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
1008 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (624)hot spot (559)good for groups (508)fit for foodies (442)romantic (426)vibrant bar scene (351)late-night find (239)neighborhood gem (127)notable wine list (103)scenic view (60)great for outdoor dining (48)great for lunch (28)kid-friendly (24)great for brunch (16)Show More
  • 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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • Incredible!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • Mediocre food, awful service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • Great atmosphere, fair food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our first time to Buddakan. I'm glad we went but we probably won't go back. The cocktails are very good but the food is just fair. There are many restaurants that do a better job with the fusion concept. Everything we had was fairly heavy. It's a beautiful resturant though and worth seeing. Our server was very good and we were seated exactly at our resrevation time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Asian food
    Wonderboy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Top quality food and service there was nothink to criticise
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gourmetdiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our second visit to Buddakan, and as expected it did not disappoint. Very good food (we like the "sharing" experience, and more restaurants should offer this), excellent service. We'll be back!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BIRTHDAY DREAM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    i was searching for a venue for my birthday with a few friends, and came across Buddakan. Absolutely amazing experience, from the time I arrived and my guest arrived the service was impeccable and outstanding. Beautiful inside, low lighting, elegance, the ambiance was just breath taking. Our Server was very professional, pleasant, checked on us the whole evening, even the manager came to the table to see how everything went. The appetizers were delicious and presentation was beautiful. The main courses divine, good choices of wine, and dessert the passion fruit meringue was heavenly they even made a cute happy birthday waffer for me. Very impressed, will definitely recommend and will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice ambience
    Cesarb1969
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food, drinks and crow !!!!!!people are very friendly and the athmosphery was great!!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant!
    beloune
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Buddakan was everything I'd hoped it would be. Beautiful venue, amazing ambiance, excellent service, delicious food and drinks. Thanks for making it a night to remember! I loved my experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Honeymoon in New York
    mrsclarke
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We dined at Buddakan on the first night of our trip to New York as part of our honeymoon. The food was probably the best meal we've ever had! Everything was so incredibly delicious, and the cocktails are great too. We spotted a celebrity walking past our table a couple of times so it's a good place to people watch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NYFoodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had an AMAZING server - her name was Katie and I really think she went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of - it was a GREAT experience! :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great evening
    DKCT
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was our second visit here for dinner. We had a party of five and were therefore offered the tasting menu; we selected "Level II" and added the duck. It was one dish after another of really wonderful and creative food. Our guests were very impressed. The service and atmosphere are top notch, although be warned it is dark, even in the rest rooms. I would be happy to return and try more of their offerings!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trendy & Delicious!
    Livents
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. He said it's the best food he's ever hand. We ordered the: Tuna Tartar, MonkFish, Drunkenness Stickyrice, Noodles with Pawns, Short Ribs, and Almond Bread Pudding. You'd need a large pocketbook because this is not a cheap mail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great taste of New York City
    More2Visit
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    In one of the scenaries of Sex in the City, this must-go restaurant have a very nice ambiance and is fantastic for small groups!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great esperience
    fasci9
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    In Italy we have a lot of great restaurants...but Buddakan is incredible !!! Well done guys !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great !
    Fenied03
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Everything's fantastic . Good food good atmosphere good service ..... Of you're in NY you must go almost once !!!! High prices of course
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Buddakan is a beautiful restaurant. Dimly lit, amazing vibe and great crowd. I wouldn't go here for the food. It isn't jaw dropping but the menu is fun and has lots of variety so you can try a whole bunch of dishes. If you want to be seen and hang around a beautiful restaurant then Buddakan is a great option but the food and flavors are average and there are other fantastic Asian restaurants out there.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food, super service...
    Js14
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    ....quite dark and noisy (music and from lot of people eating downstairs in the big two story room in the middle of the room)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended - Dissapointing
    archaleas
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This restaurant came highly recommended to us on our 8 night trip to NYC - it was recommended as a "can't miss" however I could have done without. The large bill constituted of overcooked beef, a very salty and tough apetiser of ribs and tasteless lettuce cups. In saying that the ambiance and decor of the place was amazing. TL;DR - Food was overrated however venue was amazing
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food and Service, Noisy
    Earplug1
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food and service and Buddakan is amazing. Our waiter was particularly helpful in making suggestions and explaining preparation. He showed concerned about my husband's food allergy (MSG) and was really fantastic. The architecture and decor are wonderful. I have only one reservation -- the noise level was unbelievable, even though the music (rock) was quite soft. It was almost impossible to have a normal conversation and the people at the table next to us were actually shouting to each other. Also, I don't believe I saw anyone over forty in this restaurant, so despite the phenomenal food, i would not recommend Buddakan to anyone over forty-five -- at the max.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Asiático espetacular
    Estatistico
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Comida excelente, atendimento de primeira e o som ambiente bastante descontraído, muito bom para um jantar romântico.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cena fantástica en Buddakkan
    Johnny77garcia
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Estuvimos cenando en buddakan Nueva York. Antes de la cena nos tomamos un cocktail en la barra y había un ambiente espectacular. Después en la cena el ambiente era muy acogedor. El gran salón con las grandes lámparas es realmente impresionante. La comida estuvo realmente exquisita. Recomiendo los rollitos de atún de entrante. También muy ricos los Duck spring rollos. Nos pedimos varios cocktails y todos también muy buenos. El cosmopolita lo preparan muy bien en este restaurante. De segundo plato pedimos bacalao y una pasta con langosta. Todo exquisito. El precio está bien para el tipo de restaurante que es. Se nota que está muy de moda en la ciudad. La atención de los camareros muy eficiente
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy place where to go
    Missbenni
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    You definitely wanna check out this place if you just got in town and you can't wait to see the fancy night life. It's also good for a romantic dinner since they have a more reserved with soft light area. Highly recommended for both groups and couples.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing service & great food
    staceyg
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our group of five on Saturday night (the 16th) had an amazing time at Buddakan. The restaurant itself was beautiful, the food was delicious and the wine was memorable. The service was absolutely outstanding - our waitress Erin was extremely knowledgeable about the food and wine and was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. As visitors from Australia, we will be recommending Buddakan and Erin to all our friends! Thanks so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A++
    Nydine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food is great, ambience is sexy. Restaurant is not for someone who wants a quiet dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful restaurant Great Food
    LadyRach
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Definitely a beautiful restaurant! the reviews I read didn't even do it justice! ( that's a good thing!) We went for our anniversary and the food, decor. and ambiance were fitting for the occasion. The food portions were good and the flavor of the dishes we ordered were even better. Loved it and would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ludo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food is good, not as amazing as i was expecting. The problem at Buddakan is the general service. Waiters are very smiley and adorable but they just run around without purpose. They really miss a "maitre d'hotel". The worst thing there is the reservation or placement system: when you arrive, they tell you to go for a drink and they will find you when your table is available. then the poor girls stare at people wondering if this person is the one they are looking for. It's just a mess. Every 5 min, they come and ask your last name to verify if you are on their updated list...
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.