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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Wait staff very helpful and friendly. Went before theater and food and drink served very timely.
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?
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.
Very nice ambience. Not too crowded and the food was excellent. Very nice staff that gave spot on recommendations for drinks and food.
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.
Sorba is amazing!!!!
The food was very different from anything I've ever tasted. The decor is amazing.
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!
Ramen tasting was great! Good service and good food!
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
Just "ok" and pricey for what you get.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Highly recommend the Soymilk Dan Dan Sorba! Perfectly spicy and super filling. The pork buns and cocktails are great as well. Worth trying!
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!
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!
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.
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.
It was really really really really really really really good
Do not miss food experience. Delectable appetizers and heavenly ramen, great for sharing.
Fresh and inventive. We will be back.
The food was not good and it was over priced. The ramen does not taste like ramen. Do not go here!
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.
Very good food and a nice atmosphere. I had a business lunch there and was very pleased
Lunch set is a good value. The setting is hip and stylish.
Great ramen and cool atmosphere, but completely dead when we went on a Thursday night.
KOA offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 388-5736.
KOA is rated 4 stars by 74 OpenTable diners.