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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

5
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 (29)
Casual (27)
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Good for a Date (23)
Good for Groups (23)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Fun (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Quick Bite (13)
Spicy (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Cozy (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Late-night Find (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Business Meals (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
People Watching (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Healthy (4)
Romantic (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great Beer (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Organic (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Soupe de curry rouge avec des nouilles

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Two friends and I met here for dinner at 7 on a Saturday, and the place was hopping; reservations are recommended. It was also loud, but a fun party atmosphere, and we were able to talk fairly easily. The host was a delight, very gracious and helpful. After being seated and waiting around 15 minutes, we had to call someone over to take our orders. After that, service was fine.

The three of us shared two plates of crispy spring rolls as appetizers—so very good! Two of us had Kui Teaw Lak Sa soup, which is delicious and very hearty; our third had a pork belly banh-mi sandwich, tasty but a little skimpy for a dinner. One of us had two of the same cocktail, but each looked and tasted different, which was weird, but she liked them both. I'd definitely try it again, but probably on a quieter night.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined 5 days ago

Appetizers were great. Pho dish was delicious and spicy. Curried duck was a little too sweet but otherwise pretty good. Would have liked chopsticks at the table but the service was great and they were available upon request. Great!

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined 5 days ago

Very noisy club music playing
Poor service no interaction didn’t even offer us drinks just took the menus away without talking to us

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

ok it "looks" nice, but
nobody looks at you when talking to you
service is low grade
Appetizers : went for dumplings... dog food
Asked for a MILD (non spicy) meal... got a VERY SPICY meal: couldn't eat it
Do you think they bothered seeing a full plate when taking it away?
Do you think they where sorry?
Do you think they would not charge you for something you didn't ask for ?
No, no,no
People who score this place with 3 and above should spend a holiday in Thailand or a real thai restaurant ... to understand Obao is as good as streetfood in my opinion.
Sorry if I'm rough but I haven't had such a bad experience for a long time :-(

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was good overall but the light fixtures in the front were covered in dust and kind of disgusted us...we would come back if it we're cleaner.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 7 days ago

Affordable and gorgeous

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Went here for Valentine's Day, waited 15 minutes despite having a reservation. Sat down, immediately noticed there was something sticky from the table, hair on my napkin, and both of us had dirty dishes. Took 20 minutes for a waiter to come over (they were understandably busy), took our drink and appetizer orders, weren't served or checked on for another 20 minutes. Finally, I say something to a worker standing in the corner, still waited another 10 minutes just to order our dinner, that took another 20 minutes, we had a 7pm reservation and wasn't served our meal until almost 8:30pm. Servers didn't even check on how our meal was which usually isn't important to me, but after making us wait so long, they were entirely clueless of the situation. That's unacceptable for a New York City restaurant. Food was good, but the service (or non-service) was horrific and I'll never go back. There are great vietnamese/thai restaurants in the city, this isn't one of them.

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

Great dinner, great drinks, nice ambiance, and close to the theater!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Felt rushed. Only concerned about ordering entree. We were surprising a family member and they wouldn't allow most of us to sit until everyone was there. Waiting area small. Overall I would not go back or recommend anyone to go there. Food was ok extremely small portions for the price. We left after apps since they were very friendly. Walked a block down and found a more welcoming place

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Fast service, interesting decor and excellent food

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

the food was all delicious, good portions, good prices. We went for a 3:00 late lunch on Superbowl Sunday. Apparently they had a shift changeover at 4:00 pm in the middle of our lunch. So, while we were still eating, (messy hands etc.), the server insist we had to pay the bill and sign credit card receipts. That was a bit annoying.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was delicious. Portions were just right and the service was excellent. We really liked the steamed dumplings as an appetizer and the eggplant side dish was fantastic. The pho what was needed on a cold night in New York.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Nice, authentic Japanese food. Very nice & cosy atmosphere. Nice & friendly service..

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The food was very tasty. The servers were fast and attentive. Certainly it is a place to come back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Family get together of 6 - service was okay - but the food is excellent.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Very poor service including forgotten items and spilled drinks. Loud generator next to the table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Expected more from the food but will try their other branch and see if it’s better.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great flavors. Very fresh. Yummy cocktails.
Would come back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food at a very reasonable price

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Really fun place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I have been coming to Obao for years, and have always been extremely pleased with the food. Although the taste of the food is still amazing, the portion sizes have definitely decreased. I am not someone who can handle a lot of food, and after an appetizer and a bowl of pho I was still hungry. The serving sizes used to be HUGE with more than enough to bring home. Increasing the price while decreasing the portion is disappointing. Also, I was sad to see that Obao received a “B” rating for health inspection. This has always been my go-to Pho spot, but because of this I might have to start branching out and finding other restaurants.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very good food abd affordable

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 12, 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 11, 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 10, 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 25, 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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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

wonderful dumplings, sugar cane spare ribs and calimari

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food was tremendous. Service was quick. The tables were very close together. Typical NY. We will be back

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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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 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 16, 2017

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

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