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Posted by Anonymous on 06/21/2007
The space is huge, but lacking atmosphere. I found the food lacking in flavour, and bland. Its the sort of place people seem to want to be seen, but I can think of lots of other restaurants in NY which deliver more in terms of food/service and atmosphere.
Posted by FatPandaBear on 06/20/2007
This restaurant was a wonderful rplace to bring a date. I came here with my boyfriend for his b-day and we had an amazing time! The service was quick and polite and the food was delicious. The blackened Alaskan cod and edamame dumplings were out of this world!!! I'm not even a fan of fish, but I just thought it the dish was amazing. We also had the deviled egg tuna tartar, which I thought was so-so, but my boyfriend enjoyed it. I also very much loved the lobster egg rolls. There are lots of inventive new foods to try here and I definitely recommend this place !
Posted by Doctorted on 05/23/2007
Buddakan sits behind a black, anonymous brick wall in Manhattans latest hot new pseudo-neighborhood; the area formerly known as the meatpacking district. But alas,once you pass through through a short tunnel and check in at the "reception desk" staffed by the usual bevy of smiling robo-babes, you have entered the realm of the "Asian-Fusion Theme Park Eatery". If this is your first time here, you may have to wander around a vast maze of rabbit warren like rooms with as much lighting as a 13th century midieval dungeon, before pleading with one of the waiters/automatoms for a table. Ignore the black curtains on the windows, ugly industrial chic tan brick walls and massive wood tables and the feeling you are on the set of Six Feet Under. You have entered Buddakan and we are here to eat. For appetizers we had the Beef in Lettuce Cups which are little knobs of charred beef on a tiny round of lettuce with bits of tomato; pretty ok. Tuna Spring Rolls were good, but the tuna was lost in the roll. Potstickers were what you would get in Chinatown. Oddly, the best part of this type of dining is AWOL here; the usual myriad of delicious sauces that accompany the dishes.The best part of the meal was an excellent main course of delicious Short Rib of Beef with Mushroom Chow Fun. Tender and rich. The Asian Citrus Souffle` dessert was blandly satisfying. Summary: Buddakan will either remind you of a cavernous 1980's disco,[ complete with ear splitting decibel levels,] a Disney theme park restaurant ,or the Catacombs. It fills up quickly with a combination of Euros, trendies and bridge and tunnel emigres. Service was efficient, detached and cold. You will never get the same server bringing more than one dish, which probably accounted for why the main course arrived before the appetizers were finished. So, if you want to save your money, you can always eat at Buddakan instead of the Asian Pavillion at Disneyworld.
Posted by lovethisplace on 05/10/2007
This place is amazing... totally worth the money. absolutely delicious. there are good places to eat in NY but the food here is spectacular. the service is very pretentious but if you can get over that it's totally worth it... among the appetizers i recommend the edamame dumplings (there is truffle oil mixed in!), and the jumbo king prawns entree is amazing, as is the short rib entree... best part is that portions are huge and you eat this family style. mouth watering food. seriously.
Posted by Jane on 05/07/2007
I am not that into new trendy restaurants and I was reminded as to why when I went here last night. First of all, I am not a big fan of the decor. It's very open and airy, which is nice but the whole asian/church fusion theme is not my style. There are two floors and we were in the downstairs which is ideal for parties but not that great for a party of four. I found the food to be very good, albeit overpriced but whatever, it's New York. You must try the Edamame Dumplings and the Short Ribs are to die for . The biggest problem that I had with the place was the service (or lack thereof). We waited 20 minutes for a bottle of wine, never really knew are server was and were and denied the option of bread after waiting a long time for our appetizers. I consider myself to be more than generous in putting up with poor service, since I have worked in the industry myself, but this was pretty ridiculous. If you are into new trendy restaurants this is for you but you can find as good of food, plus better service for a far better value at your local chinese restaurant.
Posted by Chris P on 04/29/2007
Here the food is VERY good not the best but still great. Similar to Nobu 57 which to me is a waste but I would gladly eat at Buddakan than Nobu. The service is good and the food comes out quick. Ive taken clients there and they all loved it. Not to mention Ive eaten with parties ranging from 4-8 people and the bill was under 100 per person including apps, entrees, desert and plenty of drinks. You just need to know how to order. Its a great place and not to mention the atmosphere screams NEW YORK. EVerything is big and grand including the candles
Posted by Anonymous on 04/23/2007
I don't understand the reviews listed stating food only mediocre. I have been several times with many different people and all loved the place, including the food! I cannot wait to go back!