OBAO Midtown

OBAO Midtown

Thai Restaurant, Noodle House, and Vietnamese Restaurant$$$$
Turtle Bay, New York
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  • Kimmie O.
    "Get the pho Bo & the Bun Bo hue"(12 Tips)
    Marq R.
    "Pad see ew with a Korean twist: Galbi and Mango Kimchi!"(12 Tips)
    Emily
    "The Crispy Pork Belly appetizer is delish."(3 Tips)
    Mark V.
    "Great food.. try the calamari, spicy kalbi short ribs and tom yum..."(3 Tips)
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  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie Kim3 weeks ago
    Their seating room in the back is super cute and spacious
  • Ellie
    EllieMarch 20
    Respectable if not spectacular Thai classics served in big portions at affordable prices - fast but indifferent service.
  • Nitzan B.
    Nitzan BMarch 11
    Cozy little spot, good food with good prices.
  • Cynthia L.
    Do NOT order delivery from here. Multiple times my order was "forgotten". They don't pick up the phone so you can't even figure out what has happened. Completely crap management. Figure your shit out.
  • Luke J.
    Luke JonesMarch 4
    The OBAO Chicken is delicious.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchaentzlerFebruary 10
    Excellent Pad Thai and Chicken Cashew, but not as delicious as its counterpart in Hells Kitchen. This location is a lot more informal than HK, no frills but always solid.
  • Meg K.
    Meg KNovember 23, 2016
    Not suitable for vegetarians.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew C.June 15, 2016
    Stick with the Thai items on the menu.
  • Tom D.
    Tom DiMaggioMay 16, 2016
    The food is decent, their cocktail menu is fun, and they have happy hour all night on certain days.
  • Luc D.
    Luc DoanApril 11, 2016
    Thai operated with Vietnamese food options. The bun bo hue wasn't good. The khao soi was fine until the noodles soak up all the liquid
  • Brigitte P.
    Brigitte PerezMarch 7, 2016
    Pad Kee Mao was delicious as always. Aside from the table behind us finding a roach on the table :/ 3/4/15. It put a damper on our food experience. Wondering if we ate bugs wasn't fun.
  • Gretta H.
    Gretta HehreMarch 1, 2016
    Great place to go if I ever find myself in midtown east ever again...good to know there are multiple locations
  • Aditi
    AditiFebruary 1, 2016
    Bo bun hue & bok Choy are my go tos 😛
  • Tejas S.
    Tejas ShahDecember 28, 2015
    Veg. Pad Kee Mao...
  • Rodrigo A.
    Rodrigo ArtaviaDecember 8, 2015
    Pad Thai is great
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CNovember 26, 2015
    Frighteningly fast service, nice staff and delicious food. The pad Thai is gluten free and scrumptious.
  • Andy G.
    Andy GrossmanNovember 22, 2015
    Great service. Try the ginger & anise Pho Bo.
  • Kit&kafoodle
    Kit&kafoodleNovember 18, 2015
    Don't get the pho Bo and bun bo hue together. Too similar, though both tasted very nice. I'd go for the spicier bun bo hue if I had to choose, more meat and depth to the flavour
  • Kit&kafoodle
    Kit&kafoodleNovember 16, 2015
    Pho isn't bad. Good flavoured broth but noodles are thin rice vermicelli. The Bun Bo Hue also has a lot of flavour with a nice spicy hit and thicker udon-type rice noodles. Good smattering of meat.
  • Devonta
    DevontaOctober 30, 2015
    Good lunch specials and good service. Looks small but there's room in the back. The Basil Fried Rice is pretty good.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanOctober 19, 2015
    Decent food, but nothing special.
  • isuvaish
    isuvaishOctober 10, 2015
    Saw a strand of hair on my tomato - didn't feel like finishing my dish after that .
  • Travers M.
    Travers McInerneySeptember 10, 2015
    Pad see ew
  • Travers M.
    Travers McInerneySeptember 10, 2015
    Best Pad see ew I've ever had...
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JettAugust 27, 2015
    Pad see Lew is delicious I!
  • Annika Y.
    Annika YanAugust 23, 2015
    Durian Shake! My favorite drink:) I love durian fruit and it's surprising to find a place to serve durian shake in midtown! The food taste great as well.
  • Caitlin B.
    Caitlin BrownAugust 22, 2015
    ✌🏼️legit happy hour
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonJuly 31, 2015
    The pho is always good, but the vermicelli noodle relishes shouldn't be missed
  • Renz N.
