Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant

4.4
34 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese

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Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian is a kosher vegan restaurant located in the heart of Chinatown in the borough of Manhattan in New York, New York. The restaurant serves vegetarian interpretations of Chinese cuisine in a casual dining environment.

Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian serves lunch and dinner daily and offers a variety of mock meat Chinese dishes on the menu. Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian offers a varied menu of dim sum, appetizers, soups, noodles and fried rice, main entrées, gluten free entrées, sides and desserts. Main fare at the restaurant includes various Dim Sum, sweet and sour vegetable chicken, sesame vegetable chicken, vegetable whole fish in spicy sauce and shredded shiitaki mushrooms with broccoli.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 34 people are saying
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Newer
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great and we had a lovely evening out. Many thanks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!

RG
RyleeG
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We were so excited for this placed but didn’t really enjoy it. As vegetarians we thought it’d be so good but we didn’t like the food that we got. The outside seating smelled bad and the service was slow.

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Gringa
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambience. Delicious dim sum. Would highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Restaurant was having a bad day- kitchen backed up and we waited 30 minutes for a table when we had a reservation. We made sure we ordered as soon as the waiter came because it took about 10 minutes for the waiter to come once we sat down. Food was really tasty and will go back with the expectation that I can't be in a rush.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is absolutely delicious! I was a little disappointed to discover that they were closing earlier than advertised on the website, so we didn't have as long to visit, but everything was so good! Will be back with more friends so we can try more dishes.

LA
vipLAWM
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went here with my vegetarian grandson and his vegetarian friend. Not my first try at chinese vegetarian. We all thought the food was pretty mediocre.

CL
ChrisL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We ordered 2 entrees, Sesame Chicken and Orange Beef, that appeared and tasted identical. Breaded and fried seitan. The other apps were mostly seitan as well. Flavors were good, but disappointed that so much of the food tasted the same. Had a stomach ache all day so I think I might be gluten intolerant.

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Jamie
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing. We loved everything we tried.

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Wendi
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food here is outstanding. Some of our many all time favorites are: "shrimp" dumplings, Cantonese style dumplings, pan fried turnip cake, watercress dumpling, shui mai, ginger pine nut rice (we get it EVERY time), mushroom & bean sprout pancake, fried eggplant, char siu bao ("pork" buns) BBQ veg meat (will knock your socks off), and the egg custard in pastry. Oh and the tofu "cheesecake" is amazing. There are about 20 more dishes we love!
The service and ambiance are your basic Chinatown experience (good enough). But you're here for the food! BYOB.

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SalvatoreE
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All different dishes tried over the years are excellent

JR
JosR
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a nice, quiet restaurant with a wide selection of vegetarian food. A must visit if you are a vegetarian.

EC
ECA24
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Love having a place for vegan dim sum in the city and at such a great value for delicious food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegetarian dishes, stuff was very nice

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Arty
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was ok. Nothing spectacular. Service was very good. The folks that work there and probably the owner (Lawrence) were very nice and friendly. I didn’t find the food overly tasty nor terrible. It was standard.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place continues to impress. The food is amazing.

KS
vipKarenS
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, amazing vegan/ plant based food. An omnivore really wouldn’t know the difference. The roast pork “ veg meat” is amazing

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vipLBDines
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

A very well lit table with a lazy Susan in the middle of a big round table for large groups. The food is delicious and very affordable with a huge selection. We had to wait over 45 minutes to order which was stressful with young children. They said make sure to order enough because if we wanted more we’d be forced to wait a long time again. We waited 20 minutes just for water. Once we placed our order the food was delicious.

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vipBeautiful
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Endless amount of vegetarian choices, all well prepared and delicious. Vegetables are fresh, portions are large and easily shareable.

AE
AshleyE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was really good! I loved the orange chicken and bbq fried rice. Service was pretty good as well, our tea pot was never empty and if it was they immediately filled it for us. We were so hungry and the food was so good we forgot to take pictures!

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CatherineM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I have been eating in this restaurant for many many years. The food and service is always good. Vegetarians and Carnivores both enjoy the food -- super kid friendly -- a wonderful place!

HS
vipHShah
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was greasy and not very tasty. It was OK for a vegetarian option in Chinatown.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great. Service was great. Noise was a tad loud. There were a few flies passing by throughout the evening. I would still go again.

TC
TatianaC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed our dinning experience at Buddha Bodai. Family friendly and convivial. Enjoyed the food.

HW
vipHWeil
New York Area
973 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent vegetarian dim sum. Dishes are ordered from a server, not selected from strolling carts. Fortunately, the vegetarian options that I've sampled haven't suffered from lack of meat. Service can be slow, and the ambiance can be Chinatown chaotic, but I always eat well here.

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NYCGal16
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The four of us enjoyed our meal very much. The place was well-staffed and obviously very popular. I would definitely go there again!

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Jojo
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always dependable & tasty. Dim sum on weekends. Huge menu with a nice variety. Highly recommend.

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breeC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food, friendly host

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vipPastalover
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was delicious. Made fresh and very hot when it came out. Imaginative presentation. All veggies but you would not know it.. Excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant,we loved it! 100% vegetarian!!Great food ...Great People!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. (Cheap for high quality, Nice place, and the people are good.)

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Lovetocookandeat
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Great and creative choices for vegetarians and vegans but the presentation was so-so and the ubiquitous brown colored sauce was uninspired. The portions are quite plentiful. Plan to share each dish. WE had a lot of food leftover...come hungry!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant,we loved it! 100% vegeterian!!Great food ...Great People!!!!

CS
vipCSRNYC
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

exceeded expectations except that turnip cake was not available at dinner.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 566-8388.

Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 34 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.