Buddakan NY
Buddakan NY

Buddakan NY

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.buddakannyc.com/
  • Phone: 212-989-2245x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Monday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
    Thursday - Saturday 5:30pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Yang Huang & Brian Ray
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining with bar for 45 seated guests, 60 standing.
    Private dining for 60 seated guests, 100 standing.
    Exclusive private dining for 300 seated guests, 550 standing.
  • Private Party Contact: Kimberly Cook (212) 989-4180x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th Street
  • Public Transit: A,C,E to 14th Street. L to 8th Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Buddakan NY
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.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Buddakan NY reviews from OpenTable diners
1129 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (675)hot spot (664)good for groups (597)fit for foodies (557)romantic (433)vibrant bar scene (380)late-night find (280)neighborhood gem (152)notable wine list (123)great for outdoor dining (64)scenic view (59)great for lunch (31)kid-friendly (24)great for brunch (21)Show More
  • Great for a Romantic Date Night
    Apple
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    What a beautiful place, right from the door. The staff was great, very pleasant. The food was beautiful in presentation and taste. Lobster egg rolls were my favorite and the black bass was really good. Pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the place but.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My second time there from out of town. The only reason I can't give 4 stars was the very close table of 5 next to us literally took pictures of every dish to the point I was covering my eyes from the flash. So obnoxious and no idea they are blinding me throughout dinner. Really awesome food & drinks but ambiance ruined by other diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Sgnewton
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The service and good was outstanding. The management staff here is terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    From the lounge to the food, our experience at Buddakan was amazing. The cocktails are so good and they have a great wine list. The ambiance was so nice, not too loud but not boring either. Now, the food.... Start with the Bo Bo platter! A sampler of a few different apps. The whole peking duck was one of the best I've had. The singapore noodles have crispy pork belly chunks that are to die for. We also ordered a side of the green beans. AMAZING! They were mixed with ground beef and I think crystalized ginger. This was the best meal I've had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a celebration of 120 good years!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    On the basis of 4 separate word of mouth recommendations, we booked 1 month ahead and had a wow of a time! It was our last night in new york and to spend that with 3 women celebrating their 40th birthdays was just great fun. The tasting plate @ $80 each was really delicious and varied and plenty of food for 5. The special happy birthday touch for desert was an excellent ending. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buddakan You Rock! Thx Mr. Vaughan
    JCruVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I've been dining to very high end restaurants like Per Se , Daniel, Masa, TAO uptown/Downtown, Del Posto, and BUDDAKAN. I like them all. But tonight BUDDAKAN exceeded my expectation. GREAT SERVICE. I meant accomodating my request to be seated in the main dining room. The table all to myself. It's great since I always want privacy when dining. Food was great. My special THANKS to Mr. Andy Vaughan for an Excellent Customer Service! Til Next time! JYanogacioCruz
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The service forgot our table, so we were all night without water and wine. Plus that after that I asked for a drink from the bar and they forgot again. Besides of that this is one of my favorites places to go here in Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great night !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It was my second time dining here, and will not be my last. Definetly one of my favourite restaurants in New York city. The food is fantastic. The decor is stunning. Great service and very cool atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vibe!
    Wow42
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was good! Nice place to hang out... Too bad the hostess was clueless and took us around the Restaurant till we got to our table...
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Travel from Europe to NYC, second time i visit Buddakan. First time i wait 1 1/2 ours for a tabel, this time i try Buddakan again after few years. Booked a table, and wait now 45 min for my table. Chef apologize me and ofer me a drink at my table, never saw him back.... I never will visit this sort off trendy place again
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • More than I expected!
    Live2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I was concerned this would be a tourist spot where the clientele turns over and the food does not have to be consistent. Fortunately, I was so wrong. The bar was lively and each dining room had its own ambiance. At first glance, the menu looked like a typical Asian menu. Then the waiter took us through it and recommended how we order. Boy, we were not disappointed! Each course was just as delicious as the previous! If you are a local or a tourist, this must be on your dining list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just an OK experience
    Casagrande
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were very excited to eat at Buddakan, but we were quite disappointed with the mediocre food, with the exception of the desserts. Green beans were not hot and were barely cooked, we sent them back and they came out the same way on the second go around. All in all we were disappointed with the much anticipated experience. I would not recommend this restaurant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buddakan never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a wonderful meal once again at Buddakan this past weekend. The edamame dumplings were out of this world! Yummy drinks...great spot for girl's night out or a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Buddakan NYC is quite possibly the most beautiful restaurant I've ever been to. I was left breathless as we were lead down to the main dining room, with the high ceilings and beautiful chandeliers. Fortunately, the food fit the ambiance. Everything we had was delicious. Our server was also fantastic. He was delightfully friendly and provided great recommendations. He also regularly checked up on us, refilled water, etc. The only part that could be improved are the "reservationists" at the front desk. When I returned the voicemail they left me to confirm my reservation, I had to wait nearly 10 minutes for a "reservationist" - just to confirm a reservation! Then once at the restaurant, I found the front desk staff to be a little cold/aloof.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Assault on the senses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I had booked a late table for 9.45 but I didn't get seated for another 20mins. Your asked to walk into the 'lounge' area take a seat and someone will come and collect you. You walk upstairs into what feels like a nightclub, music really pounding and you stand with another 20 people also waiting to be seated being knocked and pushed around as you are in a doorway. The hostess/ waitress offered you a drink, so the three of us get cocktails. Which is bit precarious as there is no surface to put your drink down. Especially when your then asked to close the tab before you're seated. If there is large crowd and it's a pre party dinner it's fine. But don't go if you want to have a conversation. Food is good, no veggie main meals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great asian food in a cool place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great asian food in a very cool place. Very busy, but still the service was very good. Will love to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food.
    Dipwife
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great restaurant serving contemporary chinese. Most dishes are family style, but ask specifically how many pieces are in each appetizer, as my party of 5 we were told each appetizer could accomodate us and were.disappointed.when 2.dishes arrived with only 4 pieces and.told after the fact that they 'can't be done for 5'. Apart from that, Great overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not disappoint!
    NYCBasicsVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The staff were friendly and the food was delicious. The servers were extremely knowledgeable on the food and were able to assist in pointing out meals that were vegetarian or what could be made vegetarian. The wine list was very impressive and the cocktails were made with precision. Not to mention that we thought we left our card behind so we rang the restaurant, the next day they rang to say they hadn't found it... It's the little things that make you truly appreciate good customer service. Loved it! I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My dinner with my best friend
    EllanaS
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was my third visit to Buddakan. I was not disappointed . I knew the menu and went for what I knew is going to be delicious . I am probably repeating myself , but the suggestion for the waiter to share the dishes( family style) should be taken off the " menu". The portions are not large enough to share ... Sorry.. Just pick what you like and enjoy it ! Definitely save space for desert! One of those days I will come back and only order deserts ! Yummy! The waiter was very nice , and since it was my birthday , I got a little candle to blow out :) Very sweet . Will come back ... Definitely
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    whoneedsaname
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Service was slow - particularly at the bar. Service in the restaurant was okay. However, the noise level was high and could barely hear the rest of the table speak.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Howling good!
