OBAO Midtown

OBAO Midtown

222 E 53rd St (btwn 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave), New York, NY 10018, United States
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

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.


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  • pho
  • pork belly
  • pad Thai
  • happy hour
  • short ribs
  • Sapporo beer
  • spicy food
  • kimchi
  • steamed dumplings
  • Bun Bo Hue
  • pineapple fried rice
  • delivery
  • rice pudding
  • fried tofu
  • lively
  • great value
  • authentic
  • cocktails
  • shrimp
  • calamari
  • Dino O.

    Pho is always pho sho

    Dino O · August 11, 2010
  • Alan H.

    Excellent pho, perhaps best in manhattan

    Alan Huang · March 5, 2010
  • helen c.

    Pork belly appetizer is delicious! This is one of the more authentic viet/thai restaurants I've been to.

    helen cheuck · July 13, 2011
  • Marq R.

    Get the Pad See Ew! They throw in some Korean flavor with the galbi and mango kimchi goodness! The pad thai is really good too with a yolky poached egg on top for you to mix around!

    Marq Romero · January 29, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nazila M.

    Normally i am not a fan of "fusion" but this place was a pleasant surprise. Love their spicy calamari. The other dishes are great too esp the shrimp dishes

    Nazila Mathari · August 30, 2013
  • Piotr S.

    Pork belly must have! They also have bun bo hue and I've been craving this flavor for ages. Pho Bo up to standard. Nice staff.

    Piotr Svc · December 20, 2012
  • Jonathan G.

    Food is great. Service is not.

    Jonathan Goldner · July 12, 2012
  • Donald K.

    Thai fried rice for the win!!

    Donald Koroh · November 24, 2010
  • Michael L.

    $1 happy hour shots?! heck yes.

    Michael Layman · November 18, 2010
  • Ian

    Fantastic happy hour, with $2 beers, $1 shots, $2 appetizers.

    Ian · August 5, 2010
  • Marq R.

    Pad see ew with a Korean twist: Galbi and Mango Kimchi! What! So good!

    Marq Romero · January 18, 2010
  • David H.

    Pad see ew with green mango kimchi

    David Haber · December 13, 2009
  • 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
  • Christopher S.

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

    Christopher Stewart · December 1, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Richa R.

    one of my favorite Vietnamese places in the city, been frequenting since 2010. cannot go wrong with the kalbi, pad see ew or pho

    Richa Rudola · November 12, 2013
  • Jason G.

    The duck is delicious here

    Jason Gross · February 14, 2013
  • Emily

    The Crispy Pork Belly appetizer is delish. The cuts have enough fat to give it flavor but not too much to be overwhelming. The skin is nice and crispy.

    Emily · February 11, 2013
  • Gregory L.

    The food is excellent here. Best fusion restaurant I've ever been to. Try the Green Tea Panna Cotta and the sticky rice topped with passion fruit ice cream (the latter was special) for dessert.

    Gregory Lee · April 25, 2011
  • helen c.

    The Fried tofu here is freat. Great flavor with a touch of chili for heat.

    helen cheuck · January 16, 2011
  • M C.

    I stumbled across this place one night when our original choice was closed. I am very thankful for that! One of the most delicious meals I have in a while. Worth checking out.

    M C · November 30, 2010
  • Raj S.

    The curry catfish satay is to die for! Make sure you try it out!

    Raj Sarma · April 11, 2010
  • Mario P.

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

    Mario P · 1 week ago
  • Sveto M.

    Delicious! I recommend the Michellin foods

    Sveto Moravcik · February 22
  • Thu D.

    Pho is really good here!

    Thu Dang · February 1
  • Sid ✌.

    Awesome pad see ew. Awesome pad ki Mao.

    Sid ✌️ · January 20
  • Gregory K.

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

    Gregory Kuebler · January 16
  • Joseph B.

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

    Joseph Bartels · January 11
  • Melissa C.

    Pad Kee Mao > Pad See Ew > Pad Thai

    Melissa Chai · January 9
  • Chris K.

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

    Chris Konecny · January 8
  • Kristen P.

    Really amazing pork belly and veggie dumplings were awesome !

    Kristen Peirano · January 3
  • 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
  • Libby

    Pineapple fried rice is pretty good!

    Libby · December 19, 2014
  • Giada G.

    Taste great and healthy

    Giada Gao · December 3, 2014
  • Addy J.

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

    Addy Jeet · November 22, 2014
  • 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
  • Venera V.

    Pork belly == yummy!

    Venera Varbanova · November 15, 2014
  • Venera V.

    The best pork belly in the entire world!

    Venera Varbanova · October 29, 2014
  • 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
  • Venera V.

    The food is great!

    Venera Varbanova · September 30, 2014
  • Neha S.

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

    Neha Sebastian · September 24, 2014
  • Deej R.

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

    Deej Ratnani · September 15, 2014
  • Julia A.

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

    Julia Adriano · September 9, 2014
  • 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
  • Kimmie O.

    Get the pho Bo & the Bun Bo hue

    Kimmie Ohh · December 22, 2014
  • Gian Luigi P.

    Ottimo Thai. Consiglio Singapore Noodles.

    Gian Luigi Pari · September 5, 2014

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