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About 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.

647 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Thai, Vietnamese

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Sunday 11:30pm - 4:00pm

Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Thursday-Saturday 5:00pm - 12:30am

Cross Street:
between 45st & 46st

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 245-8880

Website:
http://www.obaony.com/

Catering:
We do catering. Please contact us at 212-245-8880.

Parking Details:
Street, Garage (45th Street between 8th & 9th Ave)

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

Executive Chef:
Ian Kittichai

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For special events, please email us at
virin@obaony.com
or pawarin@obaony.com

Obao Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (38)
Casual (31)
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Fit for Foodies (26)
Good for a Date (25)
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Creative Cuisine (25)
Fun (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Cozy (17)
Spicy (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Special Occasion (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Quick Bite (12)
Late-night Find (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Healthy (6)
Business Meals (5)
People Watching (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (4)
Romantic (4)
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Local Ingredients (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vegan (3)
Organic (2)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Very good Thai food thought everything is a bit spicy even if they tell you it’s not (I don’t really have a tolerance for spicy food so it was a lot for me but amazing nonetheless). GREAT lunch specials as well.

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·Dined 6 days ago

It a great evening at Obao. Recommend it for all !!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

I was a little hesitant when I saw a “B” rating in the window, but food tasted very fresh, they had a great variety of dishes and very reasonable prices for NYC. Cool space.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Good food, great price! Tables were very close together, and it was a very fast paced meal. Great for everyday dining to get in and out, not so much for a date.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great place to meet friends for drinks and a bit to eat. Good variety but nothing extraordinary. I would go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

It's often tough to find places to eat near the Theater District that don't cost an arm and a leg. Tasty dishes, prompt service--what more do you need?

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Saw a recommendation on Trip Advisor and thought we’d give it a try. Loved the calamari and the chicken with cashews.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. The lunch specials -- which run daily (including weekends!) is an incredibly good bargain. There are a large number of choices -- all so good I would be happy to order nearly everything on the menu. The waitstaff are courteous and service is prompt. The food is absolutely delicious. I have returned multiple times and it never disappoints.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Low service
Bad food
Nothing to do with VN food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Came here for Christmas Dinner with friends. It was great as always! Love the pork belly & Kimchi Fries!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Came here with my husband and food was excellent. Service was great and food prices especially for nyc were reasonable. Would go back next time we’re in nyc.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Quick Bite
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Overall, the food and the atmosphere was really good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

wonderful dumplings, sugar cane spare ribs and calimari

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food was excellent and many choices for anyone, including vegetarians and vegans. We waited but that was because whole group wasn't there. Prices were very reasonable (but not cheap). Food came out very timely and was very delicious. Too many appetizers to choose from. We picked three and they were each great. Make plans to visit this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Vegan, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Went to Obao - Hell’s Kitchen for a reunion with two of my best friends. We loved the pho and the dumpling appetizers that we ordered! In addition, the cocktails that we ordered were PHENOMENAL - I personally ordered the Figatini and thought it was delicious. I’d definitely come back again.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was not of normal quality. Extremely greasy. I have never been disappointed, but that changed this last visit.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was pretty good. My party got the shrimp rolls, beef banh mi, chicken pho, beef pho, and Chiang mai curry noodles. I prefer the curry to be more saucy than soupy but I still liked it and liked the crunchy strips on top. Only issue was that we were seated in the back corner so when we tried to flag our waiter to get plates for our appetizer, nobody saw us or walked our way for more than five minutes which seemed long. Overall I would recommend people to try this place especially if they want Asian noodles.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I have been to this restaurant many times and usually it's good but this time the host was terrible. We made a reservation and eve thought there was only 3 tables being used the host wanted to seat us at a table in the middle of the room even though I specified that I wanted a corner quite table. For 5 minutes he was telling me that they are reserved which to me was odd because I reserved too so why was I getting a crappy table. Anyways after the unnecessary backtalk we finally got seated and even after we were done there were like 8 empty tables so the attitude was completely uncalled for. The host definitely needs to learn how to talk to customers, and take his attitude down a few notches.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I went here with a group before seeing Kinky Boots and it was the perfect location and everyone's meals were delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This place was such a great find! The food was great, the prices very reasonable and the waitstaff was incredibly attentive. I was catching up with a friend I hadn't seen in a long time, and they were so accommodating-they didn't rush us, but also made sure we were being taken care of.

