25 Little West 12th St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Ninth Ave.
By julesf on 11/13/2006
This past weekend a group of friends all wanted to celebrate together over a nice meal. We decided to go to Buddha Bar. We made the wrong decision. Not only were we not allowed to order what we wanted off the menu, but we were told that we had to order a minimum cost per head. We were instructed we had to order entrees, when none of the entrees suited us, we preferred the sushi menu and appetizers. A total that would have equaled the same if not more in cost compared to the entrees. The minimum per head was not a big deal when it came to cost, it was just how rudely it was conveyed. One of the managers came up to our table and said "Ladies, you are at a restaurant. If you don't order the entrees, you're on your own." The staff that we interacted with was rude, unprofessional, and appalling. We would NEVER recommend eating, drinking, or socializing here to anyone.
By ues_nyc on 7/7/2007
While they literally beg you to come on a weekday, weekends is a different game where bottle service must be purchased. I read somewhere that Buddha Bar revenues had gone down and the previous manager had been fired. With people like this at the door, i am not surprised customers are looking at different options. Simply rude.
By cooper13 on 7/21/2008
I have NEVER dealt with such unprofessional, DISRESPECTFUL and unaccommodating staff! Running late for our reservation, we called and were told as long as we were okay waiting at the bar for a little, it would be fine. We arrived (celebrating birthday & engagement) and were checking in with a host when UDI, the RUDE MAITRE'D interrupted and informed me that he could not accommodate us until 11:30pm! When told he was being rude, he responded, "Yes I am being rude". Asked for a manager after an hour and he seated us at a 3 top (4 people) 2 feet from the coffee room. They had 5 four top tables open throughout the night and could have seated us (one open 40 min). When questioning the table, we were told Âthis is the one Udi is giving us". We left to STK and they were packed but took care of us in 15 minutes! Food is consistently better and so is the staff!! Food at BB is mediocre; good only for atmosphere which is not worth the headache! I have never been spoken to / treated so rudely by restaurant staff and the error was on their part!
By DD728 on 10/26/2008
A friend & I had dinner in the restaurant at 8pm, which was nice - cool decor, good food & an attentive waiter. After dinner, we moved to the lounge to reserve a table & bottles & wait for our friends to arrive. (My brother & I were told in several calls that tables can't be reserved in advance.) Once in the lounge, we were introduced to Felix, who arranged for us to have a table that goes for 4-5 bottles, for "just" 3 bottles. Felix then agreed to sell us 2 bottles, on the condition that we had a max of 10 people join us, whom Felix would personally let in. When our friends arrived, Felix would NOT let them in. I went ballistic & got most of our party inside, after fighting with Felix. Jimmy, the nasty owner & ruler of the door, refused to let 4 of our guy friends in, who wanted to buy more bottles. 2 bottles & $900 later, we left & met the rest of our friends at One. The staff at Buddha is the worst I've ever come across & this place is NOT worth the inevitable heartache you will experience.
By HaLa on 8/12/2009
Disclaimer: I was dragged here against my will by friends visiting from out of town, even though I warned them that BB is NOT a CLUB. BB is a RESTAURANT! Don't be deceived by the rude doorman, the ropes or the sad tourists standing in line - BB is NOT a CLUB. If you do get dragged to BB, be prepared for crappy music blaring from blown speakers and no dance floor/space, which leaves the tourists to dance around dinner tables. Nice. And, the primary criteria for gaining entrance appears to be agreeing to a table/bottle service (which we did not and jumped the line anyhow), as the clientele was almost entirely composed of scroungily dressed tourists. I would recommend going to BB if you're a tourist who has no idea how to dress to go out in NYC and your only option is to buy your way into a "club." We left BB fast and went to a proper NYC club with amazing music, a real dance floor and a door policy based on allowing in only classy clientele.
By karinaArgentina on 8/7/2010
DO NOT GO TO AJNA BAR. Worst experience of my life. I have never had to deal with such an incompetent and rude group of managers as I had to at Ajna. I, along with my friends were all overcharged on our bill and a month after, my credit card bill has not been reinstated to the correct amount. One friend was charged twice and Ajna has made no effort to correct this. I have wasted countless hours trying to correct my bills and have only failed, after being YELLED AT by the managers, despite their own mistakes. WORST SERVICE AND MANAGEMENT TEAM. There is a reason why the Buddha Bar recently changed management and ownership and it is very clear that they do not have a good handle on things.
By GT3NOSUB on 12/12/2011
Horrible! Booked a brunch 3:30 in the afternoon for a Bachelor/Bachelorette party, reserved a table for 13 people to eat (two weeks in advance) 6 Couples plus one Guy from Bridal party. The Groom shows up twenty minutes late for his own party at $150.00 a head ($1,950.00) to start for the table. The door-boy refuses the groom entry because he was a man. He said 6 women and 7 guys at the table wasn't what they were looking for, they thought he would be a woman. He tried to explain it was his event, he was paying. The door-boy refused to let him in. Groom started making calls to the already seated wedding party. Door-boy made him wait outside in freezing weather for twenty minutes. When half the table inside came out to see what the delay was , the boy at the door finally let him in- Once inside, The Groom ask the bouncer inside- Is this the way the door-boy always treat customers with reservations. The door-boy hears this and tries to have the groom thrown out. Yes THAT REALLY HAPPEN! Its a shame Ajna Bar management keeps this type of worker at the door. As far as the door-boy , I guess he wishes he was alive when Studio 54 was open. Food was mediocre at best . Music was beyond blasting loud and the female staff was pretty but looked starved. I guess they dont like the food either. Live / Work Manhattan, even the Bridge and Tunnel folk said Lame-O- ... not impressed, Ajna Fail ! You've been warned . Just don't do it, your better then that.
By craigwalsh on 7/14/2011
We asked the American Express Platinum Concierge to recommend a restaurant for us to entertain friends visiting from the UK. The Concierge suggested Ajna Bar and said that our friends would love the food and the decor. It was a very hot day in NYC and the restaurant was quite warm. Half the restaurant was in darkness, so overall it felt gloomy. The appetizers were very good, and the main courses were all too salty. The five spices on my duck breast were salt, salt, salt, salt and salt. The rice wasn't as good at the worst Chinese take-away restaurant. The worst part about the evening was the music. It was just way too loud for a restaurant. We couldn't even talk to our friends. I asked the waiter to please have it turned down a bit, and he returned to say that they'd done so. I didn't notice a difference, so asked to speak with the manager. I said, "You're either a restaurant -- with music that's not loud, or you're a nightclub." He said they were a "lounge with a restaurant," but did turn the music down a little. As others have said, this restaurant feels "touristy" -- there was a table of about 10 accountants near us, not saying a word to each other (how could they over the loud music). There are much, much better choices out there. Our meal was almost $600.00. They'd added a mandatory 20% tip.
By REDemery on 1/4/2008
Style over substance. The food was awful, my sashimi was frozen in the middle, the lobster was bland and the shrimp curry made a ready meal appear tasty. Go for a drink (coconut mojitos are a winner), but make sure you eat beforehand.
By foodczar on 10/16/2006
Having been a fan of buddha bar for years and owning a dozenof their cds and having been to the original in paris i was most excited to try the one in new york.However ,the peanut pot stickers from lean cuisine ,are vastly superior to the version that i was subjected to tonight (10/16/2006).Perhaps the other people are happy with a much hyped,and late in opening ,theme restaurent, in the over saturated meatpacking district but i was not.The waiter whose third language was english was annoying ,in that at these prices at least you might have understood what was being thrown at you ,go to empire szechen and wear dark glasses,at least the food is better.dja
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