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Happy Buddha Vegetarian Restaurant
Nearby Subway Stops
7 at Flushing-Main St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
- Good for Groups
- Private Dining/Party Space
- No Alcohol
This venue is closed.
Since 1997, Happy Buddha Vegetarian Restaurant has sated vegetarians and kosher keepers with its meatless Chinese fare that cleverly swaps out meat, fish and fowl with animal-free doppelgangers. Located in Flushing’s Chinatown, the mellow restaurant unites Zen with Miami, sporting blonde wood tables, floor tiles that depict river pebbles, woven bamboo matting as wall coverings, and a giant metallic overhang above a stainless steel-topped juice bar. The extensive menu taps dishes from Taiwan, Shanghai, Guangdong and even Malaysia, with a wide array of soups, casseroles, stir-fries, noodle and rice dishes, as well as fruit smoothies and lunchtime dim sum. The fleshly stand-ins are generally pleasing and derive from soy, flour, or tofu. The “roast pork” is the spitting image of the real thing, right down to the rim of red food coloring around the edges. The flavors, which include star anise, are spot on, and the texture is pleasantly chewy. The homemade veggie fish is less convincing. It’s basically a deep-fried nori roll stuffed with bunched up tofu skin.Recommended Dishes
Vege roast pork, $8.66; sizzling veggie beef, $15.19
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