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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Denver
110 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was super busy on a saturday night, had to wait 10 minutes for our reservation but the food was great. Quick, efficient service. Good selection of dishes. Fun place.

D
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Good food at reasonable prices. A bit too noisy for my taste. Nice variety of Asian dishes on the menu.

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Obao is consistently good. The food is excellent-though the pork in the Bún this time wasn't as good as usual-flavorful, fresh, and interesting. Service is quite good until it gets really busy then things slow down but mostly very good. This is one of my go-to spots when I want good Asian food or when friends are visiting the city.

GM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice cocktails, nice staff, nice food. We liked it

SE
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pretheater dinner. Not crowded at 5:30; packed at 6:30. Attentive service; pleasant ambiance. Food was interesting southeast Asian fusion. Different from the Thai and Vietnamese I have eater previously, but rather too sweet and too oily for my tastes. A little pricey for the food. You are paying for the service and ambiance. On whole, recommended.

e
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Pad Thai tastes like sugar and noodles, zero flavor

s
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and always dependable. Prices are reasonable. It's very crowded and the tables are tight but the restaurant was packed and you were able to talk at the table without shouting over everyone.

y
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

i felt like the waiter asked me more than 20% of tips.

RD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing, everyone enjoyed what they ordered.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Dinner for 4, one of the entrees was actually inedible, the clay pot fish. I could not even detect that it was fish since it was drowning in sauce that was heavy hoisin flavored, just terrible. The Bun entree was fresh and tasty, duck noodles were flavorful but very one note. Kimchi fries nothing special, salt shrimp was ok if you don’t mind eating the shells on them & the calamari was excellent. Drinks were all very sweet but good. The room is interesting. All in all I have no idea how they have such a high rating on Trip Advisor . I would not eat here again.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always tasty and many app and entree choices - good value . Delicious cocktails for happy hour $10 . Cute Asian / sort of hip atmosphere - busy enough but not too loud or crazy .

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent beef dishes and steamed dumplings. Cocktails were well done also. Skip pork belly as it was bland. We will definitely return as the waitstaff was attentive and we enjoyed the atmosphere. Very close to theaters and service was quick. We ordered each course separately to slow down the meal.

e
Pittsburgh
30 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I were visiting New York and wanted to find Asian food. Obao was a great choice. The food was excellent and service friendly.

ST
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food tasty drinks for pre theater is always good and not over priced

R
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delightful! Kate, at the bar, was wonderful & prepared a very pretty cocktail (and tasty, too)!
Friends formerly from NY now living in Manitou Springs, CO, were equally impressed.

JD
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would definitely go back. The food, atmosphere and service was very good

PT
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always enjoy the food there however it is important to understand this isn’t fine dining at a quiet restaurant. Tables are on top of one another. With the music piped in and the level of conversation all around you it won’t be a quiet evening with friends. Having said that, we come back because the food is so fresh and tasty and the service is very attentive, all for a reasonable price.

MK
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The worst spring rolls I’ve ever tasted. The salad was soaked in watery spicy dressing; it was basically a soup. All the Michelin recommended items on the menu were not available. My local noname Thai delivery place does a better job w the entrees.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservamos en este restaurante asiático para noche vieja ya que era uno de los pocos que no te obligaba a coger menú de año nuevo con el coste que esto significa.

Fue todo genial, estaba relativamente cerca de zona centro (Times Square), muy buen precio, el personal atento y encantador, la comida fenomenal y el lugar la verdad que bien ambientado y bonito. Nos gusta este tipo de comida y fue una gran elección.

Totalmente recomendable.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Disappointing food. Not tasty at all. Very frustrating.

BP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Busy Saturday night. Our whole group loved their meals, but the calamari appetizer and lobster pad Thai stood out.

PM
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have steamed dumplings here (the Hell's Kitchen location) every time we come into the city, and they are some of the best dumplings I have ever had. The food is generally good. I was disappointed recently when we asked for side bowls of steamed vegetables and were charged the same price as a full entree. So, don't go off menu.

j
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food was outstanding. Kimchee fries, pad thai and dessert all fantastic.

JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

the food from OBAO is one of the best Thai I have had in a long time.

a
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were just in town for the evening to see a show. Obao was the perfect place to have dinner beforehand. the food is delicious, the service was great and since we were there before 6:00, we were able to take advantage of their Happy Hour drink specials. I would highly recommend it. Make reservations, though, it got very busy after 6:00!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food was very yummy! Service was quick, but seating was very tight.. like if I stretched my arms even a little bit, I would bump the table/people next to me and the table was so small, we could barely fit our menus, nonetheless our food and drinks.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Wife’s birthday

NY
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent pan-Asian cuisine in the Theater District. Service is friendly and efficient. Prices are moderate for New York City. Popular, crowded, and noisy. At the hour that we went (Thursday 6:30 PM) the place was jammed with pre-theater diners - our bad. Nonetheless the meal was excellent.

P
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was tasty. The tofu and eggplant was very skimpy. Barely any eggplant in the dish

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A bit pricey for the portion sizes. Pad Thai was good, not great.

OT
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Dinner. Great people and lovely food

BT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

What a pleasure to find a restaurant close to the theatre district where 6 people could be accommodated with a reservation made the same day and we could hear ourselves talking! And the fusion Asian food was excellent. Our party included vegetarians who had many options. Nice choice of cocktails. I enjoyed my margarita renamed a Comrade Party Drink! Lots of fun and the vibes were relaxed and friendly

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food with some nice upscale versions like lobster pad Thai

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitress was helpful and accommodating. Service was great and food was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and big portions

OT
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food, nice place

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The server got our food order wrong and it was tough to hear her read back the order since she was rushing and had a thick accent. The food runner corrected this for us and brought out the right order but the mistake was still on the bill. It ended up being $2 more than our original order but we didn’t want to bother the server again since we didn’t get an apology or acknowledgement. Overall the food was great and the spot is beautiful.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go to Obao once a week and constantly love the service and food.

M
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Don’t under stand why I made a reservation to only have to wait 30 minutes to be seated past my reservation time.

I
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exceptional for NYC Thai. The papaya salad is an experience of great joy. All the other dishes are also delicious. I also enjoyed their house drinks. Great place.