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1 at Houston St.; A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.
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Charlton St. to 10th St., Thompson St. to West Side Hwy.
This venue is closed.
Specializing in low-salt, vegetable-focused dishes, Buddha House offers healthier-than-average Chinese fare. True, the telltale signs of a run-of-the mill Chinese spot are all here, with Formica tables, mirrored walls, and kitschy posters of Chinese landscapes. But the food can rise above the mundane, if never to great heights. House-made crispy noodles and duck sauce are neither too greasy nor too sweet, and vegetables, when ordered steamed rather than sautéed, arrive crunchy and free of grease or salt. An overly restrained kitchen stints on the sauce in some dishes, for blah, bland plates, but classics like beef and broccoli or shredded chicken with a potent, lively ginger sauce fare better. The wonton soup’s weak broth is redeemed by bright baby spinach and delicate pork dumplings. The option of building your own dish, not to mention the 17 styles of Cantonese soup, give Buddha House’s menu appealing diversity.Lunch Special
Daily, noon–4 p.m., $5.25Recommended Dishes
Five flavor wonton soup, $1.75-2.95; steamed green leafy mixed vegetable, $7.50; beef with broccoli and young ginger sauce, $8.55
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