391 2nd Avenue, New York, NY | Directions 1001040.737629 -73.981337
M-W 11:30am-10:30pm, Th-Sa 11:30am-11pm, Su 10:30am-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Gramercy Park
Bad pho and bun bo hue – Baoguette is few block away, ( same chef as orginal bao111 and bao noodles). Better pho only $7. and i love their sandwich
AUTHENTIC VIETNAMESE GEM HIDDEN BEHIND A BUS STOP ON 2ND AVE... TRULY DELICIOUS, GREAT VIBES, GREAT PRICES! – Having lived all overSE Asia my entire life, I know the good eats when I find them!! (And they can be found here!)
I now eat here all the time ... I am currently craving the Ironpot Fish, Bun Bo Hue, PORK BELLY!!!! They have really great obscure specials like PIGS HEAD SALAD and BACON WRAPPED LIVERS ON A SKEWER too... Also very delicious Kwai-Lo friendly items like Red Snapper, Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Curry, Beef Stew, etc.
Don't let the winter go by without having their Pho Tai Nam. SO GOOD!!
Great restaurant to bring your friends or family... with a great little bar for drinking crazy good cocktails (cheap too!!) and snacking on little plates. 60s rock playlist is the bomb!!
You can't go wrong!!!
Surprise bonus treat -- BEST COFFEE IN NYC.
Best traditional vietnamese food! – I go to Bao Noodles all the time! I'm a regular there and they always treat me well. The food may not be extravagent, but it's still good and cheap. They have student discounts too (your lunch could be under 10 bucks!) There's also a really good cocktail list. All of them are made with fresh friut. If you're a sake fan, there's also lots of different sakes to choose from. I always sit at the bar with my friends. The bartenders are always fun to talk to. I highly recomend this place!
Great girls' night out !!! – I went to Bao last week on a Friday night with my 3 other girl friends. This was my first time being here as one of my friends dgot a $25 discount card. Unlike what others had complaint about service, the service we received that night was great I have to say - staff was very friendly and helpful with excellent food recommendation. Our waitress was very attentive to our food and drinks. Manager came twice to make sure everything went ok with us. Although it was a very busy night there was absolutely no rush on our table or any other tables around us so i'm willing to give them 5 stars for their service.
As for food, everything was just fantastic. Chicken salad and short ribs for appetizer are highly recommended! My snapper with tamarind sauce was very tasty with a perfectly-mixed sweet and sour flavor not to mention i 've got jasmine rice included with it at no extra cost. My friends had beef vermicelli abnd lollipop chicken and they all were very tasty too! They also have great saketini cocktails there, go for the Danang Delight! Absolutely refreshing and just the way i wanted! Bao is now my most favorite place for V food! Definitely will come back again soon!!!!!!
GREAT MICROWAVED FOOD – this place could be good but i was insulted by the obviously microwaved chicken curry. burning hot on the inside and luke warm on the outside means it was microwaved. how stupid do they think people are? lazy lazy lazy. how hard is it to put something in a pan?
Great food & service – One of the best vietnamese food in town. They got great food. I just came there last night, try the Pho, it was amazing. There was a balance in the broth flavor with enough amount of anise & ingredient. The pork chop is juicy & tastety and much thicker and better than what you usually get in china town (small, thin & dry). They got some interesting special appertizers, crispy frog leg with kewpie mayo & basil oil, or the pig head salad with the snout & ear over cabbage salad. Not only the food is good, the staffs were very friendly & helpful. Ask for Thinh, he was my server last time, he's amazing. Very friendly, and always tell the truth of what he loves & what he doesn't like on the menu. Not just tell you everything is great. In addition, the cocktail drink is very good, basil mango mojito was my favorite. They got a long list of sake too. I heard the owner of this restaurant is an expert in sake, that's why they got a nice list of good sake with reasonable price. I'm highly recommended this place to all of you, which I always bring my friend here when they visit the city.
A great place still – I have been eating at Bao Noodles for four years and it still never disappoints. I ate there on Monday after reading reviews that the food had gone down hill. NOT TRUE. I had the "tasteless pho" and it was full of flavors, anise cinnamon and rich oxtail flavors. The Ironpot fish is fantastic. Yes the service can be a bit slow but the price is right for such great food, and the staff is friendly. I will continue to have this place on my list. It may not be perfect but to me it is worth it.
A Big Fan Disappointed – Rumors of a new owner of Bao Noodles must be true. The food was decent, but service was cold and inflexible. Also, what happened to the Family Style meals? My wife's shrimp were not hot and when I asked them to heat them up, they microwaved them! Rubber for shrimp for dinner--anyone?
I asked to speak with the manager and he could barely speak English, much less offer any consolation. It is a shame. I have eaten at Bao Noodles at least 10 times in the past 2 years and never gone away disappointed. The food used to be super fresh, hot and loaded with flavor. I'm not going back. Next time I'll go to Queens.
Tasteless Pho – I was intrigued by all the 'worst pho' comments, a part of me wanted to believe that this maybe some really great authentic place where people just don't get those great Vietnamese flavors, trashing them. So in the spirit of adventurism I ordered the medium rare beef noodle pho. Unfortunately, the reviews weren't far off. The broth was pretty tasteless, noodles bland and the thick and rubbery beef pieces tasted like they've been frozen and microwaved at least twice. To top it off the Pho cost $9, where in any authentic Vietnamese restaurant it's no more then $5.
Worst pho hits the mark – I remember this place being better in the past. It seems to have gone downhill.
Noodles were soggy and overcooked, meat was hard and had little taste. The fried spring rolls were greasier than those at other Vietnamese restaurants. The sauteed vegetables had a rock-like substance in them; probably not a health concern but unappetizing. Won't be going back - better Vietnamese cuisine available at other places for same or less.
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