Obao - 53rd St
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.
Good food. Nice area. But I like the ambiance in the hells kitchen location more.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Meal was super good! Very difficult to walk away without ordering a second entree.
Fantastic food and service - highly recommend!
Immediate recognition and setting from the host with fast courteous service from the entire staff
Awful. Food was terrible. Would never go back
Food was marginal at best, lacking flavor. The service was sketchy and the waitress even asked for tips in cash.
Too spicy, service too slow
Both Service and Food were excellent!
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.
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.
Get the dumplings!!
Loved the food and the service
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.
Always terrific food. This is the my favorite restaurant to go to in Manhattan for Thai and Vietnamese. Quick service and great quality
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.
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.
Great Asian food we particularly liked the chicken dumplings and the crab fried rice.
Tofu dish was too oily and over fried. Overall experience was ok.
Amazing duck noodles, pad Thai, and steamed dumplings. Cute enclosed outdoor dining area with heaters
The food was delicious and the service was excellent!!! Can’t wait to go back!
Great value for money. Delicious food. Good service!
Yummy...it was a great lunch!
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.
Monday night, packed with couples, families, large parties. Understand why rated number 1, delicious food at a very reasonable price. Great combination
Posto carino, menu ricco e variato, personale molto gentile e attento. servizio veloce, rapporto qualità prezzo onesto
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)
Great dinner. Loved trying new things, away from the usual suspects (pad Thai etc...). Recommend the Michelin suggestions. Great quality price ratio!
Great Thai and Viet food, even when compared to authentic Thai cuisine
Friendly fast service and happy hour good/ drink great
Food was delicious, prices were fair, unfortunately it is getting extremely loud as soon as it fills up.
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.
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.
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.