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  • Chinese, Vegetarian-Friendly, Dim Sum, Kosher
  • 5 Mott St, New York NY10013 40.713843 -73.998956
  • (At Worth St)
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  • (212) 566-8388
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User Ratings (Based on 57 reviews)

Food 4.1 Value 4.1
Service 4.0 Atmosphere 3.3

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 566-8388
(212) 566-1717
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Order From Buddha Bodai for delivery & takeout
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Daily: 10am-10pm
Lunch, Dinner
Cheap Eats, Gluten Free Items, Delivery, Online Ordering, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Catering
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User Reviews

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/28/2010

    bad food and subpar service

    The lemon veg. chicken and rice noodles with eggplant were really disappointing. Chicken was sickeningly sweet and the noodles with eggplant were flavor-less.

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by anonymous on 01/30/2010

    very nice but everything tastes like chicken

    the vegetarian aspect of the food is great, but all the "imitation meat" taste like chicken. perhaps i am just ignorant and had much too high expectations. the fish dish that my friends and i had was honestly not stellar, so i wouldn't recommend the fish and vegetable dish. general tso's was good. But otherwise, there is friendly service, the restaurant as a whole is clean and not cramped, the dishes were ample servings, and the food tasted fresh. so i guess i can't really complain about too much :) i would definitely go back, just not order the fish dishes...

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by Aryeh on 01/28/2010

    Best Vegetarian in the US

    Unbelievably authentic Chinese provincial menu. A very surreal experience: a vegan hipster with dreadlocks is sitting between an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi and an elderly Buddist Monk asking the owner to verify that the immitation meat he ordered is actually vegetarian. The dim sum is amazing, dinners are massive and they serve "round-eye" specials for those of us accustomed to American Chinese style food ala General Chow.

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by Brat on 12/29/2009

    What's all the hype about ?

    Ok, so I was forced to visit this place because I was told it was the BEST kosher chinese restaurant in New York. First of all, how do we even know this place is really kosher ? I mean seriously, as if the kosher police can even find this place, let alone inspect it. Ok, so we got there and the place was a ghost town. I mean 100 seats open with no customers and the head honcho said "We SOLD OUT"..So after begging and pleading, since I heard so much about this place, she finally agreed to sit us at some round dirty table by the door...which I must ad was FREEZING Next came the food. Some meat, some sesamechicken...I guess that is what is was.....The meat tasted like light rubber, and the veggies tasted like carpet. The soda came in a can with no glass, no ice and a broken straw. The chicken or whatever that was is the only reason I gave this place a 1.. I will not return and obviously not talk about it again Regards, BRAT

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by AP on 10/28/2009

    CRAZY about Buddha Bodai

    Their shredded chicken lo mein should be illegal, it's so delicious and addicting (I'm eating it at this very second, no lie). I wish I weren't so depravedly obsessed with it, otherwise I'd have much more money/space in my stomach to try all of the many other delights BB offers. From what I HAVE tried, any kind of sauteed vegetable or fried faux meat is spectacular when you get it in the restaurant. The breaded/fried stuff gets a bit soggy when delivered, but is still scrumptious and worth every penny (especially during the lunch special, so cheap). Their sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves is the best I've had in my life. I buy extra so that I can freeze them and eat them whenever (even then, they go shamefully quick). The dumplings are okay... not my favorite (the tapioca ones are foul but the shrimp ones are aiiiight... I'll still go to North Dumpling if I want dumplings). Their soups are disgusting-- like un-strained salty bitter green tea, but I won't hold it against them. I can't even begin to express how much I love the majority of what I've tried. Additionally, their delivery guy is quick (I've never waited more than 15 minutes for food) and extremely nice, just like the majority of their servers. My only wish is that they would have an option for smaller portions-- especially with the lo mein-- it's too hard to resist eating all of it but the portion is enough for at least 4 reasonable healthy servings. It takes a lot of will power to put it away and I just wish I could order a small! The lunch special actually gives MORE lo mein than the entree, believe it or not. Recipe for disaster.

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by Jackie on 10/27/2009

    Best Veg Food I've ever had!!

    I have only ordered take out from this place and never sat down to eat, but i will have to do that one of these days since everything I have ordered from there is absolutely fabulous!

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by Tallulah on 08/07/2009

    Vegetarian heaven

    As a vegetarian it's nice to open the menu in an Asian restaurant and know you are only limited only by your appetite and whims...no hidden chicken broth or animal product flavorings here. I'm like a kid in a candy shop. while some of the servers are a bit shy (probably because some have limited English) once you get to know them, they are all kind, helpful and generally very accommodating. The man at the register (perhaps the owner) even offered unsolicited information about local Chinese animal rights organizers. I feel I can trust the quality of the food and cleanliness of the kitchen. Love their stir fried pea shoots, General Tso veg. chicken, and during dim sum hours I think it's the veggie meat bun which I adore. it's a steamed bun stuffed with faux B.B.Q. pork. At lunch time the General Tso isn't as crispy and delicious so perhaps it's made ahead of time, but for 6.75 it's still very decent.

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