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Posted by anonymous on 11/15/2006
Food was pretty good, although I was a bit disappointed after reading all of the rave reviews. Lunch special was definitely a good bargain. I would eat here again, but seating random people together at big tables? A little weird...
Posted by Brenda Marie on 07/18/2006
Buddha Bodai in Chinatown is one of my all time favorite vegetarian (mostly vegan) restaurants ever - anywhere! And it is simply the best Chinese food period! Most things on the menu are vegan (like me) – if in doubt simply ask. Meat eating friends and family looove this place as well – and even bring their other meat-eating friends and family back! The ambiance is pretty nice. It is a very clean and bright restaurant. Because of its popularity and great food it can be quite busy – especially at lunchtime – making it a bit noisy and crowded sometimes – and you may have to wait for a table. But the service is great and the manager is such a nice guy who is always willing to answer your questions. If you are there to celebrate a special occasion – just let the manager know and he will take care of you. Best time to go: weekdays before 3:30 to take advantage of their amazingly economical yummy lunch specials and mouth watering dim sum. You can also get dim sum on the weekends before 3:30. Dim Sum alone even makes a great meal! Meat-eating friends and family think it is the best dim sum around – period! I don’t know how they do it – or even how they make a profit! Favorite Dim Sum: spring rolls, steamed sticky rice shiu mai, spring roll/rice roll (ask for it - not always on the menu), and veggie meat pastry. Favorite $4 lunch specials: stir fried dry bean curd with celery in brown sauce (doesn’t “sound” great – but oh so tasty – try it!) and sliced veggie meat and mushrooms in satay sauce (the sauce is simply heavenly!) Favorite $6.75 lunch specials: orange flavored veggie chicken (oh my gosh good!) and shitake mushroom in black bean sauce (not spicy and completely interesting and tasty!) Favorite Appetizer: lettuce song (yummy yummy “Chinese tacos”!)
Posted by Anonymous on 07/17/2006
Pleasantly surprised. I loved the general tso's chicken. The service was prompt and they were very courteous. I am usually disappointed with other restaurant's poor service, But it was excellent here. The prices were very reasonable as well, definitely helped with the budget while eating out. Stopped by for lunch one day and then for dinner another night. I would recommend this place to anyone. Hope I will be back in town , to stop by here again.
Posted by Rich on 07/06/2006
Loved this place. General Tso's chicken was scary good. Service was prompt, and portions were large. Their lunch menu is great bargain considering what you would spend in many other restaurants for lunch.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/30/2006
While we don't usually go to Chinatown, this place is definitely worth the trip. The menu is huge - lots of choices. We all shared our entrees and appetizers so we got a decent sampling of a variety of dishes - all excellent. The portions are pretty large - so it's a great place to go if you are really hungry, but we saw a lot of people taking doggie-bags after they finished their meals -- so don't order too too much! All in all a great value (very inexpensive-moderate prices), nice service, delicious food (the Orange Chicken was almost too realisitic!), vegetarian and most importantly - Kosher! Enjoy!
Posted by Fred on 02/05/2006
I was so glad to hear about the Manhattan location - I had been going to the Flushing version for several years. I have never had a bad dish from the extensive menu at either location. Most of the mock meats are very convincing. The roast pork in particular is incredible. In my experience, their chicken dishes seem to taste more like the real thing than the beef and the seafood. The sheer variety of vegetarian fare on the menu is almost overwhelming. I think the food is much better than Vegetarian Paradise. While the food isn't as cheap as some chinese restaurants around town, the level of cuisine is high and in my opinion, well worth the price. The decor is nothing special - clearly the food is the main attraction - and it keeps me coming back to this place for more.
Posted by Daisy on 01/26/2006
Hm... not only are the main dishes tasty but the dim sums are excellent too! I especially loved the egg rolls. And did I mention that the service was good too? When I asked the manager for some recommendations on dessert, he came back from the kitchen with the mango pudding--which was very yum yum. By far, Buddha Bodai is the best vegetarian resturant I have ever eaten in.