OBAO Midtown

OBAO Midtown

Thai Restaurant, Noodle Restaurant, and Vietnamese Restaurant$$$$
Turtle Bay, New York
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    Kimmie O.
    "Get the pho bo & the bun bo hue."(12 Tips)
    Alexander M.
    "Pad see ew is really good, very authentic!"(12 Tips)
    Cody G.
    "green mango kimchi for spice"(5 Tips)
    Mark V.
    "Great food.. try the calamari, spicy kalbi short ribs and tom yum..."(3 Tips)
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  • happy hour
  • pork belly
  • short ribs
  • spicy food
  • trendy
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  • Alyssa B.heart icon on user image
    Alyssa B.August 14, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Don’t be intimidated by the dark exteriors/interior! Great gem in the neighborhood. The Bun is delicious and generous and the desserts are collab with Spot Dessert! Great happy hr $5 sake
  • Annika Y.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Melissa C.heart icon on user image
    Melissa ChaiMarch 6, 2018
    Best Thai dumplings. I ate those and the pad kee mao at least once a week while I lived in this area. Usually order a side of stir fried Chinese broccoli for a balanced meal
  • Kit&kafoodleheart icon on user image
    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.
  • Devontaheart icon on user image
    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.
  • River M.heart icon on user image
    River MakiFebruary 28, 2019
    Great happy hour, amazing pork belly and pad Thai, and super friendly service! We accidentally came in like 10 minutes before closing and they still welcomed us so kindly, 10/10 would go again
  • 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.
  • Harrison Hoang L.heart icon on user image
    Harrison Hoang 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
  • 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
  • Kit&kafoodleheart icon on user image
    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
  • 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.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchaentzlerFebruary 10, 2017
    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.
  • 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.
  • David G.heart icon on user image
    David GreenbergerNovember 30, 2013
    One of the best lunch deals in Midtown (even on weekends). Go for the Pho Bo ($8) to heat you up on a cold day. Ask for extra noodles and make it two meals.
  • Brigitte P.heart icon on user image
    Brigitte PerezMarch 7, 2016
    Pad Kee Mao was delicious as always. Aside from the table behind us finding a roach on the table :/ 3/4/15. It put a damper on our food experience. Wondering if we ate bugs wasn't fun.
  • What's Good Hereheart icon on user image
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Looking for something different and tasty? Get 2 orders of the pork belly appetizer for sublime slabs of mouth watering pork.
  • Frankie B.
    Frankie BuckleJune 30, 2013
    2nd time here - love the Viet papaya salad. The veg spring rolls are also good - bit different. Not sure how vegetarian friendly this place is - I think a lot of the food is cooked in meat fat/broth.
  • Victoria U.heart icon on user image
    Victoria U.April 9, 2014
    Do get the short ribs and the pork belly. They have an early birds prix fix for 11$ that includes an appetizer, entree and drink. Solid stop in midtown east.
  • 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.
  • Piotr S.
    Piotr SvcDecember 20, 2012
    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.
  • Cody G.heart icon on user image
    Cody GriggersApril 28, 2017
    Pad seeiuw (with the twist of green mango kimchi for spice and sour balance) is awesome, and the staff are super friendly!
  • Jin M.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Emily
    EmilyFebruary 11, 2013
    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.
  • 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
  • Richa R.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Gregory L.
    Gregory LeeApril 25, 2011
    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.
  • Sean F.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Brian E.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Mehroz H.
    Mehroz HowellOctober 1, 2012
    All I can say is... Wow to the lemongrass shirt ribs. One of the most delicious Asian meals I have ever had! And the happy hour is awesome!
  • 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!
  • Aarthi D.
    Aarthi D.November 7, 2012
    I had the pad kha praw, and it was delicious. Excellent flavor balance and pleasantly spicy, and the chicken was cooked perfectly. Delicious!
  • Yani I.
    Yani ImanFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the black rice pudding & condensed milk ice cream! Too bad they were out of the Ovaltine ice cream. It's an South East Asian haven!
  • Harrison Hoang L.heart icon on user image
    Harrison Hoang 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.
  • Helen
    HelenApril 2, 2015
    The pho is okay. What's really worth getting is the shrimp pad pad thai. So nutty and delicious!
  • 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.
  • Rachel C.heart icon on user image
    Rachel CNovember 26, 2015
    Frighteningly fast service, nice staff and delicious food. The pad Thai is gluten free and scrumptious.
  • Gregory L.
    Gregory LeeApril 25, 2011
    I can second the tips here. The fried tofu, pork fried rice, kalbi, pad Thai and green papaya salad were great.
  • Aditi S.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Meghan Kathleen
    Meghan KathleenJanuary 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    $2 Sapporo, basically anytime. Also, if you're looking for something warm, delicious, and comforting, get the Pho Bo.
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    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!
  • Joseph B.heart icon on user image
    Joseph BartelsJanuary 11, 2015
    Pad sew ew was scrumptious. Kimchi fries were delicious. Chiang mai noodles is really tasty!
  • Ellieheart icon on user image
    EllieMarch 20, 2017
    Respectable if not spectacular Thai classics served in big portions at affordable prices - fast but indifferent service.
  • April Z.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Kelsey✨heart icon on user image
    Kelsey✨April 28, 2019
    Cute spot, lots of plants. The vegetarian eggplant tofu dish is really good
  • Christopher S.heart icon on user image
    Christopher StewartDecember 1, 2014
    Steam Dumplings are topper and the Tom Yum Seafood Soup is excellent. Great Pho Bo!
  • Natalie K.heart icon on user image
    Natalie KDecember 5, 2019
    REALLY good Thai/noodles place. Flavor combos are excellent.
  • Seth O.heart icon on user image
    Seth O'BrienMarch 6, 2014
    Good Pho Bo. Cool thai spot in midtown. Extremely busy for lunch.
  • M C.
    M CNovember 30, 2010
    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.
  • Julia A.heart icon on user image
    Julia AdrianoSeptember 9, 2014
    Great spring rolls, shrimp thai pad and ginger chicken. The service was excellent!
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