OBAO Midtown

OBAO Midtown

Thai Restaurant, Ramen / Noodle House, and Vietnamese Restaurant
222 E 53rd St (btwn 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave), New York, NY 10018, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
No

Bringing you a unique twist on Thai and Vietnamese comfort foods, OBAO bridges the gap from the streets of Southeast Asia to the streets of New York City.

9.0/10

Based on 263 votes

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  • HM L.

    i'm in love. the bun bo hue was more than legit. Bangkok chicken is a tasty KISS type of dish.

    HM Luu · 2 days ago
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  • Dave C.

    The beef spare ribs on sugar cane skewers are pretty dope

    Dave Cummings · 5 days ago
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  • dawn.in.newyork

    Mediocre service and food. Pho bo was too salty. Just worth coming for happy hour.

    dawn.in.newyork · 1 week ago
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  • Helen L.

    The pho is okay. What's really worth getting is the shrimp pad pad thai. So nutty and delicious!

    Helen Lee · 2 weeks ago
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  • Mario P.

    The shrimp pad thai is one of the best in Manhattan!

    Mario P · March 18
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  • Sveto M.

    Delicious! I recommend the Michellin foods

    Sveto Moravcik · February 22
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  • Thu D.

    Pho is really good here!

    Thu Dang · February 1
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  • Sid ✌.

    Awesome pad see ew. Awesome pad ki Mao.

    Sid ✌️ · January 20
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  • Gregory K.

    Pho good. gr8 broth. Good early bird special 4-6:30pm

    Gregory Kuebler · January 16
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  • Joseph B.

    Pad sew ew was scrumptious. Kimchi fries were delicious. Chiang mai noodles is really tasty!

    Joseph Bartels · January 11
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  • Melissa C.

    Pad Kee Mao > Pad See Ew > Pad Thai

    Melissa Chai · January 9
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  • Chris K.

    Decent but I can't jump on the bandwagon here.

    Chris Konecny · January 8
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  • Kristen P.

    Really amazing pork belly and veggie dumplings were awesome !

    Kristen Peirano · January 3
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  • Brian E.

    The spicy lemongrass broth is really good. Put half of your spice in and give it a taste first because it can get very spicy.

    Brian Erickson · December 31, 2014
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  • Meg F.

    Come on a cold day for the lunch deal- add a steamed dumpling or spring roll, both solid choices. One of the better tasting Pho Bo places in Manhattan.

    Meg Farmer · December 30, 2014
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  • Kimmie O.

    Get the pho Bo & the Bun Bo hue

    Kimmie Ohh · December 22, 2014
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  • Libby

    Pineapple fried rice is pretty good!

    Libby · December 19, 2014
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  • Giada G.

    Taste great and healthy

    Giada Gao · December 3, 2014
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  • Christopher S.

    Steam Dumplings are topper and the Tom Yum Seafood Soup is excellent. Great Pho Bo!

    Christopher Stewart · December 1, 2014
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  • Addy J.

    Lemon Grass Short Ribs are EPIC! Perfect blend of flavors and spice

    Addy Jeet · November 22, 2014
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  • Dan N.

    Way too sweet. Might be good Thai for New York, but for a guy from Sydney who knows his way around holy basil this was not my cup of tea and really made me miss home.

    Dan Nolan · November 20, 2014
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  • Venera V.

    Pork belly == yummy!

    Venera Varbanova · November 15, 2014
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  • Venera V.

    The best pork belly in the entire world!

    Venera Varbanova · October 29, 2014
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  • ZenFoodster Eats

    Get booth in bk of this hip & zen SE Asian. My faves: Clay pot shrimp, crispy spring rolls, spare ribs on sugar cane, hand cut daikon cake, & Chinese broccoli. FiDi & HK offshoots are just as cool!

    ZenFoodster Eats · October 24, 2014
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  • Sean F.

    Super super good lunch specials. A heaping amount of food plus really cheap alcoholic/nonalcoholic drinks. I haven't found a bad meal on the menu.

