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Bua Thai Ramen & Robata Grill, New York, NY

Bua Thai Ramen & Robata Grill

4.0
4
199 Reviews
$30 and under
Thai
Come to explore and experience Thai Cooking style that you might never have it before.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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What 199 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

199 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The place is cool, instagramable. The food was good, but I have had better Thai food. The edamame with garlic was very good. Everything else was just okay. The service was terrible. We were asked four time within five minutes of sitting down to place our order. It was our first time and the menu is large, so we needed a few minutes to decide, but they did not want us waiting. We finally order our appetizers and drinks about ten minutes into being at the restaurant. And a minute after we ordered they were back. We asked to wait, but they were very insistent. We got our appetizer and food all together about 15 minutes after sitting down. They then asked us about five times if we were done. It felt like they wanted us out as quickly as possible and in fact about an hour and 30 minutes in they told us they had a reservation for the table and cleared us out. It was a Thursday at 7 PM & there wasn’t anyone waiting when they basically asked us to leave. So if you want to go quickly to get food with friends then this is fine, but know that they will interrupt any conversation multiple times to get you out quickly.

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  2. williame

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I don’t want to be too harsh because it was Valentine’s Day and extremely busy. I ordered sriracha wings and received a combo of wings and random chicken pieces mostly bones smh. Wontons,(great) calamari partially breaded but good, pineapple fried rice(great) clay pot fried rice (great) drinks were good as well.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant in itself in very Instagram friendly and the service is attentive. For apps we had the crispy rice with spicy tuna and the Bigboss sushi roll. The crispy rice was way too over fried. It had some char to it, the big boss sushi roll fell apart. For drinks I had the pomelo and my friend had the Leche martini in the coconut. The drinks were delicious, very fruity and light. Made for really good photos. For dinner I had the Pad see-ew with shrimp and she had the Basil fried Rice with chicken. Both dishes were enough to be shared by two people they were tasty but nothing spectacular. My noodles were overpowered by all of the kale in it and a little too much fish sauce. Her rice was tasty and seasoned just right. I would return but just for apps and drinks not dinner.

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  4. Easy2Please

    New York City

    88 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    When our party (of 3) arrived, a staff member sought a table for us in the outdoor shed. We requested to be seated inside. That seemed to pose a problem but, upon asking why I should have made a reservation, we were pretty promptly accommodated indoors. The setting is somewhat exotic with hanging plastic flowers in abundance. We were seated at an adequate sized table on high stools. Service was efficient but, despite a low customer turnout at that hour, not particularly friendly. The menu is extensive and varied. We shared a steamed dumpling appetizer which was small but tasty. The Japanese styled ramen with pork belly was a bit salty and modest in size. My companions had the chicken pad thai and the duck pad see ew, both of which were generously portioned. I heard no complaints; I heard no raves. Those three mains, 1 shared appetizer, 2 beers and a wine, with tip, came to $147 - which we thought a bit high. But, hey, this is New York. So: a perfectly acceptable but unremarkable dining experience. Because it is convenient to us, I expect we will try again and hope for a bit more "wow". But a repeat performance may remove them from our roster of regular dining spots.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful ambiance, perfect for a date night or ladies night. But the food was highly disappointing and abnormally expensive. I’d say it was the most flavorless Thai food I’ve had in NYC.

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  6. EvaG

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food, love the service. The place is small. The restrooms are spacious though. Food came out very quickly. Staff were so attentive. Will definitely recommend this place.

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  7. globetrekker

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Even with a reservation from open table we were seated outside(heated). However each time someone entered we were blasted with cold air.

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  8. WillG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We were in town for a few days and wanted Thai food. This place had great reviews, so we gave it a whirl. The ambiance, customer service, and drinks were great! The food was good, just not spicy like we wanted or asked for. They gave us some siracha sauce, but I can get that at the store; other than that, we loved it!

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  9. EmilyB

    Atlanta Metro

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Special night out - food was amazing as expected. It was crowded and the staff didn't seem to be organized and thus the service was a bit slow and not too friendly. We enjoyed the meal and did not linger too long.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Dinner with co workers.so it was just enjoyable getting together away from the workplace setting. Seem like we were kinda rushed but it was a nice place. Large menu with a nice drink selection. Food and service was ok. I had the Thai basil fried rice which was disappointing. A little pricey

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  11. RddM

    London

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Our server was lovely, and the starters came out and were really lovely. The mains were good, but it was ruined with the manager screaming at our server in front of everyone. We were opposite the kitchen for reference. It was so awful being beside it and created an awful atmosphere with the staff on edge. I felt so sick after it. He ignored me when I tried to speak to him. Wouldn't go back as food is good but not amazing.

