25 Little West 12th St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Ninth Ave.
By Cleo on 10/5/2006
This is a factory no doubt, but a nice one and the food is actually quite ok. The main reason you would go here is for the crowd and the decor, it is perfect for that.
By Sazzi on 10/13/2006
Last night, I ventured into budda Bar with a girlfriend. We received a warm greeting from the doorman and continued our way into the main bar area where we instanly took to the darkened, sexy atmosphere. Very "Sex in the City" feel to the place, so my friend thought. I would definatley go back!! Sarah
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
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 HyunJungLeePark on 12/15/2006
The subject line of my review says it all. Nice place, great decor (similar to unrelated Tao), awesome music as all Buddha Bars. Drinks ok, dont adventure with martinis. Restaurant is terrible. Service is awful. Food never came together, so some people in my table had to wait for ever until the rest were served. At least the waiter could have advised for how long more we had to wait. Sushis are very bad quality. The only thing worth trying was the tiger shrimp appetizer and the steak. Otherwise, nothing amazing, rather poor quality. The waiter spilled a glass of water on the table before even taking the order, and never worried cleaning. Never got the chopsticks I asked for. Waiter is too busy to make you any suggestion or explain anything on the meny for you. For the price, at least I expect more attention than that. And to end the night, can you believe a waiter who brings one dessert menu for a party of 4? after he never brought anything we asked during dinner. Skip restaurant and stop by the bar if you want a taste of this place.
By Jkhoroz88 on 12/28/2006
It was very sexy, the crowd kicked ass. Just because they serve food does not mean you have to eat it. I was disappointed that the food was not very good. The one in Paris is better. I would certainly go back.
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 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 Make_It_A_Double on 6/28/2008
I enjoyed my dinner at Buddha Bar and so did the others in my party (4 total). The service was decent, the food was better than average, the theme/ambiance, including the music, was great. The drinks were definitely overpriced as was everything in general. You can tell that, like many places in NY, half of what you pay for is just the "cool" factor, which is pretty overrated for anyone who has lived here for more than a few months. With that said, I'd probably go back in the future if I have friend who's visiting from out of town and wants to go to a "cool" place.
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!
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.