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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.
New York, NY 10010
Japanese, Asian, Contemporary Asian
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
Bar open late
5th Avenue & 6th Avenue
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
R at 23rd Street, F and M at 23rd Street.
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.
Private Party Contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org: (844) 282-7754
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
Special Events & Promotions:
Great Restaurant for Holiday Parties and Buyouts, accommodates up to 225 people
KOA Ratings and Reviews
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
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?
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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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