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  12. DavidK360

    New York City

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The biggest issue I had with Bua was with the 'gentle'man who was at the door upon our arrival. He was dour, unfriendly, and quite short with us. There is an 'enclosed' dining area which used to be just the sidewalk. While there were heat lamps it was quite cold. Most of the patrons who were seated there were wearing their heavy coats. I immediately told him that if that's where we were going to be seated, we would not stay. He didn't seem to care. While there were many tables open inside, he gave the impression that despite having a reservation, it didn't matter and that it was first come first serve so to speak. As we began to leave the restaurant, he decided to let us eat inside. Begrudgingly is the best adjective I can use to describe his attitude. Once inside, I must say, the attitude of the workers seemed to be quite unhappy and unfriendly. I could only guess they were mimicking the man up front. The food was OK. But not enough to counter the unfriendly attitude. Can't see ourselves going back and giving them our business when they clearly don't want it.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yummy food. Now we will be ordering in as well. Great find

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attentive service, excellent, quickly pre-pared food.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Place is so tiny and no space literally you have to squeeze in and use a very small table. Food is basic no flavor, very greasy. Wouldn’t return.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Need to make RSVP in order to be seated indoors. (Although there were plenty of seats available) not accommodating. Service not great.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute place but very small.. The food needed some salt and season.

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  18. ReenA

    New York City

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We have loved Bua in the past, and had found the food above and beyond the average Thai spot and worth spending a little more. This last vist, though, was quite disappointing. First, the good part: the appetizers were amazing; creative, fresh, delicious! Our other dishes (noodles and stir fries) were just mush. I know a good Pad Kee Mao and have had it here before, and this was clearly just a pre-made batch ready to serve up to the crowds to move them in and out. Also, it was way too sweet -- this was not even close to what this dish should taste like. Pad Thai was also yuk. Because this spot has become so popular, the main objective seems to be to get diners in and out, which simply doesn't make for a relaxing or tasty dining experience. My recommendation is to avoid a weekend night and order just the appetizers, as they are still quite good.

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  19. Jazz

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious Thai fusion food with pretty decor all around. Highly recommend getting a few of the appetizers and splitting it, to get a true feel of the cuisine.

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  20. AyomaP

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful decor; Tasty food with generous portion sizes, creative cocktails; They dont let you sit even if 2/3of your party is there despite having so many empty tables on the inside and make you squeeze in or stand near the tiny bar area they have; servers are not very aware of the ingredients that goes into food and say they cant disclose so be prepared to google and find out for yourselves; furthermore sooner you eat they will try to chase you out although there is no one waiting to sit.

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  21. RobertL

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent Thai spot in NYC. Great service and unique dishes

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Bua Thai is a gem in the Upper East Side. The food was reasonably priced for the quality and vibe. We ordered vegetable dumplings, sriracha fried rice, and pad kee mao with tofu. The vegetable dumplings were pan-fried, crispy, and came with a flavorful dipping sauce. The Sriracha fried rice was initially sweet but followed quickly with a spicy aftertaste. The pad kee mao was similarly flavorful but we could have done with less oil. The tofu, however, was perfectly seasoned with a pleasant texture. Lastly, all the food was served aesthetically (see photos). The interior was incredibly vibey with colorful flowers hanging from the ceiling and skillfully draped on the walls. It brought big “Thai garden” energy to our meal and enhanced our overall dining experience. To create an “organic” experience, some of the chef’s vegetable prep is done in diners’ plain sight. The attention to detail overall was second to none.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for the first time and absolutely enjoyed it. By far one of my favorite Thai spots in NYC.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Tik Tok got me this time. The place was just ok. Service was good but I doubt I’ll come back for the food especially since nyc has so much great places. 6.5/10

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was delicious , service is not really there, we got what we ordered and quickly, but don’t expect any sort of guidance or friendly banter from your server . That said I would definitely return for the food alone .

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  26. JanJan

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just beautiful and can’t wait to return. Thank you

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  27. SueanneS

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous staff. Food incredible! Great vegan selections! The Thai ramen was delicious. The tofu buns 🔥🔥🔥 The drinks spectacular. Recommend the one in the watermelon. Can’t wait to go back!

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  28. MeganA

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had FANTASTIC sushi, curry, and drinks. It was truly some of the best thai food that I have had on UES. Highly recommend!

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  29. GingerM

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There were lots of options including vegan options. The portion sizes were on the larger side too.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service! Clearly marked vegan options and tons of them. Definitely will be back!

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  31. bethm

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Nothing redeeming. I will go back to Up Thai or Zabb Putawn on the UES. Don’t understand why it’s always busy.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great ramen but they didn’t check me in so I lost my pts :(

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    They brought the check without asking. We felt unwelcomed.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Thai food. Would come back and recommend.

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  35. Shima

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious! The drinks were as well. I’ll definitely come back. The only reason why I didn’t give five stars across the board is because we played musical chairs to accommodate a larger party. Other than that, all was well.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great , and the drinks were very good and photo worthy ! The entire ambience is very interesting , but the service seemed to be just moderate .

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Main dish was served when we had just begun our appetizers. Food was far from authentic and I ran home with the runs!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, amazing dishes & service, will be back!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. Drinks are unique and fabulous.

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  40. CherylR

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time dining here. I will be back the next time I am in New York.

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FAQs

Bua Thai Ramen & Robata Grill does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now, Postmates and Uber Eats.

Bua Thai Ramen & Robata Grill is rated 4 stars by 199 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bua Thai Ramen & Robata Grill

1611 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Thai, Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wine
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