75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011-7006
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Buddakan New York

Neighborhoods: Chelsea
Cuisine: Modern Asian, Diner, Lunch

Buddakan New York is a Modern Asian, Diner, and Lunch restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid more than $50, and tipped more than 18%.

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  • 3/17/2016

    A dining patron from New York, NY tried it.

  • 5/27/2015

    A Modern Asian food lover from Newark, NJ tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 4/27/2014

    A dining patron from Newark, NJ tried it.

Gayot
Rating:
14 / 20
Price:
$$$$$
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A bit overrated, but great atmosphere for bringing out-of...

A bit overrated, but great atmosphere for bringing out-of-towners to. Crispy Shrimp is great as are the dumplings.

 

great food great flavors great variety, very trendy atmos...

great food great flavors great variety, very trendy atmosphere and service is exceptional even if the restaurant is busy. I like the small portions coz I can try a bit of everything

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KatieKartis

 Fort Myers, FL
 

Incredible edamame dumplings, vibrant atmoshpere, excelle...

Incredible edamame dumplings, vibrant atmoshpere, excellent service

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GlennP

 Toronto, ON
 

I agree a bit overrated. Ambience is great. We...

I agree a bit overrated. Ambience is great. We sat upstairs overlooking th emain dining room and large communal table. It worked for us but if you really want to feel part of the action make sure you request a table on the main dining floor. Found the food good for the most part. Had the edamame dumplings which were actually very tasty but I found the texture a bit bizzare (like baby food). Scallion pancakes were very different from your usual fare but the presentation and tastes worked very well. Thew chow fun was very average. Sugar snap peas were cooked perfectly (nice and crisp) and had a nice flavour but they would have benefited from a bit of zing (ie chilis for me). Charred filet of beef was also quite good though nothing unique. All in all a good meal I would give it 3.5 stars if I could.

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Fantastic!

Fantastic!

Chili Rock Shrimp

Tuna Tartare Spring Roll

Sizzling Short Rib

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LaughAttack001

 New York, NY
 

Yum Yum Yum

First of all, not just by New York standards but by any standards, this place is HUGE. Designed in the style of a Chinese palace, the interior is quite beautiful (and did I mention HUGE?!?!). The tuna spring rolls were delicious with the only low note being the slight oiliness of the crispy wrapper skin, and the beef lettuce cups were nice as well. The deconstructed version of char sui pork buns using slices of rich pork belly were quite nice, in moderation. However, the General Tso’s dumplings definitely were a favorite of mine (a bit reminiscent of xiao long bao), and I could eat those damn Taro Puff Lollipops all day long…just soooooo goood…oh sooooo gooood…The mao poe tofu is as good as it’s made out to be, v. good in fact. The Mongolian lamb chops with crystallized ginger crust were solid and indeed v. good, the Peking duck was good (it’s Peking duck!), and the roasted black been lobster was very nice. All of the main dishes were v. good, but nothing was extremely wonderful or amazing. Vegetable wise, the sugar snap peas definitely overshadowed the black bean asparagus, although both were solid, and both the house special fried rice and Chinese sausage fried rice were decent. The following sorbet (I planned the menu, and if you know me…you know I love having a cleansing sorbet course) was nice, and the desserts that followed were good (some v. good), but again, nothing spectacular. Overall, the atmosphere is grand and chic, and the stars of the menu definitely lie in the starters and dim sum…mmm…

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MarianaL

 New York, NY
 

Dark and Mysterious Asian Decor, Good Apps and Good Service

Housed in a big cavernous building that was once a cookie factory, this restaurant is a dramatic, (though somewhat stark) eatery in Chelsea. The dark, unassuming grey entrance outside opens into a gigantic bi-level restaurant inside and definitely has a ‘design hotel’ ambience. Two greeters welcome you as you enter a whole team of hostesses stand behind the lobby reception-style desk to check you in for your reservation. If possible, get your table downstairs where you’ll see soaring ceilings, immense chandeliers and big murals of Adam and Eve by the bathroom.
The food is Asian Fusion, with a few traditional dishes like the Peking duck. I loved the Pork Belly appetizer and tuna spring rolls. My entrée was the ginger crusted Mongolian Lamb which was perfectly cooked and highly recommended. I had the blueberry butter cake for dessert which was substantial, and should definitely be shared. The cake was warm and went really well with the corn ice cream.
They have some nice cocktails, and I enjoyed the ‘Fate’ (as in I like to leave my dining future to…) It was the perfect summer cocktail with pineapple juice, elderflower and prosecco.
Service is spot-on, the staff knows what they like and are happy to describe their favorites.

House Special Fried Rice

The Vegetable Fried Rice was a pleasant surprise. It came in a big bowl with the coconut curry “foam” on one side. The “foam” looked more like a thicker sauce, though it tasted lighter than it looked. For a side, this dish had much more flavor and was more substantial than expected. The portion was big enough to be a meal on its own and for many vegetarians; it would be a nice choice as an entrée. The coconut curry gave a very nice exotic richness to the rice.

Whole Peking Duck

The Peking Duck was presented with the sliced duck and duck skin grouped in the middle of a large round white platter. Smaller dishes containing cucumber, chives and sweet duck sauce were placed around the duck. A bamboo steamer contained the crepes to accompany the duck. While most of the other dishes on this menu were innovative interpretations of Asian cuisine, this particular dish was very close to the traditional Chinese standard. The difference, it was more meaty, less crispy with less skin. As fattening as the traditional version is, it has a lot more flavor. The crepes were paper thin, rather bland, (I’m used the coconut milk pancakes with a lot flavor). The garnishes in the small dishes seemed to overwhelm the duck in the middle on the platter. As this dish is intended to be an entrée for two, the amount of duck may or may not be substantial enough, depending on your appetite. However it makes an excellent small course for a larger party of 4.

 

Cons - Ovverrated. Expensive. Loud. Pros -...

Cons – Ovverrated. Expensive. Loud.

Pros – Decent food. Trendy atmosphere.

 

used to frequent the original buddakan in philly many yea...

used to frequent the original buddakan in philly many years ago, finally tried the nyc outpost and was pleasantly surprised.

scene and space are fun. service was unusually friendly.

food was great. terrific dumplings, beef lettuce cups. really enjoyed the crispy shrimp.

worth a visit.

 

Love. This place is fabulous

Love. This place is fabulous

February 9, 2010
 

Buddakan

They have great really good food. My friends and I had a wonderful time. The inside of the restaurant is beautiful.
July 11, 2009
 

Great experience

Buddakan is a very trendy restaurant. The place is so dark you can barely see the door! There i s a young crowd who hangs out here. Tables can be private or you may be seated banquet style in the main dining room. Our food was…
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nycla

from Gayot
June 15, 2008
 

Buddakan is fab

This is one of my favorite restaurants in nyc. Went there with a few girlfriends and had a wonderful experience. The main dining room downstairs is beautiful, with large chandeliers and very, very high ceilings. Absolutely stunning! We…

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Modern Asian Diner Dinner
Tips
  • Request a seat in the quieter downstairs "library" room if the catacomb-like upstairs rooms aren't to your liking.
  • Experiment with sake: Harushika's sparkling Tokimeki is a cross between sake and champagne and makes an excellent opener. End the meal with one of Buddakan's exotic teas, such as Silence, a lightly scented South African tea that's caffeine free.
  • The cocktail lounge stays open until 2am Sunday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday night until 3am. Expect it to be as crowded as a nightclub after 9pm.
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Sun-Mon 05:30PM - 11:00PM
Tue-Wed 05:30PM - 12:00AM
Thu-Sat 05:30PM - 01:00AM
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