Buddakan NY

4.6
14180 Reviews
$50 and over
Chinese
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 14180 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The food was so bad. Like..unbelievably bad. The water was the best thing we had. The noodles were overcooked and you could taste the MSG, the chicken lacked flavor, the dumplings were nothing special. Not sure what the hype behind this place is..maybe the drinks are good? Would not recommend at all.

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LisaG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Unique, amazing, flavorful food! Tuna spring rolls were my favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor seating!! Felt like I had so much space which some places don’t have outside bc of limited space so really appreciate that! Food fantastic as always and actually got one of the non alcoholic drinks and added alcohol to it and it was amazing!

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danielk
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff are amazing, the setting is great as well. The food was pretty good. I enjoy the spot.

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ChinyereI
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food . Ambience great . Would def eat here again

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TriciaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience5

It was very nice the servers had to many tables so he would take everyone order before ours I felt bad for him
He needed help

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Cracky
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful the customer service was EXCELLENT. The meals were delicious. The only issue was the lighting it was extremely dark and hard to see.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was lively

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Xena
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Staff was a bit lethargic and not exactly how they used to be... the food was very salty and filled with
MSG this time around. A bit disappointed with the service...

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JacquelineB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had no idea this gem was located in NYC. The food was delicious. I shared with my daughter but I’ll be back by myself so I can have it for two meals. LOL

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EdisonA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and fresh. The french martinis rocked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food was very tasty! It came too quickly (within minutes so I am wondering how fresh it was) however altogether it was great.

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SujeiriC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service tooo Slow taking the orders... too fast bringing the food.
You don't enjoy the moment.

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ChevelleG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Did not enjoy my time here, won’t be coming back.

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HarrisonR
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food ever. Cosmos were delicious and the price is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This will be my new go to spot in the MPD. My only regret is that I haven’t been here sooner! Food was delicious and without bougie “our restaurant is cool” prices. And don’t even get me started on the decor! Great for dates and girl’s nights. I will be returning...probably within the next three weeks lol.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Music was ridiculously loud, took away from the experience which was otherwise outstanding!

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vipMaureenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. Fantastic every single time. The service is always impeccable and friendly, the food is beautiful, the atmosphere is cool. Love everything about this place.

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RonB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Maybe I was expecting a lot but I was really surprised by my dining experience. Yes, it’s expensive, but so is Tao across the street snd I’ve had wonderful experiences there. My dining experience at buddakan started with okay appetizers and drinks and then moved on to an almost inedible sea-bass from over-seasoning, a luke-warm steak dish, and two very mediocre chicken dishes. One of them was basically a sweet and sour chicken but wasn’t as good and without any real elevation.
The ambiance is nice for a chic dining experience but that is the only place where I felt this was worth it. The server took a while to take our orders and also messed up the birthday dessert. He apologized but it was half-hearted. By the end I was just happy to leave. I wouldn’t recommend for the food or service- maybe get a drink there for the ambiance and feel.

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Simi
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

A visually nice place but the food was average. The drinks were delicious. The service was very good.

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VenusR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice experience in Buddakan NYC .
We arrived ahead of nime for our reservation at 3:16 pm .
We moved it to 4 pm to avail the inside dining of the restaurant. Rich at the reception was very nice and changed it . We came back and we were the first one to be seated.
Mat was the one to usher us downstairs, I was so amazed of the ambiance and the elegant decor especially the huge chandeliers. Very high ceilings and the table seating, very cozy and Wowwwwww with the candles... loved it!!!
Our lady server Elise was superb 👌👌👌
She’s very welcoming and courteous and professional.
She did great job, very attentive and accommodating.
Thank you very much Elise 💖💖💖💖 their drinks and food choices were great. My husband loved the Smoked sea bass , well cooked to perfection and also the shrimps appetizer, it had the crunchiness and a little bit spicy to it . We had the dim sum tasting tower that was okay and the Peking duck. We were so full but I did not want to miss the crying chocolate for dessert. Yes !!! It was delicious 🤤 and to my surprise, they served it as a compliment for my birthday 🎂 Thank you Buddakan NYC !!!! I was very grateful and appreciative of your generous hospitality 💖
I can’t wait to go back!!!! I really loved it !!! Definitely I do recommend this restaurant 💖 It was very convenient for garage valet parking, and near to Chelsea market where my husband bought me flowers 💐 Thank you 🙏

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MichaelR
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent and in all fairness, the outdoor dining is not geared to be top rate - it was somewhat understaffed and slow. Looking forward to returning for indoor dining and expect the service to be top quality.

