Obao

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$31 to $50
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Thai

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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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FU
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was wonderful and timely served as a pre-theater meal.

RG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails. Excellent food. Loved the ambiance. Price is reasonable! Perfect before a play on broadway!

ED
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice decor, good menu selection and tasty food however tables a bit too close to each other and very noisy.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! but you should really emphasize “spicy” despite what the menu says if you want it truly spicy for steak.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place in the theatre district. Delicious food and drink. Management has perfected getting you out in time for your show.

JK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall a good Thai experience. Food was overall ok.

SL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

There is so much quality Thai food in the area, and Obao’s food doesn’t match up. The dishes overall are too sweet and too greasy, and even though I didn’t overeat, I felt kind of bloated and heart-burny afterwards—unusual for me. Despite the fun vibe and great location, I won’t go here again.

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

excellent execution. we had Pad Kee Mao (chicken) and it was just spicy enough and good flavor.
some unusual menu items. very nice wine list.

PB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Extremely busy, crowded restaurant but the staff hands it well, servers were nice and made great recommendations. Food made it all worthwhile. Staff and kitchen worked well with food allergy. We will be back!!

SM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, environment

k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Would have been 5 stars except we were forced to wait for 1/2 hour even though I had a reservation!
They refused to seat us until my entire party was there. As my friend was delayed on the LIRR, the rest of us sat on an uncomforable, crowded bench dealing with a cold draft every 30 seconds when the door opened.
Excellent food and service!

LS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I read some of the reviews which said the service was unfriendly, poor and rude in some cases. I couldn't agree more. Our waitress bordered on hostile. Luckily, there was a friendly young man who later brought our boxed leftovers with a smile on his face so he saved the day with regard to service. As for the food, it's overpriced and mediocre. I guess this is par for the course with the proximity to Times Square. My nephew commented that he had been to the Financial District location and it had lower menu prices. He also really liked the food at that location. The take home message here is if you want to try Obao avoid the Hell's Kitchen location! I won't be going back to that one but might consider one of the other locations.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice, foot was delicious and the hostess was very amiable.

GT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good quality Theatre district Thai. Reasonable volume makes it easy to talk.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. There were a ton of people there but it doesn’t feel crowded with how the tables are laid out. I’d recommend

t
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and reasonable pricing
Consistent service

RE
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a local and LOVE the food and atmosphere at Obao. Whenever I have friends in town, I make sure we either go to OBAO or order out for delivery to enjoy at home. The pad thai dishes are phenomenal, especially the lobster and shrimp dishes.

M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food !!!! Fast service. 2nd time here. Will def come back soon.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

i had heard good things about this place and i have to say it's probably the worst service i have had anywhere in a few years and i eat out a lot. i am a native new yorker and love food and although i have become vegan recently, i have enjoyed gray's papaya to perry street, food trucks to gramercy tavern and mamoun's falafel to per se. not only did it not feel like any dining experience in NYC, it was as unpleasant as eating at TGI friday's at an airport during a flight delay. the server couldn't have been ruder if she tried. she rushed us as soon as we sat down to get drinks not once but several times, and kept trying to clear the table and give us our check when we were barely finished. horrible service, mediocre food and sorry guys, lose the headsets.

LA
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved this place. Good food and good ambiance for a nice date or even a quick bite.

A
Philadelphia
266 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good overall!

SS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to Broadway show night.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (the bun was delicious), quick service, nice atmosphere, close to theaters without being in the craziness of Times Square.

EA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Given the limited number of moderately priced restaurants in the Theater District serving edible food, Obao remains an option.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food was ok. Waitress wouldn’t split our check

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Service was great, but food was uneven. Quality of appetizers exceeded main course. Penang curry tasted flat with an overly watery consistency.

TO
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and great service. Would definitely return as the menu was great and lots more to try. Cocktails were also good.

SB
Salt Lake City
39 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We loved dining on the upper level. It was quiet and cozy. The food was excellent, however, our server was not friendly.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Waitress was curt, not friendly or helpful at all. Did not return to our table after taking our order. Never offered second round of beverages or asked if we needed anything. Food was delivered by a different person and we had to flag down other waitstaff when we needed something. They wanted us in and out of there as quickly as possible. It was not a relaxing pleasurable dinner experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food!!

LF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love this place. The person collecting our credit card at the end of the meal was a bit rude, but besides that the food was amazing and our waitress was super attentive and awesome.
The Pho Bo is incredible and the Pad Thai is also delicious!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here was amazing. Everything was good and we would definitely return. Very good value for the $.

EP
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service at Obao is efficient and usually gracious. The food is decent to very good. (At least one dessert is stellar; I've enjoyed it a number of times.) The setting is pleasant, and decor, simple. Prices are very reasonable by New York standards.

OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here before theater. The place was packed and we still had great service. Loved our drinks and had delicious pad Thai and crispy chicken with cashews. Great dinner will be back!

OT
Munich
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Poor service.
Did not respect my food allergies - very bad

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for a birthday. I would like to thank you for the accommodations since we were late to our reservation. Kitiya, our server was great. She held it down. Restaurant itself looked beautiful. I like the wood in the walls. The food and drinks were amazing as well. I had the basil fried rice and it was delicious. I’m still thinking about it. I would go back again

j
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Way to noisy. Ordered pad Thai with the shrimp on the side ( my wife doesn’t eat shrimp) said they couldn’t do that. Didn’t really understand that one.

OK
New York Area
162 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I have loved this place for ages but on this recent visit, I found that portions have decreased a bit as prices have increased a bit. Otherwise, still delicious appetizers in particular.

v
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service is just above average but the food is excellent and for a good price so I’ll come back

M
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super interesting take on Thai food!