    Sean Fleming · October 1, 2014
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  • Venera V.

    The food is great!

    Venera Varbanova · September 30, 2014
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  • Sexy L.

    Carbs carbs and more carbs. If your down for that, you've come to the perfect place to stuff to' face. Pineapple fried rice was yummy.

    Sexy LF · September 25, 2014
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  • Neha S.

    Deceivingly roomy! Can easily seat a party of 8. Food is good too!

    Neha Sebastian · September 24, 2014
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  • Deej R.

    Surprised no one here has mentioned the laksa, cuz it is awesome

    Deej Ratnani · September 15, 2014
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  • Julia A.

    Great spring rolls, shrimp thai pad and ginger chicken. The service was excellent!

    Julia Adriano · September 9, 2014
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  • April Z.

    People tend to overhype this place a lot. Come here neutral minded and you'll experience great food. Come with high expectations and you just might think it's average.

    April Zhao · September 5, 2014
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  • Gian Luigi P.

    Ottimo Thai. Consiglio Singapore Noodles.

    Gian Luigi Pari · September 5, 2014
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  • Linda L.

    There's a $15 credit card minimum.

    Linda Le · August 9, 2014
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  • Wilson Z.

    Best pad thai according to roommate

    Wilson Zhen · August 9, 2014
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  • What's Good Here

    Looking for something different and tasty? Get 2 orders of the pork belly appetizer for sublime slabs of mouth watering pork.

    What's Good Here · August 7, 2014
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  • Wen F.

    Delightful meat dishes with a BBQ touch to everything.

    Wen Fu · June 10, 2014
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  • Nathan Y.

    Avoid Singapore lasak, it's served with soba noodle

    Nathan Yuen · May 4, 2014
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  • Nathan Y.

    Lunch special till 4 pm

    Nathan Yuen · May 4, 2014
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  • Susan W.

    Spicy kalbi was so good!

    Susan Woo · April 19, 2014
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  • Victoria U.

    Do get the short ribs and the pork belly. They have an early birds prix fix for 11$ that includes an appetizer, entree and drink. Solid stop in midtown east.

    Victoria Ugarte · April 9, 2014
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  • Nisha C.

    The lemongrass BBQ short ribs are AMAZING.

    Nisha Chittal · March 14, 2014
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  • Seth O.

    Good Pho Bo. Cool thai spot in midtown. Extremely busy for lunch.

    Seth O'Brien · March 6, 2014
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  • Miguel P.

    Muy buena comida.. precio solidario

    Miguel Pizani · March 4, 2014
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  • Ximena D.

    The last soup noodle in the menu! Mmmmm yummy

    Ximena Diez De Bonila · February 24, 2014
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  • Elaine H.

    Basically random pick something in their menu and that would not be a bad choice. Suggest the catfish and pho.

    Elaine He · February 14, 2014
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  • Caitlin W.

    OMG everything here was amazing, from the Vietnamese coffee to the chicken satay to the pho. Probably the best dumplings I've ever eaten, even better than Mandoo Bar. Pad see iew is to die for.

    Caitlin Williams · January 19, 2014
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  • Nation's Restaurant News

    Typical pad Thai is made with rice noodles and often topped with a fried egg or has egg mixed in with the noodles. Chef Preyanet Pongsuwan uses shredded green papaya instead of noodles. Read more

    Nation's Restaurant News · December 13, 2013
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  • Jin M.

    Bun bo hue is not for people who does not like strong herbs.Beef panang could be too spicy for people who have moderate spicy tolerance. The golden wings and lemongrass kalbi short ribs is very delish

    Jin Moon · November 30, 2013
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  • David G.

    One of the best lunch deals in Midtown (even on weekends). Go for the Pho Bo ($8) to heat you up on a cold day. Ask for extra noodles and make it two meals.

    David Greenberger · November 30, 2013
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  • Fei J.

    All night happy hour until close Mondays through Wednesdays!! Amazing! $5 cocktails

    Fei Jin · November 21, 2013
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