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CesarH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Ambiance was amazing. Great date night here

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pval
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go Go Go if you have the money , a special event, or just want to be in a cool, posh looking restaurant with good music to dance in your seat to. The food was very well prepared. Our server was attentive, kind, and put you at ease. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipSusanW
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating. Very tasty food. Wonderful and knowledgeable server.

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conniechung
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

lobster rolls were to die for! ask for apps and noodles to be served at the same time

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Nellz
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Unique restaurant. Food is overpriced but it taste good. Nice atmosphere.

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vipNana
New York Area
218 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buddakan is always a vibe. Great scenery, great people and great food. The only thing you can complain about is the pricing, but even with that you know exactly what to expect when you're going. Everything on the menu tastes from good to great. From the various dumplings (shout out to the oxtail) to the lobster fried rice and the shrimp noodles. There's not a miss, although some are better than others. I can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Traveling from out of town. Would recommend

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Mistertravel2013
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Best atmosphere restaurant in Chelsea

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall it was a very pleasant experience. There was one large birthday party who were little loud, other than that, it was very nice. We had ordered Kang Pao Fish which could’ve been less sweet. Other food items were delicious. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints (though the cocktails honestly were too mild/diluted)
The portions are fairly decent and the flavors very well balanced.
Also for vegetarians not only are their decent number of choices, but they also try to change the dishes wherever it is possible! Big plus

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vipLiza
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I always like the vibe and the food is pretty good - but our waiter kept disappearing and we had to flag him down multiple times to wipe the table, order drinks, dessert menu etc. Overall the whole experience is a bit meh.

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vipGourmet
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The food at Buddakan was never outstanding (one went for the ambience) but it has now deteriorated to the point that I won't be returning to the restaurant. Over fried, over sauced food--and still tasteless. No delicacy of flavors at all. I felt I was eating fried plastic, doused in sauce. How does this place survive with food like this?

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation celebration!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place. You must try their dim sum sampler

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vipDonovanGarrett
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Generally, when I go to Buddakan, it’s an experience to behold. Beautiful, elegant, sophisticated atmosphere where people constantly want to take pictures and selfies to remember. The food is usually second to none, and service is top tier. What I got this time, was nothing but atmosphere and a loss of wander.


The food was okay. Starting with the appetizer, I got the short-rib and scallion pancake (thinking it was the actual rib, not a minced rib topping on flat bread). It was mediocre at best.

My drink, the “Tranquility” cocktail was watered down. I’ve had better drinks at the local bar, for 1/4 of the price.

My entree was the smoked sea bass which albeit was good, was overwhelmed with (can’t think of the shredded topping comparable to pickled cabbage at this time), but the smoky flavor was still a delight.

My side dish was the lobster fried rice, with a touch of saffron and too much cilantro. To top it off, it was luke warm to cool.

The service, however, was by far the worse I’ve received. I’ve had a better welcoming at McDonald’s than I did yesterday (Sunday, May 2). Perhaps, it was because I was eating at 10 pm, and the restaurant closed at 12 am. I find that service and food degrades the closer they get to closing.

This time, I’ll blame it on short staffing and COVID. As for my waiter Phillip, please train him to be more attentive to the needs of the guests. Thanks in advance.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food quality has gone down due to covid, of course, overpriced items, and service was very slow, waited 1 hour just to get drinks and order apps. Some food items like the veggie fried rice and lo mein were not done well and tasteless. It took another hour to prepare the entrees as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing! Food was soooo GOOD! OMG!!! Loved it! Great night out!

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Melo
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The lobster fried rice was very fishy and I couldn’t eat it. The oxtail and general tso dumplings were decent though.

FAQs

Buddakan NY offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 989-2245.

Buddakan NY is rated 4.6 stars by 14180 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.