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Obao, New York, NY

Obao

4.2
4.2
2579 Reviews
$30 and under
Thai
OBAO bridges the gap from the street of Southeast Asia to the streets of NYC, bringing you combinations of various Thai and Vietnamese comfort foods with a twist. OBAO takes traditional dishes from Thailand and Vietnam like Pad Thai and Pho Noodles and adds a touch of luxury and elegance without ever compromising on authenticity. At OBAO, you will taste the highest quality ingredients while experiencing comfort through food you never thought was possible.

With the success of our Flagship restaurant in midtown and Water Street location, OBAO is proud to unveil its Hell's Kitchen location located on 9th avenue between 45th&46th.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Thai, Vietnamese
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (212) 245-8880
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ian Kittichai
  • Catering
    We do catering. Please contact us at 212-245-8880.
  • Private party facilities
    Located in Hell's Kitchen, OBAO offers 4 private spaces that can accommodate anything from an intimate dinner party to a large corporate event. The venue features 4,000 golden Thai bells. We will work with you to tailor your event to fit your needs!
  • Private party contact
    Chad: (212) 245-8880
  • Neighborhood
    Hell's Kitchen
  • Cross street
    between 45st & 46st
  • Parking details
    Street, Garage (45th Street between 8th & 9th Ave)
  • Public transit
    42nd St. Port Authority off of the A,C,E,1,2,3 lines and 49th St. and Broadway off of the N,R,Q
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,579 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.1Value

NoiseModerate

2,579 Reviews
  1. WOSH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Convenient to Broadway theatres, open later so great for post-show meal. Food was very tasty, choices plentiful (for both big and small appetites), service excellent. A terrific after-theatre spot to eat!

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  2. Dizzyb

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great choice for a pre theatre dinner. We are at 5pm so perfect timing for us

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Muy buena comida, algunos platos picantes .. los precios son razonables para NYC

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  4. AlistairB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic restuarant - really good and interesting food with excellent complementary cocktails. By NYC standards good value too. Staff were all super friendly without being too familiar.

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  5. GreenPEA

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service and wonderful vibe to this busy restaurant but did not feel rushed. Wifi would have been useful as visitors from UK and not having mobile data we were not able to use the QR code to open the menu, however staff happily and quickly provided us with physical menus.

    2 people found this helpful

  6. RonB

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exactly what my wife and I expected from this great Asian Fusion restaurant. Great energetic NYC vibe, excellent service, exceptional cocktails and a great value as well! Will certainly be back soon

    1 person found this helpful

  7. SimonW

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food here was amazing and reasonably priced for the quality of the food; only negative was that our table was slightly delayed from our reservation but nothing overly significant

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  8. AshleyATX

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    With all the great reviews I was expecting good food. Food was mediocre at best. $30 Fish was unedible because of the "fishiness" of the fish (and I am a big fish eater, and like fish). Picked this place because convenient to theaters and the good reviews. Next time I will pick differently.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Thai restaurant with phenomenal cocktails! Beautiful interior! The restaurant is very loud and cramped.

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  10. Jekrea

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our meals were fabulous and the restaurant was very conveniently located within walking distance of our hotel. We particularly enjoyed the calamari, pad thai, and chicken green curry. It was a bit noisy, but what popular restaurant isn't on a Friday night? All in all it was a wonderful experience and we would highly recommend!

    1 person found this helpful

  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing pad see ew and drinks!

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  12. MNYC

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'd gotten takeout from here but never been in person...so glad we went! Our food was excellent as always (even better in person of course) but watching and smelling all of the other dishes passing by made me want to go back again asap. This is a really vibrant, happening restaurant and seemed like the place to be, on a Tuesday night no less. The value was insanely good, especially for NYC these days. The only negative is it is a little noisy - not in a really bad way necessarily- very energetic, but I wouldn't try to do a business dinner or take anyone hard of hearing there. Great for a date or a couple of friends together.

    1 person found this helpful

  13. RogerL

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All in all it was a wonderful dining experience. I can’t say it was the most amazing food I have had, but it was very very good. The service was terrific, the atmosphere was wonderful so it was a nice evening out.

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  14. Oloa18

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, location and would def recommend to others

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  15. edchair

    Pittsburgh

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our group all had really good food and the service was excellent. We'll be back.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing! They were out of a few things (like any beer) but had a great time. Will definitely go back

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  17. Claressa

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was consistently attentive and helpful during entire dinner . Amazing ladies night out!

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  18. RisaR

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious!

