Koy

4.2
126 reviews
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Located in Boston’s Faneuil Hall neighborhood, Koy serves a variety of Korean cuisine and Asian favorites. Every meal is prepared with fresh ingredients, including locally acquired seafood and produce. Koy offers online ordering, takeout and delivery services for convenience in addition to its bright and roomy dining room.



Start out your meal with an order of handmade dumplings or tuna tartare. For the vegetarians in the group, Koy offers a wide variety of plant-based entrées. Try the bulgogi dip sandwich which comes topped with caramelized onions. For those craving American fare, try the kimchi burger. The restaurant offers a space for private parties and corporate gatherings.


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Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I came for the restaurant week menu and was sat next to the bathrooms... not sure why there’s even a table that close to them.
The miso soup was good, but I don’t understand why a soup spoon wasn’t given. I only had a tablespoon for it.
I really enjoyed the miso cauliflower, it was probably the best thing I had.
My tenderloin was cooked medium on one side and rare on the other (which lead to an extremely bloody plate) - I asked for medium. The potatoes had a little too much sour cream for my taste, but they were cooked well.
The mochi desserts were good too, I don’t think they needed the chocolate sauce though.

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JI
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Just a restaurant for tourists. not authentic at all. Rice is hard and the portion of meat is very little. Would not recommend to friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really amazing. I had the tenderloin Valentine’s Day special. If this were on the regular menu it would definitely be enough to bring me back on a regular basis.

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H
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Escented mix of flavors. Very authentic food, really good selection. Staff was very good, definitely recommend

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food awesome service my only complaint was the loud background music.

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W
New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great early mid-week dinner spot!

Koy was relatively empty when we arrived @ 6:30 and service was prompt and attentive. It filled up quickly from 7 pm on. Food was tasty and spicy (yum!). Would definitely recommend for an early dinner - appetizers are a very good size - had lots for a doggy bag!

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Koy was amazing!!!. Beautiful set up particularly the art works. The food was amazing especially the kimchi fried rice. Best of all, the bartender and staffs were so welcoming! Would definitely Come back.

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We dined with a reservation for 5 on Christmas Day and although the restaurant was understaffed, the experience did not warrant that excuse. It was not that busy that the existing staff could not have made for a much different dining experience. Long waits for everything. All the food, once it arrived was cold. We were told there was no rice?? so then we couldn't order Sushi which both my son and husband wanted to order. My husband ordered a rice dish which the waiter said could come with rice noodles. The dish arrived with rice -- ridiculous. Multiple things were brought to our table that we did not order. I ordered Drunken Noodles which I have eaten in many other restaurants. This version was one of the worst entrees I have ever eaten in my life -- cold, the noodles were hard, there was no sauce and it the seasoning was so hot, it was not edible. It tasted like someone took off the cover of the seasoning and just poured it all over the food. We ordered both appetizers and entrees and told the waiter they could all come at once. What happened is that they came at all different times, with big waits in between, making for a very awkward dining experience. Out of the 10 things we ordered, only my son said his sliders were good. I would never go back.

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LR
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Dined at Koy for lunch with a friend visiting from out of town. The food was delicious and the portion sizes were just right. Shared the lobster Rangoon and sweet and sour pork dumplings...both were soooo good. Mongolian fried rice had a bit of spice to it but was nicely balanced by the salty bacon. I would definitely recommend Koy and plan to go back.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

In general terms, poor. Actually, very poor. The service was offhand and the order wasn't completed correctly. I'm inclined to believe the waitress who said she told the kitchen the correct order but even still, it wasn't good. Starters arrived (cold) and the mains came at the same time. Bizarre. My companion's main head tofu in it, which she said she didn't want, and they said they'd do a fresh plate. It wasn't. The telltale signs of the heat lamp were all too present in crispy rice on mine and scorched noodles on hers. Plus something that strongly resembled mayo on top of mine. In Korean chicken? Seriously? This place had been highly rated on TA. Clearly, it was the family talking. There is better food to be had elsewhere. Go elsewhere. Go anywhere. Just not here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Outrageous prices for soju - literally the highest I’ve ever seen and I’ve lived in five countries.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and they brought out birthday dessert for my mom without even asking! Definitely coming back :)

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P
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal, here. Super friendly staff and solid food.

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KL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, ask questions about the menu, the fully explain so you can order intelligently!!! Loved our dishes!!

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TA
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, third time here and it never disappoints! Food is consistently great and the waitstaff is also always on point and attentive. Cannot recommend this place enough, one of my favorite places to eat in Boston!

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F
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Food was OK but service was lackluster. Also, my plate was dirty.

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g
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I very rarely give negative reviews, but in this case feel compelled to.

Despite reserving a table in advance, my wife and I had to wait 25 minutes to be seated. We were left standing in a very busy thoroughfare making us feel unwelcome and clearly in the way of waiters and customers.

When we were eventually seated the table top was wet and sticky and we had to call a waitress to wipe it clean.

We ordered 3 small plates and asked for these to be served as starters, with a coconut curry and pad Thai noodles to follow as main course, specifically telling our waitress we wanted the mains after the staters.

The starters were very good, but we were barely halfway through them when the mains arrived and there was no room on the table for them. We were left piling our appetisers into a single plate to make room. By the time we had finished the staters the mains were just about warm. The noodles tasted ok, though some were stuck together in burned clumps and because they were cold when we ate them they were totally unappetising. The curry tasted overwhelmingly of strong stewed onions and also being cold did not make for good eating.

