as genuine Japanese sake.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Asian, Contemporary Asian
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Hours of operation

Happy Hour 5p-8p
Lunch 12p -3p M-F
Dinner 5p-10:30p M-F
Brunch 11:30a -3:30p, Dinner 5p-10:30p Saturday
Sunday closed
Bar open late
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Phone number
(212) 388-5736
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
KOA Restaurant offers a multitude of dining experiences from intimate 10 person dinners to 225 person events. Our bar and communal dining area are also a perfect place for happy hour and cocktail parties.
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Private party contact
info@koanyc.com: (844) 282-7754
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Cross street
5th Avenue & 6th Avenue
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Public transit
R at 23rd Street, F and M at 23rd Street.
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Special events & promotions
Great Restaurant for Holiday Parties and Buyouts, accommodates up to 225 people
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Massively overloaded serving staff did their best. Ramen was good, the rest fair to poor. Very noisy. Prices were ridiculous for the result, in particular an unremarkable ginger rice side at $15

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2016

The food was outstanding. The flavors amazing (and I've had a lot of ramen). It was the Thurs. before a holiday so it was unusually quiet (I'm guessing it's hoping around happy hour). Beautiful scene.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Used to love this spot and went for sate night all the tome. They had the most amazing lobster noodle soup dish. So sad it closed.

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2016

Food was very good, atmosphere was good, service could have been better, it was difficult to get the staff to pay attention to us despite being a largish group.

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2016

Koa is definitely an underrated gem in Flatiron District, and I'm glad they exist. I've frequented Koa over the last few years since they've been opened, and was surprised every time I'm there they don't have enough clientele considering how awesome their decor is and how delicious and fresh their cuisine is. I went back yesterday with my friend and we always raved how amazing Koa is. They're slowly receiving more customers which I'm happy for them. Food is consistently delicious - try their Yuzu Crispy Shrimp and Pork Buns. Can't be beat! I've sampled a variety of their sorba noodle soups and t

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2016

Wait staff very helpful and friendly. Went before theater and food and drink served very timely.

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2016

really overpriced for the quality. Most dishes contain pork so we only had 2 options left ... and that was spicy and fried. $27 for a ramen soup. hmm....
Also It was empty on a Friday night at 8pm.

The staff was nice. It's really sad because the place is beautiful but straight up it needs also good food. new chef maybe?

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2.0Dined on May 28, 2016

The place was very nice and had a cool vibe. The food left a lot to be desired. Ordered the crispy shrimp and it was so covered in sauce it wasn't even crispy. Also the sea bass was super bland... The atmosphere was nice but won't be back for the food.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2016

Very nice ambience. Not too crowded and the food was excellent. Very nice staff that gave spot on recommendations for drinks and food.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2016

went here for a business lunch based on the reviews online. Was not all that impressed with the food which was average at best. The service however was very good and the place is large and well decorated. Maybe it's better at the bar at night.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2016

Sorba is amazing!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2016

The food was very different from anything I've ever tasted. The decor is amazing.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2016

I've been here a few times now for the lunch special and consider me a fan. The food is tasty and fresh tasting. The lunch special is nice with the side salad, egg roll and main entree. Service is fast and friendly. This is my favorite place to use my restaurant.com coupons!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

Ramen tasting was great! Good service and good food!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

This is a Chinese/Japanese Fusion restaurant with a strong tilt to sorba (not soba-buckwheat) style noodles. We prefer an assortment of the small dishes: spicy edamame, hoisin tofu, spicy chicken with lettuce leaves, and spicy bok choi. The sake selection is great as is the service.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2016

loved our lunch..took my office design team there and they adored the decor. Your hawaiin decorator created an amazing place with your space. Great food- great decor.
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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Very friendly staff and delicious food! I went here for Valentine's Day and I was pleasantly surprised that the place wasn't noisy and crowded. Loved it. Will definitely come back :)

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

pro: the restaurant had modern/loung me feel to it with ok service, quiet and intimate setting (maybe due to the fact that it was half empty --- this is on vday).

con: the menu was subpar: just seems like a trap for whomever that think fusion-anything is upscale. Or maybe that's how they keep their door open.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2016

This is a wonderful Asian Fusian restaurant with excellent sake (try the three sake flight tasting). We had an assortment of small plates from their "small plates" menu, which was a nice way to tasting multiple dishes. The service was attentive, almost too much, where every wait-person checked to ensure we were pleased.

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3.0Dined on January 29, 2016

If you like very delicious Asian cuisine and steaming bowls of fresh ramen, this is for you. The food is out of this world and the menu has an excellent selection. Portions are hearty and great for sharing. The yuzu crispy shrimp will make you swoon. This was our second time here and unfortunately, we were seated at a very large community table by the bar. While our community table was empty, the bar was busy. We were seated right under the speakers for the sound system. We asked the waiter if there was any way the music could be turned down-- we literally could not each each other over the table. Waiter was sweet, but nothing he could do. We would go back for the food, but I would not sit in that area again. Restaurants are about the food, not how loud the music is (and by the way, we are musicians and producers).