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  19. CCCC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Tables were very close together and the general area was pretty noisy. Otherwise, food and service was great.

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  20. Bonedocmom

    Austin

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Obao was the best place we ate on our brief visit to the City. The cocktails were imaginative and tasty. The server was responsive and helpful but not hovering. The Shrimp Yom Tum soup was perfection - warm, moderately spicy and fragrant with perfectly cooked shrimp. The duck noodles were amazing - soft but not gooey noodles with excellent seasoning. We were done in time to make our show but never felt rushed or pressured. We ate upstairs and the ambiance was lovely. We will definitely go back when we get back to town

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  21. David

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It took over an hour to get food and the waiter was too sassy.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drink were delicious and fresh. Relaxed atmosphere

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  23. disappointedack

    London

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great place

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Watch your bill tip always includes

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  25. KimH

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had reservations before a show. We got in on time and the service was awesome! Everything we ordered was scrumptious!

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  26. MuraliK

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Understaffed, not friendly, taste was not authentic.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Not going back due to very poor and silently rude service where we were ignored after ordering appetizers and drinks. Waiter never came to check whether items were good and to take entree orders although we were directly in his line of sight as he checked on the tables exactly to the left and right of us, four times. Yes, we counted as we tried to get his attention as he had his back to us while checking on the tables. We were definitely treated differently than others so while we suspect it was as a result of our skin, not sure. Either way, will dine elsewhere and we did just that after walking out and hitting up another restaurant for dinner.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food. Wonderfully flavorful. They were able to make some dishes less spicy for the kids and regular spicy for the adults. The service was fantastic and Kim was a great server. If pressed to give a “need to improve” I would just say that the appetizers were a little too small. They were made for one person and not really enough to even share with one other person.

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  29. marthab727

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I am a real Thai/asian food fan so I was excited to try a new place. Sadly, Obao was a major disappointment. The spring rolls were hard and overcooked, the sparer ribs had good flavor and were large but a bit dry on the outside. The worst was the pad thai...dry, too sweet, and very sticky noodles (that didn't appear to be the traditional rice noodle -- almost like a spaghetti noodle. Unfortunately, this one is off the list.

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  30. MHAH

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    It was just embarrassing for the waiter to ask if we’re done eating when we clearly weren’t (just because his shift was ending).

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  31. ginandre

    New York City

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was very flavorful but the freshness was not there. I enjoyed the variations on classics but feel like they can elevate the food with more fresh food. My spring rolls tasted reheated and were definitely not fresh.

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  32. Maria

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place for a pre-theater dinner. Service, food and drinks were all excellent

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  33. VITORM

    D - Heidelberg

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very expensive the drink and wine value, especialy the sake

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  34. MirnaI

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service!!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Honestly, food was absolutely amazing. We got the basil chicken, Vietnamese wings, spring rolls and papaya salad. Everything was 10/10. The only small complaint was the restaurant was really tiny and we were sat right in the middle. We had to constantly watch our drinks and food to make sure no one pushed it over when they were walking. Definitely will be eating here again but more likely to use the takeout option.

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  36. Adri92

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the place! Super chill and great service. The food 💯 good.

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  37. JennaK

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ll definitely be coming back. Great cocktails, food and ambiance.

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  38. karosm

    Denver

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Seated and serviced quickly. Friendly staff. Great cocktails.

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  39. Sarah

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Very loud spot, tables are close together. Delicious food. Nice staff!

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  40. Rhodro

    New York City

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pre theatre dinner with my daughter in law. We both enjoyed our happy hour cocktail, appetizers, & main dish! Looking forward to returning…

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Obao using the Order Online button. Obao also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now, Postmates and Uber Eats.

Obao is rated 4.2 stars by 2579 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Obao

647 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

Additional information

  • Cross street
    between 45st & 46st
  • Neighborhood
    Hell's Kitchen
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Thai, Vietnamese
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street, Garage (45th Street between 8th & 9th Ave)
  • Public transit
    42nd St. Port Authority off of the A,C,E,1,2,3 lines and 49th St. and Broadway off of the N,R,Q
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ian Kittichai
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 245-8880
  • Catering
    We do catering. Please contact us at 212-245-8880.
  • Private party facilities
    Located in Hell's Kitchen, OBAO offers 4 private spaces that can accommodate anything from an intimate dinner party to a large corporate event. The venue features 4,000 golden Thai bells. We will work with you to tailor your event to fit your needs!
  • Private party contact
    Chad: (212) 245-8880
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