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.

Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Buddakan NY reviews from OpenTable diners
1187 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (702)special occasion (681)good for groups (631)fit for foodies (582)romantic (446)vibrant bar scene (401)late-night find (293)neighborhood gem (155)notable wine list (125)great for outdoor dining (67)scenic view (60)great for lunch (32)kid-friendly (26)great for brunch (20)Show More
  • Annual visits when in town
    FoodieFiend
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I come to buddakan every time I'm in NYC. I especially love the black Alaskan cod. It's the only fish that tastes just like Chilean sea bass
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad lightning
    Eric
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    To dark at the tables. Difficult to see food and read meny
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oefull service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Waiter was too hurry to get the order! We quit decidir for other plates...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • To try absolutely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Amazing place, food and night! I would recommend the place for every One
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above our expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Above our expectations with grest food and ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails me
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Haven't been to Buddakan in a few years and once I entered the door I felt the same amazing vibes and feelings I felt the first time I ever went. Great vibrant scene, amazing food selection, top notch service, second to none when it comes to eating at a top notch Asian restaurant. Love it.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Food & Perfect Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Me and my wife were at this sublime restaurant during our one year anniversary. Food was absolutely fantastic! Especially the whole pecking duck is a must to try! Everything from ambiance to service was perfect to make it a such a delightfuland romantic evening for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Beautyful food, attentive service, nice decor. Expensive but worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • modern nice envioroment
    jorge
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    great service ,quiet expensive,good wine recomendation,everybody were nice and freinly,it does not matter if the one you ask were working in a different table
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cellphone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We enjoyed our evening until we realize that one of our cellphones was not in the table. We checked it with the finder app and it was inside the restaurant, therefore we complain with the hostess and request to see the videos of the place. After that a couple of minutes after some person get out of the kitchen and told us that mysteriously the cell was inside a napkin and he find it literally by art of magic. This experience make me forget the taste of the food or drinks so at the end I didn't enjoyed the place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The best food I have EVER eaten in a restaurant. The manager was so accommodating with our request to change tables. It was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and attentive staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Title says all. A bit noisey but food, staff and atmosphere is all part of the fantastic experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW factor dining experience
    NYChoney
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Such an impressive and memorable venue matched by an extensive menu and inventive dishes that can be shared. Service was upbeat and friendly, yet chic and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Staff was not very accommodating. Tried to seat us in a corner next to some kids. We asked to be seated elsewhere and they made such a big deal about it. Food and drinks were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely amazinggggggggggggg
    Classicview
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Loveee this place. This place is beyond any expectation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    i Just went to NY with a couple of friends, this place is perfect for watch the locals night life. Great for finding nice and handsome people
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was my first time in NYC and first time in Buddakan and it was just amazing! Everything you could expect from and beyond :-) Decor, ambiance, service and more importantly the food! Definitely a must in NY!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still hot!
    Cris
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Too loud and little dark but great food. I went on a date and it was perfect. The server was understanding when we wanted to take our time to enjoy the champagne first.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I had the best spring rolls of my life. However, if don't like noisy places don't go there, other than that everything was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still going
    FoodieMeVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Despite the posers and the tourists, Buddakan can still deliver a good experience and good food. The lobster was amazing as well as the carrot dumplings (shaped like a carrot, very cool). The edamame dumplings..too much hype. The bar is vibrant, the downstairs is dramatic. We sat on the mezzanine level and it was bit annoying to see so many tourists taking selfies from the top of the stairs. The music was energetic, although i could still hear my companion quite well. The music does get increasingly louder as the night goes on. It can also be perilously dark, but that's part of a supper-club type of restaurant. Service was good, nothing to brag about. The cream cheese ice cream was strange. Overall, great food - cool for groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bootycahn!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Enjoy the ultimate in food, service and ambiance. Couples place for sure! Do not leave without getting dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food was incredible and ambiance was fantastic. Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aussies
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food and service were outstanding. We were recommended to go to the restaurant and boy was it a good recommendation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Pros, Just a Few Minor Cons
    Pete
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Pros: I went here on a date, and it was great. The crystallized ginger crusted lamb chops were amazing, as were the scallion pancakes (the name doesn't do them justice!). The cocktails were great (I had the "Haze" x2). If you like an energetic vibe, strong atmosphere, and unique flavors, you'll love this spot. Cons: The crab sticky rice was just okay (underwhelming, just two pieces of crab), as was the charred broccoli (a little boring). The portions are a little small for the price, and I might not be back just for that reason... but the overall quality is very good, and I have nothing bad to say about the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome spot
