Obao

4.3
2459 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.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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aspiringfoodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The food was just ok. There was a strange smell coming from the food as well as the place and it was unappetizing. Service felt rush and the drinks were ok. Best thing we had was the fries. It was an underwhelming experience

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WonderOyaji
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

普通に美味しい。食べ物のメニューが豊富だとなお良い。

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MarkS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and we had a wonderful evening. There were some vegetarian dishes and they were quite good. We would love to have more vegetarian choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Todo en general bien, la comida si es muy rica . Pero les falta mejorar un poco el servicio .
Saludos y gracias

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ThelmaB
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great, it is small inside and seemed a little crowded. Service was prompt.

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KennethW
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was good. The link from Open Table to the menu, however, was way out of date. When I saw that banh mi was not on their menu, the waiter said they hadn’t had it for 3 years.

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TerryE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really good Vietnamese food in midtown West neighborhood. One of few restaurants serving lunch at this time.

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Dazzlingsitar
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Many many years ago when I had visited this location, I enjoyed the vibe & loved the food. So when I moved to the east side, I would frequent the Obao in midtown east, & enjoyed it every time. Subsequently, pre-pandemic I had moved abroad for a few years & when I returned to NYC last month, I was looking for a place that I once visited, liked, & was still around to have dinner with a friend who was visiting NY for a few days. Immediately, I thought of Obao. SADLY, this time it was a big mistake. Maybe it was an off night but starting from the attitude of the hostess, to the waitress to the inedible appetizer, it was a thoroughly poor experience, & was embarrassed to rate it so highly to my friend who was visiting. So what happened?
1. The restaurant was empty but the hostess didn't let me get a table until my friend had arrived. Was told to stand by the bar!
2. Once my friend arrived, the hostess/waitress told us to fend for our own table.
3. 15 mins later they came with a menu and weren't giving us much time to decide what we wanted. My friend was asking for recommendations which they could give none of. Very unhelpful so in the meantime, I had ordered an appetizer while my friend decided what he wanted.
4. The steamed dumpling appetizer arrived and it was one of the WORST dumplings I have had in my lifetime. My friend was being polite and ate it quietly but I refused to eat Cold and stale dumplings!
5. They were shocked to see us leave after the appetizer but with no remorse took over 20 mins to give us and let us pay for our check, to which btw we went to the register just because we didn't want to wait any longer.

That was the end of it! We moved elsewhere for dinner which luckily made up for what we ate there!

Would I recommend this place? after that experience a big HIGH NO! But I might still give the east side another shot. However, if the east side location holds a similar experience then officially Obao will no longer be an old haunt I'd like to visit.

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MiszMisha
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Worse experience dining here thus far. We attended for a birthday party. The staff was unorganized even though I emailed the restaurant days in advance. Sever was unenthusiastic about our presence. Drinks were okay. We ordered four appetizers and all of them were bland and the kimchi fries had only a dusting of kimchi. We all ordered entrees (four). The crab rice and drunken noodles was also bland, the crispy pork was tough and the short ribs were chewy. Needless to say we didn’t not finish any of our meals. When it came time for dessert, the server was clueless that we brought our own cake and forced us to completely ruin the surprise. Overall was highly disappointed with the dining experience and will not be returning nor recommending, which is a shame because the first time I dined here was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was very average, and the cocktails we ordered were terrible. It’s a good concept but poorly executed

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and yummy drinks.

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None
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food, service, and ambiance were all excellent. The dishes are all moderately priced which is another plus.

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RonL
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

delicious food and drinks, and good service; noise level a little too high for intimate conversation, but overall pleasant atmosphere

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EvaD
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was such a nice setting. The food came quick and a great place to dress up and go out with friends or a date.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual Thai joint with fantastic food. Everything we had was top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Will be back again.

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vipLivingsum
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the experience, but would have appreciated the option of a Banh Mi sandwich. Thx.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

El servicio es excelente

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

Super amazing food for a good price. Staff was nice even when we were late for our reservation.

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vipLarryB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great before show

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious, but the mushroom dumplings were exceptional.

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Willis
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Customer service was lacking this night but overall we kept our experience in a positive perspective.

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FrancesP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers were wonderful and from the appetizers to the entrées everything was appealing to the eye and delicious to the taste! House Wine is seven dollars and Monday through Friday they have wonderful lunch specials including appetizer and entrée.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tamarind glazed spare ribs were the best I’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I did not like the food at all!

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ChristyM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The food was just ok. We got drunken noodles, crab fried rice, and the lobster pad thai. The crab fried rice was very good. The drunken noodles were good, nothing special though. The lobster on the pad thai was way overcooked. The egg was also overcooked so much that the yolk did not run. Overall, I was disappointed in the meal and service. I would not eat here again and I would not recommend it to anyone else.

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NanaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice service and good food. Will go for large or small party

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great anniversary date with the Mrs

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viptebraz
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

with lousy weather and smokers outside, moved indoors. Over fried tofu sent back and received new one but much less spicy. Very quick service and very attentive. Decent value. Nice happy hour offers but wish it included food other than oysters. Wish they had more offerings in the curry world.

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AshleyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food for a great price! Outside dining left a lot to be desired and inside was very loud with music. I wish the service was more attentive, but nonetheless a great dining experience!

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GJaffe
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food. Nice place. We had a small dinner there with family. Its a good place.

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RomanP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was very good, especially for the price. But what really made it is the service. Everyone worked together to make sure we were taking care of very well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It was very crowded on a monday night when we arrived. The servers forgot us and not serving us any water 20 minutes in, until we waved to get order in and everything. Then the servers were never to be seen again until we saw one of them cleaning a nearby table and waved to get our check and get out of there. It was 90 degree outside and considered the whole restaurant was packed, they did not bother to at least turn on some AC to cool down. It was a miserable experience, overall.

The food - this restaurant is the definition of if you’re hip, swanky, and slap an overpriced tag on an item, then it’s automatically considered “good”. Food was ok, It wasn’t bad, but to be very honest I’ve had better pho at a low key spot.

The cocktail selection was spot on. A lot of nice mix of drinks.

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vipBluevirgo
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing. Lobster pad Thai was something new and was great. Topped with an egg over easy. Spare ribs were juicy meat fell right off the bone. Spring rolls were also a great addition.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Nice spot, but they didn’t have the AC turned on enough.

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Unfriendly but efficient. Food was ok, not as fresh as it used to be. Better options out there.

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JimmyS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food, can not wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing . Me and my boyfriend loved everything

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FrancesP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going to this restaurant, and with happy hour almost all day and generous delicious tasting portions, I was very pleasantly surprised.
I went on a day that did not have the lunch special, but the prices were still very reasonable for what you got. The servers were very attentive and even tailored my meal to not be that spicy and contain less oil for my healthier eating style. Definitely will go back. Great neighborhood gem!

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vipFidelG
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 4 pre theater dinner. Very attentive service. Great food at reasonable prices. Arrived in time for happy hour so got discount drinks and oysters. Will definitely return.

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Obao is rated 4.3 stars by 2459 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.