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Posted by omnivore50 on 09/06/2006
I expected to have ambivalent feelings about Buddakan, but I was wrong. Our dinner was among the most enjoyable we've had in years. We ordered and ordered and ordered (including spring rolls, spare ribs, short rib/scallion pancakes, edamame dumplings, chicken dumplings, potstickers, hamache, calamari salad, peking duck, miso marinated cod, rack of lamb, fried tofu, ma po tofu,) and all but one item (a crab/noodle entree) was superb. Service was especially impressive for such a huge restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/21/2006
What an amazing space and design for a restaurant. The decor is beautiful and you feel as if you are surround by luxury. Unfortunatly the food left something to be desired -- starting with the overpriced and not very good drink specials. Stick to beer -- at least it is consistent. On a sunday night at 9 Pm -- we had to wait 45 minutes for our reserved table -- after numerous questions we were told it would just be a minute...just 45 more. Be prepared to wait. The food was just ok. nothing special and nothing worth noting. I would say go to tha bar to enjoy the beautiful space but as I already said - the drinks were horrible.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/31/2006
The most impressive and interesting dining experience I have ever had in NYC. One of the members of our party was arriving late from the airport and they graciously accommodated our request to postpone the reservation by a half hour. The service at the bar was well informed and very friendly. We were promptly seated at 10:30 and proceeded to order one of nearly everything on the menu. Everything was delicious…the depth and combination of flavors unmatched by any other restaurant in town and the ambiance was incredible. Highlights included the scallion and sparerib pie, the rack of lamb and the pork buns. It was a prefect dining experience and the prices were extremely reasonable. Only a fool would miss this meal!
Posted by SRO Expert on 07/04/2006
People from Philly that don't think the New York Buddakan measures up to the original are just plain wrong. I have been to every Starr restaurant and Buddakan NY lives up to its older siblings, and in my opinion, steals the title of "daddy's favorite." The food is just as good, if not better than the original, but most importantly--it is different. If you want a chain restaurant that serves the same dish no matter where you go, maybe you should stay in Philly. Starr Restaurants in Philly are the ONLY places in that city to have a REAL dining experience (Stephen Starr just "gets it"), but they also have no one to compete with. Buddakan New York has had to rise above the noise in the capitol city of food itself: New York. My first experience at Buddakan NY was with a few friends who reside in Philly who "couldn't wait" to try the Calamari Salad, hoping it would be "just like the salad in Philly." If it's the same, then why drive all the way up to New York to get something you can get at home? Why not embrace a brand new menu from a family of restaurants that delivers nothing but the best? Not to mention being able to consume that menu in the most beautifully designed restaurants New York has seen in quite some time. My personal opinion: It gives Philly people ONE thing to think is "cooler" in Philly than in New York City. If you dodge Buddakan New York because some proud Philidelphian tells you it "isn't as good" as the original, you are a fool. This is my recommended response: punch them dead in the face, tell them to go back to Philly, hail a cab, and get yourself to Buddakan immediately for one of the most indulgent dining experiences available in New York City.
Posted by West Village Diner on 06/15/2006
After making an 8pm reservation a few weeks ago for a wednesday night (girlfriend's birthday dinner), we ended up waiting at least 30 minutes for our table, sounds like this is a recurring problem. as suspected there was an overcrowded bar filled with plenty of beautiful people who seemed content evaluating how beautiful each other was. we were more interested in eating dinner. after multiple stare-downs with the host (aspiring model) we were led into the magnificent main room down a flight of seemingly endless stairs that opened up on to the gigantic dining room equipped with 3 huge gorgeous chandeliers and what must be the biggest communal table in new york which unfortunately was reserved for a private party, but can normally be requested to eat at. everything was beautifully done and this review doesn't do it justice, go see for yourself. we shared 5 or 6 different dishes all of which were great, especially the edamame dumplings which are worth a trip back for. udon noodles, taro puff lollipops, boneless spare ribs and sweet and sour eggplant were all very well balanced, just enough spice to get your attention and paired great with a reasonably priced pinot grigio one of many whites under $50. go to the library room for a drink after dinner to experience why christian liagre is a legendary designer and you'll feel like you're in a different world, tucked away from the busy streets of the meatpacking district. enjoy!
Posted by AV on 05/14/2006
Does not live up to its Philly cousin. Came 30 min earlier than reserved and told to wait at the bar. When they seated us at least third of the tables were empty. The service is weak. You do get a distinct feeling that you are being rushed. The appetizers came in 5 minutes after the order was placed and in another 5-10 minutes they brought out one of the entree. By that time mine was cold. The food was ok- nothing spectacular.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/11/2006
I had the most splendid experience at this restaurant and agree with the last reviewer. The service is excellent, the space design breathtaking, and most important-the food was delicious! I am still dreaming of the chili shrimp appetizer. well done!