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Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant, New York, NY

Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant

4.5
4.5
54 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Vegetarian, Kosher

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:15 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 566-8388

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Contact us for catering inquiries!

  • Private party facilities

    Contact us for private event inquiries!

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown

  • Cross street

    Mott Street and Worth Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Canal Street

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 54 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Healthy

  • Manhattan

    Healthy

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  1. YE

    YEMD

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Casual vegan spot. Friendly service. Great food! We got the sesame chicken, general Tso chicken, fried rice, dim sum sampler, and tofu cheesecake! My favorite was the fried rice! The sesame chicken was also very good. Well, everything was good! And vegan :) The staff was very friendly and the bathrooms were clean! Would definitely come back here again!!
  2. D

    Disappointment

    Miami

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Lots of doughy yum mines but need more veggies!
  3. F

    Froster

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Do not hesitate. Even if your friends are meat eaters and/or dim sum fanatics. the offerings are freshly made and delicious, and lack for nothing. Extremely satisfying food, a sparkling clean place, and the service is prompt and actually welcoming (a rarity for NY's Chinatown). My European friends were duly impressed, as it is the rare restaurant variety that they can't find easily over there. Go!
  4. FM

    FeliciaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The staff has been super welcoming each time we've visited, the menu is huge and interesting and the food is always amazing. We love it!
  5. MR

    MarkR

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Creative vegetarian selections with wonderful flavors and textures. Fast, efficient service. Reasonable prices make for good value.
  6. DH

    DavidH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and lots of it! Really good to see vegetarian done so well
  7. C

    Cbomama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing vegetarian and Kosher Chinese restaurant. So much great food at a great price!
  8. J

    Jannnetc

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great vegan dimsum thats almost impossible to find anywhere else! The beech mushroom rice rolls are especially amazing.
  9. JS

    JuliaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great place! Amazing food, lovely waiters, and super inexpensive. A true gem in nyc
  10. DJ

    DeborahJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dim sum menu with a variety of options.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and so many options
  12. AS

    AliS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food is incredible and I would come back agin definitely. I recommend the rice rolls.
  13. v

    victoriap

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Super slow- 40 minutes to appetizer and bathroom just not clean. No water is ever given here, tap or otherwise.
  14. C

    Christina

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    They had absolutely no regard for the reservation time and were gaslighting me about when we would be seated.
  15. OS

    OSRG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing as always, my go-to place for vegetarian Chinese food. I am always impressed. Booths outside were comfortable and heated well, we were fine and it was about 20 degrees out. Service was incredible too, especially considering we booked for the latest time available. Staff were friendly and helpful.
  16. DB

    DanielB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the first time that I have ever had Sesame Vegan Chicken and it was really good at the Buddha Bodai Place. People who work there were very nice.
  17. IN

    IshanN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific, creative, delicious food, and an amazing variety of choices!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so good that we had to go again 2 days later, incredibly fabulous!!!
  19. TG

    TravellingGourmand

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    As much as I appreciated the novelty of a kosher vegetarian restaurant with the added benefit of many gluten-free options, there was no getting over the fact that all of the dishes we ordered were remarkably flavor-free as well. There’s absolutely no need for a kosher vegetarian restaurant not to have great spicing and copious umami, but for whatever reason everything we tried was breathtakingly bland. The stir fried bok choy had no salt/soy sauce or garlic, the spinach & mushroom and won ton soups had the joy sucked out of them, and the chow fun was no fun at all. While no other restaurant in Chinatown may be both kosher and gluten-free, there’s little doubt that a more pleasurable meal could have been had at any of them.
  20. N

    Newer

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was great and we had a lovely evening out. Many thanks!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!!
  22. RG

    RyleeG

    1 review

    2.0

    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.
  23. G

    Gringa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice ambience. Delicious dim sum. Would highly recommend!
  24. C

    Chikamok

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    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.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 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.
  26. LA

    LAWM

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    71 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.
  27. CL

    ChrisL

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  28. J

    Jamie

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing. We loved everything we tried.
  29. W

    Wendi

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 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.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food. Beautiful restaurant. Lovely staff. Well worth the visit.
  31. SE

    SalvatoreE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All different dishes tried over the years are excellent
  32. JR

    JosR

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  33. EC

    ECA24

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vegetarian dishes, stuff was very nice
  35. A

    Arty

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This place continues to impress. The food is amazing.
  37. KS

    KarenS

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 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
  38. LB

    LBDines

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    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.
  39. B

    Beautiful

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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.
  40. AE

    AshleyE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    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!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and 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 4.5 stars by 54 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant

5 Mott St, New York, NY 10013-4438

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mott Street and Worth Street

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:15 pm Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Vegetarian, Kosher

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Canal Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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