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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
3
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4.3

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 (40)
Casual (34)
Creative Cuisine (29)
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Authentic (28)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Good for Groups (25)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Good for a Date (22)
Spicy (21)
Fun (20)
Happy Hour (18)
Cozy (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Hot Spot (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Healthy (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Business Meals (5)
People Watching (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Romantic (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was excellent as were the drinks. Well worth the walk across town.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food is great!! Service and setting marginal at best. Loud and crowded, which I understand because the food really is excellent and a good value. The staff is barely friendly and very disinterested in paying attention to you. I’d recommend take out, and won’t go back for dining in, which will likely not happen since we don’t live in the City.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great spot for dinner before a show.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We had a great dinner and service was fast. We made it to our show on time.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Obao is one of my favorite if not my favorite Thai food spots in NYC.
Not only is it authentic, but the staff is fantastic, friendly, and there's a great vibe in the room. I take a lot of my business meetings here.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Went to Obao on a Tuesday and it was very busy. Thankfully we had a reservation but still waited 15 minutes for a table. The meals we had were all very good and the service was always there to fill your water or get you anything else. Drinks were quite fun also. Would definitely go back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I was really impressed with the service and the Food. The drinks are a bit pricey even with the happy hours.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Loud. Terrible service, mediocre food. Will not return.

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 (Poconos)·Dined on November 5, 2017

we ordered several appetizers and entrees and shared everything, so I can report that everything was delicious. we asked the server for recommendations and she did not disappoint. Even their drink specials were delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Had a pre-theatre dinner at Obao. They serve a fusion of Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, and there was something on the menu to appeal to everyone in the group. We particularly liked the Roasted Duck Noodles and the Basil Fried Rice (full of shrimp). The wine choices were fine, and there was a very tasty "house red" at a very good price ($8/glass). Given that we're in NYC and within a quick walk of many Broadway theaters, I'd have to classify this place as a true bargain. We told the servers that we had a show to attend, and they were very accommodating to our schedule. They do offer a prix fixe pre-theatre menu (which we did not have), but ordering off the regular menu was quick and efficient. The decor of the downstairs and upstairs dining rooms is quite interesting (modern Asian), and there is a very energetic bar scene on the ground floor.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Their service was great! They arranged our seats nicely as I had a baby stroller. The food was also pretty good. Definitely I go there again.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Amazing! Food was fresh. The real deal! Friendly service. Quite impressive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was good, nice also the ambiance and the atmosphere. The prices were not so high.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very tasty, fresh food, attentive staff and inventive cocktails. Great for friends or date night.

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

Wonderful as always... fast, considerate service, wonderful food, great atmosphere.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Obsessed with the food and the decor! The staff is accommodating and efficient.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

It was very hot inside, wait staff is over worked and rushed, kept leaving before we were finished ordering, and food made some of us sick. Too bad, because I used to like this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Always enjoy this spot...great value, friendly staff, delicious food..Pork Belly app and Pho Bo.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

a little more expensive than your typical Asian fusion restaurant but it is close to time square. This makes it a good spot for a quick bite before a show.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very good food, great staff, efficient (perhaps, even a bit rushed). Enjoyable visit.

Tags: Organic, Casual, Authentic, Cozy
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