Obao
Obao

Obao

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.obaony.com/
  • Phone: (212) 245-8880
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Sunday 11:30pm - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday-Saturday 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai, Vietnamese
  • Executive Chef: Ian Kittichai
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: For special events, please email Jennifer@obaony.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 45th Street
  • Public Transit: 42nd St. Port Authority off of the A,C,E,1,2,3 lines and 49th St. and Broadway off of the N,R,Q
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street, Garage (45th Street between 9th and 10th)
A word from Obao
OBAO bridges the gap from the street of Southeast Asia to the streets of NYC, bringing you combinations of various Thai and Vietnamese comfort foods with a twist. OBAO takes traditional dishes from Thailand and Vietnam like Pad Thai and Pho Noodles and adds a touch of luxury and elegance without ever compromising on authenticity. At OBAO, you will taste the highest quality ingredients while experiencing comfort through food you never thought was possible.

With the success of our Flagship restaurant in midtown and Water Street location, OBAO is proud to unveil its Hell's Kitchen location located on 9th avenue between 45th&46th.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerThai
Obao reviews from OpenTable diners
135 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)neighborhood gem (52)good for groups (41)hot spot (26)vibrant bar scene (22)great for lunch (16)romantic (14)special occasion (14)late-night find (10)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Excellent spot close to theatre district
    Susan
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Service was excellent. We selected from the chef's favorite list. Our favorite was the calamari appetizer. Very tasty. All items were generous, especially the chicken entree we enjoyed which was served with sticky rice and noodles. The sliced beef salad was too hot for us. Won't order that one again. Excellent jasmine tea.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around excellence!
    Andrew
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Great service, food and atmosphere! We are from Canada and every time we come back to NYC, we make sure to have a meal at Obao. We have tried most of the menu items and all are pleasing dishes. The design of the restaurant is with beautiful decor that is both fun and relaxing. A great place to have a casual meal, a romantic date, or to celebrate a special occasion. One of my favourite restaurants in Hells Kitchen! See you again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jordon50VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food is great. VERY noisy and a bit claustrophobic on the ground floor. Ask for a table upstairs by the window.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Asian fusion rocks
    Cautiousdiner
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Great pre theater dinner. Fun vibe, creative drinks menu. Delicious food. Keep this a secret though because I want to be able to get in! Great for family style sharing. Surprised it isn't impossible to get in. Yet. Must be the out of the way location. ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent happy hour and beyond!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    All of the food and apps are amazing ! They have great happy hour daily from 4-8 at the bar. $3 beers, $5 and $8 cocktails :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food in a popular night spot
    phebster
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We arrived late because of Friday night traffic but we still had to wait for our table. They didn't want to rush people who had already paid their check. Staff did speak with us frequently about the status of our table. Our food was good and well prepared especially the sea food dishes. The calamari was exceptional. The fried rice was good and different with big pieces of veggies rather than pieces that are so small you don't know they are part of the dish. I thought the tofu was fired a bit too much but it was still good. We wanted to order lots of appetizers, wait to order our entrees so we could relax and talk. We were told that the entrees would be delayed. They weren't and so the entrees had to be sent back. When we got our entrees they were cooler than we wanted but still very good. We had to ask for serving spoons for the dishes we were sharing but what we got were soup spoons after a long wait. It was nice to sit up on the second floor and be able to look out onto the street. The second floor was quietier and after 8 p.m. the noise level did reduce. I would love to go back to try more dishes when it is quietier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but it does get loud
    Jmcl
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was really good! My husband eats almost every day at the FiDi location. We had 8 people eating and everyone was satisfied. It was a little hard to get the waiters attention, even to order our food! And at around 9 the music got really loud upstairs which made us order the check and leave. But everyone was very nice and the decorations were very cool. Great food and good ambiance, overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find
    Marniejean
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This restaurant was unknown to me but what a lovely find. The food was excellent with big portions, easy to share. There is a wide price range also. Reservations a musts which we did through open table an hour before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lack of communication
    Johnny
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Service was rather slow. One of my guest in the party ordered a beer and the Server forgot about it after being reminded numerous times. We had a guest join our table during dinner - asked for a menu but was never brought out. We asked for the check 3 times before the Server finally realized that we never received our check - and this is when the server brought out the menu that we asked for prior to asking for the check. More communication needed amongst staff. Bartender was friendly. Ambiance was nice. Would give this place a try again, but will probably sit at the bar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Poor service
    BayAreaVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The food was well prepared and nicely presented. The person who took the order and provided the service was clearly not interested in doing his work, one of the worse service experiences we had in a restaurant >(
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  • Amazing food, rude hostesses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Didn't know there was a $25/person minimum if there are more than 10 people. There was no mention on their website, in the email confirmation, or on the phone call when I called to confirm my reservation. 2 days before the date they told me everyone had to spend at least $25/person or do the prefix menu. The hostesses were rude. The food and ambiance were amazing though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great restaurant for pre-theater. Quick service. Love the sugar cane spareribs. Huge portions and fun drinks.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-So Thai
    econoinkerVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Some of the dishes were good (pad Thai ), but others were mediocre at best (fried tofu ). It's easy to find better Thai food at comparable prices in NYC.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent Thai food
    Rae5
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Good food. Massive main course portions. Great buzzy atmosphere
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Place
    ideal123
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We loved the place. The Kimchi fries rock. Portion size is generous which is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommend
    Kenneth
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My only criticism would be noise level. Voices of other diners easily carry so turn music down. Service is great and everyone very attentive. Food is superior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Obao Review
    FPdineout
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Obao is a great restaurant. Everything I have eaten there is amazing. You must get the sugar cane ribs. The beef is phenomenal. The clay-pot shrimp is to die for. Such great food and so reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious noodle soup
    Margeatsout
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I enjoyed the great big bowl of soup with rice noodles, chicken and other goodies. My friend had the soup with a coconut milk base. That was tasty too. The service was pleasant and the ambiance lively but not overbearing. Very pleasant decor, especially the lanterns. I am looking forward to a return visit...soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent
    Dinernator
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Had a great time with my entire family. The food was exceptional and everyone in my party enjoyed themselves
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Viet Namese!
    Anonymous
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Finally - a great place for Viet Namese food! Hip bar, clean, tables not crowded together - and the food is GREAT! Went here with kids, ordered 2 spare ribs on sugar cane and had to order a third because the kids were fighting over them. Chicken satay, summer roll, and kimchee french fries were equally yummy. For entrees, we got the pork chops, curry chicken, coconut rice, fried sticky rice with pork and beef luclak - all excellent and satisfied our Viet Namese craving. Waiter was patient and attentive. Special mojito-like drink also fab (and strong!). And who thought dessert would be so fantastic? Panna cotta was perfect - not too sweet, not too thick and the sorbet was bracingly refreshing (again not too sweet).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thai Food at Its Finest
    Fesh
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The energetic atmosphere at Obao is obviously the first thing you notice about it. It starts the night off right and compliments the delicious food and good service perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Substitute for Queens
    brklyn
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    If you can't go to Queens and have a craving for Thai/Vietnamese dishes, then Obao is the perfect place to satisfy that hunger.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Find!!
    sdubbya
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We went to Obao last night before a show. We were about 15 mins late due to traffic and were cutting it close to make it to our show. We let our waiter Ryan know that we were going to a show and he managed to get our food out very very fast. I think we waited about 10 minutes for our food. This allowed us to relax and enjoy an excellent meal without being rushed at all. The food was amazing. Extremely flavorful. I cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thai meets Vietnamese
    Fourontour
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great spot for a meal with friends or family. We even went back for the lunch menu a couple of days later our experience was that good. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and Service
    EricEZ
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Title says it all. Went with my best friend and boyfriend for my boyfriend's birthday. Got the Pork belly, Pad Kee Mao, baby bokchoy, and the shrimp clay pot. It was all amazing. Left feeling so full and satisfied. The server was friendly and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Zero Service Skills
    Erik
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Our order came out incorrectly or incomplete three times. It took our server 10 minutes to come to our table even though we tried to get his attention every time he walked past us. Would not recommend to anyone that wants to enjoy their dining experience.
