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“Best spring rolls ever” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buddakan

Buddakan
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Ranked #64 of 13,416 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 50 - US$ 50
Cuisines: Chinese, Japanese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Chelsea
Cross street: 16th Street
Transit: A,C,E to 14th Street. L to 8th Ave.
Description: The surreal atmosphere of this awe-inspiring restaurant in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan combines the serenity of Asia with the flamboyance of 16th century Paris. The menu features fanciful interpretations of Chinese dishes and delights even the most discriminating palates.
Bowral, Australia
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best spring rolls ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2012

The location is fun - the food was so fresh and tasty. Very helpful and friendly staff. It had a great atmosphere. The interior design is so beautiful and we can't wait to go back.

Visited July 2012
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183 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Average asian cuisine in spectacular setting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2012

A definite must see restaurant with average asian flare cuisine.

Dramatic main dinging hall and overall very cool decor - I am glad I went. But there are a number of bad tables in this restaurant, we had to wait to get a table that allowed you to enjoy the restaurant - since the food is average you need to make up for the food with the experience as a whole.

Definitely visit, definitely insist on main dining hall seating.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Another great dining experience @Buddakan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

Had friends from out of town looking for a cool hip unique dining experience. As a frequent visitor to Buddakan, it was one of my first choices and as always, they delivered. We always tend to eat late, so getting a reservation @10:30pm was no problem. We arrived @1045pm and were seated within 5min. Was still a vibrant bar scene and place was packed, but not uncomfortably so. The music was a tad loud at times, but for the most part was at a level that you could actually eat and have a audible conversation without screaming. I always ask for a table away from the main dining room, which allows for a more intimate and personal dining experience even with just friends. The Asian-fusion inspired menu for sharing consistently delivers and tonight was no different. And the waiter we had was on point all night, great job! All and all, another great visit to Buddakan.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Impressive decor, gorgeous food, good service, yum yum yum!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2012

I use this place to impress any out of town guests, and it never fails. The decor alone is enough to elicit a gasp of delight when I take Londoners in. It's done on a massive scale with lots of different rooms (I always ask for a table in the main dining room which has huge chandeliers and a very long communal table, or the red Chinese room at the back, which is opulence personified). I also try to get a drink in the bar before going through - it's very sexy and their cocktails are amazing. My personal favourite is the 'Fever', although I may be in the minority as it contains jalapenos..!

So, on to the main course - the food. It is, in my humble opinion, superb. I often focus on getting more appetisers than entrees/mains, because I love sharing lots of little dishes. Not that any of the dishes here are little actually! The highlights for me are the edamame dumplings (they taste like 'green'!), lobster egg rolls (crispy on the outside, sweet on the inside), tuna tartare spring rolls (so simple, but divine!) and the crispy calamari salad. I also love the lobster fried rice, black cod and the short ribs. Be careful not to order too much - the portions are on the large side and everything looks so good that it's easy to get carried away and order a mountain. The staff are usually great at recommendations and gently suggesting that perhaps you don't need 24 dishes between three of you...

The service is elegant and thoughtful, never hurried and always warm and friendly.

Yes, this place is quite pricey if you go overboard with the number of dishes and drinks, but honestly, like L'Oreal says... you're worth it!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rome
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33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“ok”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

right close to the chelsea market (9th av cross 16th st) it is a singular restaurant. The food quality is not extraordinary but everithing deserve to be visited. Ask for a table in the main hall... booking is mandatory and reccomended.

Visited June 2012
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