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2016

The space is gorgeous, staff is friendly and take pleasure in pleasing. Very yummy cocktails and beers. The noodle dishes we've tried have all been consistently delicious, and we're happy that more vegetable choices were added over the last 18 months. The only criticism is the inconsistency of the Lobster (over hot peppers) dish. It had been greatly improved, with the right amount of lobster meat, very fresh, in the shell (easily extractable), even as recently as a couple of weeks ago. Then this week, it wasn't the same; possibly used frozen lobster tails; meat was not as firm nor tasty, and they were out of the fabulous shumai and pear liqueur. It's a tough business and we want them to succeed, but pricy places must be consistent or the customer wanders off to the next new place. Nonetheless, we have faith and will return.

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3.0Dined on December 25, 2015

Ordered a couple of appetizers with the main course. Took about 25 minutes for any food to arrive. We later noticed one of the appetizers were wrong and waited to see the waitress again and pointed out the error. She said it's similar so she brought that out instead (dumplings vs shumai) because our choice wasn't available. A little surprised that a restaurant would send unordered food to a table without asking first or being upfront with the swap! We said no thanks. Waitress came back 5 minutes later that shumai was available again if we still wanted it. No thanks to that too

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2.0Dined on December 25, 2015

Just "ok" and pricey for what you get.

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2.0Dined on December 22, 2015

Had coupon for 7-course dinner.....3 of the courses were each a different ramen...who needs so much soup & noodles? I floated out the door. 2 of the courses WERE excellent. Service excellent....but Not worth $75+tax.

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3.0Dined on December 5, 2015

Inflexible menu.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2015

So excited I discovered this place. I'm super picky about ramen, and Chinese and Japanese food in general, having been raised with totally amazing Asian foods in the SF Bay Area, experiencing food in Asia, and our family cooking. KOA rocked my world!! Everything was perfect for the Saturday brunch I experienced. I loved the flavors, well developed and poppin' in the ramen and subtle for the simple bok toy and omakase. LOVED the bun, too. I look forward to coming back a lot. This is the best ramen I've had in the city so far, and I have been on the hunt for four years. I am happy this place takes Open Table reservations, too, because I am never waiting in line before 5pm just to get an overpriced bowl of ramen ever again elsewhere.

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2.0Dined on November 13, 2015

I went to KOA few times in the past 4 months, food was good, staffs were friendly. But last week I went back and I noticed it was pricier and the portion went smaller. Not worth to pay$38 for 7 pieces of lobster mixed with vegetables. The soy ramen soup was warm, not even hot. Not going back again.

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3.0Dined on November 6, 2015

While the atmosphere of the place was very nice, the food was only decent and was nothing special. They have a special "sorba" noodle that was created just for the restaurant, but it simply reminded me of chewy egg ramen noodles. That being said, the texture of the noodle was pleasant and the broth of the one we chose (karaage sorba) was interesting as it had a soy milk base. The most disappointing part were the desserts that were boring and unexceptional.

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4.0Dined on October 30, 2015

Highly recommend the Soymilk Dan Dan Sorba! Perfectly spicy and super filling. The pork buns and cocktails are great as well. Worth trying!

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2015

I love this restaurant so much. The staff and managers are super friendly and I take my business guests here for dinner and lunch all the time. Their lunch special is great, with terrific variations of ramen and rice dishes. Then dinner is killer. My guests told me it was the best meal they had in NYC during their visit. And the beer and cocktail list is so good!

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2015

The service was great and the food was very tasty. We went here for noodle brunch for my birthday, which I very much enjoyed. Thanks, KOA!

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1.0Dined on October 3, 2015

KOA was like going to a tapas restaurant for Chinese food. Tastes were vibrant, aromas filling the table. Small plates are the way to go if ramen is not your thing. Terrific food.

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1.0Dined on October 1, 2015

DO NOT order the Spicy Dan Dan Sorba, it's tasteless.. not spicy, and no taste at all even after adding salt!!! It's basically noodle in red oil with water. Very disappointed!!

If you happened to be there, then order the Soymilk Dan Dan Sorba, this soup base is fine.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2015

It was really really really really really really really good

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2015

Do not miss food experience. Delectable appetizers and heavenly ramen, great for sharing.
Fresh and inventive. We will be back.

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1.0Dined on September 22, 2015

The food was not good and it was over priced. The ramen does not taste like ramen. Do not go here!

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2.0Dined on August 29, 2015

The service was TERRIBLE! We waited 40 minutes for our drinks and they did not even comp them on the bill. The general KOA's chicken was not even chicken it was pretty much clumps of fried oil.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2015

Very good food and a nice atmosphere. I had a business lunch there and was very pleased

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2015

Lunch set is a good value. The setting is hip and stylish.

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2015

Great ramen and cool atmosphere, but completely dead when we went on a Thursday night.

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