    SydsforNYC
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    From the moment we walked in I was in love. This place had a great vibe, great service and amazing food. I'll go back in a heart beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Modern Asian Cuisine
    SamKMac
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The service at Buddakan from start to finish was excellent. The hostesses were very welcoming and not at all as stuck up as you would usually find in bars/restaurants like this. We had pre-dinner drinks in the bar which has a very energetic and lively atmosphere. We were also fortunate to have a very knowledgeable waitress who made excellent recommendations - the Edamame Dumplings are delicious and the Glazed Alaskan Black Cod is superb. At $100 per head, for a shared starter, two mains and a bottle of wine - it was very good value for a great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kanel
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Everyting was really good! Met all of my high expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I've been to Buddakan many times because I LOVE the food. Each experience has been pretty good. I have always had a good experience with the service at the table and the host/hostess that walks myself and my party to the table. The one problem is the selective attention of the front desk associates. It almost borders on rude. I come to the restaurant not for a popularity contest but to enjoy my time with my friends. I find their behavior offensive especially when I have a reservation. While I don't expect to be treated any differently than others, I do expect as a frequent diner with a reservation, who spends quite a bit of money there to be treated a whole lot better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food Experience
    GG4Food
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Very impressive range of food and drinks. Dumplings are extremely moist and made just so. See if the waiter will share how the dumpling is prepared. Its a treat on itself to hear the process. Ginger crusted lamb chop was outstanding. I tried and liked the Longevity Cocktail. This place has a well deserved reputation for outstanding food. Décor is spectacular. Judging by the smiles from adjoining tables there is much joy to be had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud but tasty
    Le84
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We had a 10pm reservation. The bar was in full swing and the music so loud we could barely have a conversation. Noise was only slightly more subdued in the restaurant space. Food was wonderful, and both table and bar service were friendly and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    GBABB
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Our Server was AMAAAAZING! Great table service. Not so great reservation/seating service the day I was there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dramatic decor, ok food
    SeaCliffDiner
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    After years of being told this was a "must go" restaurant, four of us finally made a date. The space is dramatic, massive and interesting, but so dark that I had to slowly pick my way along the hallways to be sure I didn't fall. Our waiter was very engaged and not shy about recommending specific dishes he deemed the best among the "most amazing menu with the best and most creative food ever." [Ok, this isn't an exact quote, but captures his extreme pride in the food. That pride was dead on for the charred filet of beef--this was one of the best things I've ever eaten. The rest of the food was good (exception: tasteless edamame dumplings), but none of it was exceptional or worthy of all of the praise we've heard for Buddakan.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    When I walked up to the front door, I had no idea just how large Buddakan would be. The space is huge. Great vibe, great ambiance, and delicious food. I went with two friends, and we shared quite a bit of food. The short ribs and king crab hot pot were amazing. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Juzza
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    It was lovely evening all round - very good food, service, atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Brilliant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    As visitors from Australia we were very excited to have booked a table at Buddakan some weeks in advance. It absolutely did not disappoint. We were a group of four women and having arrived late for our booking, the staff were perfectly accommodating and we found ourselves at a table within five minutes of arriving. This food was absolutely beautiful, some of the best I have ever had (and I am fortunate to have been to some amazing restaurants). The sizes were decent, and the wine we had also beautifully complemented the meal. The staff were polite and attentive but not abrasive, and the recommendations she made were spot on. Cannot wait to go back when i'm next in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!!!!!
    sashafoodie
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Everything about Buddakan met my expectations for my special night out !! Excellent service from each and everyone, and impeccable food preparation! We were treated like VI P's, which is always a big plus for me ! The ambiance was exotic and exciting, as well!! From the delicious drinks to the presentation of our food selections, we were overjoyed! Can't wait to return!
    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 LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lack of good service
    notimpressed
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We went to Buddakan for my sister's birthday and it was our first time to NYC so we wanted to dine at a special place (or so we thought).Food was ok, nothing special. Service was very inconsistent.The waiter mostly attended to me (maybe because I made the reservation) and the birthday girl. My two other sisters who sat at the same table did not even get eye contact from the waiter, they felt so insulted and are not the type to make a scene so they did not speak up. He did not look or talk to them, luckily I knew their order so I spoke up. I don't know if he even knew they were sitting there. I ended up giving little more than 18% tip as they prepared a nice dessert for the birthday girl, but will not dine there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.....
    BlindedBYflash
    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
  • Must do/see/eat when in new york
    Fotogravero
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Had diner at buddakan with my sisters last year and now visited the city with my husband and i deffinitly wanted to have diner here again. The ambiance, the food, the service...it was all great! Love the food love the place love the great service! Next time i visit NY i deffinitly make reservations again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.