Address: 222 E. 53rd St. (2nd & 3rd Ave.)
*Also located in FiDi
Review: As we were walking through Midtown on a windy night we came across a couple of inviting restaurants on 53rd St. In the mood for some food to warm us up, we ducked in for some noodles and bbq at Obao. Despite its relatively obscure location, Obao does not disappoint. It has a very inviting interior: soft lighting, wood and Asian accents, a garden area in the back, and sky lights above the middle table. We couldn’t decide on just one thing that we wanted, but there were plenty of items that caught our eyes…so we ordered them all, moderation is not our strong suit. The pork belly was delish with out being too fatty, the dumplings felt like authentic southeast Asian dumplings (less doughy), and the fresh shrimp rolls took the BF back to his trip over there. We knew we couldn’t leave without at least one noodle dish so we finally decided to go with the vermicelli noodles with pork and shrimp – a colder dish that still hit the spot. Washing everything down with a glass of wine and pint of beer, Obao turned out to be the right pick for a last second date. Friendly and fast service made for a great evening with a tab that makes us ready to go back and try more. This restaurant was recommended by the highly acclaimed Michelin Bib Gourmand two years in a row for a reason! Definitely a must try!