Bao Noodles

★★★★☆
  • 391 2nd Avenue

    New York, NY 10010

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  • 212-725-7770

About Bao Noodles

Hours
M-W 11:30am-10:30pm, Th-Sa 11:30am-11pm, Su 10:30am-10:30pm

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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.

3
★★★★★

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.

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: Good food, nice space

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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.

0
★☆☆☆☆

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.

Cons: Double charge on credit cards with no resolution.

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definately check it out!

1
★★★☆☆

definately check it out!

Pros: great food

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

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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

2
★★★★★

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

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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.

0
★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Great Mircowave Chicken Curry

Cons: Bad Pho

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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

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★☆☆☆☆

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

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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...

2
★★★★☆

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...

Pros: great local spot, unassuming

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: such a hidden gem in the restaurant industry with superb food, drink and service!

Cons: awww, happy hour is before 7:00, why cant happiness be happier~haha.

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Baoguette is few block away, ( same chef as orginal bao111 and bao noodles). Better pho only $7. and i love their sandwich

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★☆☆☆☆

Baoguette is few block away, ( same chef as orginal bao111 and bao noodles). Better pho only $7. and i love their sandwich

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

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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!!!!!!

2
★★★★★

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!!!!!!

Pros: great service, very tasty food at a reasonable price, love their drinks

Cons: small spaces between tables

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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?

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★★☆☆☆

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?

Pros: a nice place to hang out

Cons: throw out the microwave. toss it.

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Great food & service

Cons: space too small, sometime have to wait too long for table

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

Pros: groups, Sandwich, lunch special, cheap eats

Cons: slow service at times, noisy

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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.

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★★★☆☆

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.

Pros: Simple, tasty, fresh

Cons: cold food, inflexible service, lame new menu

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: location, bar

Cons: pretty bad food

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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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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Cons: Food and service

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They have a great lunch special and and if you work or go to school at NYU you will be able to get the 15% discount with your student ID or work ID. The food is good.

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★★★★☆

They have a great lunch special and and if you work or go to school at NYU you will be able to get the 15% discount with your student ID or work ID. The food is good.

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: acceptable prices

Cons: food and service

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I am the owner of Bao Noodles and did not like reading "the Worst Pho Ever" review. I would ask for the customer to return to try us again because I do believe our Pho is very good. I stand by our Chef Bao Michael Huynh, who yes is Vietnamese, to make great soup. I am truly sorry that the service was not up to par and we have already had a meeting to discuss it with the staff. The given reaction was not right, but i would like to ask what it was that you did not like so I can try to fix it for you and future customers. We have been at this location for 3 1/2 years and have never heard that reaction to the food at the restaurant. We do want to strive to be the best so the comments are truly appreciated. Please come back to allow us to show how good we really are...
Thanks

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★★★★★

I am the owner of Bao Noodles and did not like reading "the Worst Pho Ever" review. I would ask for the customer to return to try us again because I do believe our Pho is very good. I stand by our Chef Bao Michael Huynh, who yes is Vietnamese, to make great soup. I am truly sorry that the service was not up to par and we have already had a meeting to discuss it with the staff. The given reaction was not right, but i would like to ask what it was that you did not like so I can try to fix it for you and future customers. We have been at this location for 3 1/2 years and have never heard that reaction to the food at the restaurant. We do want to strive to be the best so the comments are truly appreciated. Please come back to allow us to show how good we really are...
Thanks

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I just read the last review of Bao Noodles and was a bit shocked. I have lived in the neighborhood for a long time and am grateful a restaurant has finally lasted and is good on 2nd ave in Gramercy!!! I have also travelled and eaten a lot of pho, in Vietnam and in NYC, and cannot agree with the comment that the the food is awful. It is far from it. I will agree that the service is far from Jean Georges, but it is a small Vietnamese restaurant with a $15 average check. TO say it is not authentic is an insult to the Vietnamese Chef, and Vietnamese cooks that make the noodles. I love the ironpot fish, salt and pepper shrimp and yes the pho as well. I can say that i highly recommend this restaurant and would suggest making your own decisions on the quality of the pho

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★★★☆☆

I just read the last review of Bao Noodles and was a bit shocked. I have lived in the neighborhood for a long time and am grateful a restaurant has finally lasted and is good on 2nd ave in Gramercy!!! I have also travelled and eaten a lot of pho, in Vietnam and in NYC, and cannot agree with the comment that the the food is awful. It is far from it. I will agree that the service is far from Jean Georges, but it is a small Vietnamese restaurant with a $15 average check. TO say it is not authentic is an insult to the Vietnamese Chef, and Vietnamese cooks that make the noodles. I love the ironpot fish, salt and pepper shrimp and yes the pho as well. I can say that i highly recommend this restaurant and would suggest making your own decisions on the quality of the pho

Pros: quick service and good food at very fair prices, great sake

Cons: hurried service, small wine list

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: full bar

Cons: terrible food, bad service, uncomfortable seating

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My friend who is from Vietnam took me here and I was blown away! The food is delicious and inexpensive, the drinks were strong and tasty and the atmosphere is relaxed but still cool enough to bring a date. The service was very good and the whole Boho Vibe was really cool. We loved the beef dishes and my friend was raving about his fried rice. The best part was that the food was light and didn't have that "heavy on the oil to make up for a lack of flavor" thing that often comes with inexpensive restaurants. A great spot to take friends, dates and visiting siblings.

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★★★★☆

My friend who is from Vietnam took me here and I was blown away! The food is delicious and inexpensive, the drinks were strong and tasty and the atmosphere is relaxed but still cool enough to bring a date. The service was very good and the whole Boho Vibe was really cool. We loved the beef dishes and my friend was raving about his fried rice. The best part was that the food was light and didn't have that "heavy on the oil to make up for a lack of flavor" thing that often comes with inexpensive restaurants. A great spot to take friends, dates and visiting siblings.

Pros: Excellent value, good atmosphere, strong drinks

Cons: A bit small with a "student" vibe

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This place is a great find in the Gramercy area - as the area's pretty dead on 2nd avenue in the 20s. After you're seated, the waiter will annoy me with questions if I want a drink or appetizer. I really come in here for the banh mi, particularly the grilled shrimp. It's a good amount of mayo and pickled vegetables on a french baguette. Also, it just may be the only place I know that has grilled shrimp banh mi on the menu. Btw, the entrees are also generous and delicious (I esp. like the salt & pepper squid).

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★★★★★

This place is a great find in the Gramercy area - as the area's pretty dead on 2nd avenue in the 20s. After you're seated, the waiter will annoy me with questions if I want a drink or appetizer. I really come in here for the banh mi, particularly the grilled shrimp. It's a good amount of mayo and pickled vegetables on a french baguette. Also, it just may be the only place I know that has grilled shrimp banh mi on the menu. Btw, the entrees are also generous and delicious (I esp. like the salt & pepper squid).

Pros: Grilled shrimp banh mi

Cons: Cash payment only

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the inventive tradition of this small cozy cool vietnamese restaurant works! the chef does a good job experimenting and progressing one of the world's best cuisines. good stuff... with a lot of variety, not just noodles. buon bo hue is excellent. beef stew is excellent. and the vietnamese beer goes great with all of it. plus its not too expensive.

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★★★★★

the inventive tradition of this small cozy cool vietnamese restaurant works! the chef does a good job experimenting and progressing one of the world's best cuisines. good stuff... with a lot of variety, not just noodles. buon bo hue is excellent. beef stew is excellent. and the vietnamese beer goes great with all of it. plus its not too expensive.

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These noodles weren't worthy of any praise and I seriously wonder what Bao is thinking when he/she advertise this place like its the next great cheap eats hole-in-the-wall (which it is not). The food in general as a matter of fact was very disappointing and for anyone craving Vietnamese food should really reconsider before attempting to satisfy this craving here.

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★★☆☆☆

These noodles weren't worthy of any praise and I seriously wonder what Bao is thinking when he/she advertise this place like its the next great cheap eats hole-in-the-wall (which it is not). The food in general as a matter of fact was very disappointing and for anyone craving Vietnamese food should really reconsider before attempting to satisfy this craving here.

Pros: Stylish Menu, Ambiance

Cons: Prices, Service, Food

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I've been going to bao noodles about twice a month since it has opened. I love this place. They have killer cocktails and the best pho I have ever eaten. I can't really tell you about the other menu items because every time I go there, I only order the Pho Bo Kho. It tastes amazing. The beef is so tender and the broth is so good. Not too salty. Not too bland. And the carrots are so tender. And I also love their fried plantain won tons!

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★★★★★

I've been going to bao noodles about twice a month since it has opened. I love this place. They have killer cocktails and the best pho I have ever eaten. I can't really tell you about the other menu items because every time I go there, I only order the Pho Bo Kho. It tastes amazing. The beef is so tender and the broth is so good. Not too salty. Not too bland. And the carrots are so tender. And I also love their fried plantain won tons!

Pros: Pho bo kho

Cons: they don't have a west side location

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Stopped in for some appetizers and was very impressed. Very attentive service - though it wasn't crowded. Most importantly, the best vegetable spring rolls I've ever tasted, perfectly crisp wrapped in refreshing lettuce and mint. The papaya salad was refreshing as well. Great on a warm summer day and a gem of a restaurant in an area with an overabundance of diners.

