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Posted by K.Winslow on 07/09/2008
Beautifully designed space. Definitely worth checking out. The bartender was great, knowledgable-friendly-funny. The service was a bit slow, but the wait staff compensates with professionalism and personality. The food presentation is more impressive than the taste. I sampled a few appetizers, and the delicious deviled tuna tartare is the only dish worth mentioning. Still- great place to start the night, and the trendy crowd is always promising.
Posted by Anon on 07/02/2008
The service was great, but they told us the food was served family-style, and I'm wondering how many people are in this family. If there's more than one they're all going to starve to death. You get normal appetizer portions for three times the money. We ordered pork potstickers and got five dumplings, which is the amount you usually get in any Asian restaurant. The food was fine but it's a bit of a ripoff. Interesting decor.
Posted by Kristen on 06/25/2008
impressive decor and courtious, friendly and accomodating staff. I had a problem with the food though - i had expected top shelf cuisine but i was disappointed. We had lodster egg rolls which were a little fishy - meaning the lobster was overcooked, scallion pancakes looked beautiful (i had never seen them presented in that manner) but i wish they were crispier to contrast with the soft braised beef that topped them (the meat had a sauce that tasted like fast food taco meat). Our deviled tuna tar tar was wonderful - although it needed more sauce, the light flavors really let the tuna taste come through. Other dishes were good too like the charred beef which was amazing - all in all, it wasn't a bad exprience - i'd definitely go again to see what else they have to offer!
Posted by NCRedhead on 06/24/2008
Four of us went to Buddakan for an 18th birthday celebration during a girls-only trip to NYC, and it was fantastic! The atmosphere was energizing, and the large dining room downstairs was gorgeous! We ordered four appetizers, as well as a few entrees. The food was unbelievable, especially the lollipops appetizer! We ordered two desserts, which were great. The crying chocolate is a must! Service was above average, and the food presentation was superb! The only negatives were the overly loud music making it nearly impossible to have a conversation without yelling, and our area was too dimly lit for one in our party to read the menu. Other than that, it was great! Would definitely return!
Posted by Alex on 06/23/2008
I know that some elitists are skeptical of the mammoth-sized, trendy, super-restaurants in Manhattan, but this was honestly one of the best meals I've ever eaten. I know good food and the food here is wonderful. The space is gorgeous and exciting, first off. But while some restaurants rely solely on appearances, Buddakan rises to the occasion with delicious food. Deviled eggs topped with tuna, the filet mignon, and black cod were all incredible, as were all of the appetizers. Expensive? Absolutely, but we were here for my birthday. Go for a special occasion and enjoy this place is great.
Posted by E. on 05/28/2008
Despite the beautiful space and attentive service, we found the food at Buddakan anticlimactic. Lobster egg rolls tasted just like plain old egg rolls, and the house special fried rice (with lobster, shrimp, scallops, etc.) was surprisingly bland. Our entrees were decent and dessert was good. But nothing here was great enough to justify the prices. The portions are supposed to be big enough to share, but they just seemed average to me. In fact, had we not ordered the rice, appetizer and dessert I still would have been hungry. Glad I tried it but I won't be back.
Posted by dana on 05/28/2008
i dont know what restaurant all these people who are giving bad reviews ate at? i have been to buddakan many a time and the food has always been the same AWESOME! the taro puff lollipops and bbq spare ribs are amazing, as well as the tuna spring rolls and general tso's dumplings...besides the food being great what keeps me coming back here is the service...from the hostesses to the waiters, everyone is very nice and attentive..i have never encountered a snobby attitude at all! yes the crowd can be a lil corporate, but it all depends on what time and what day you go...the later the better!!