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
1033 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (638)hot spot (581)good for groups (530)fit for foodies (500)romantic (419)vibrant bar scene (360)late-night find (244)neighborhood gem (134)notable wine list (111)scenic view (58)great for outdoor dining (46)great for lunch (30)kid-friendly (20)great for brunch (19)Show More
  • Buddakan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Buddakan was recommended to me by some friends. My husband and I were very impressed with the majestic dining room & ambient atmosphere of the bar/ lounge and adjacent dining area. We enjoyed attentive and friendly service and loved the food, although the fried rice with mushroom was a bit salty and the sweet chilli chicken was a little disappointing. We loved the shrimp dumplings and the duck pancakes were fabulous! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting New York! It is a fabulous experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This restaurant is really amazing, the location is incredible and the food is really good! I can look forward for a second dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    FarCJ
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I requested to be seated in the main hall when I reserved, but when I arrived they wanted to give us a table on the upper level. I explained we were tourists and that we probably would not get the chance to visit the restaurant again. They totally understood and were really accomodating. We had to wait about 10 minutes more for them to find us a table in the main hall, but they did. In the meantime, we had some of their pricey yet delicious cocktails. I recommend the one with watermelon and basil. The food was excellent, but the portions are small so be sure to order enough. We were a party of 3 and we ordered, 3 appetizers, 3 entrees and 2 side dishes. Overall nice experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BonnieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Buddakan seldom misses and this time was no exception. Whatever you drink and whatever you eat, you will be pleased. Truly one of the most enjoyable dining experiences in New York.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service ruins experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food was reasonable , some even good. Service was bad - no attention to details, they forgot one of our orders but did charge us for it. When I pointed it out the charge was reduced but no real apology or explanation offered. Table was left completely dirty after they cleared it from main courses leaving no appetite for desert even if it would have been offered ( it wasn't...). This is clearly a place that has stop carrying about customers as the reviews have been too good - recommend to stay away@
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE the Buddakan!
    k135VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This must be our 5-6th visit to Buddakan (we are from Montreal) and surely not our last! This restaurant is beautiful for the eyes, the vibe is energetic, bar scene cool and music trendy, BUT the food steals the show!!! Amazing edamame dumplings, boneless ribs, lobster fried rice... just to name just a few... are EXCELLENT! Price for this quality of food is excellent. We will be back... again for sure.
    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 LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    NYCLover
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was just incredible. The pork belly appetizer was simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was a little disappointed that I had to order chicken. We decided to share and someone already had the lobster and the beef but my lemon chicken was better than the beef and the lobster almost compared. The sauces were fabulous the sides and appetizers were truly amazing. The only down side they will not do the tasting menu for less than 6 people. Atlantic City restaurant will do it for 2. And they did nothing for my son's birthday even though I told them ahead. Even with these little negatives we can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maria
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excelente comida. Mesa marcada mas tivemos que aguardar pela mesma pelo excesso de movimento no restaurante. Reclamei e foi-me oferecido uma bebida pelo atraso da mesa. Ar condicionado forte demais, estavamos com camisolas e com frio, a cortina perto da nossa mesa,esvoaçava tal era a intensidade do ar condicionado.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Splendid
    Catherine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Everything was extraordinary delicious. Tasty cocktails before the meal, excellent service and recommendation by waiter resulted in a great food and wine experience. Page must, worth every penny if you visit NYC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buddakan
    Eatable
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Loved the food, loved the venue and the service. Such a fun vivid vibe, thank goodness the food was amazing too.
    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.
  • Fantastic Food
    MissFoodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This place is gorgeous. The decor is superb. Over 2 levels of dining including communal tables. Like a lot of these NY restaurants, despite having a reservation, they still make u wait at the bar so u can start buying drinks! However, the service by our Aussie waitress & the quality of food were excellent. She knew hubby was lactose intolerant & went the extra mile to ensure all was lactose free. The only thing that let them down a star was the noise level. It does get very noisy in this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girls Weekend
    Camjam
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great Spot! Love everything about it! Awesome, recommend everyone try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great again
    JKberlin
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Last year it was perfect, this year our visit at the buddakan was a bit overshadowed by arriving late because of traffic ( but they held the table for us when we called then on our way) and a cold I had that day. Like in any other hotspots in NYC it was again, very noisy and cold inside, but the food was very good again, but maybe not good as in the year before. Last year I would give them 5 stars, but this year only 4, Anyway it's a very good place to go, always reserve a table...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great experience
    Barney415
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our first time and the experience was excellent. Beautiful restaurant, too quality food, and great service. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incr
    Cullandpistol
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Incredible experience from the moment you walk in. Amazing setting, great vibe and very flavourful cuisine.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but fun!