    Renz NobleJuly 14, 2015
    Pork. Belly.
  • Samer Y.
    Samer YaganJuly 12, 2015
    Happy hour
  • Jeffrey W.
    Jeffrey WJuly 2, 2015
    Calamari is some of the best.
  • Allan S.
    Allan SmithJuly 1, 2015
    The catfish bowl meal was delicious
  • Ru L.
    Ru LuJune 5, 2015
    Wow. The food is legit here. Their OBAO chicken rice (only serves 20 a day) melted my mouth. This is now my fav lunch place near work
  • Charles M.
    Charles MbaruguruJune 3, 2015
    I got the kalbi dish, which was great!! Spicy, flavorful, but not overwhelming
  • HM L.
    HM LuuMay 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Bun Bo Hue is phenomenal. stay away if you can't handle the type of spice that sneaks up on you. going to start asking if they can tone it down but the flavors and the ingredients are top notch #yum
  • Rodolfo d.
    Rodolfo da RochaApril 23, 2015
    They have an excellent Pho. And they are very kind.
  • HM L.
    HM LuuApril 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    i'm in love. the bun bo hue was more than legit. Bangkok chicken is a tasty KISS type of dish.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsApril 13, 2015
    The beef spare ribs on sugar cane skewers are pretty dope
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkApril 10, 2015
    Mediocre service and food. Pho bo was too salty. Just worth coming for happy hour.
  • Helen
    HelenApril 2, 2015
    The pho is okay. What's really worth getting is the shrimp pad pad thai. So nutty and delicious!
  • Mario P.
    Mario PMarch 18, 2015
    The shrimp pad thai is one of the best in Manhattan!
  • ssmpl
    ssmplFebruary 22, 2015
    Delicious! I recommend the Michellin foods
  • Thu D.
    Thu DangFebruary 1, 2015
    Pho is really good here!
  • S I D
    S I DJanuary 20, 2015
    Awesome pad see ew. Awesome pad ki Mao.
  • Gregory K.
    Gregory KueblerJanuary 16, 2015
    Pho good. gr8 broth. Good early bird special 4-6:30pm
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BartelsJanuary 11, 2015
    Pad sew ew was scrumptious. Kimchi fries were delicious. Chiang mai noodles is really tasty!
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa ChaiJanuary 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pad Kee Mao > Pad See Ew > Pad Thai
  • Chris K.
    Chris KonecnyJanuary 8, 2015
    Decent but I can't jump on the bandwagon here.
  • Kristen P.
    Kristen PeiranoJanuary 3, 2015
    Really amazing pork belly and veggie dumplings were awesome !
  • Brian E.
    Brian EricksonDecember 31, 2014
    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.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerDecember 30, 2014
    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.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhDecember 22, 2014
    Get the pho Bo & the Bun Bo hue
  • Libby
    LibbyDecember 19, 2014
    Pineapple fried rice is pretty good!
  • Giada G.
    Giada GaoDecember 3, 2014
    Taste great and healthy
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher StewartDecember 1, 2014
    Steam Dumplings are topper and the Tom Yum Seafood Soup is excellent. Great Pho Bo!
  • Addy J.
    Addy JeetNovember 22, 2014
    Lemon Grass Short Ribs are EPIC! Perfect blend of flavors and spice
  • Dan N.
    Dan NolanNovember 20, 2014
    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.
  • Venera V.
    Venera VarbanovaNovember 15, 2014
    Pork belly == yummy!
  • Venera V.
    Venera VarbanovaOctober 29, 2014
    The best pork belly in the entire world!
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterOctober 24, 2014
    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!
  • Sean F.
    Sean FlemingOctober 1, 2014
    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.
  • Venera V.
    Venera VarbanovaSeptember 30, 2014
    The food is great!
  • Sexy L.
    Sexy LFSeptember 25, 2014
    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.
  • Neha S.
    Neha SebastianSeptember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Deceivingly roomy! Can easily seat a party of 8. Food is good too!
  • Deej R.
    Deej RatnaniSeptember 15, 2014
    Surprised no one here has mentioned the laksa, cuz it is awesome
  • Julia A.
    Julia AdrianoSeptember 9, 2014
    Great spring rolls, shrimp thai pad and ginger chicken. The service was excellent!
  • April Z.
    April ZhaoSeptember 5, 2014
    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.
  • Linda L.
    Linda LeAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    There's a $15 credit card minimum.
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhenAugust 9, 2014
    Best pad thai according to roommate
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Looking for something different and tasty? Get 2 orders of the pork belly appetizer for sublime slabs of mouth watering pork.
