Bua Thai Ramen & Robata Grill

4.4
95 Reviews
$30 and under
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Come to explore and experience Thai Cooking style that you might never have it before.
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vipOnjJ
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

This place is very inconsistent. We went with a group of six the other night. We were late for our reservation because one of our group had trouble parking, and they would not seat us, which was fine with us. We wound up being seated 30 minutes late, however our reservation was for 5:15, and the whole time we were there, the tables for six up front sat empty. But the staff seemed unhappy with us after that. We are not drinkers and in the end we spent about $220, and maybe that was not enough for them. The appetizers were pretty decent, but the mains were really bland and disappointing. The service was slow and it seemed as if every staff member took part in it, with different people showing up repeatedly. The front door was open and it was cold where we were sitting near the bar. We asked them to raise the heat but it remained cold.After the meal, all of us thanked all of the staff on our way out, but none of them would answer us at all. I mean, not one word, although all of our interaction had been pleasant. There are a lot of good Thai restaurants in this neighborhood, and I don’t know if I would return to this one.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food portions are good, but the food itself isn’t as seasoned as I’d expect. The space is kind of cramped and the night I went there was an odd smell coming from the back. Our waiter was very nice however.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and good service. Would recommend!

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ATAM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Made reservations that they never checked bad service and okay food

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vipMtl1234
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Poor service. Got our order wrong many times.

MA
MsAmbitious
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was fresh and flavorful, the staff were nice, and the ambience unique. The only reasons for 4 instead of 5 stars is that they were overpriced (compared to other Thai spots) and the service was a little slow. Nonetheless,
everything was great overall!

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FoodyNYer
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

This restaurant was packed inside and out! Service was OK, but the waitresses were so overworked that it wasn’t surprising that we had to wait for both the drinks, meal and check. Our water glasses were never refilled, again, the staff was very busy. For the food, it has little to do with authentic Thai flavors, clearly, they “adjusted it” to American tastes. Nothing wrong with that, just not authentic. One of the two dishes was mediocre, the other was good. Not more. The noise level was very high, which took away from a pleasant experience as well. Wishing good luck to the place, but won’t return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was amazing and the service. It is a bit loud with the music but great atmosphere.

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TomM
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pad Tai, good service. But very noisy.

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Lizard
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent food, friendly staff.

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biteoutoflife
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Bua. Normally a beautiful environment inside but they had shut down the back the night that we went so we were a little on top of other people in a tiny seating section near to the kitchen. Great place though, food’s solid. It’s one of my favorite Thai places at the moment. Will definitely be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fourth time dining here and absolutely love it! Amazing (strong) drinks, and the best variety of dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Food was really good! Drinks were extremely watery. Ours at least. My lychee juice tasted like 100% water. And on top of that tons of ice added. Pina colada also very watered down. Expected more from that especially given its price point. :( place was a bit dirty but could be because it was so late in the evening. Overall maybe great for takeaway food or a quick stop by for lunch!

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vipTonieJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, quick service!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Cant wait to go back!

MD
MelissaD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Todd was incredible and made us laugh!! Sooooo goood!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was my husband’s birthday dinner.He loved the food and the desserts

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Even with a reservation the wait was long. Must be a popular place. But the time to get our food to our table was pretty fast.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious and loved our waitress. Pad Thai could have been tAstier but I loved the apps and fried rice!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great. Very flavorful and just the right amount of spice. Our waitress was very attentive. The only issue we had was our reservations and seating. Obviously the place is very busy but we made reservations for 8 and didn’t get seated until about past 9. It’s as if our reservations didn’t really count for anything. We had to wait in line anyways and waited over an hour.

