OBAO Hell's Kitchen

OBAO Hell's Kitchen

Thai Restaurant and Asian Restaurant$$$$
Hell's Kitchen, New York
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    Yera H.
    "Get the pho bo-- a big bowl of heaven for only $9!"(16 Tips)
    Grover R.
    "In all honesty I liked the menu under ember room."(5 Tips)
    Dress for the Date
    "Try the Grilled Japanese Eggplant, Fresh Shrimp Rolls & Pad Thai."(3 Tips)
    christine d.
    "pad thai + pork belly app 👍🏽"(15 Tips)
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  • Adrian & Cynthiaheart icon on user image
    Adrian & CynthiaDecember 30, 2016
    Pretty much everything here is good. Laksa really nice - Pad * really well done. Lunch sets are lovely and well priced. Dishes are about the right size and family style with some will work.
  • Sasha C.
    Sasha ChinnayaDecember 20, 2016
    Possibly my favorite restaurant ever. The environment is incredible, nice lighting, beautiful decorations and the food is some of the best Thai I've had. Fave thing is the chicken dumplings
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoJuly 24, 2016
    A two-story eatery in Hell's Kitchen serving up solid Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Their lunch special, with includes two courses for $9, can't be beat.
  • Nadia S.heart icon on user image
    Nadia SwanNovember 2, 2017
    Awesome place. Food delicious. Had calamari, eggplant, duck noodle, and loved it all. Cannot wait to go back. HAPPY HOUR 🍸 DRINKS...
  • Christos P.heart icon on user image
    The papaya salad, the pad Thai and all the appetisers we got were divine. Really enjoyed the meal and it was worth the walking. Quite affordable as well given the alternative Thai options in the area.
  • Sandra R.heart icon on user image
    Sandra RubinchikSeptember 1, 2014
    The pad thai comes garnished with a delicious poached egg which makes you feel way less guilty about being an un-adventurous, closed-minded turd who only ever orders pad thai.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TsuMay 17, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    There's no shortage of good Thai restaurants in Hells Kitchen, but OBAO stands out both with its spacious venue and its inclusion of Vietnamese classics. I recommend the Bun
  • Angelaheart icon on user image
    AngelaFebruary 22, 2015
    Great atmosphere, affordable prices, and the drunken noodles are on point. Great wine selection too, which is rare for a Thai restaurant.
  • Sally D.heart icon on user image
    Sally DuForeSeptember 9, 2019
    Great Tequila shots appetizers very good it was just a night with a wonderful friend I will definitely go back soon
  • What's Good Hereheart icon on user image
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Get the beef pho, containing thin-sliced rare beef, braised brisket, rice noodles and ginger anise beef broth. Michelin recommended.
  • Nicole S.heart icon on user image
    Nicole SaundersOctober 8, 2016
    Pho Bo was awesome. Got the grilled eggplant based on others' comments - delicious, but a lot for one person. Decent wine list.
  • Skip
    SkipSeptember 26, 2013
    Old Ember Room. New decor touches. Some favorite and new dishes. Food was delicious, especially the Calamari app. Friendly and service focused staff. Unique specialty cocktail drinks.
  • christine j.heart icon on user image
    christine joySeptember 24, 2013
    Spare Ribs on Sugar Cane Skewers were a phenomenal WIN. Makes for a great midday snack. Thai iced tea was perfectly creamy and sweet.
  • Nathan
    NathanNovember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Singapore Laksa -- really hits the spot on a cold day. Just the right combo of curry, coconut milk, shrimp, spicy pepper flakes and pork belly: winning combo.
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MackeySeptember 23, 2016
    I think everything is good here, but I thought the Clay Pot Catfish and Japanese eggplant dishes were amazing
  • Troy B.
    Troy BAugust 8, 2013
    New name. Formerly known as the ember room. Some of the known entrees have stayed on the menu but they have added Vietnamese selections. Service and food were amazing. Highly recommend.
  • John A.heart icon on user image
    John ANovember 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good local Asian fusion, nice design atmosphere. Vegetarian options: papaya salad and eggplant tofu are good. They have a full bar and good looking staff.
  • Joan P.
    Joan ParkJuly 16, 2015
    papaya pad thai is a unique spin to the traditional dish. don't forget to order a side of 7-spice fries.
  • Tati ☆.heart icon on user image
    Amazing food, drinks and great bartenders. Any of the fried rices selections is delicous. Pad Thai was ok. Great atmosphere and design. Very cool place!
  • Eden N.
    Eden NgMay 10, 2015
    Pad see Ew tasted a bit burnt but the pork belly salad and sambal calamari were amazing!!!! Not super spicy though and they do have non-thai items on the menu i.e. Viet, Singaporean food etc
  • Danielle W.heart icon on user image
    Danielle WhitedMay 1, 2014
    Delicious cocktail menu. The massaman steak curry, Japanese grilled eggplant, and Bok Choy with garlic were all fantastic.
