Obao

4.4
2496 Reviews
$30 and under
Thai
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 2496 people are saying
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LarissaP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food!!! Great staff. I love everything about our experience. The music, the staff and I love seeing the cultural diversity of the customers.

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Anti
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My ratings are based on outside . The ambiance inside looked great but due to COVID we preferred outside. It was quite loud and it just really table and chairs . Some places make it a bit nicer but again it’s hard. That being said the food was great, server was kind and I would definitely eat there again by take out or once covid is gone to ear inside . It looked super cute !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Green curry chicken used dark chicken meat which was very disappointing

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MariaD
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, some of the best Thai I've ever had. The service was friendly and attentive. To top it all off, the price was really reasonable. Excellent!

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vipMichaelS
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Virtually all my reviews are positive, so I am not a habitual complainer. But this one is NOT positive.
The food was pretty good and the prices reasonable.
But there were only 4 red wine choices and they were out of one.
There were 3 dessert choices and they were out of one.
The worst part by far however was the service.
We literally had to get up and chase our server to order dessert. We sat for 15 mins with empty plates. We waved, we tried to get attention; they looked over and kept walking. Until we got up and followed them.
Then, the only dessert I wanted, they were out of.
No apology, just matter of fact "we are out"

On an Avenue with so many interesting choices, they need to provide some minimal level of service to be competitive, and they did not.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience5

They have a 930 pm option to reserve tables. Then they called us day of at around 7 pm saying can you come in earlier around 915 and we said ok we'll try. We got there at 920 and they said they actually gave our table away because we were 5 mins late. Acted as if they were doing us a huge favor seating us and were very short when taking our orders. Excellent food and environment. Just a shame service was bad. And I can even understand that they didn't want someone seated so close to closing time. Suggestion would be to remove the 930 pm slot if you close at 10 pm. I think our experience would have been amazing had we just planned to be there at 9 pm instead of having to make changes last minute.

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KristineP
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drink in a fun atmosphere!

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vipkimsrp
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great from start to finish. We ate outside and the weather was perfect. The service was very good and the entire experience was one of the best of the weekend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, ambiance and customer service. Prices were good, drinks superb. Thanks.

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vipKerryW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great selection of drinks, appetizers & entrees.
Good service

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StephaneC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing, we had basil fried rice and crab fried rice, both were excellent.

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Brendan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went on a date, great place for that, cool decor, easy to have a convo. We each got a cocktail, split an app, and each had an entree and it was $90 including gratuity, amazing bargain (NYC wise) for what we got

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Nantom
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and drinks were amazing. It was just loud and hard to hear. The service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute vibe, food was amazing, music was great - will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good Thai food. One the the best for a reasonable budget.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good meals! Wait staff was awesome!

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vipBRIANNAB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was just ok, to be honest. And the service was not good. Two waitresses were practically running the entire restaurant. I don’t think we’d go back.

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JesseO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here for an early dinner, it was still happy hour so $10 cocktails fig tini was sweet and refreshing,as well as the flunk flink was so coconuty loved it !
My husband got their two spicy drinks with the hot peppers also very delicious !
Appetizers get the ribs ! Fall off the bone and crisp on the outside and the tamarind sauce was my favorite!
Steamed dumplings classic and delicious also paired with a delicious sauce
I got the pad Thai it comes with shrimp
Really tasty cooked well!
My husband got one of the spicy pho
He really enjoyed it !
Overall great experience Really good service

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TylerC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Authentic, great tasting Thai food. And Gluten-free friendly.

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DougS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Meh. Not sure I get all the great reviews. Service was terrible, ambiance okay.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Drinks were great, food was bland.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

My shrimp was uncooked. The beef was tasteless and overcooked. This was our go to place before the theater and was so disappointed.

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Okiram
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly hospitality

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DesireeL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good, and came out fast. No complaints at all and would definitely recommend. Staff is super polite.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is my go spot for Asian/Thai when I’m in the city. I had the Short Rib Massaman Curry and it was Bursting with flavor. I’ve never had a bad meal here. The drinks are always a treat too!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and cocktails!

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HeidiK
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good was great. The server seemed inexperienced and unhelpful with recommendations.
The front reception was great and did an efficient friendly job of checking vaccinations

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To die for food

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JulieT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious-probably the best Thai food I’ve ever had! And the lunch special is a great deal-would highly recommend!

JS
JeffS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, as always!

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vipSweetDee1
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff and service! Staff went over and beyond my expectation and the was deliciously good!

JB
JamesB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food tasted good , there was a misunderstanding about the drinks for happy hour and the seating in the back was very cold

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MTropp087
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and really quick, friendly and efficient service. Loved the Lobster Pad Thai and the drinks. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Arrived with party of four. We all placed our drink orders and waited a while for the drinks. One of the drinks (a beer) did not show up when the other drinks arrived, and we had to ask for it again. After placing our food order, one person received their food very fast but the rest of the food did not arrive. We asked server several times about the food but it still did not arrive. Much time later the rest of the food arrived but it was cold as if it had been sitting out. The restaurant offered to remake but we had already been waiting and could not wait further. The service was definitely below grade.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, good menu diversity, good ambience, good portions.
The only downside for me personally was that the music was playing too loudly. But maybe that’s just the vibe at OBAO. Worth it for the meal, though! Will be returning.

KB
vipKareemB
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We usually go to the Obao on the UES, apparently they changed chefs at this one. The calamari was a little bit different, but still tasty. Suffice to say, the hostess took care of us and rectified some of the other issues that came up. She also acknowledged that the new chef at the Hell's Kitchen location doesn't do everything exactly the same. Will definitely be going back to the UES location as the food is always good there!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Never miss a year to dine here. Whenever we have visitors this is our go to place. Good food, good ambiance, love their cocktails. Though the amount of food serving is less than I remember from our last visit. Guess there's a lot of changes around this time.

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ENDEMIT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It is a good place where you can try Vietnamese and Thai food, with moderate prices for Manhattan and very interesting homemade cocktails (fig infused vodka, for instance, which they did not have this time though).
The venue is not so spacious, especially the area around the bar. They closed the upper level during our visit, so it was quite crowded and noisy at the ground level.
I was told that they don't open the upper level during the week,
only on weekends (?).
I would not say this is a good spot if you want to have a quiet dinner or to have an intimate conversation. And they were a little bit understaffed during our time (manager and bartender were taking orders), I would say, which can significantly affect service (no one to order drinks from at the bar).
Tasty food overall, good portions. No complaints about that, but they need to pay attention to details if they want to improve their restaurant business and guests experience:
- maintenance of table (cleaning dirty dishes especially)
- the venue looks like it needs some renovation and some extra maintenance (the bar should be cleaner)
- only 1 (one) unisex toilet for guests AND staff (?)
- I didn't like the fact that guests are supposed to pack their own food (I know that pandemic is still on, but personally I don't support this idea in restaurants)
Generally, with a few improvements, OBAO could become one excellent Asian restaurant.
Btw, they have 2 locations: Hell's Kitchen and Midtown East. I definitely have to try the second one as well.

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Catherine
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic cocktails, food and service. I brought my two young teenagers, and they enjoyed it, too!

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SteveR
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, quick service, friendly servers and Chang beer! What could be better!

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You can order delivery directly from Obao using the Order Online button. Obao also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Obao is rated 4.4 stars by 2496 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.