The NY POst written by Andrea Strong:
100 W. 82 St.; 212-501-0776
Taking the place of former pan-Asian spot Rain is BarBao, another contemporary Asian outpost marked by grape-stake ceilings, salvaged panel doors and a 15-foot mural made from shredded Vietnamese propaganda posters. Chef Michael "Bao" Huynh (of Bao 111 and Mai House) is mixing things up Vietnamese-style, with a menu that includes the traditional (spring rolls, noodles and rice) and the untraditional (clay pots and family-style entrees to share). If you're up for a good buzz (and a laugh), try the Jane Fonda: Bacardi Gold rum, Canton ginger liqueur, mint and fresh lime ($11).
Must-have meal: Vietnamese summer rolls ($8); clay-pot organic chicken with quail eggs, ginger shallots and chilis (right, $16); sides of duck-fried rice ($10) and melted Asian eggplant ($8); and crispy pancakes (sweet corn, coconut and peanut) with dulce de leche gelato ($8).
Soundtrack: An eclectic mix of world music including Gotan Project, Jimmy Cliff, Zap Mama, and Les Nubians.
Hours: Mon.-Wed., 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; Thurs. and Fri., 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.-2 a.m; and Sun. 5-10 p.m.