Restaurants, Thai Midtown East

Michael “Bao” Huynh (Baoguette, Bar Bao) introduces his latest restaurant, this one reinterpreting Southeast Asian noodle and barbecue dishes. Thailand’s pad si-ewe gets an upgrade with the addition of short-rib meat, green-mango kimchi and a fried egg, and Singapore mai fun’s thin rice noodles are enhanced with crispy lard, Chinese sausage, shrimp and golden chives. Coming from the grill, meanwhile, is a small selection of items like whole red snapper and a Vietnamese-style pork chop.


Venue name: OBAO
Address: 222 E 53rd St
New York
Cross street: between Second and Third Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 11am–11pm; Thu–Sat 11am–midnight
Transport: Subway: E, V to Lexington Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, MC, V
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Pho was delicious. The broth wasn't so flavorful and the beef was tender. Also was like, only $11. Would deff come back.


Good go to place but nothing super amazing. Came here for dinner during the week and the food was good. The place is sort of dark, crowded and we didn't have to wait for a table (Midtown location on 53rd). The table we sat at in the back was like a picnic table and we shared it with another group with space between us. It seemed like a lot of people had interesting fish meals which I'm sure were great, but I ordered the basics, classic pad see iew and it was great! We also ordered the pad kee mao which was flavorful but definitely spicy- too spicy for me. 


Pretty standard spot! Reasonably priced, easy to get a bunch of things to share. For apps, we got the steamed dumplings (great!) and the crispy spring rolls w/ lettuce wraps (bland, needed more meat or sauce or something). Then we split the pad see iew (amazing), the cashew chili chicken (so good) and the eggplant tofu (interesting, but also pretty good). Overall, seems to be a reliable place for nicer Thai dining. Music was Top 40 which we thought was interesting and the food isn't authentic but definitely a good meal! Supposedly they also have great lunch specials so I'll be back.