Former Location
690 Park Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
CLOSED as of May 2008

See Gone, But Not Forgotten.


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2006-02-15 12:48:17   I don't like raw fish, so sushi doesn't excite me. However, Kobay has several special "sushi" choices that have cooked meat instead of raw, and these are excellent. I believe there is one with cooked meat in a very tasty sauce, and one has chicken in a peanut sauce. —RachelBlumenthal

2006-02-16 19:18:37   I was a little disappointed with the quality of the ingredients and the atmosphere (weird lighting), but the Sunshine roll with bananas redeemed it for me. —MariahBetz

2006-06-21 18:14:44   Went here. Loved it. I wanted to tell the waitress thank you for having such good rolls even though they could serve crap in their location and still make money as evidenced by the throng of twenty something ex-southern-tier "hipsters" at Sinbad's across the street. Well done. —JohnPapdopoulos

2006-06-21 19:05:09   Had lunch here the other day and was also pleasantly surprised by the quality of the raw fish. —RottenChester

2006-06-22 14:39:51   Nice, another great Sushi place to try out! I've had my fill of Tokyo and Plum House. I won't even consider California Rollin' anymore. So John, what's wrong Sinbad's? As Lebanese food goes, it's at the top with Aladdin's. —RichardSarkis

2006-06-27 12:50:06   No real objections, just don't see the appeal. I am spoiled by a place I used to go in DC. Like most ethnic cuisine in this area. Sinbad's is cheap "feel good" rather than inspired or 100% authentic, a Lebanese analog of the Greek diners. Esan which is next-door to Kobay serves Thai which I am informed is very close to the real thing. Don't get me started on Aladdin's Richard. —JohnPapdopoulos

2006-07-10 12:16:13   Many of the dishes at both Sinbad's and Aladdin's are Lebanese and are prepared "like mom used to make" (for me, literally so). I agree that they are not being 100% authentic (both places serve Italian pasta and Greek named dishes), but again they say they are Mediterranean cuisine. I would prefer they just say they are Lebanese cuisine. I tend to ignore that issue and stick with that I know is good. However, I agree though many ethnic places in this area tend to accomodate others by integrating other ethnic elements into their cuisine or atmosphere. I can assure you though that if you want good Lebanese food I would go to either of those places . —RichardSarkis

2006-07-28 12:45:52   Sushi is okay, tempura shrimp is amazing. They have Sapporo. —BenMargolis

2006-07-28 12:56:43   The dessert rolls are excellent—sushi-shaped treats made with sweet sticky rice and various fruits such as strawberries and bananas. Delicious. —RachelBlumenthal

2006-09-28 18:33:30   the chicken teriyaki box is a steal at $10 for chicken teriyaki, california/tuna roll, soup, salad and dumplings?? No one could finish this! Their rolls are really good too. And I didnt even like sushi before this. —OneLove

2006-12-20 14:34:31   Tony makes an excellent Chirashi. It's big enough for American appetites and reasonably priced for lunch. —RobertKostin

2007-04-24 15:57:40   I'm still a sushi novice, but I'm pretty sure this place is great. The Sunshine Roll (avocado, banana, salmon) is different and tasty. I love that I can get sushi from Kobay and curry from Esan in one meal. —EastSideStephen

2007-05-16 09:39:47   Huge amount of tasty food in the box dinners and really cheap too! My boyfriend almost couldn't finish his, and usually he cleans his plate. I tried the alaska and crispy rolls; both were excellent. I was too full to try the dessert rolls, but they sounded intriguing. We'll definitely be back! —AdrienneDahler

2007-06-15 12:50:53   I recently tried the sushi at Kobay and found it to be very fresh and found the portions to be a bit bigger than the average rolls (with an equivalently higher price tag). The special "crazy roll" was excellent and the spicy tuna was the spiciest I've ever had. —EllenKelsey

2007-12-11 14:57:49   i love this place! the roll portions are huge, their hot sake is awesome. ive tried a few rolls which are all tasty. anything you order tempura is delicious and you get a nice portion of that too. their desserts are also great, both the red bean ice cream and the fried bananas were unique and tasty! i went with a girfriend and we got appetizer, 2 rolls, lots of hot sake and dessert and our bill was $33 you CANNOT beat that! —ParkAveGirl

2008-05-07 10:02:28   This place has closed. —MikeEnder

2008-05-10 14:30:55   I am so saddened to see Kobay close; it was by far my favorite sushi place in Rochester (especially the spicy tuna). Apparently there was some issue between the owner and the landlord, so it wasn't for lack-of-business. The chef will be working starting May 14th at House of Sushi downtown, so I hope that he'll continue to make his spicy tuna just as spicy! —AdrienneDahler