I will definitely go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very tasty. Nice size portions. Service was pleasant, not rushed.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Other than being incredibly hot upstairs, it was great.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Good Thai food . Good ambiance , need a bit more space between tables and better table size especially for the plate size of food.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This is such a phenomenal restaurant that is so reasonably priced. Could not recommend more

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The drinks and food were nothing special, but it's affordable. Staff was polite and friendly, though very busy. It was fine, but I probably would not go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We enjoyed everything about this restaurant. Every single attendant was courteous, attentive, and on point. The pre-fixe selection was delicious and at a very good price. The restaurant is very well decorated and clean.
We highly recommend this establishment and thank you, Obao, for a memorable meal/ experience.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I ate here with friends prior to seeing a show. The cocktails were original and very tasty. The food was delicious. We split the papaya salad, and edamame to start, and both were very nicely prepared and very fresh. I had Pad Thai and it was very good. Nice portions and fair prices. Would definitely go back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food not so good. Service not so good. Witnessed bartender cross contaminating dirty glasses and clean. Yuk!

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Our waiter left halfway through our dinner and we were kind of forgotten about. Food was great just poor service.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I selected OBAO after looking at the yelp reviews. We were a group of 7 and our dietary requirements was vegetarian - no meat, no eggs, no fish/oyster sauce. Our server was very helpful with recommendations for the dishes that would meet our dietary requirements.

We had a decent set of choices for the appetizers (CRISPY VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS, VEGETABLE DUMPLINGS, KIMCHEE FRIES, PAPAYA SALAD, EDAMAME). We liked the veg. dumplings the best and order 3 portions for ourselves.

Unfortunately, we found that only a limited number of entrees met our requirements. We ordered PAD THAI & BUN - SAUTEED VEGETABLES for noodles. The Pad Thai was okay but we found the bun noodles to be pretty bland. For entrees we ordered BASIL FRIED RICE & EGGPLANT TOFU WITH SPICY GARLIC SAUCE and these were probably the best dishes.

I felt that we would have ordered more if there had been more vegetarian/vegan choice. I specifically asked for the Penang curry but the server told me that it had a fish sauce.

Overall, I liked OBAO for its ambiance, service and decent food but I feel there is a lot of room for improvement if the restaurant caters to vegetarian/vegan customers.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

There are so many good food choices at Obao. The ingredients are high quality and fresh and some of the choices are very inventive. One of my favorites is the vegetable dumpling appetizer. Not like dumplings anywhere else. These are made with fresh corn and peas and are delicious. The meats in the main courses are such high quality: the steak, duck, pork. shrimp are all the best and cooked in very tantalizing ways. Service is wonderful, and, for those of us who need it, explanations of menu dishes are well stated; the staff is very helpful. But you must save room for dessert: Chocolate Forest is to die for. Dark Chocolate mousse covered in pistachio crumbles served with creamy pistachio ice cream on a plate sprinkled with cocoa powder. OMG! The best dessert I've ever had. and then top that off with Vietnamese iced coffee-another treat.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Happy Hour, Healthy, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Decently priced Thai food with some Vietnamese influences that leaves a lot to be desired in terms of customer service. This is the first establishment where my guests and I had to pay before we finished eating. I found it a bit awkward and rude that my guests in the middle of lunch had to pay for their meal-- I get that the lunch hours were finishing but this is not how you earn the trust of your clientele. I would say the food selections were fairly good, but I couldn't get this bad taste out of my mouth.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food is below average. We had to return a beef dish since the beef was very chewy. Also, it took a long time for the appetizer to arrive. The warp for the vegetable roll was one of the worst quality which tastes like thick dough. The place is clearly overrated by other comments which led us to go. I would not recommend to anyone who is truly enjoy good quality of Asian food.

Tags: Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

food is ok but really bad staff. don't expect them to accommodate you for anything-- don't go there for a birthday or any other special event as they won't care to make it special and will be stubborn if you want to try to change something (or give you a menu where half of the items are not available but offer it as a 'special')

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 22, 2017

If you go I hope you have a better experience than I did. I did have a 9:45 pm reservation on a Tuesday and it was for just me, and they close at 10:30, so maybe they were all tired. But the hostess was rude (and seemed unhappy) and the food was not spicy at all and kind of lukewarm. They seated me at a table that faced their computers so I had no good view (and took the other chair for another table). I was excited to go as a friend had recommended but I wouldn't go back sadly. Maybe better for a group or earlier in the night.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food especially the appetizers.
Pho was a bit ordinarybut everything else great.
A keeper!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Love Obao, perfect for pre theater. Drinks are really delicious and so is the food. My only issue with service was that I felt a bit rushed. we order appys. We were catching up talking enjoying out drinks and appy. Dinner came out our plates were not cleared form the appys, food runner is shoving plates with out clearing and our waiter proceeded to clear food into dirty plates right by our side and stack all plates. not very appetizing!!! I think they need a bit more training on that. But everything else was great and that would not stop me from going back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Deliciously creative Vietnamese food. Unique atmosphere and very attentive service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very unfriendly service and they had my orders wrong

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Mediocre food.

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