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Posted by Anonymous on 02/01/2008
In a nutshell - mediocre at best. The place has definitely seen better days. The only highlight of our dinner were drinks and appetizers. If you limit your stay to the bar area, you won't be dissapointed. Restaurant section: where should I begin: the shrimp and lobster chow fun had absolutely no taste. The noodles tasted like it was sitting around for awhile - dry and pastey. Small portion and did I mention that the shrimp and lobster were almost MIA - so little to speak of nor notice. The XO sauce was anything but XO - second thought, I didn't taste much sauce at all. The charred filet of beef was boring at best. No taste, over-cooked and again small portion. Neither dishes were completely consumed. The wait staff: our waiter forgot two dishes. I don't know if he just chose to ignore us or was too embarrassed, but after we noted the missing dishes for the third time, his presence was minimal and the two dishes non-existant.
Posted by Clem on 01/28/2008
My friends and I were so excited to go here and we were not disappointed! This is the most beautiful restaurant I have ever been to! Absolutely gorgeous. We had a 6pm reservation and by 6:15pm, the entire place was packed. Our waitress was terribly nice and helpful in recommending drinks and food. My only complaint is they seemed to rush us a little. The scallion pancakes were delicious as is Charm, the drink. The dishes are served family style, so my table and I were able to order less and share eachother's food. Yes, some prices are over the top, but a tofu dish that can feed two people for less than $20 is not that bad. I definitely plan to come here again!! Make a reservation in advance though!
Posted by Feets on 01/27/2008
My wife and I went to the Buddakan in Philly, several years ago, and loved it. This was sooo disappointing. It is very noisy, we could not hear each other. The lobster egg roll was nothing special. We were there with another couple. Two entrees came out together. The third entree was served five minutes later. The fourth entree, mine, surfaced fifteen minutes later and cold. The chocolate dessert did not live up to the waiter's hype. The restaurant does not serve bread to nibble on. Entree portions were small. The place is very expensive. There are much better restaurants in this great city. I will not return to this one.
Posted by Sumeet on 01/21/2008
they try a bit too hard to be unique. For example, the vegetable fried rice comes with this disgusting coconut foam that totally ruins the whole dish if you don't like coconut and weird foamy substances on your rice. The dumplings, miso cod (better than nobu's), rock shimp are all excellent dishes. For dessert - the crying chocolate is really good. The drink menu is sort of a letdown - they don't have warm sake, the served my "chilled" sake with ice which was different (and not so good). I don't like wine with this type of food but heard their wine list is good. I'd prefer a few more beers - but that's not that big a deal. The atmmosphere is amazing - and the service is pretty solid. I must say making a reservation is quite rediculous where they only seem to have 5:30's and 11's EVEN if you call a month in advance. My suggestion, try a few hours later and something "magically opens up." I would definately try this place - and everyone I brought really enjoyed it as well.
Posted by Pixey on 12/21/2007
I went to this restaurant for my friend’s birthday. We had reservations at Nobu but at the last minute we decided to try Buddakan. Our reservation was for 7:00pm sharp! Our entire party got stuck in a crowded pitch dark & loud lounge until almost 9:00pm. We ordered and were kept waiting and waiting. There were 9 of us and they just tossed the food on the middle of the table and claimed it was “Family Style”. When we asked what they were giving us since we all had different appetizers, we were given an exasperated response of... “Oh that’s the Edamame Dumplings or that’s the Shrimp Dumplings”. Mind you it was SO dark where they sat us we had to ask. Every entrée was cold and salty and to at insult to injury they completely forgot one entrée all together. By the time we received the last entrée and complained we had eaten our complementary dessert. Never again! There are much better places to go people!!!
Posted by AlexRS0609 on 12/09/2007
The atmosphere is so chic in Buddakan. It is by far one of the largest restaurants in New York. It has such a scene inside, and you really get into it. The staff was absolutely helpful and nice. They really assisted us. For my drink I ordered the Tranquility cocktail. It was amazing, not too strong just right. We ordered the Mongolian Lamb Chops, the Seared Pork Tenderloin and the Tea Smoked Chicken all of which were excellent. I would definitely order them again. For dessert we ordered the cookie platter which is fun. It has chocolate dipping sauce. Buddakan is such a cosmopolitan dining experience and I will most likely be returning.
Posted by TheEraser on 12/06/2007
This place is an experience, that's all I have to say! Great food, great service, great atmosphere, great night out!