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Posted by scott k on 12/02/2006
It's really amazing how a place could be this large and so busy and serve such wonderful hot food with such excellant service. The king crab shumai, peking duck, shrimp dumplings, steamed seabass rolls and steamed sole are all great. My wife and I have been here maybe 8 or 9 times and have never been disappointed.
Posted by Love Food! on 11/27/2006
I went here once on a date w/my boyfriend and I loved it the food was great, the service was great, the atompshere was great, i def would go back, i recommend to try the short ribs-very good!
Posted by bob on 11/27/2006
The physical plant alone is reason enough to go. The food and sevice were outstanding. The desserts...too die for. Not cheap, but in this case I say you get what you pay for.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/26/2006
The ambiance at Buddakan is breathtaking, but beware of an echo in the lower level. We requested a quieter table, and were seated in a private room upstairs. The appetizers are a better value than the entrees. I would highly recommend the crab-corn fritters which were delicious and a very generous portion. We were also impressed with the cantonese spring rolls. As for entrees, we enjoyed the lobster-shrimp chow fun. There were only five shrimp in the sweet crispy shrimp entree, and it was average, at best. The vegetable fried rice was a fantastic, unique flavor. I would recommend ordering a lot of appetizers rather than entrees, but Buddakan is definitely a dining experience worth trying.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/22/2006
For a place that could be extremely pretentious, it is very much not so. The staff--the waiters, bouncers, and bartenders--are extremely friendly, unlike your average New York hotspot. The food, particularly the appetizers (try the butternut squash dumplings), are yummy. I couldn't get a reservation so I ate in the bar lounge area, which turned out to be better cause the place gets a great crowd with a good mix of ages.
Posted by vanessaknows on 11/19/2006
Expecting just another over the top Asian Palace, I was more than pleasantly surprised to have found so much more. Yes, the design stops you in your path but the food is what will keep you there and bring you back. Pork belly is the new foie gras. I can't remember feeling this way about anything in a long time. Not to mention edamame dumplings which absolutely melt in your mouth. If you need more convincing taste the shortrib which can be eaten with chopsticks (it melts). For a little bit of a side dish have the veggie side rice with curry fusion. Even if you don't like curry you'll love the fusion. I know that I will dream of eating this exact menu again! Happy eating.
Posted by Aisle79 on 11/17/2006
Went to Buddakan the other night with a girlfriend. We sat at the bar for a drink before our table was ready. Drinks were good. The place is huge and very trendy, a good mix young and older. For appetizers we had edamame dumplings and lobster roll, both were good but the lobster roll was very standard but had real big chunks of lobster which is my fave. For entree I had the crispy shrimp and my friend had salmon. Both were good. The service was a bit lacking however, but I guess we werent ordering enough food and drinks. The waiter suggested 2 appetizers and 2 entrees plus a bunch of sides. We had only one side of vegetable rich which was very nicely prepared. Dessert was very good, we shared the crying chocolate which is molten chocolate cake it was delicious served with coffee ice cream and espresso grinds with dark chocolate on the side. I also had a cup of china rose tea which is black tea with rose infusion which was very nice way to cap off the dinner. Its not cheap, coming to about 160 but very enjoyable. It is always packed and no matter what reservation you have, you will always wait for a table.