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“Good asian fusion”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Buddakan

Buddakan
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Ranked #65 of 13,559 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: Chinese, Japanese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: 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.
Vancouver
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good asian fusion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Food and service were excellent. Being from Vancouver, BC, which has an amazing variety Asian fusion restaurants, this is one of the best that we have been to. Not cheap, but good value given food quality and restaurant atmosphere.

  • Visited August 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Stunning Decor and Beautiful People!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Owen the waiter took very good care of us! The best, he was very knowledgeable and clearly knew what he was doing! I was overwhelmed with the decor and the entire place, very well done and quite amazing! The food was great overall, a few of the dishes could use a bit of an update the shrimp appetizer for example.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Rafazi
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Shanghai
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171 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Vegas Chinese Asian Hip for not really New Yorkers!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

What a Zoo....bit of a joke but hey why knock success at near $20 Mil in sales. We waited for a table in the bar where I got to see quite a few dishes. Most looked Americanized and cloying in sweet spicy sauces...and cocktails were passable, certainly no real mixology here. We ordered three app's and only one passable was the lobster-crab dumpling which was served with the omnipresent Samal Olek chili sauce (I think straight out of the original plastic tubs)...the boneless ribs way to sweet and only had a smidgen of Douban bean sauce...the painting of mustard on the white side of the plate was comical. The other app, the scallion pancakes with shredded dark mystery meat (beef) was soooo salty we sent it back. The mains were not much better...Kungpao Monkfish was lukewarm where as the long beans were cold! The Mao Pao (funny-spelling) tofu was passable but misses the real numbing heat of the green peppercorns (missing). Service was excellent as server was friendly and accommodating. He added a Star to this rating. The atmosphere is a knockoff of the original Buddha Bar (Paris) and mesh-mash of other Asian venues but generally appeals to a mid-Americain NYC wow visitor. America needs the real deal....someone please open a real Asian/Chinese bistro cum club if you will.

  • Visited August 2013
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Coronado, California
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great food and ambiance!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

Pros:
*delicious crab sticky rice, Peking duck, and tuna tartare.
*trendy and hip place
*prices are reasonable
*communal tables are fun to meet people

Cons:
*i felt like our waitress was very pushy
*portions are small
* place is a bit too dark

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank LaViajeraSolitaria
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Gravesend
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A different dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

We had booked a table and in order to confirm your booking you have to go to the reception area. You are then led to the bar to have a drink, which is to kind of settle yourself in and take in the decor which is stunning! The drinks were reasonably priced, even the cocktails, for a restaurant in central new york. Once you have finished your drinks you are then led down to your table in a very dark dining room. I quite liked this though it was very relaxing. Our waiter was very nice and attentive. So the service was exceptional. The food is very well priced considering this is a high end restaurant. The food itself and the presentation was outstanding! My dessert was amongst one of the nicest deserts I have ever had! I highly reccomned the sichuan peanut semifroddo.
Overall if you are looking for a non-touristy restaurant thats high end and fashionable without the high-end price tag this is for you.

  • Visited August 2013
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