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Buddakan

75 Ninth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 16th St.
212-989-6699

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

64% would go back.

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By Nox123 on 11/19/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

We ate here on strong recommendations, but honestly, we found it a bit more style than substance. It does look stunning inside, but the night we went, it seemed more nightclub than restaurant, and I wanted to dine not schmooze. The staff were all remarkably friendly, not at all snobbish, which I feared they might be, given how attractive they were. The food was well-presented - cleverly served "lollipops", standing upright on sticks, and there was intelligent use of the limited tablespace. The mushroom chow fun and peking duck were fine, however, the food did not wow. It was good...but just good. Best part of the meal were the recommended (by friends and waitstaff alike) edamame dumplings - a light and tasty soy bean puree in translucent dumpling cases. It might be a favourite restaurant of mine if they halved the prices.

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122 out of 219 people found this review helpful.

How can you not love this place?

By Rick_Green on 9/17/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

All around great expierence. Stephen out did himself this time around. I can only think of one of his restaurants that hit the mark like this one, Parc in Rittenhouse Square!

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123 out of 227 people found this review helpful.

great atmosphere

By WILKINCR on 6/16/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

The food is great, strongly recommend the lobster springrolls, fried softshell crabs and scallops. DESSERT IS AMAZING. THe interior of this restaurant is breathtaking. Good cocktails too

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92 out of 175 people found this review helpful.

For a certain type only

By IHateScottRose on 5/22/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

The food is marginally better than one might find in Chinatown, but not double- or triple- the price better. There are occasional standout dishes but not enough to make up for the majority, which are fairly ordinary, if good. The ambience: you'll either love it hate it. I hated it. Gauche to the point of satire. Bored, too-cool-for-school waitstaff. Considering you could pay as much for a meal here as you might at Morimoto around the corner, might as well go to Morimoto. Unless you're looking to pick up one of those Sex-And-The-City cougars lurking around the bar.

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109 out of 217 people found this review helpful.

Flashy but poorly run

By ljourdan on 2/21/2008

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

I took some relatives there recently and had the same unpleasant experience as one other reviewer here. I had reservations at 9:30 for five people on a wednesday night. We arrived 5 minutes early. The receptionist checked our reservation and directed us to the bar area where we were to wait for our table. I wondered how the staff would know when it would be our turn to be seated so I asked one of the hostesses, who assured me that everything was under control. We were still waiting an hour later, at 10:30, when the receptionist who had greeted us came to ask us if we had a reservation! Then she realized -- and admitted to us -- that she had given our table to another party and forgotten about us. She apologized and told us she would inform the maitre d' of her cock-up. I assumed it meant we would somehow get compensated, but sure enough there were no freebies on the check. I am embarrassed to have taken my relatives to Buddakan. With such bad service its name does not deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as this city's great restaurants.

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158 out of 283 people found this review helpful.

10 Worst restaurants of the Year

By NYCFool on 7/9/2007

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

I think this restaurant was put on the wrong list, I love Adam Platt's reviews and opinions, but I dont understand how he got this one so wrong. I made the mistake of bringing clients here too. I had a reservation and still was made to wait 1.5hrs in a crowded and extremely loud and dark bar area, when we were finally ushered to our table, we were seated dowstairs and on the side in a boringly-decorated and forgotten about section of the restaurant. Basically there is one main beautiful room of this restaurant that you see in photos but the accoustics are so bad there that you wouldnt want to be stuck next to the drunken tourists eating there anyway. The food was mediocre and I was embarassed about the whole experience to have taken people that I work with there. I will NEVER return. I hope other people will read this and avoid the place too. It was loud, obnoxious, and over priced.

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296 out of 584 people found this review helpful.

More than the Hype

By martin_chamois on 3/21/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Buddakan has turned into a far more satisfying restaurant than the initial hype that brought the bridge and tunnel, and tourist crowd to primarily the bar of this multi-story pan-Asian meatpacking mega-establishment. The menu, the food, the service and the décor add to an enjoyable dinning experience. Downside is there are many dark and weird dinning areas that may be great for a rendezvous but are not suitable for a festive evening out on the town.

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302 out of 692 people found this review helpful.

Beautiful Decor, Forget The Food

By Enricolon on 3/13/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

The Decor was magnificent, but they have better food at my local takeout restaurant, the portions were small but they were priced okay for the portion size. I ordered the Szechuan Aged NY Strip, the steak was very dry and lacked flavor. The General Tso's Dumpling were just ok, I have had better Dumplings elsewhere. I had a better time and experience at the Spice Market right up the street and their food was more exciting and flavorful.

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274 out of 683 people found this review helpful.

A Feast For The Eyes And The Stomach

By WVfoodsnob on 12/26/2006

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Buddakan is my favorite restaurant in New York for its combination of decor, food, and crowd (minus the cougars prowling the bar). This is the place to take out of towners to make them understand why you live in New York and cannot imagine ever leaving. With its ambiance and cool factor, it would not even need to have stellar food to remain packed every night, but the food is amazing. Be sure to start with the scallion pancakes with beef shortribs and finish with the Manjari!

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276 out of 632 people found this review helpful.

Awesome!

By miguelmhernando on 12/15/2006

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Went there a week ago, and was very impressed. Great "ambience", service very amicable and food was served very fast (and was excellent!). If you go there, just walk around when you´re finished, and have a drink at the bar! Amazing

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