A First Look at BarBao, Bringing Sexy Back to the Upper West Side Tonight

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At 6 p.m. TONIGHT, Michael Bao Huynh opens BarBao in the former Rain space. Hes working with the group that owns Calle Ocho and BLT Prime on this one he tells us hes carrying eight dishes over from his previous restaurants, Bao 111 and Bun (youll recognize the baby-lamb lollipops), as well as adding a host of others. Were seriously contemplating booking the chef table and calling three days in advance for the suckling pig its marinated in salted plums, fish sauce, and lemongrass, per Vietnamese tradition. Youll also find what Bao calls authentic Vietnamese flavor, in my own style in a duck breast thats seasoned with lemongrass, ginger, and olive oil and cooked sous vide. Bao tells us he loves duck heart (and who doesnt), so hes serving it in a hash along with duck liver. Finally, take a look at the interior it comes courtesy of RKIT, the firm responsible for Allen & Delancey. Congratulations, Upper West Side, you have here a perfectly sexy late-night go-to itll be open till 1 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and till 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Find us at the six-seat roll bar enjoying summer, hand, and spring rolls. The full menu is, of course, after the jump.

SMALL PLATES
$8 VIETNAMESE SUMMER ROLL
Vermicelli, Bean Sprout, Herbs, Bean Sauce
Shrimp | Short Rib Skewer | Duck Confit | Berkshire Pork | Vegetable

$12 SPICY BEEF SALAD
Pomelo, Pineapple, Chilies, Rau Ram Herbs, Peanut

$14 SWEET DUNGENESS CRAB SALAD
Avocado, Heart of Palm, Mint Cucumber Emulsion

$16 LOBSTER SALAD
Shaved Artichoke, Herbs, Peanut, Lemongrass Dressing

$12 YAME SOUP
Rock shrimp, Crispy Leek, Garlic Oil

$9 VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS
Seasonal Mushroom, Jicama, Tofu, Herbs, Soy Cham

$9 CRAB SPRING ROLLS
Pork, Shrimp, Jicama, Nuoc Cham Sauce

$9 DAIKON RICE CAKE
Duck confit, One Hour Poached Egg, Duck Bacon, Sweet Soy

$10 SHORT RIB ON LEMONGRASS SKEWERS,
Hoisin Peanut Sauce

$14 SMOKED DUCK & FOIGRAS SAUSAGE
Curry Sauerkraut, Quince & Preserved Lemon Puree

$12 SALT & PEPPER VEAL SWEETBREADS
Pickled White Peach, Braised Bitter Melon, Pork Belly Vinaigrette

$14 BABY LAMB LOLLIPOPS
Cucumber Relish, Pickled Jalapeno

$12 SALT & PEPPER TIGER SHRIMP
Peel and Eat with Kiwi Yuzu Sauce

$12 SIZZLING CUTTLEFISH
Spicy Vietnamese Salsa Verde

BIG PLATES
$16 CLAY POT ORGANIC CHICKEN
Quail Eggs, Ginger, Shallot and Chilies

$18 SOUS VIDE CRISPY CHICKEN ROULADE
Home Style Sticky Rice, Spicy Thai Papaya Salad

$25 GRILLED AMERICAN KOBE HANGER STEAK
Melted Asian Eggplant, Crispy Black Rice, Spicy Ginger Sauce

$22 ROASTED BERKSHIRE PORK & CRISPY BELLY
Braised Red Cabbage, Mustard Apples Sauce, Coconut Essence

$22 GRILLED GINGER GLAZED DUCK BREAST
Spicy Taro Confit Hash with Duck Heart and Liver, Ginger Jus

$23 FILLET of ROASTED GUINEA HEN
Street Style Corn Kernels, Sweet Potato Shoots, Prawns Coral Jus

$27 SPICY VEAL OSSO BUCO
Curry Cauliflower Puree, Caramelized Baby Vegetables

$21 GLAZED BLACK COD
Red Curry Sweet Pepper Stew, Fennel and Onion Relish

$19 PAN ROASTED ARCTIC CHAR
Heart of Palm Puree, Morel, Green Curry Emulsion

$22 NEW STYLE LASKSA
Sea Scallop, Prawn, Bass, Coconut Pandan Parsnip Puree
Aromatic Coconut Curry Broth

$21 CRISPY WILD BASS
Braised Endive, Tomatoes, Pearl Onion, Chinese Sausage Vinaigrette

$24 PAN ROASTED CHILEAN SEABASS
Shitake, Chinese Celery, Glass Noodle, Ginger Bean Sauce

$21 MEKONG MARKET CLAY POT
Giant Prawn, Market Fish, Pickled Chives and Bean Sprout

$26 CRISPY WHOLE RED SNAPPER
Plum Tomatoes, Pineapples, Spicy Sweet Sour Sauce


NOODLES
$14 VERMICELLI NOODLE
Cucumber Salad, Herbs, Peanut, Cham Sauce
Pick Your Protein | HANGER STEAK |
BERKSHIRE BELLY | SHRIMP | VEGETABLE

$12 PHO NOODLES
Rare Beef, Sweet Bread, Anise Ginger Beef Broth

VEGETABLES
$8 SWEET POTATO SHOOTS
Garlic, Fish Sauce

$8 MELTED ASIAN EGGPLANT
Scallion Oil, Yuzu Soy Cham

$8 SUGAR SNAP PEAS
Ear Mushroom, Water Chestnut.

RICE
$4 STICKY RICE
Chinese Sausage, Crispy Shallot
$10 DUCK FRIED RICE
Egg, Scallion

OFF THE MENU
$33 FRESH WHOLE DUNGENESS CRAB
Enoki Mushroom, Golden Chives, Garlic Noodles

$29 OVEN BAKED MARKET WHOLE FISH
Served with Basket of Herbs and Green, Rice Paper,
Dipping Sauce

$MK WHOLE ROAST SUCKLING PIG
Angel Hair Noodle, Lettuce Herb Wrap, Assorted
Dipping Sauces
(For Chef Dining Room Only | Please Call 3 Days in Advance)


DESSERT
KOBOCHA SQUASH FLAN
Water Chestnut Tapioca | Jack Fruit | Green Tea Broth

CRISPY PAN CAKE
Sweet Corn | Coconut | Peanut | Dulce de Leche Gelato

SWEET SOUP
Gingko Nut | Lotus Seed | Yucca | Coconut | Sea Weed
Pandan Coconut Broth

SESAME CHURROS
Vietnamese Coffee Sesame

SOFT ICE CREAM
Black Sesame | Red Bean | Caramel Sauce
Or
Durian | Strawberry compote | Mint Syrup


BarBao, 100 W. 82nd St., nr. Columbus Ave.; 212-501-0776