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Ryan
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

I booked a 7:45pm reservation. I go to Bua quite often and absolutely love it, but on this night they completely messed up the reservations. There were multiple parties who had reservations booked waiting for 30mins - an hour. They barely asked for our name and kept ignoring us. We did not sit until 8:30, and were not offered anything to make up for it. A few groups with an 8pm reservation actually sat before us too. I love this place, and the food made up for it overall, but it was a really bad experience to stand there waiting for 45 minutes when I had a reservation and arrived early, and was not given an apology or anything on the house to make up for the issue.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were seated right away, and the waiter was friendly. The food and drinks came out very fast and there were no complaints. The only thing I would say negatively is that it was extremely crowded, different parties of people were seated less than 6ft apart.

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GenineT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Everything was great with the food but they are not really practicing social distancing inside and there were definitely at more than 50% capacity

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Date night on Easter Sunday!

It’s above average thai food with good serving sizes and decent prices for upper east side dining.

Was probably my 3rd time dining there and it was every bit as good as the other times.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious but the tables were kinda close especially for covid times

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is not bad.
Service is not great. Server sent the wrong drinks to us like 5 times.

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Shawn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

If you want to go for drinks I highly recommend as far as food it was below average I’ve had better Thai food ambience is great

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vipDanielle
Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, music was on, waitress was super friendly, got sat right when my reservation was! Very Happy.

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Karenk
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a birthday gathering with my friends. Food was absolutely delicious! Always a great spot to have dinner!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Great food and drinking experience. But the service was meh. Despite having a reservation and being on time for that reservation, my party and I (of two people) had to wait about 15 mins to be seated. They seemed a bit understaffed, as we had to flag our server down, who was also the hostess of the restaurant. Make sure you try the green curry ramen and dumplings 🥟

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious and drinks were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and beautiful

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The place is bigger than you think and the food is to die for. We mainly got apps but also got the clay pot fried rice. It was really
so good I only took away one star because the place was crowded when I went and did not seem to be following covid guidelines. It made me very nervous.

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

The food here is absolutely incredible every dish was AMAZING and the service was 10/10!!! Highly recommend!!

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vipGMSASC
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Manhattan, starting to open from a limited occupancy policy sees people anxiously dining out to recapture the not so olden days of Saturday get together.
Alas we check in for our reservation and was promptly seated to our table. Barely have we uncoated when our anxious waitress comes and asks for our choices, drinks and appetizers. The place is loud, music, conversations, kitchen noise overlapping. We ordered and got our food, it was tasty, nicely prepared and presented. The waitress stops by 5 times in a span of 45 minutes, do we think it’s a bit too much unless she wants us to unhinge our jaws and swallow the food to expedite the turnover of the customers? Maybe so. The price for 3 people averaged $50/p, plus tip. Bit too expensive for similar type food in mid-manhattan.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Friday date night... food and drinks were sooooo delicious. My only concern would be how they exceeded the 25% capacity for indoor dining. Every table was seated, restaurant was crowded, no social distancing at all. My anxiety level was at 100! I’ll come back for the food and drinks but def earlier in the day on a weekday in hopes it would not be so crowded.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The drinks were decent no complaints on that. However my appetizer the grilled chicken wings-lacked flavor. My main course was The pineapple fried rice with giant shrimp( two shrimps with the head on) I thought I should’ve gotten more for the price. The main course itself was OK . my boyfriend did not enjoy his main course bua thai noodle soup.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great last minute valentines date service was amazing drinks was amazing everything about this place was great

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AshleyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

I was so disappointed in my experience. It looks so good online. Me and my partner went for Valentine’s Day and we were the first people in our area seated. We watched our section fill up and everyone around us receive their entrees while we had not gotten ours, our waitress never came to check on us, and when we finally got our food it was cold! Imagine paying $80 for appetizers, cold fish and cold duck :(

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Chefeli
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, comfortable seating, COVID-19 safety procedures are in place, vast menu, me and my wife had 6 appetizers, main courses and 4 desserts, all were delicious and full of flavor, beautifully presented, service was courteous and very fast!
I recommend this restaurant, and will come again!

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Bua Thai Ramen & Robata Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 95 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.