Obao - 53rd St

4.5
61 Reviews
$31 to $50
Vietnamese

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Established in 2009, the Obao-Midtown East is a Southeast Asian restaurant that serves authentic Thai and Vietnamese cuisine with a modern touch. Food served at Obao-Midtown East includes grilled fare and noodle dishes. The restaurant offers appetizers, salads, entrées and desserts. The Obao-Midtown East also serves a variety of fine wines and beers. The ambiance is casual and the restaurant has a good service.

Some popular appetizers are the fresh shrimp rolls, crispy vietnamese spring rolls and the steamed dumplings. In salads, the papaya salad is worth trying out. Popular entrées here include the basil fried rice, obao chicken and the kra pow gai. One noteworthy dessert is the crispy banana lumpia. Drinks include beer, tea, iced tea, juice, soda, red wine, white wine and cocktails.

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vipLauren
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Nice area. But I like the ambiance in the hells kitchen location more.

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vipCarolyn
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It is just a fast food restaurant. Your food comes 1 min after you order. No one explains a thing. The papaya salad was more carrots than anything and carrots weren’t in the description. However cherry tomatoes were and there were none. The chicken entree was cold and overcooked from being being pre plattered and ready to serve so you could be out in 15 min. The wait staff is not interested in telling you one thing. They are trained to serve you and fill your table with new sobered asap

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vipClareH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10, such a great experience. Service was excellent, food was DELICIOUS, cocktails were great, and all for a very reasonable price. Try the Thai sabai cocktail, the steamed dumplings, and the crab fried rice. But I’m sure nothing on the menu will disappoint.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife needed help going up the one small step to get to the back dining room. The hostess was such a kind and helpful person and helped her. She made our night. And the food was great, especially the kimchi fries.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Great service. Highly recommend for moderately priced nice meal in NYC. This was a return trip for us and it was just as good as it was pre-covid.

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DouglasC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very nice and happy. Usually a good sign That they like working there. The food was excellent and prices are very reasonable. We had a wonderful time and recommend anyone to go. Will go again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was super good! Very difficult to walk away without ordering a second entree.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bachelorette lunch

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service - highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Immediate recognition and setting from the host with fast courteous service from the entire staff

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Awful. Food was terrible. Would never go back

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vipMichaelJW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was marginal at best, lacking flavor. The service was sketchy and the waitress even asked for tips in cash.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Too spicy, service too slow

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akldo
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Quick bite

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Adam
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both Service and Food were excellent!

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vipAlex
San Antonio
24 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Terrible experiencia, en Tripadvisor aparece en los primeros lugares y el restaurante es pésimo, feo y muy mal atendido
La comida mala, los dumpling y los rollos primavera desastrosos, las bebidas que ordenamos nunca llegaron, para el postre preferimos levantarnos e ir a otro lugar.
En verdad no se entiende como tiene altas calificaciones.

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viphungry
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had delicious mushroom dumplings and the crispy fried fish. Authentic with just the right level of spice and heat. Our server, TK, was knowledgeable and welcoming and added to the experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the dumplings!!

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CFEI
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and the service

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vipdanielh
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Cocktails overpriced, waitress did not understand drink order and found some of the spring rolls cooked in too much oil. The Pho Bo Was decent and had a lot of meat especially if you add the beef balls. Dumplings were very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific food. This is the my favorite restaurant to go to in Manhattan for Thai and Vietnamese. Quick service and great quality

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Sim14
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and great and the service was swift. Took a friend out for her birthday and will definitely frequent this establishment in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was great! We got the kimchi fries, drunken noodles, crispy pork belly and pad Thai - all very well made. We also tried several of their speciality cocktails and although they were yummy, they were not worth the price so I’d pass next time. Cool vibes, decent service and good food. I’d go back but it wouldn’t be my first choice for Thai food.

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DebraR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Asian food we particularly liked the chicken dumplings and the crab fried rice.

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RashmiR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Tofu dish was too oily and over fried. Overall experience was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing duck noodles, pad Thai, and steamed dumplings. Cute enclosed outdoor dining area with heaters

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was excellent!!! Can’t wait to go back!

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GregaP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for money. Delicious food. Good service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yummy...it was a great lunch!

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Tops
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service was good. Actually the soup was not as good as before or as we expected but we told them about it and they quickly made a new one which was excellent.

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vipghost23
Cincinnati
52 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Monday night, packed with couples, families, large parties. Understand why rated number 1, delicious food at a very reasonable price. Great combination

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VivianaC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Posto carino, menu ricco e variato, personale molto gentile e attento. servizio veloce, rapporto qualità prezzo onesto

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KateY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food is not authentic at all. Front desk receptionists were not very friendly (One of our friends was late, and the receptionists asked us to stand there for a decent 20 min, didn't allow us to sit by the bar. The restaurant was empty then, btw)

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Nacho
Dublin
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great dinner. Loved trying new things, away from the usual suspects (pad Thai etc...). Recommend the Michelin suggestions. Great quality price ratio!

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vipAmir
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Thai and Viet food, even when compared to authentic Thai cuisine

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Dishes
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly fast service and happy hour good/ drink great

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Lilly81
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, prices were fair, unfortunately it is getting extremely loud as soon as it fills up.

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DebraJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for a wonderful meal. Healthy and well prepared menu. Their sauces were wonderful.
Service was attentive but very relaxing. We enjoyed our lunch.

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DeniseP
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Pad Thai in town. Ate there on a Monday and Tuesday evening. Went back second night because first night was so good. You won’t be disappointed. Mom had the beef pho and we had the kimchee fries. Everything was absolutely outstanding.

FAQs

Obao - 53rd St does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Obao - 53rd St also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 308-5588.

Obao - 53rd St is rated 4.5 stars by 61 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.