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“Exceptional experience all around”
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Buddakan
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Ranked #66 of 13,639 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: Chinese, Japanese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, 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.
Windsor, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Exceptional experience all around”
Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

Amazing food. The best service I have ever experienced. Edamame dumplings ... Actually everything we had was fantastic. Its pricey but worth every penny.

Visited December 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“A great food experience!”
Reviewed December 22, 2013

One of the better visits in NY! Cool and trendy, food heaven, nice staff. The dumplings are to did for... We had the tasting menu and got to experience so many great flavours! Visit and enjoy!

  • Visited May 2013
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Hampshire
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great ambience, gorgeous decor”
Reviewed December 21, 2013

We happened to stumble upon this place by accident however I imagine if you were actually looking for it you may find it very hard to find. From the outside you can see how amazing it is. We decided to take a chance and go in. We didn't have any reservation however were lucky to be seated right away. It was mid week. The staff on the front desk were friendly and helpful. We were seated at a wonder table and welcomed by our very helpful waiter. The place is beautiful, great for everything to intimate romantic meals to great big parties. It has an upmarket feel but isn't stuffy.

Our waiter offered to help with food choices and did a great job, giving an honest opinion and actually stopping us over ordering which was appreciated. He was very friendly telling us about all the other restaurants in the STARR chain and also that a scene from the sex and the city movie was filmed here. As a fan this made my night even more.

Food was very pretty on the plate but also tasted great, dished are are to be shared so you get to try a great selection. We had a lovely chocolate desert which was well well presented and tasted amazing.

Would recommend this to anyone to try.

  • Visited December 2013
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thessaloniki
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing!!”
Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

Best dinner we had whilst staying in NYC. The design of the restaurant is really nice and the food just top'a everything!! Don't worry if you don't know everything on the menu as all comes out delicious! The waiters are very helpful and there to assist you with any explanation needed! Try the monkfish and the black cod!! Prices are around 80 dollars p.p with wine but absolutely worth it.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Unique but a bit pricey”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

We went there as the result of a recommendation during a sort break in New York. We had reserved a table way in advance of time.The place was very busy when we arrived but our table was ready and we were taken there very promptly - be warned the lighting levels are very low, almost too low in my opinion. Two cocktails to kick off called "Fate" and "Bright" both very good. We shared a couple of starters, prawn toasts and crab and lobster dumplings which were very tasty and then for mains we had lemon chicken (slightly greasy and a bit lacking in taste frankly), Alaskean Glazed Cod (great), Chow Fun with wild Mushrooms (good) and purple pak choy (also good). Followed by Sticky Date pudding (great) and Green Apple Sorbet. Overall a good experience but the bill was fairly hefty for a meal which was good but not amazing. You'll love the interior and ambience though.

  • Visited December 2013
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