    Jill
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Good food, great scene. Service was very good too. This restaurant is noisy, but so it goes with New York. Don't expect a quiet intimate dinner, but if you want to meet a bunch if friends for dinner or drinks it's ideal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time and Food
    SandP500
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My wife and I were in New York for our honeymoon and heard great things about Buddakan. Overall very enjoyable dining experience with a couple of minor issues. At our server's suggestion we ordered the Bo Bo Plate, which was a nice sampling, but seemed overpriced for the amount of food. For dinner we ordered the stir fried cauliflower, which was excellent and the Hot and Sour Diver Scallops which was very good. Highlight of the meal was the Almond Bread Pudding served with whiskey ice cream and bananas. Service was excellent and very attentive. Restaurant is beautiful, but a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Overall I loved the decor of this place. I was not too impressed with the food, sorry but it was semi mediocre. Other than that, the drinks were great and our waiter was awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • quality asian fusion
    michaelozie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Been several times over past few years and each time i leave satisfied. Certainly not a budget spot but Def a spot to hitup when you feel like high quality AF
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Larthal
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The atmosphere was very good, our table was in a small room with dimmed lights. The Deviled Tuna Tartare and the Black Pepper Beef were outstanding. Service was perfect. A bit expensive, but really worth the while.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing This Time
    LondonCez
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I was in NYC for a few days and decided to return to Buddakan after few years but unfortunately the second time did not live up to my previous experience. The atmosphere was still great and it really is a cool looking, buzzing restaurant, but the food wasn't quite how I remembered and our waiter seemed a little angry. We'd also been encouraged to set up a tab in the bar while we waited for our table and then when we came to pay for both in cash (rather than use our GBP bank cards) we were stopped at the door by our waiter to say we hadn't signed for our drinks we had to pay with the card left. Thankfully the waiter did return some of the cash but not a nice experience being chased out of the restaurant being told you hadn't paid for drinks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Sept14
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Travelled from Melbourne , Australia to celebrate my 50th in New York and chose to spend my birthday dinner here at Buddakan. What an excellent choice great food , great wine and service and ambience excellent, will recommend for any one travelling to New York , this is a must do .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved it there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Travelling to New York is always something really special, but with a visit at the Buddakan its even more special than expected. Great food, really nice people and a perfect location.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Venue
    Liezel
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The atmosphere was very lively. Good for a group more than couples. Food was surprisingly good, usually for venues that look that great, the food can let you down, however this did not disappoint
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining
    Marita
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Had an amazing evening at Buddakan, great service, great food and the green tea dughnuts for dessert was probably the best dessert I ever had!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buddakan Comes Through, Again!
    DJLLosAngeles
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Just love Buddakan. The food is great, service is, too! Love the vibe. Took some new people there, and they also loved it!! The Crying Chocolate is to die for!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little tight
    NewYorker
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The main ballroom looks beautiful, my wife and I were seated around the side in a hallway sort of room with tables right next to each other. It was tight, and not as nice. Serving side of food is decent, we ordered a little too much so was very full when we left. Service was great. Would I go back? Yes but not for awhile.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coljenniwendy
    Colis64
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    One of the best meals we have had definitely in my top 5 all time dining experiences and a great highlight of our first trip to New York City can't wait to visit again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • just GO
    foodexplorerjay
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Buddakan was amazing I took my boyfriend for his birthday dinner and he loved it. As soon as we went in we were greeted and I was early for my reservation but I got a table right away. The first table was on the top floor and I told them I wanted it in the main floor, without wasting any time they moved us. The atmosphere downstairs was great I went around seven on a Sunday so it wasn't as packed as I thought. The server was also very helpful, he was in expert in the menu and helped us choose the best dishes and drinks. This place has everything from chicken to duck, so there is something for everyone. Overall I could not have went anywhere better, I can't wait to go back and try new dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb experience
    JCangiano
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The whole place is excellent, the food, coctails and service! Extremely trendy and chic place!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This place is fantastic - from the minute we walked in the ambiance grabbed my attention. We were politely greeted and waited at the bar for a short time (enough to get a very tasty cocktail) before we were seated downstairs. Massive dinning area, with high ceilings and beautiful décor. What a place! everyone there looked part of the scene it was great! The food was incredible - from the Tuna tartar spring rolls to the lobster fried rice....oh wow! Its a little pricy but for what you get so totally worth it! Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great delicious food
    Yummy17
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great restaurant. Lovely staff. Delicious food. Very happy with all aspects
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 06/09/15
    tori858VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was good. Took a long time to come - and when it did - it all came at different times (i.e. sides came after we had finished the main course.) Very dark and high noise level (although you could comfortably have a conversation)
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but a little confusing.
    DaveS
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very trendy place. Took a while for my old eyes to adjust to the dimness of the restuarant. The food was very good, but I wasn't blown away. Informal 'family style' sharing is encouraged, but the ambience doesn't feel informal or family style. I think it's a great spot for the under 40 crowd. Old diners might feel a llittle out of place, as I did. I was part a of a party of 3 - which, btw, is the perfect number for this place. (Most appetizers and dim sum comes in servings of 3 - which made sharing easy.)
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • met expectations
    nightout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very nice inside. A lot of room. Good service and the food was very good. No complaints. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Espectacular place
    Ggarre
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    A good place to visit! Good food, fair price and cool ambiance.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buddakan NYC
    Fmc1038
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Delicious food with an amazing vibe, hands down one of the best places, from the moment you enter until you leave
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relies on old merits
    Bengtsdotter
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Budda was great a few years back but something happened in the kitchen. The food was not good which is quite hard to understand when they probably have great ingredients. But serving shrimp tasting like dishwashing, bland crab and horrible service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food, the best!! Every year visiting New York from Brazil my Family and I go there to dinner. We love every year the experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate