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Posted by Kellie on 12/03/2007
I went on Saturday night with my boyfriend, and what a great experience we had. From the time we entered to the time we exited. My partner, who isn't a wine drinker, took on the responsibility of choosing a bottle of wine. When it was brought to us, he tasted it and said it was fine. Our waitress then filled our glasses. I tasted it, and didn't like it...(I'm the wine drinker of the bunch!) and the waitress had no problem with us ordering another bottle, which I had "her" reccomend...and it was so GOOD! Reasonably priced at $47 bucks. We started with the shrimp dumplings and the tuna spring rolls....FANTASTIC! We both had steaks for our entrees...I must confess, I like my boyfriend's steak dish better than mine, though I was pleased with it. For our sides we ordered the asparagus and the long beans...my bf didn't touch his asparagus after tasting my beans. They are accompanied by minced shrimp...my mouth is watering just thinking about it. We ended with the chocolate souffle dessert with vanilla ice cream...an even sweeter ending to a sweet beginning!
Posted by The only best! on 11/08/2007
I went last Monday with my co-workers in a group of six people. Everything from the drinks to the desserts was to die for, everything look like a piece of art. The waiter was very friendly and ready to please us. I was a little bit scare to try this restaurant because i didn't have good experince before with any asian fusion restautant. But Buddakan was such a great experince that we are already talking about going back. The decors was elegant and beautiful. If i have to complain i would say that i expected the bathroom to be more imppressive but it was very plain. for a group of six the check come to like 520. For the quality of food it was not pricey at all.
Posted by KW on 10/21/2007
Went here recently with my gf for the first time. We were a little late for our reservation and even though it was a packed house they told us it should not be a problem. We waited for about 5 min in the lounge and were shown to a table. I wasn't crazy about it since it was right on the edge of the dining space and the lounge and the hostess instantly so I wasn't crazy about it, and said if we cared to wait a few minutes they could get us something downstairs in one of the dining rooms, so we waited. It only took about 5 or 10 minutes and we were shown downstairs to one of the smaller dining rooms and it was elegantly appointed and very nice. The first thing you'll notice about Buddakan is that it is very understated from the outside, but when you get inside it is a very impressive space. The main hall with it's 30 foot or so ceilings is something, and all of the decor is really quite nice. Most of the restaurant has subdued lighting which is nice for an intimate feel, but that intimacy is lost with the combination of a large capacity and poor acoustics. In other words, it is pretty loud. There was another bar in the room we were seated in and it was likewise a little louder than some of the others since there were some people there just for the bar which I thought was a little odd since there is a full lounge upstairs. The waiter was very curtious and had good recommendations, albeit a slight bit casul but not in a negative way. We ordered a few appetizers as well as main courses and all were infused with a lot of flavor and some were very interesting, the Pork loli-pops were excellent, almost as good as the kobe beef croquetts at Megu! Some very tasty dishes. We had a pretty fair amount of food, with no room, for a rare change, for desert and the total was $110 so, not terrible price wise. All in all, it was a nice experience, and I'll probably go back in the future, if they could find a way to reduce the noise it would be a top notch, somewhat trendy restaurant with quality food and great looks, my only complaint again is the bit of loudness. It's not incredibly noisey but just more than I would have liked. That said, try it, I doubt you'll be disappointed.
Posted by Desiree on 10/12/2007
My friend and I went to Buddakhan, and the atmosphere is wonderful and we loved our dishes. My favorite was the rock chili shrimp. And the tuna spring roll. The only thing they need to do is step up their desserts, they are kind of mediocre. The crying chocolate is their best dessert but and it was just okay. I love dining in the meat packing district. So Bon Appetite!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/07/2007
I guess y just can't go to any restaurants in the mpd without b&t on the weekends. I can't make any complaints about the food or the service or even the layout at this place bc they are all impressive but its full of Long Island single 40 yr old women and B&T couples ...so if u are ok with that..
Went to buddakan with 7 other friends so we were able to try quite a few dishes. Like many others have mentioned, the atmosphere is more memorable than the food. While the restaurant tries to be fusion, the dishes tend to be either too american or too asian. That being said, there were a few dishes that stood out. I highly recommend the edamame dumplings, charred filet, mongolian lamb chops and crying chocolate. Skip the tuna tarare, short rib, and dacquoise. All in all, a great place to take out-of-town friend s, not so much for gastronomy.
Posted by johnny omerta on 09/24/2007
i have been to buddakan several times now, the restaurant is exceptional. the space is impressive, the food is outstanding, the service is good. great date place, prices are not terrible for nyc, packed with beautiful people, would highly reccomend it. probably one of the best asian fusion restaurants in the city, its fantastic. some dishes that really stand out, edamame dumplings are mindblowing, spring rolls outstanding, general tso's dumplings are very good, the cod is awesome, one of the best in the city, the crab rice is outsanding as well. i have been there 5 or 6 times, food and service has been consistent. will def. go back.