  • Jessica N.heart icon on user image
    Jessica NgJanuary 26, 2014
    A friend took me here for a birthday dinner and the staff was wonderful. Out waiter had a great sense of humor and even brought over a complimentary dessert to celebrate
  • Patrick G.
    Patrick GavinMarch 20, 2014
    Tasty, well-curated selection which goes slightly beyond the standard Thai fare. Execution is mixed. Try V[IV] for a more authentic set of Northern Thai options.
  • Nauman N.
    Nauman NoorOctober 20, 2017
    Highly recommend the short ribs and the fish clay pot. Service can be slow at times - getting a table is worth the wait
  • Tonie W.heart icon on user image
    Tonie WanMay 2, 2018
    Love the decor! Get the Bun (dry vermicelli noodles) with Flank Steak and fresh coconut juice.
  • Sabrina W.
    Sabrina WangAugust 12, 2014
    fancy Thai/Vietnamese restaurant in Hell's Kitchen. perfect location for waiting shows or movies near Midtown. the food is pretty awesome.
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenDecember 10, 2021
    Food was delicious. Try the pork chop.
  • Lilyheart icon on user image
    LilyJanuary 5, 2019
    This isn't the best Thai joint in the neighborhood, but the food is decent, the service is fast and hospitable, and there's plenty of seating – a good choice when you need a quick but sit-down bite.
  • Cintaheart icon on user image
    CintaMarch 8, 2015
    I ordered the spare ribs, the spring rolls and the chicken curry. Everything was excelent! Big portions and good price as well.
  • Paige C.heart icon on user image
    Paige CAugust 13, 2017
    Really good food and cocktails. Loved the spare ribs with the sugar cane!
  • Vimal K.heart icon on user image
    Vimal KumarFebruary 22, 2016
    One of the best meals I've had in a very long time. Everything is amazing.
  • Tiffany S.
    Tiffany SSeptember 18, 2014
    Spare ribs, grilled eggplant , and oven roasted chicken are great, but you'll have to sit thru a playlist of painfully sappy pop hits from 1997.
  • Mark P.heart icon on user image
    Mark PollardSeptember 5, 2015
    Great space and happy hour prices. Food is solid. Kimchi fries (yum but expensive for what they are), luc loc lac was tasty, the pho was OK (not distinctive), pad see yiew was good.
  • Carlo C.
    Carlo CiscoFebruary 15, 2014
    Pastrami meatballs are awesome. Food is cheap, drinks are great atmosphere is awesome. And you can knock 20% off your full bill with foodfan select
  • Holiday
    HolidayDecember 13, 2018
    Tom yum soup and pad Thai, every time. Nice staff.
  • What's Good Hereheart icon on user image
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Order the crispy pork belly - caramelized sliced pork belly and pickled vegetables.
  • jansen c.heart icon on user image
    jansen cApril 16, 2017
    Yummy inexpensive lunch and nice decor, will come again
  • Tavo D.heart icon on user image
    Tavo DeObalMay 13, 2017
    The tofu/eggplant, kimchi potatoes, fried calamari not the best pad Thai, very overlooked, no wifi good 30 box white wine
  • Nation's Restaurant News
    Nation's Restaurant NewsDecember 13, 2013
    Chef Preyanet Pongsuwan of OBAO NY uses shredded green papaya instead of noodles for this non-traditional pad Thai. Read more
  • Honghui Y.heart icon on user image
    Honghui YuJuly 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is a little confused as to whether it's Thai or Vietnamese. I tend to like the Vietnamese side a little more. The pad Thai is very average.
  • Melanie S.
    Melanie SilveraOctober 28, 2014
    Upgraded version of Ember Room (the restaurant that occupied the space before). Cashew chili chicken is amazing!
  • Rachel i.heart icon on user image
    Rachel isOctober 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I come here just to eat the khao soi noodles! !! Everything is tastyyy
  • Prad N.heart icon on user image
    Prad NelluruJune 15, 2017
    The cashew chili chicken is crunch, mildy-seasoned, and served with rice.
  • Christina C.heart icon on user image
    Christina ChinDecember 10, 2021
    Came for late lunch, pretty busy but pad see ew was good, fun cocktail drinks for GNO
  • Lane R.heart icon on user image
    Lane RettigAugust 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Super friendly staff and $3 draft beers at happy hour. What's not to like?
  • Jin Y.heart icon on user image
    Jin YaoDecember 6, 2015
    I came here because others said this place had huge servings of pho. I'm a 105 lb little girl. if I can finish the entire bowl of pho and 6 spring rolls in one sitting, it ain't huge. disappointing.
  • New York P.heart icon on user image
    New York PRJune 3, 2016
    The staff is really friendly and inviting. Good value. Get the fresh shrimp rolls.
  • Mandar M.
    Mandar MJuly 21, 2014
    The eight dollar lunch special is the best! Appetizer and entree yumm
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KramerJanuary 13, 2015
    Crispy pork belly and eggplant appetizers. Then get beef luclak or pho bo soup
  • Kristin M.heart icon on user image
    Kristin MusgroveDecember 17, 2014
    The holy basil chicken was a flavor explosion! Sooooooo good.
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