We gave 3 different waitresses our feedback and received a begrudging half-apology from one. I imagine by this stage they were writing off any chance of a decent tip. In fact they guaranteed themselves no tip due to the poor way they treated us up until we left.

Not good value for money, especially with such poor service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

No me gusto nada. Desde que entre hasta que salí. La comida estuvo mala. El olor del lugar era de producto de limpieza barato. El local es oscuro. Comimos ahí porque ya no podíamos ir a ninguna otra parte. El servicio ok.

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MA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and my 4 kids (teenagers) liked the food and atmosphere

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w
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s good but not impressed

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b
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious. They were able to cater to gluten free needs!

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TA
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! This was my second time and it never fails to impress!

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SM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good lunch spot near Haymarket. Have been here several times and it's always good. There are always available seats as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Koy is always one of our go to places when down in Boston. The food is consistently great and a nice combination of more traditional Korean dishes and some twists on the theme as well. Seating is often available which is impressive considering how close it is to Faneuil Hall and other downtown tourist attractions.

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MC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t usually give out five stars like candy. Met up with some old friends/coworkers. It was a great location and walkable from the office. The kimchi fried rice was awesome as were the scallion pancakes. Wholly recommend the carafe is shoju. We got the lychee. Thanks so much to the awesome staff. The food was amazing and this was my first time here. The ambiance was great and the staff was friendly. Can’t wait to come back!

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J
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went into Boston to drop our daughter at a concert and needed to pass time...I found Koy on Open Table doing a search by location. What an amazing find!!! Koy exceeded my expectations. Our party of 3 were seated right away. Joanne was an attentive, knowledgeable and friendly server. She made our dining experience really special by explaining the bar and drink menu so we were able to make the best meal choices. The owner even came to our table to assist with ordering and showed us photos of the fish he got that day and was one of the dinner specials. I ordered the poke bowl, my son offered the teriyaki chicken and my husband ordered the sea bass. All were tasty and exceptionally prepared. We also had dumpling appetizers filled with kimchi and seafood scallion pancakes. I highly recommend visiting Koy for an authentic and tasty meal!

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ML
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were looking for somewhere to eat in Boston and searched yelp, open table and google. We weren't exactly sure what we wanted and looked at lots of menus! We then stumbled across Koy and their menu looked pretty good so we decided to go there. It was a great decision! We loved our dinner and will be back. The restaurant is nice inside, staff very friendly and attentive and the food was FABULOUS! Highly recommend if you are in Boston.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of both the service and the food was wonderful. We are sometimes wary of eating near the touristy areas, usually high priced with average food. We were very happy with everything and would go back to Koy even if we weren't doing the touristy thing! The owner/chef even came to our table to see how we were enjoying everything.

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RG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress is knowledgeable and entertaining. Food was great, esp the Galbi!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Sushi was good, but the Carnitas Dumplings had zero flavor and the other pork (sweet and sour?) had good flavor but had definitely been sitting under a heat lamp for a bit.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good and very lively. Would go again!

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T
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi was fresh and delicious and the cauliflower appetizer was very yummy also!

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JP
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised. The food was very good and the service was friendly and efficient. We were in Boston for 5 days and were happy to have found Koy.

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CS
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband and I were trying to find somewhere on a Friday night to eat around Quincy Market - Koy didn't have a wait and was pretty quiet. The service was excellent - very quick and attentive. We enjoyed the food- we tried sushi, lobster dumplings and a pad thai. It wasn't the best value but hit the spot.

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LK
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated in the bar area at 6:30pm, and it was fairly loud because there was a work group out for a birthday celebration at the bar. Once they left, it was easier to talk. We were seated in this area I believe because of a painting & wine gathering that was going on in the regular seating area. The food was incredible, with what I would say was the best salmon I've ever had (seared perfectly on top, tender inside cooked rare to raw, very mild and flavorful without any fishiness).

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RS
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is an absolute gem. We went there for my husband's birthday and the staff surprised us with a dessert treat that we weren't expecting at all (I did mention his birthday on the reservation). Their food is really good and the portions are sufficient. I had the calamari for apps which was wonderful while my husband had the rice bombs. Then, I had the bibimbap for the main course while my husband had the bulgogi. Both were fantastic! Service was very attentive. Would not hesitate to recommend this place.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and nice ambiance with variety of cocktail selections.

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MR
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing. Especially scallion pancakes. We also had grilled bbq mixed seafood and lobster rangoon. Nom nom. I wish I could have tried everything on the menu.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

They did not know we had a reservation, even though they confirmed w/us the night before. Food was just ok especially for the prices of their dishes.

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B
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Koy is a great little spot across from Faneuil Hall. Asian fusion probably best describes it , but it's got a Japanese and Korean base. Had a wonderful meal there before seeing U2 at the Boston Garden, it's a great pre-show spot. The food was delicious, portions very generous, and I had the best drink of my life there, a spicy tequila passionfruit lime mix that was truly magnificent.
The Bimbambop (? Not sure of the exact name) was great, had a lovely sushi roll, wonderful dumplings. Our waitress was fun and lovely. All in all I'd say, go...

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