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
Nice place to eat dinner by yourself at the bar. The bar is tiny and the service is good. I live near by and stop in occasionally when I want crave their salt & pepper shrimp. They are a must try! I have recommended it to many.
Bao down to good Vietnamese – I love sandwiches. And brunch. Also, cocktails, and beer in the afternoon, and good service, and Vietnamese food. Bao had it all. My friends and I spent the better part of Sunday afternoon savoring our Vietnamese brunch, made that much more awesome because we went when Bao was celebrating Chinese New Year – and offering free Tiger beer along with the normal drinks proffered at brunchtime. A $10 tasty and filling, drink-included brunch is already hard to beat, but the beer really made it for us.
I went classic and had the giant and colorful banh mi, curing any ill effects from the previous evening (though the beer might have helped with that, too). Other highlights included the taro fries, a nice twist on the fried tuber genre, and the spring rolls came out delicate, translucent, and clearly fresh. I also have to mention our server – she was one of the better I’ve had, and as a fellow relatively recent college grad, we all made quick friends. Before we left, we were presented with gift bags of Tiger beer glasses stuffed with celebratory red tissue paper. Cheers!
Steals Money - Do NOT Eat Here! – On the evening of Sunday, January 3, 2010, I placed an order by phone in the amount of $35.71. When the delivery person arrived, he stated he could not take credit cards and that I should contact the company to process the credit card over the phone. With the delivery person standing in the front doorway, I called Bao Noodles, gave the gentleman on the phone my credit card number who said he would “run it” and hung up. This happened around 8:15 p.m. and the delivery person left after I signed the delivery receipt.
Around 10:30 p.m., I received a call from Bao Noodles stating the credit card did not go through and another credit card will be needed. My partner then gave the gentleman on the phone his credit card, and the gentleman hung up. Within 5 minutes, the gentleman called back and stated the second credit card did not go through. My partner confirmed the second credit card numbers with the gentleman on the phone and the gentleman hung up. No further communication was made that evening between Bao Noodles and myself or my partner with the understanding the second credit card worked and was charged $35.71.
The next day, we both checked our bank accounts and discovered that both the first and second credits had been charged $35.71. As stated above, I have called twice to have one of the credit cards refunded in the amount of $35.71 and, to this date, neither has been refunded.
Though I believe this was an honest mistake by your company, the fact that no resolve has happened now makes me believe Bao Noodles has no problem stealing money from customers.
Worst Pho is just wrong. – This has been a topic of great debate here, over the Pho at Bao Noodles. Having had hundreds of bowls of pho as well, I would have to disagree with the last persons review. I eat here quite often and the pho has intense flavors of cinnamon, star anise and clove, followed with a well balanced beef broth. I dont understand how one can say that the pho has no flavor. Not traditional is hard to understand when the guy behind the soup station is Vietnamese and so is the manager as well as the wait staff. When I asked them they al seemed to agree that the food was based on traditional recipes and I tend to trust their opinions.
As to the other dishes, I had a Tamarind Snapper that was fantastic, The Chicken salad was great and they even had a pigs head salad(I am pretty sure that is traditional cause I had not had that before) and certainly not something the ordinary american customer would order.
I like this place and will keep coming back no matter what people write.
Michael Bao is a bad boy chef – We don't like Chef Michael Bao's cooking. Our mexican chef can cook better vietnamese food than Vietnamese chef.