  • Wen F.
    Wen FuJune 10, 2014
    Delightful meat dishes with a BBQ touch to everything.
  • Nathan Y.
    Nathan YuenMay 4, 2014
    Avoid Singapore lasak, it's served with soba noodle
  • Nathan Y.
    Nathan YuenMay 4, 2014
    Lunch special till 4 pm
  • Susan W.
    Susan WooApril 19, 2014
    Spicy kalbi was so good!
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria UgarteApril 9, 2014
    Do get the short ribs and the pork belly. They have an early birds prix fix for 11$ that includes an appetizer, entree and drink. Solid stop in midtown east.
  • Nisha C.
    Nisha ChittalMarch 14, 2014
    The lemongrass BBQ short ribs are AMAZING.
  • Seth O.
    Seth O'BrienMarch 6, 2014
    Good Pho Bo. Cool thai spot in midtown. Extremely busy for lunch.
  • Ximena D.
    Ximena Diez De BonilaFebruary 24, 2014
    The last soup noodle in the menu! Mmmmm yummy
  • Elaine H.
    Elaine HeFebruary 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Basically random pick something in their menu and that would not be a bad choice. Suggest the catfish and pho.
  • Caitlin W.
    Caitlin WilliamsJanuary 19, 2014
    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.
  • Nation's Restaurant News
    Nation's Restaurant NewsDecember 13, 2013
    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
  • Jin M.
    Jin MoonNovember 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • David G.
    David GreenbergerNovember 30, 2013
    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.
  • Fei J.
    Fei JinNovember 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    All night happy hour until close Mondays through Wednesdays!! Amazing! $5 cocktails
  • debz
    debzNovember 21, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Pho Bo. Not completely traditional but pretty good and one of their best options.
  • Eugene B.
    Eugene BidaNovember 13, 2013
    Kalbi Short Rib is great
  • Richa R.
    Richa RudolaNovember 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    one of my favorite Vietnamese places in the city, been frequenting since 2010. cannot go wrong with the kalbi, pad see ew or pho
  • Mark V.
    Mark VassarNovember 7, 2013
    Great food.. try the calamari, spicy kalbi short ribs and tom yum...
  • Vanessa R.
    Vanessa RuedaSeptember 10, 2013
    Get those sugar cane rib sticks! weird and delicious!
  • Erica
    EricaJuly 28, 2013
    Amazing! Was looking for place after matinee. Wanted something different as a local. Drinks, food, bartenders (Luke & B) all fab! Will return for sure.
  • Alex C.
    Alex CJuly 21, 2013
    This place is awesome! They even gave us a taste of their house made liqpur.
  • Marcel B.
    Marcel BrionesJuly 17, 2013
    Obao elevates the standard black rice pudding by pairing it with a passion fruit mousse. Like fresh mango, a more common pairing, the mousse provides a floral acidity that makes this classic sing.
  • Frankie B.
    Frankie BuckleJune 30, 2013
    2nd time here - love the Viet papaya salad. The veg spring rolls are also good - bit different. Not sure how vegetarian friendly this place is - I think a lot of the food is cooked in meat fat/broth.
  • B T.
    B ThomasMay 23, 2013
    Two dollar beers during lunch!
  • Ben Z.
    Ben ZweigMay 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get on the online reservation leaderboard for 20% off your bill, err'time.
  • Aditi S.
    Aditi SVCMay 17, 2013
    The sugarcane skewered ribs are amazing, and the service is always stellar. This place puts a big smile on my face.
  • Tommy
    TommyApril 30, 2013
    Very Good Food! The "early Bird" offer does not work with all meals!
  • B H.
    B HApril 25, 2013
    Service not so good but the price and food is amazing. Dumplings and pork belly are a must app. Great Vietnamese and Thai fusion!
  • Erin M.
    Erin MeadorApril 9, 2013
    Pretty delicious dinner! Pad see Ew and a shrimp dish... Decent!
  • Linden H.
    Linden HillenbrandMarch 7, 2013
    This is not ramen. It's a Pho based house. I suggest ordering the pig belly and steamed dumplings.
  • Andrey S.
    Andrey SanosyanSeptember 16, 2016
    Суп ФоБо был прекрасен!
  • Gian Luigi P.
    Gian Luigi PariSeptember 5, 2014
    Ottimo Thai. Consiglio Singapore Noodles.
  • Miguel P.
    Miguel PizaniMarch 4, 2014
    Muy buena comida.. precio solidario
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