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Buddha Bodai

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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)

3.895
Food 4.1 Value 4.1
Service 4.0 Atmosphere 3.3

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 566-8388
Fax:
fax
(212) 566-1717
Website:
www.chinatownvegetarian.com
Place Order:
Order From Buddha Bodai for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Major Credit Cards
Hours:
Daily: 10am-10pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Cheap Eats, Gluten Free Items, Delivery, Online Ordering, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Catering
Min Delivery:
10.00

User Reviews

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by RT on 07/16/2007

    AWESOME

    try the veg chicken in hot pepper sauce. you will forget everything! i am yet to have a delicious chinese veg dish. this is the best vegan chinese place that you can think of!

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by Great cheap eat on 07/01/2007

    BBQ Veggie meat is Delish

    I went here with my sis for her bday dinner. We arrived pretty late in the day (after 7pm) and the place was kinda empty. We asked our server for what he recommended and he suggested the BBQ veggie meat for appetizer, forgot what else we ordered but that BBQ meat is definitely worth going back for. I also remembered wanting to order some items that they were "out of". It's not a tastebud blowing experience (except the BBQ meat) but the price is also a bargain so def worth checking out.

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by VegUp on 03/16/2007

    Very-Very Good!

    This was my 1st time visiting this restaurant with a fellow co-worker. We ordered from the Lunch menu - which included a soup, or shrimp roll & white, or brown rice The price for the Lunch menu was quite moderate => $6.95 for plenty of food. I ordered vegetarian fish with Steamed veggies & brown rice. It "was not" spicy, salty, or oily. Just appetizing, flavorful, savory & delightful. Their service was courteous, & polite I will definitely visit this place again & suggest it to any Veggie Lovers.

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by XOXO on 02/23/2007

    Be warned--you will crave this fake meat

    I live within spitting distance of Buddha Bodai and I am vegetarian--jealous? You should be. Buddha Bodai is one of the best veg restaurants this city has to offer. I was a bit surprised to read the bad reviews but, then again, you have to know what to order. Since I eat here weekly I think I'm qualified enough to be your guide! Appetizers: choose Hot&Sour if you are in the mood for soup (if you are in the mood for veggie wonton soup you should be up the block @ Wonton Garden anyway!), or if you are with a group get the BBQ Meat (Char Siu) w/Fried Bread Appetizer. Entrees: General Tso's or Kung Pao Chicken are both good choices, BBQ Meat is the best, steer clear of seafoods. Sides: the Pea Pod Shoots (Dao Miu) are pricey but you won't find a tastier (or greener!) vegetable in Chinatown. This place is most fun when you eat family-style and you really can't beat the lunch special! Enjoy it, veg-heads!

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by Anonymous on 02/22/2007

    i'd suggest you skip it

    this is the first review i've left and i've been using menupages for awhile now. but after ordering from this place, despite the bad reviews, i felt compelled to leave one. i really suggest you don't go to/order from here. i placed an order and while the delivery was prompt and the prices were decent enough, the food was really not very good at all. i was sadly disappointed. the pan fried dumplings were filled with some unidentifiable vegetable; the wonton soup was so bland i had to add soy sauce to it to make it halfway decent and the dumplings in there were also not particularly interesting. finally, the general tso's chicken was really not particularly good. having been to many excellent vegetarian chinese restaurants in san francisco, toronto, new york and philadelphia, i am well familiar with what good vegetarian chinese food is and this is definitely not it. skip it.

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by L on 01/29/2007

    Not recommended

    How did this restaurant manage to get such great reviews?? The food was not impressive, out of the 5 dishes we ordered the only thing I could manage to eat was some Mu Shu, which was just okay. We also got the turnip cakes, turnip pastry, crispy bean curd, and tapioca dumplings. All of it tasted like the cheap oil that it was sopping with. It also tasted dirty, like it wasn't fresh. When I was trying to make up my mind about what to order, my waiter even had to warn me about several dishes. It's too bad, because this was a very nice little restaurant with friendly staff, the kind of place I'd keep going back to if only the food were atleast edible.

  • Buddha Bodai

    Posted by Tallulah on 01/09/2007

    More kudos for General Tso

    Ordinarily a huge menu doesn’t bode well for a restaurant. I’m equally suspicious of vegetarian restaurants whose specialty is faux meat. But this vegan/kosher place transcends my negative preconceptions. While I’ve only eaten there once, I’m tempted to move to NYC just so I can eat every meal at the Buddha Bodai. I agree with another reviewer: General Tso’s chicken is “scary good”. It’s a surprisingly delicious vegetarian version of the icky, cloyingly sweet, sweet and sour chicken of your grandparent’s day. I asked the waiter what was the large platter of greens on another table and he said pea vine greens which I love. Theirs were the superb, not cheap at 12.99, but then pea vines (AKA pea shoots) tend to be a little pricey, especially in the winter. The combination of the rich General Tso's chicken and the pea greens was perfect. The staff was friendly and helpful. This is not a romantic date place; the atmosphere is simple but pleasant, and the people watching is good.

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