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Posted by jack on 09/12/2009
I used to go there a lot! I loved this place! It still have a great atmosphere but the food is not like it used to be, the service is not like it used to be and its just not WHAT IT USED TO BE! I would recommend the TAO on 58th and Park if you are looking for a good quality food and great place to lounge!
Posted by anonymous on 08/21/2009
Given all the publicity and hype this place received I expected more. The food was good but not outstanding, the sashimi for my tartar sampler was not fresh and drenched in lemon. The service was pleasant but slow. It took us 30 minutes to receive the check after our dessert plates were cleared. The ambience is nice but our entire party left with mosquito bites!
Posted by Julie on 06/22/2009
About a month ago I put together a dinner for 14 people at Buddha Bar. Peter the venue's maitre d' was the most accommodating maitre'd I would say in NY. Our large and fairly picky party of 14 were seated in the Pagoda area of the restaurant. The number to my party changed every hour starting out at 10 people and ultimately ending with 14. Peter took every one of my frantic phone calls and assured me each time that it will all be perfect. This dinner doubled as a meeting and an introduction. The circular tables we dined at were perfect - at first what seemed like a tight fit and too close for comfort - ended up being exactly what was needed for the team to get aquainted. The menu selection - a prix fix selected by the maitre d' himself was perfect - every dish that came out was a delight - there was a lot of food, lots of choices and everyone left very happy and satisfied. The service was top of the line the attention was masterful even though the restaurant was full and Peter was also hosting a large party for 150 - we never felt neglected nor really ever thought there was anyone else there. I stayed well within my budget and everyone had a fantastic time - it was a win win for all and I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great night out either be it w/ co-workers or friends.
Posted by Marie on 06/14/2009
I just got back from Buddha Bar after having a wonderful dinner with my boyfriend and two close friends. I do not understand the negative reviews on this site; eating at Buddha Bar was an all around awesome experience. When I walked into the restaurant, I was immediately impressed by the chic ambience, beautiful bamboo bar, Buddha statues and red lights. My friend and her husband were actually 30 minutes late for our reservation, but the reservation desk was extremely understanding and held our table without any questions. My boyfriend and I had a drink at the bar - the cocktails are expensive ,but really tasty - and then when my friends arrived we had an excellent dinner. I had the vegetable spring rolls, big-eyed tuna and Buddha brownie, all of which were excellent. Yes, the price is expensive, but you are definitely paying for the atmosphere and the food is some of the best that I have had recently. Perhaps the other posters negative comments related more to the bar scene - but the resturant itself is great and you should not be put off at all by some of the negative comments here. Buddha Bar all the way for a great evening out in NYC.
Posted by anonymous on 04/06/2009
I went to Buddha bar on Sat night and I was a little nervous given some of the negative reviews posted here. We ended up having a great time. Food was delicious and with Entrees ranging bt $22 - $35, while a little high were around the same as else where in this area. Don't let the negative reviews turn you off, its a fun place to spend some time with friend and have fun.
Posted by anonymous on 03/23/2009
I went to Buddha Bar for dinner after not being there for 2 years. To my dismay, the waitress was on a mission to get us out as quick as possible yet have us order as much as possible. She stood about 2 feet away from us at all times with her arms folded staring at us. While eating our main entree, her and the bus boy tried 4 times to clear our plates while we had our silverware in our hands and were still eating. 'It was absurd that we had to keep telling her we were still eating since it was clear that we were using our silverware and chewing. At the 20 min mark, we had to tell her and the manager we needed time to digest as we had 3 appetizers and 4 drinks total before serving our main entrees. To our shock, she told us if we did not eat the entree then it would be cold and there was no room to keep it hot, nor would they provide us with a fresh entree. After spending $215 for a 45 minute meal....I highly doubt it was worth it. I'd eat here if you need to eat very fast, don't care that the food quality isn't that good, and a waitress eyeing you 2 feet away the entire meal.
Posted by Food Lov3r on 03/04/2009
It was so hard to find this place. I circled around a few times and I thought this was just a regular lounge. There were no signs or address in front of it. After walking in, it felt like a temple with Buddhas every where. We were seated very quickly because we made reservations. The food took a while to come out, I ordered the Mizo glazed tuna. It doesn’t taste good. The skin and the sticky rice were salty. They put too much sauce on it. When it was time for dessert, our waiter handed out the menus to all of us except for one. She was sitting right next to me. How could he have missed her? The place was not busy at all. Also, the waiter messed up our dessert. He gave me the brownie dessert instead of the Cakey Fudge with Ice Cream. I told him that I was 100% sure that I ordered Cakey Fudge. Afterwards, he looked around and found the Cakey Fudge. He mixed up my order with my friends Brownie dessert. This waiter was rude and they charged us a 20% gratuity tip bc we had a party of 6. Bottom Line: Nice décor but HORRIBLE FOOD AND SERVICE. Never coming back here again.