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  • average food, service was slow
    cheezwhiz
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food was average, they ran out of one app, and the service was disorganized and slow. There are better choices in Hell's Kitchen for thai/malayasian and this place is overpriced to boot.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud club music in dining area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I came with several friends for dinner on a Friday night. Food options on the menu were diverse; reasonable (i.e., not oversized) portions. At least a couple of the dishes (such as the clay pot catfish) were too sweet, but at least it seemed like they used good ingredients and prices were reasonable. Limited selection of white wines - esp. drier ones. Music was very loud in the bar area downstairs, and just loud enough upstairs to also be uncomfortable for talking over dinner. Service in taking our orders was slow, but it was a busy place and a Friday night, so it was somewhat expected.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty near Broadway
    EveZVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We enjoyed our Asian dinner at Obao. Loved our appetizers, especially the skewered meat on sugar cane skewers. We had to ask to move tables as even with our reservation we were given a bad table upstairs when all window tables were available. Overall was nice but we weren't blown away by the food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good eats before the show.
    Enjoyseatingout
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This restaurant was a good find. Food was different and very tasty. the service was prompt, polite, not overwhelming. and, of course, location. the restaurant is right in the theatre distinct, accessible to all the shows.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We are very busy!
    ymcebsVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went for lunch last Saturday. I didn't like the food that I received, so I told the waiter that I will take it home, and that I'd like to order another dish. After more than 30 minutes, we were told that since they are very busy, it will take another 10 minutes... I do not think that being very busy is an excuse for bad service. We paid and left, never to return!
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  • Ok food, service needs help
    diner1212
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was ok, I had the clay pot shrimp with noodles which would have been really good if it was so over seasoned with pepper and salt. The service really needs help here. My group of 5 came here for lunch. It wasn't busy but it took over 30 mins after we ordered our drinks to get them, and this was only after we finally asked them where our drinks were. I think they forgot to make them (or put the order in), because the waiter ran away and in about 5-10 minutes we finally got our drinks. The food slowly came out, and I was the last person to get their food. Again, after 10 mins I asked where my food was, and the waiter ran away and immediately brought it to me. The food isn't good enough to make up for the service, I would not go back.
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  • delicious post broadway eats
    jtineVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    probably the only restaurant in the area that won't charge you an arm and a leg for some mediocre meal. great selection of south east asian eats that are delicious and great for sharing. wine selection is good and cheap!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • first failure
    timeflies1VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Have eaten here many times w/good results. Not this time.. My date ordered vegetables with verimicelli. Big bowl of pasta arrived with miniscule, minced unrecognizable vegetables. Item was returned. Ordered vegetables w/tofu & rice. Date said clearly she wanted it mild. What came was extremely spiced w/chillies. Waiter was willing to try again. No thanks. They offered to comp on drinks, desserts but we just asked to have her meal removed from bill. They gladly obliged. We enjoyed appetizer and my chicken massamon was fine.
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  • Good food and libations!
    Experimentalfoodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Everything we ordered from Chef recommendations for Appetisers (Fried Calamari, Shrimp pepper and salt, Papaya Salad) were good - good portions, great flavors and nicely presented. The entrees were great too. The sea bass dishes truned out to be the entire fish (we should have checked) - was delicious though. The cocktails (sunray etc) were good. The only thing I would have liked to see different - 1. upstairs is much better, but the access is not clearly marked / lighted. 2. The host is not always there to greet you on your entering the place. The tables are set a little close together (though understandable at this price point etc). All in al a good experience and I will certainly go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice new place on 9th Ave
    BurrowMom
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Fantastic food, great environment. Music was a little loud (but I'm a little past 30-something). Cocktails are fun too.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flavorful fusion at the right price
    young
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food here is a mix of authentic vietnamese and western fusion (so it seems). It's really tasty and I think all the food is packed with flavor. The only knock-down is their shrimp roll appetizer which is basically 95% lettuce and 5% flavor/shrimp. What they lacked in their appetizer they made up for in the pho and vermicelli dishes. Service is great, ambiance is great and price is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Post-theatre dining
    the2Bs
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We found this restaurant convenient and food and service very good. The noise level is horrible and annoying with too loud music which made the wall next to us vibrate. Why do restaurants always have to have too loud music? The small place was filled and with everyone talking over the music, the overall feeling was overwhelmingly noisy. Decorations were Buddhas so they are looking to create a space of serenity but the noise totally ruins that. No matter where one eats, too loud music seems to be the trend. Chefs put their thoughts into creating delicious foods and Thai food is wonderful. Why ruin that with extraneous noise?
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    pacnwgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Tucked away and a short walk from Time Square, Obao provides a great experience. From the food to the very attentive wait staff, this is a must return to location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will go back
    GSquareVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    A wonderful meal and really neat drinks......will go back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic