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
1024 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (633)hot spot (579)good for groups (515)fit for foodies (463)romantic (433)vibrant bar scene (363)late-night find (242)neighborhood gem (132)notable wine list (107)scenic view (60)great for outdoor dining (48)great for lunch (30)kid-friendly (25)great for brunch (16)Show More
  • Made our night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    On a night with downpour. 90.00 eight block cab rides and a number of other negatives, this dining experience added the biggest positive to my mini vacation. The service was unblieveable from the call to make sure the reservation was still accurate to the bar service and then our exceptional waiter who offered exquistie recommendations. we had the edamame dumplings and pork belly as well as the half rack of mongolian lamp chops. all was amazing... drinks were so well done the fever added a bite that touched each of your senses and the Haze was just the right comibation for the end of dinner and desert. All in all i would definaltely return to Buddakan and hope this review sends more people there!!! thank you
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent all around!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great ambience great food great service.... The pork bellies were amazing! Would go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We loved our meal at Buddakan. Beautiful setting, excellent service and AMAZING food which definitely lived up to expectations. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun birthday dinner
    Kbbb
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went to budakan fir my sons bday dinner. Our server was great and helped us thru the menu. We ordered 5 appetizers. Loved them all. Then 3 entrees. Then. 2 desserts. All were excellent. We were 2 adults and 3 kids. The kids loved the food and the bill was reasonable. Then we walked the highline. Great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely a great experience
    jabbajac
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Firstly, service here was wonderful. Our waitress Erin (hope that's how it's spelt) was wonderful, very friendly, and very informative. She definitely helped in making it a memorable experience. Then to the food. We ordered the large tasting menu, swapped out the chicken for Mongolian lamb chops, and it was great. The portion sizes are very well sized, It was the first time I walked away from a tasting menu completely stuffed. The meats were all cooked to a perfect medium rare and were all incredibly tender. Overall the experience was great and the food was great. I'd definitely come back for more.
    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.
  • Good Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Is a good restaurant, but the food isn't enough, Small Portion for the price. You must spend a lot of money to get enough food.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Perfect food, percect wine, perfect location, perfect service !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience for our 40th Bday!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant is a great alternative for group celebrations looking for excellent food and ambience. For parties of 6 or more they offered three choices of Tasting Menus and that was so good! Lots of food for everyone, maybe too much. Try the edamame dumplings, spectacular!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buddakan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very nice restaurant!! Nice, place, nice food, really good neighborod, and excelent service I recommend it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Love this restaurant.have been a number of times and it's always on our list to go when we visit NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved this restaurant!
    AnniversaryCouple
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The edamame dumplings were to die for. We also ordered the spicy dumplings, peking duck, and the chared steak. Also fabulous. If you've been to Tao, this restaurant has the same kind of vibe. Had to wait at the bar for a table and were taken care of by two bartenders from Michigan and Texas. They were both very friendly and entertaining. I would definitely come back to this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow
    Wheeler
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Been here a few times and it had been a while since the last. I was not expecting the food to be so great. It was always good but not like this. Service was the best it's ever been for me there as well. And I'm annoying particular as to timing. Server was on point! I'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kimmy8
    Kimmy8
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Expected a lot from Buddakan. Overall we enjoyed ourselves, but quite a few dishes that got delivered were luke warm. That was the disappointing part… we would go back again though
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was outstanding, especially the chargrilled beef and black cod. Service a bit slap dash. Noisy in the bar while waiting for table. Good for a special occasion dinner out in NYC.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible experience!
    AnnaBanana
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner and he loved it. The food is amazing, we had the pork potstickers, hoisin glazed pork belly, and the scallion pancakes for appetizers and peking duck fried rice, the char siu roast pork for our mains. I can honestly say I'm an extremely picky eater and I found everything to be delicious. If you get a table for two they're going to most likely seat you on the top floor with pretty dim lights, otherwise you'll be in what I believe is the main room downstairs. Either way you're away from the noise of the bar. Great experience and perfect for a date night or a night out with friends. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, service, and dessert
    Foodforthought14
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The dining was incredible - food was amazing, timed perfectly and we were given Incredible recommendations by our waiter. This is definitely a place to go for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atmospheric
    Britabroad
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great atmosphere and vibe in the restaurant. Started with a couple of cocktails in the bar before sitting down to some delicious food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mrs Hazel Brear
    Hazeyb
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We loved this dining experience! The food was fantastic and our waiter was very attentive. We had a table overlooking the central downstairs section of the restaurant and when we return to Buddakan we'll request a table downstairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appalling
    Tourist
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The noise level was so high that it totally ruined the occasion. In order to hear each other we had to shout. The waitress couldn't hear to take our order. My wife and I wanted to leave immediately but as our daughter had chosen the restaurant for her 21st we felt we couldn't do so. The food was ok, but not hot enough. The table next to us were extremely drunk and should have been asked to leave. As we were on holiday from the UK we will never be back but we left feeling upset that our daughters birthday had been ruined by the awful atmosphere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderfull experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My husband took me to celebrate my birthday, and it was a great choice! The restaurant is amazing! and the food excelent. I loved the place, so I would really recommend it as a "must" in NYC
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nessy83
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Went to Buddakan for the last night of our holiday, had a fantastic evening. The food and cocktails were outstanding and the staff were very attentive. Would recommend this fab restaurant for anyone visiting New York. A brilliant way to end our holiday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • its good!
    Hoang
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    went here for a second time and the bo bo plate is always a good choice. Got the cod with stir fry, crab rice, and prawn noodles. everything is delicious but defs wanted more! but was too stuffed. Got tea to finish the meal is was perfect. the only thing i didnt like was that its VERY DARK and the table seated next to us is EXTREMELY close. but overall a great place to have dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    svasse
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was delicious. Me, My wife and our kids was celebraiting our 25th weddingday in best restaurant ever! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was our second time to Buddakan. Food was great. The service was attentive and engaging. Great recommendations from our server. We will be back.
    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.
  • Incredible!
    clanna
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I cannot fault this place! The ambience is funky and modern, the food is great for sharing and the service was great. Longevity cocktail was particularly delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great late night dinner experience
    Jennifer
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I love the atmosphere of this restaurant. It kind of give me the night club vibe when I first walked in minus the strobe lights and loud music. Menu mostly consist of Chinese food but with a twist. The entree were okay. Entree Portion would be consider small for those who are used to eating in Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. But dessert was exceptional. The waiter Michael recommended green tea doughnut with coconut cream and crying chocolate. I would come back just for the dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Cocktails, Appetizer, Entrees, Dessert, Wine, Service...everything was just perfect. The best restaurant I've been to in New York.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Evening
    happyanniversary
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My wife and I came here for our anniversary and found this place to be fantastic. The food was phenomenal, the atmosphere was very cool and our server was unbelievably good. He made the evening that much more special for us. Would definitely come back.
    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.
  • AMAZING FOOD
    eorlandi23
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I went to this beautiful restaurant in August. It was clear from the first moment I got in that this place was special. The food confirmed it. Everything was just perfect. Probably my best dinner in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre food, awful service
    Sammynyc
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The ambience at buddakan is outstanding. Unfortunately that's where the good experience ends. The food quality has declined significantly - to a point that the food now seems overpriced for what it is. And the service is TERRIBLE. We had to wait 30 minutes to get our appetizers; another 45 mins after that to get one of our two main courses; another 20 mins later our second course arrived. And finally after another 10ins our drinks showed up. And we were just two people!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Night
    gugadotti
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I recommend Buddakan. The food is amazing and all dishes are to split, so you could taste different options.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place I love it.
    Jimmy
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great atmosphere,ambience,food, love decor and food excellet service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!What an experience!
    TeatimedVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    All I can say is, if you've never been then you really must go. It's fantastic! Loved it! Food, service and ambiance is outstanding. The restaurant itself is gorgeous...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated, touristy
    Luv2d9VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Beautiful main dining room. Snooty waiter. Pork buns were incredible, rest of food lacked so much that we actually needed hot sauce. A place like this should not require hot sauce to give it flavor. Waiter server a very warm glass of red wine, yikes! Too many other places to try....
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing restaurant
    Cara46
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Fantastic food, great decor and an overall great experience. Can't wait to come back on my next NYC trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Spot!!
    KimNowak
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband & I had dinner reservations for 11pm.We arrived alittle over an hour early to have a few drinks at the bar,&check out the place as it was our first time there.Drinks were made perfect, and the bartenders were very attentive! We were then approached and escorted by a host at the bar 30 mins prior to our reservation letting us know our table was ready,we loved that being how hungry we were! lol.. Our awesome waiter was Jerry, he was very knowledgable about the menu and what would be best to order portion wise. For apps we got the Scallion Pancakes and General Tsos Dumplings (to DIE for!!) for our entrees; the Broken Chili Chicken and Blk Pepper Beef w/ a vegetable Fried Rice to share. Loved it, and cant wait to go back!! *****
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, impeccable service
    maboh7
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were 14, each one with its specific taste/issues with food, and everybody ordered several of the (extremely good) appetizers. The staff made the plates coming at a reasonable pace and everybody got to try all they wanted. Portions are bigger then you would expect. The edamame dumplings were amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    Brad
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great ambience and a very attentive staff even though the place is very large. Food was good and server was very good with recommendations.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great exp for a special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Came here for my anniversary. It was b/w Tao or buddakan. They're across the street from each other. chose buddakan b/c their service, noise level and menu was better than Tao. Depending where you sit the lighting was darker in certain areas and the tables could of been spaced out more for two, felt tight. The food was expensive for the portion they served but it was expected because it's in the city. We had 5 cocktails, 2 appetizer, 2 entrees,1 lobster FR and dessert. We should of ordered Sausage FR. Came out to $250. Reasonable for quality, service, ambiance and it's the city. Food was delicious. Plating was nice. Great cocktails. Our waiter was awesome. Ultimately we both enjoyed the place, had a wonderful and romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place
    FLind90
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I always make A reservation here when coming to New York, completely in love! Try the edamame dumplings!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.