    Tasteman
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It'a amazing that after 8 years this large restaurant can turn out spectacular dishes without a disappointment. However our last visit was marred by a sound level that was headache-inducing and which made conversation all but impossible. Also, service which is usually spot-on was below par. We had to ask for a wine list three separate times and began the first two dishes accompanied by only water. Also although arriving within minutes of our reservation time we had to wait at the crowded bar for at least 20 minutes before being seated. Nevertheless the food makes this a special place....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nick757
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Again a great experience! We love this place. Interesting Asian cooking - to share - try the whole Peking duck! Or the chilli rock shrimps or the boneless spare rips or the charcoaled beef or.......... The best place is the banquet table
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Experience
    SilaNilla
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had many great experience at the Buddakan in Atlantic City and decided to check out the one in NYC. We were greeted right away, waited for a few minutes at the lounge while they get our table ready. The space and layout of the restaurant is great. Can't believe I'm drawing a blank on our waitress's name, she was fantastic. She answered all of our questions the best possible way and great recommendations. The food was amazing and better than expected. I'm sure everything is great there, here's what we had. Drinks - Elevation, Charm Starters - Tuna tartare spring roll, Hoisin Pork Belly Entrees - Mongolian Lamb Chops, Kung Pao Monkfish Sides - Chilled Udon Noodles Desserts - Almond Bread Pudding, Chocolate Fondant Go! Have a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I had my birthday dinner and was not disappointed! Everything about the venue was on point! Truly a night to remember!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our top ten meals all time
    OmahaFoodie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    make sure to take the time to really explore the menu. The sides and rices are big enough to share with 2-4 people, and you can build some amazing taste profiles to complement the entrees. Beautiful atmosphere, fantastic wine options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buddakan
    Aswerdlowe
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Magical. Wonderful. The do ace is beautiful. Food is the best and prices are high but within reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More attitude than quality
    KarreF
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The vibrant atmosphere, menu and price level combined set high expectations. The high profile is tangible. However, the food we chose was not matching and very disappointing. Eg the lemon chicken was dry and the sour lemon sauce did not blend in at all or go well with the rest we had chosen as recommended. The waitress was kind and quick but this could not compensate.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Our group of 3 just loved this restaurant! It was recommended by a friend and they were spot on! The food was wonderful and our server was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • toiny
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We booked Buddakan on recommendation that it´s still quite hot, and was surprised that it still has a vital ambiance and a reliable menu. However, our seating was bad, and it felt like I, who dined with my 2 children weren´t quite the guest prioritized, though it was early Monday evening and we had told the staff that we would probably be quick eaters. Our waitress was great, but the seating will bring the value down. Treat people with kids like real customers, please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not all it's cracked up to be
    Tiggeroc
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The restaurant came highly recommended on Tripadvisor and very trendy and a real buzz. We were seated upstairs and I'm not sure why the lighting has to be so low but we could barely see where we were going. Our server was only ok but felt he wasn't as attentive as he could have been. Food was nice but to be honest I wouldn't recommend this restaurant on the basis of the food as it wasn't worth what we paid. For 2 starters, 4 main dishes, 1 dessert and a bottle of wine it was over $300.00. We also ate in Tribecca Grill and paid the same amount but didn't begrudge handing it over there unlike Buddakan. Will not be back but would have no problem heading back to Tribecca Grill.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extremly tasty
    Denmark
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    FANTASTIC food with great taste!!! Service in top!! Came with husband and kids aged 12 and 14 and we all had a wonderful food experiece.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Consistently terrific on all counts. The food is delicious and creative. The service is great. Always a pleasure to go there. Probably best food in the area of the trendy restaurants. A bit noisy and also a bit of tumult but all in all, one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Joey
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Best Asian food ever. I am a very picky Asian food critic and this Was a TEN. Ate here last year also Best meali have had in. NYC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mr80th
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As always ............::::/:://///met my expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amasing
    MikeW
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Everything where sooo amasing, the food and service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodfood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As a repeat customer I was again impressed with the quality of the food, particularly the tasting menu and the excellent wait staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fun
    sonhomeu01VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We took friends visiting from North Dakota to Buddakan to wow them, and they were definitely very impressed with the massive space. Despite having a 5:15 pm reservation, we still weren't seated in the main room as I had hoped. If you want to sit on the ground floor, you should definitely request that in advance. As always the food and drinks were delicious. I loved the monkfish and the Bo Bo plate is always a great way to start.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I feel so bad
    Dawry
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I went to Buddakan it was my first time i went with my girlfriend and just cause i touch someone to ask where i'm seating they took me out of the restaurant i'm sorry but thats a bad service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great date night in NYC
    Tobyrhen
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    researching restaurants in NYC is tough with SO many choices! So glad we found this place. Everything was selfish. Loves the edamame dumplings & chili rock shrimp. Server had great entree recommendations, too. Fondant dessert was really tasty & different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No words
    Andy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Wverything was perfect. I was the las week in nyc and i had dinners in so many restaurants and no doubts about budakkan was the best. Nice people, perfect lighting , food amazing and the impressive how a huge restaurant with so many people having dinner at the same time can work so good. And please don't forget to take the carrot cake. Best dessert ever!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.