Obao
Obao

Obao

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.obaony.com/
  • Phone: 2122458880x
  • 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
136 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)fit for foodies (51)good for groups (35)great for lunch (27)hot spot (25)special occasion (18)vibrant bar scene (16)romantic (15)late-night find (12)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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
    timeflies1
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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  • 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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will go back
    GSquare
    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
  • Just ok
    Mak74
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Was looking for good Thai food in NYC and chose Obao based on reviews. The atmosphere was pretty cool, but it was extremely loud. There appeared to be an upstairs, but we were seated downstairs. I had requested a quiet table, but I don't think at exists at this restaurant. All of the tables are extremely close together, so there is no such thing as a private conversation here. We had the spare ribs on sugar cane appetizer. It was very fatty... Best part was peanut sauce. My stand got the lobster pad Thai. The lobster was rubbery and made the dish very fishy, which usually doesn't happen with lobster dishes. I had a noodle dish with hanger steak and pineapples. The steak was really hard to chew, and the dish was just ok in flavor.
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  • Nice Pre-Theater Dinner
    TravelingCAGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Obao has a nice pre-theater prix fixe dinner, and it was well worth very penny. The soup made quite an impression - it beautifully straddled the line between native and American heat. I could imagine happily eating bowls of this throughout the winter to come. The apple cake was also delicious. Service was very warm and welcoming. Loved all the bell-like decorations hanging from the ceiling - it made for a beautiful glow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing lunch deal and service
    LSKA
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Amazing lunch deal and service! Waters were always filled and we were left to linger and talk for as long as we wanted.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Find
    SundayTribe
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our party of 3 thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Pretty place. Fine service. Interesting menu. Will definitely return and recommend. Great for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reasonable prices, very tasty food
    Michdoll
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Pre-theater dinner reservations and it was totally worth it. Prices are great and the pork belly salad was a perfect balance of fatty, salty, sweet and tangy. Nice size for a $9 appetizer - very filling and enough to share. The beef pho was great (though I wished I also sprang for some meatballs) - nice broth and excellent flavor. The happy hour at the bar is a good one ($3 beers and inexpensive mixed drinks, house wine). The wings and pork chops were great, too. The upstairs was definitely more quiet. Nice, clean bathrooms and good service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so
    Luvfood
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Best part was the dessert. We had banana lumpia. Came out hot and delicious. I had beef short rib and the meat was on the tough side. The shrimp app was tasty but it was deep fried with the shell still on so it was a little tough to eat. Tried to eat with the shell on and with it off. It was crispy enough to eat with it on and tough to take the shell off. The pork app tasted like re-heated chinese crispy pork, not a good thing. My lunch mate enjoyed his summer noodle dish.
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  • So many good options: must go back!
    EatAndRun
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Extensive menu with many great-sounding options. Even with a group of four, we needed to leave some intriguing dishes for next time! Loved the kimchi fries and the duck noodles, especially.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    LorenzoVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We have dined here before. Had a great experience. For some reason it was "off" with this occasion. We were seated right away. However, service was slow once seated. Our wait person seemed distracted. We had to repeat our order more than once when placing it. Appetizers came out timely but the entree delivery was slow and one of the entrees didn't come out til we were done with all the others. We were having it family style. We were asked if there was anything else we wanted to order and so we did and then 30 minutes later they came out and said it was too late to make another entree as the kitchen was closing. Then why did they even bother to ask us in the first place? We brought our cousins here to impress them but it was a fail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Kathy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Service from the hostesses and waiters were absolutely amazing, they are very kind and very attentive. I ordered the Seabass; I was personally not a big fan of the sweet sauce but that's just a personal thing, plus, my Seabass was drizzled lightly thankfully! Thank you to the staff for a wonderful night and dinner!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food terrible service
    MrFoodie212
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Sadly the wonderfully flavorful food was overpowered by the absurd service. 30 min for the app to arrive. Another 30 for te entrees one of two was wrong. I asked them to hold the correct one so that we can eat together. When they brought it out it was ridiculously cold. I would expect the opposite at least over heated from the heat lamp. The server tried to take away 1/2 full carafe of sake to sell another. When he comped something in the end he said "I want you to realize I went above and beyond" as he dropped the check. As someone that worked as a waiter for years, they need some serious training.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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  • Reservations
    Jeff
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    People with reservations should be sat upon arrival at their reserved time whether their entire party has arrived or not. Oboa's policy of not doing this is annoying
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Obao - The Best in New York
    Patti
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My friends and I were looking for a restaurant that would provide a special feeling for the evening; we were celebrating a special business occasion. We wanted something a little different (food choices were perfect - not heavy, delicious), wonderful atmosphere, excellent wait staff - can't say enough about how pleasant and helpful our waitress was. We weren't looking for a restaurant with good prices but we were pleasantly surprised at how reasonable everything was. Obao is a New York find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at good price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    While food was good and good value I was disappointed that there was no value for their participation in Restaurant Week.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super friendly staff, amazing food!
    Lucas87
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    And great prices too! Would anybody ask for more? Most delicious noodles I've had in my life.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, good exotic food.
    Oreloliv
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    But very limited choice as soon as shrimps or fishs are concerned, as well as caries.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Ladies' Night
    beckyz
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Really fun for a ladies' night out. Fun to taste everyone's entrees. My favorite was my friend's spice eggplant dish! Our waitress, Opal, was amazing and very helpful in making recommendations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing new takes on classics
    eatWheniCan
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Went in for restaurant week. Three appetizers to choose from, two entrees, and two deserts. Tried the braised pork belly, crispy pad Thai, and banana spring rolls. Added kimchi fries and spicy calamari. The kimchi fries were easily the least favorite dish. It was an interesting take but fell a bit flat. Hard to decide which was the best... The pork belly was so succulent and flavorful & the spicy calamari was perfectly cooked, tender, and at a nice level of spice. The crispy pad thai was amazing. As sated as we were from the aps, we devoured the pad Thai. The noodles were a strange combination of crispy but tender and the veggies were perfectly cooked. We still made room for the banana spring roll desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Poor Service
    forcedtomakeaname
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I went here with my girlfriend for restaurant week, as we both love thai food. The appetizers were amazing- we got the pork belly and spare ribs and could have had a meal just of those two. The main courses were more average, and in particular, one never arrived! When one came and not the other, we assumed it would just be a minute, but they had actually forgotten. We finally flagged a waiter and got the order over 20-30 minutes later, however, they then did a similar thing with desert and forgot to bring it instead of the check! It was disappointed- the place had a lot of potential, but the service has me hesitant to bring either friends or my girlfriend there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and affordable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I got their restaurant week lunch course. For apps, I got some sort of pork wrapped around a sugar cane skewer--absolutely fantastic! There was a touch of sauce on tender, well-seasoned meat, stretched thin around a soft sugar cane stem. Then, I got their duck curry for an entree. It was very good, but I don't think I'd order it again, considering the price. Dessert was bananas fried in a spring-roll like wrapper and paired with ice cream. This was ok. Again, not something I'd order again. For $25, this wasn't really a great deal--especially when their lunch specials include a whole bowl of pho for $8! (which my table buddy got--SO FREAKING GOOD) Come here, but get their lunch special instead--and make sure someone at the table orders pho!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance and food
    CJDS
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We went for restaurant week. The calamari and padthai was amazing. Drinks were great, but the noise level coming from next door was a little distracting. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great flavours
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The appetisers were delicous. Entrees were hearty and tasty. We had the coconut ice creams and fried bananas for desserts which was refreshing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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  • One of my favorites..Thai Tasty!
    NeeceD77VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Love Thai food in general. However, Obao brings something different to the experience. It's a nice two level restaurant with a vibrant (albeit- small bar scene)...an almost hiddne like 2nd floor with dining and a beautiful shiny sparkling cieling...the decor, ambience, food and service are ON Point! One of my favorites. I've already been 3 times and i'll be back again.. it's also close to my job so a great place to try for lunch or after work cocktails. I'm speaking of the location in Midtown in the 40's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Good neighborhood find
    MaggieNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great food, great service - particularly pre-theatre. The wine was good, and at a very reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    manhattanyoginiVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Trying to hit a Hells Kitchen Asian fusion option with some sass. Really missed the mark on this one. Food was really not good (we sent one dish back and also a drink). Servers were nice but not that excited about their own food, nor were they particularly attentive. The bill came, and for what we got - totally overpriced.
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  • Pepp
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I went to the hells kitchen location with a group. Open table showed no availability for a party 6+. However, I tried calling the restaurant multiple times but no one picked up. I work in the area so I stopped by during lunch and they increased the number in my party. The day of, they had plenty of empty tables which could hold more than 6 people. The spare rib on sugarcane skewer was overrated. It was an extremely thin slice of meat and the sugarcane was basically dry. The chicken curry dip was awesome! No one in the group enjoyed their pad thai. The beef luclak and lemongrass short ribs were pretty good. I will probably try their lunch special. It looks like a cool vibe downstairs near the bar area. There are 2 floors.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Great find
    Sonny
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Looked for online bookable restaurants not far from the theatre we were going to that evening. Found this place. Great food, nice atmosphere, capable servers, price ok. Can definitely recommend. For vegetarians as well. Our daughter is very picky but she liked it there. Would go there again.
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    good for groups, hot spot
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  • Our new favorite Asian restaurant
    archer5852VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We discovered this gem a couple of months ago on a rainy day in the theater district. We were pleasantly surprised on the quality and authenticity of the food. We were back this weekend with friends and were not disappointed. The bar drinks are inventive. The food is high quality and plentiful.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Convenient and congenial
    Philip002
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Pleasant little restaurant with imaginative dishes that are still affordable considering how close this place is to Theater District. I take guests from time to time, and always positive comments.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with a driving beat
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We ate at Obao on 6/28/14. We had a reservation, but the hostess was curt. Once we were seated, things improved. The food was very good-- great flavors good options for the vegetarian in our group. Service was good. Background music was energetic, but had a pulsing beat that did not stop, as if the soundtrack was on a continuous loop, and we had to shout above it. Nothing relaxing about dining here, but the food was good enough that we would go back, just not with more than one person, because it was easier to talk to the person next to us than it was to talk with the person across the table.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre theater Thai
    evrgreen1VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Fab appetizers, easy to share. Great wait staff. Fun ambiance. Downstairs is a lively bar scene--upstairs easier for conversation. Have the ribs on sugar cane and salt and pepper shrimp!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the spare ribs on sugar cane!
    EaterMama
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The rest of the meal was not as exciting, but decent solid fare. We ordered one meal off the prix fixe, so we had summer rolls, red curry crispy duck, and really unappetizing panna cotta. I ordered the sea bass, which was buttery and yummy, but kind of small for the price. And also ordered the Figatini, not bad. But the restaurant has a great interior, and the service was nice.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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  • NICE THAI FOOD IN HELL'S KITCHEN
    1KTravelerVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I started with the Tom Yum Gai soup, and was surprised by the large portion. It was tasty and flavorful. The main course of the traditional Pad Ka Prow with fried tofu was also very good. The fried tofu was a bit overdone, but the rest of the dish, including vegetables and broth were delicious. Service and reception were friendly and attentive.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.