KOA

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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.

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3.9
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3.9
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4.2
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3.8
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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KKorr
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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JoeNYC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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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vipKiki
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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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EllenA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2016
Overall1food1service3ambience4

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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srnlx01
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall2food1service4ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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msmouse
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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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vipcatsfancyfeast
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sorba is amazing!!!!

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Atidir
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJohnO
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ramen tasting was great! Good service and good food!

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vipMarkusha
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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AlexS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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JohnZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall3food1service4ambience5

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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vipMarkusha
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipFoodieNYC
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience2

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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vipCoppertop
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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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vipLiveItUp
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Just "ok" and pricey for what you get.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2015
Overall2food2service5ambience4

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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vipShelzz16
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Inflexible menu.

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vipccdouble
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipAY2018
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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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vipAlex
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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vipMarie
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipHungry
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2015
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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ling
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2015
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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JoeA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was really really really really really really really good

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vipFoodieNYC
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2015
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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vipmeredith89
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall2food2service1ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJohnO
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

FAQs

KOA offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 388-5736.

KOA is rated 4 stars by 74 OpenTable diners.