Bua Thai Ramen & Robata Grill

3.9
108 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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3.5
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3.9
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Currently my favorite restaurant on the UES. Food and drinks are phenomenal and reasonably priced.

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Nickyoxford
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Very disappointing, the server was rude and the experience not great. Happy to leave!

TB
vipTimB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

GREAT FOOD In a FUNKY ATMOSPHERE .....................

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second trip! The food is great and the service shows up to match.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overpriced

JK
JohnK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food, great atmosphere. Service was a bit slow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & great staff super friendly!

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vipYuck
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

It was super dirty inside the restaurant. We sat at the bar, and watched as the bartender unloaded dirty glasses from the dishwasher and put them on the shelf to serve in. Then she dropped fruit on the floor and proceeded to pick it up and put in in someones drink. We were horrified!!

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vipNicholeM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic Japanese and Thai Ramen, decent portions, great pricing, and overall good service. One of my favorite Ramen spot in the city

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

even after making a reservation, we had to wait for a table for 30 minutes, and then the table they gave us was only big enough for 4 people (we were 6). the table next to us (2 person table) was paying and leaving but they still refused to give us that table so we could sit comfortably. we somehow squeezed onto that table for another 15-20 minutes while we waited for the manager, to ask us to give us the table. The manager never came and after arguing with them for a little while they finally gave us the table. I was sitting on an extra chair they had added on between our table and the one behind us, and as soon as they said you can take that other table, the server came to me and asked me to get up because “I need that chair back” extremely rude, will not be going back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We made a reservation for 7:45pm but were not seated until we’ll after 8pm.

They were not prepared for indoor seating to accommodate our reservation. There were several groups also waiting to be seated.

Food was good and service was pretty quick once we got a table.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never again. Everything was wrong- mediocre food, rushed service and we were all seated on top of each other.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Our waiter was rude, she snatched the menu out of my friends hand. My dumplings were ice cold in certain areas, we asked for 2 of the same entrees and only received 1, but I can’t entirely blame them for that since it was a little loud and she couldn’t hear us. Our drinks were good, so I will give them that, but I made a reservation and still had to wait while someone who did not make a reservation went in before us. Overall our experience wasn’t that great and I probably won’t go back again.

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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
8 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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vipTomM
12 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
4 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
2 reviews
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
19 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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Bua Thai Ramen & Robata Grill is rated 3.9 stars by 108 OpenTable diners.

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