Our food even much better than long before when Michael was here.. Come here and try a lot of delicous items from our Closed Bao 111.. Please come agian to Bao Noodles... please please
Worst Pho – This is a conveniently located restaurant for my husband and me, so we really wanted to like this place. We ordered the vermicelli noodles w/grilled pork and pho - the beef noodle soup. The vermicelli was decent. The fish sauce was good, but the pork was way too salty and totaly dried out. It didn't taste very fresh. Nevertheless, it was OK enough for us to recommend it. However, the pho was truly the worst we'd ever tasted. It was utterly bland, and the beef slices were way too thick. They should be tender and thinly sliced. After hundreds of bowls (not an exaggeration), I can say that this was the worst bowl I've ever had - unequivocally. It's rather sad that I can be this certain. When I told the manager what I thought - in an effort to encourage the restaurant to do better - all he could muster was "people say they like our pho." This is in no way an authentic restaurant, and that need not prevent a recommendation. It's really the taste and quality of the food and lack of service. Do yourself a favor and go elsewhere. You can get much better food for half the price at a place in Chinatown. Some other reviewers liked the atmosphere - I suppose if you're in the area, want something Vietnamese-y, and a full bar - maybe you can find some things to nibble. However, if what you want is Vietnamese food - no, just plain good food - this is not the place
Great Microwave Chicken Curry – 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.
hate to agree, but worst pho and service ever
I hestitated before writing this when I saw the owner's response to the last criticisms and his avowal to improve the quality of the food and service. I thought maybe they had managed to change, but seems like just wishful thinking. This had been one of my favorite lunch/early dinner places b/c I work nearby, but I feel that it has gone far downhill ever since the lunch special was changed about 1 1/2 years or so ago. The pho was never fantastic. The sandwiches were good, but the last time I was there 3 weeks ago, the bread was stale and the fillings consisted of some sad looking tomato, mayonnaise, a dab of canned pate and a couple limp slices of meat. I love the pork belly, but it came out so cold that the grease was congealed in the sauce. The rice was also cold and dry. The food obviously was not fresh and the service was abysmal. The waitress messed up our drink orders and had to send over the other waiter when I asked for the food to be warmed - we didn't see her again during the meal. There were only 4 other customers there at the time, so it wasn't because they were too busy! I have to say, as a Vietnamese person, I am disappointed that the food is not more authentic and now much worse in quality than ever.
GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD PLACE – For starters I want to react to the review
Bad pho and bun bo hue
1 Star Rating: Not Recommended
12/24/2008 Posted by chefjohn212
I am not a specialist but this person has only reviewed places where Mr. "Bao" Huynh has worked and only says good things about the places that he is still with. Does that seem strange to anyone?? The review only mentions that this place is bad and his new spot is around the corner, ah do think he wrote it himself???
I am new to reviewing but I want to be fair to the restaurant. I ate there yesterday after reading the reviews so I could see for myself. The pho was very flavorful with hints of star anise and cinnamon served with fresh bean sprouts and thai basil. I had the spring rolls crisp and delicious. My friend had the jicama rolls and they are a fantastic version of the summer roll, crisp jicama with dried shrimp and lop chueng(chinese sausage), yes I asked the waiter the name. My friend also had Salt and pepper Shrimp, she said it was perfectly seasoned and just what she wanted.
I will be back to try the Bun Bo Hue cause so far everything he said was bad tasted very good...
delightfully cozy place with indulgent food and drinks! – this place really brings Vietnamese food onto a whole new level with their taste, level of preparation and fineness. the place itself is very cozy and nice with a warm atmosphere, a great place to escape a hectic day where friends can come or meet up and chat pleasantly. the service is professional to the utmost and excellent with very attentive and caring servers who would constantly come by asking for how things are and recommending tasty dishes, they especially have a profound knowledge of the restaurant, the essence of their cuisine and ultimately their culture, thus are also charming entertainers to guests when they strike up a conversation. the specialty drinks are amazing, from mango mojitos to ginger cocktails to delectable saketinis all do nothing but adding a little romance and closeness to guests. along with these killer cocktails are a list of heart-warming sakes and crisp beers that do nothing but adding more flavor to the delicious food. guests are also welcomed to dine at the bar to be catered to by friendly bartender whose top priority is nothing other than ensuring a memorable dining experience for customers.
overall, an amazing authentic vietnamese restaurant with reasonable price and an incredible staff that guests will leave fuller, and im not just talking about dining-sense!
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