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★★★★★

Stopped in for some appetizers and was very impressed. Very attentive service - though it wasn't crowded. Most importantly, the best vegetable spring rolls I've ever tasted, perfectly crisp wrapped in refreshing lettuce and mint. The papaya salad was refreshing as well. Great on a warm summer day and a gem of a restaurant in an area with an overabundance of diners.

Pros: Simple great starters, reasonable

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I haven't been here for a while but decided to give it another try despite my last bad experience. I was disappointed to find the quality of the chicken with noodle soup dish had slipped. The soup tasted a little better than boiled water, the broth was no flavorful and the chicken consisted of boiled chunks. Did the chef change? The staff was equally uninspiring.

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★★★☆☆

I haven't been here for a while but decided to give it another try despite my last bad experience. I was disappointed to find the quality of the chicken with noodle soup dish had slipped. The soup tasted a little better than boiled water, the broth was no flavorful and the chicken consisted of boiled chunks. Did the chef change? The staff was equally uninspiring.

Pros: Good atmosphere, good selection of drinks, inexpensive

Cons: Service, food quality

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if you live in the area, try their delivery service. quick delivery, food is in good plastic containers. i also like their cocktail menu and dessert menu (try the black tea rose ice cream and the coconout waffles). great beef dishes such as flank steak salad and beef vermicelli. a very casual place to have good, cheap food.

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★★★★★

if you live in the area, try their delivery service. quick delivery, food is in good plastic containers. i also like their cocktail menu and dessert menu (try the black tea rose ice cream and the coconout waffles). great beef dishes such as flank steak salad and beef vermicelli. a very casual place to have good, cheap food.

Pros: desserts, delivery, great menu

Cons: only take cash, long wait , crowded space

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The best resturant in the neighborhood. The best Asian food I have ever had. Start with one of their signature cocktails, try the short ribs or eggplant app, and then move onto the Hanoi fish and fried rice for a great meal. Just remember to bring cash.

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★★★★★

The best resturant in the neighborhood. The best Asian food I have ever had. Start with one of their signature cocktails, try the short ribs or eggplant app, and then move onto the Hanoi fish and fried rice for a great meal. Just remember to bring cash.

Pros: Spicy food, great cocktails

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I live in the neighborhood and have been to Bao Noodles dozens of times. It easily has the best Pho in the city. Service is always amazing and the atmosphere is light and fun. A great place to go to have excellent, fresh food and conversation. Many interesting fish and chicken dishes and unique desserts. Casual and always reliable, portions are sizeable and well worth the wait! I have brought many different types of people here and all find it excellent!

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★★★★★

I live in the neighborhood and have been to Bao Noodles dozens of times. It easily has the best Pho in the city. Service is always amazing and the atmosphere is light and fun. A great place to go to have excellent, fresh food and conversation. Many interesting fish and chicken dishes and unique desserts. Casual and always reliable, portions are sizeable and well worth the wait! I have brought many different types of people here and all find it excellent!

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the restaurant's atmosphere is nice and the menu looks good but it's small and crowded. we waited over an hour for a table! the hostess was very friendly to us and apologized for our wait. when tables opened up, the manager sat another party before us. he came to explain but was extremely rude! therefore, we left and ate somewhere else!

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★★☆☆☆

the restaurant's atmosphere is nice and the menu looks good but it's small and crowded. we waited over an hour for a table! the hostess was very friendly to us and apologized for our wait. when tables opened up, the manager sat another party before us. he came to explain but was extremely rude! therefore, we left and ate somewhere else!

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This area of the city has been a bit f a black holeof restaurants... pubs and comfort food but no culinary wonders. This place looked very promising from the outside with it's trendy decor and active atmosphere. Unfrotunately the food wasn't very good. I went twice and got two basic chicken dishes - one was tasteless and covered in skin and the other was so spicy that I couldn't eat it. The bartender apologised for the 2nd dish but it was too late. Stop by for a drink but skip the food.

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★★☆☆☆

This area of the city has been a bit f a black holeof restaurants... pubs and comfort food but no culinary wonders. This place looked very promising from the outside with it's trendy decor and active atmosphere. Unfrotunately the food wasn't very good. I went twice and got two basic chicken dishes - one was tasteless and covered in skin and the other was so spicy that I couldn't eat it. The bartender apologised for the 2nd dish but it was too late. Stop by for a drink but skip the food.

Pros: , atmosphere

Cons: , food

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Set in the hinterlands of Gramercy Park on a relatively quiet Second Avenue block, this Vietnamese restaurant is an affordable standout. With some decorating nods to the French (the long, cozy wooden banquettes and thin strips of faux-aged…

 

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