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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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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 pjh on 05/25/2008

    Left overs saved the day

    I was in New York only briefly and a friend's uncle recommended Buddha Bodai. I loved the roast "duck" (taro) and seasonal greens. The pan friend noodles were so-so. My NYC friend, who's not a vegetarian, told me to take the left overs, even though I didn't know when I would eat them, since my dining plans were set for the rest of my stay. Saved by the leftovers at a vegetarian-unfriendly conference luncheon the next day. A vegetarian friend and I devoured all the leftovers. Can't wait to return to NYC.

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by Loisaida Ave on 05/06/2008

    The BEST!!

    I only go to Buddha Bodai now. I grew up vegetarian but have eaten meat most of my adult life and this is way better than any place serving meat dishes. Everyone I bring here exclaims "this is my new favorite place" and for good reason. I've gotten everything from the general tso's to the three cups chicken and the lobster and it is all so yummy. Try the chicken fried rice.

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/06/2008

    They Need a New Chef

    I was on my way to another vegetarian Chinese restaurant when I saw Buddha Bodai. I looked at the menu and thought I'd try it, since I like trying different restaurants. Big mistake. I hated the food. The soup tasted like plain hot water. The only vege in it was lettuce.( Lettuce in soup??????). The wontons were tasteless. I tried to eat the entree but couldn't. It was that bad. I asked for my check and left to go eat somewhere else. On the plus side, the staff were friendly, and the service was good. All the place needs is to start serving edible food, and it can call itself a restaurant.

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by Bea & Gerry on 04/10/2008


    No..... really....... addicted ! I challenge anyone to tell the difference between the luscious Bar B Q "meat" served here and any Chinese real pork served anywhere else. The lettuce song is beyond description, fresh and full of flavor. Sticky rice, rice rolls and the pan cooked turnips are beyond description. Before moving back to New York City and having access to Buddha on at least a weekly basis, we used to drive down from Maine to enjoy our favorite goodies and our favorite hosts. These lovely people make each visit a pleasure. Thank you all for the excellent customer service and a perfectly uted menu.

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by Rich on 02/28/2008

    Good veg Chinese food.

    I've eaten at this restaurant many times and have always enjoyed the food. Try the curried "chicken", its great. I also have taken food out from tis restaurant. You have to experiment and find the dishes you like. Some are better than others but they are all good.

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by Eater of Eaters on 01/23/2008

    The best Chinesse food ever

    This is by far the best Chinese food you will ever have and it doesn't matter if you're vegan, vegetarian or a hardcore meat eater. You will come back for more! The General Tso "Chicken" is by far the best I have ever tasted. The taro bowl (if it is lunch time, it won't be on the menu but ask for it) is the most creative and delicious thing I have tasted in a long while. There is also seafood fried rice served in a pinapple which is very tasty. The prices are resonable, especially at lunch. You'll love it. Go!

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by nyu student on 12/18/2007


    I ate lunch there a few days ago and was extremely happy and impressed with my meal. The food was delicious vegan tof(u)ood and even better since it was kosher. The service was good and the owner/manager was so friendly, could speak Mandarin and Hebrew. the atmosphere was very pleasant and it's located in the cutest part of Chinatown. I'm definately going back again.

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