Buddha Bodai 佛菩提素菜

Buddha Bodai 佛菩提素菜

Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant, Chinese Restaurant, and Dim Sum Restaurant$$$$
Chinatown, New York
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    Evan S.
    "Pan fried dumplings, watercress dumplings, and BBQ pork (vegetarian)"(5 Tips)
    Michael T.
    "Try the GF Mixed Veg Meat w Basil in Taro Bowl!"(3 Tips)
    Alicia
    "Try the Shredded Shitake Mushroom With Broccoli - #vegan #kosher"(8 Tips)
    Alex @1LX
    "Try the Pan Fried Dumplings - (via @Foodspotting)"(3 Tips)
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  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Top of the line, and most recommended, is the "whole lobster" spinach torso, asparagus legs, and a tail composed of shredded tofu textured like lobster meat, though falling short of it in flavor. Read more
    Upvoted Apr 13
  • Josh A.heart icon on user image
    Josh AAugust 7, 2014
    Chinese vegetarian kosher dim-sum. Only in NY. Very tasty. They did seat us with other people so be advised if you're a privacy freak. Fair amount of soy substitute too if you care. Highly recommended
  • Jason V.heart icon on user image
    Jason VinesDecember 21, 2014
    Best eat in Chinatown. Offer traditional dishes - if the waiter says they don't recommend a dish for you, heed their advice unless you're familiar with the cuisine. Delicious, friendly, affordable.
  • Carlos S.heart icon on user image
    Carlos SanchezJune 7, 2015
    What a gem - delicious food, affordable, elegant, and clean. Easily Top 3 Dim Sum in Chinatown. Strongly recommend the House Special Congee and Pan Fried Dumplings (although everything was superb)
  • Joseph T.heart icon on user image
    Joseph TerranellaJuly 15, 2016
    The veggie rib substitute is excellent. Also to avoid carb overload order a plate of vegetables from the bigger menu like the sautéed watercress.
  • Tina Z.heart icon on user image
    Tina ZFebruary 4, 2019
    Come for dim sum, not dinner. The bbq veg meat is spot on - authentic flavor and convincing texture. They were attentive to my friend’s peanut allergy and told us what dishes contained peanut oil.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 17, 2013
    We could've sworn we were actually eating pork-filled dumplings when we came here. This vegetarian dim sum restaurant is totally legit, even to the meat lovers among us.
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Looking to accommodate some vegetarians? Buddha Bodai serves up a tasty number of dishes, and does an excellent dim sum (pan fried turnip cake, BBQ "pork", and congee) as well.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    In Main Street's smorgasbord of Chinese restaurants, this joint is unique, offering an entirely vegetarian menu, with meatless renditions of congee, steamed dumplings, & bean curd Sichuan-style. Read more
  • devon r.
    devon roseSeptember 3, 2018
    must get: watercress dumplings, bbq pork rice roll, fried taro, radish cake, and the congee is pretty good
  • Jen
    JenMay 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The best. Dim Sum til 3:30p, gluten free available/kosher/vegetarian. Watercress Dumplings, Bee Chi and Spinach Rice Roll, Fried Taro Custard or Turnip Cake, Sweet Tapioca or Coconut Dumplings.
  • Jessica J.heart icon on user image
    Jessica J.March 1, 2015
    Tried a little of everything. The #bonelessroastpork looks, tastes, and smells the same as actual roast pork. Definitely try the #vegetarianmeat. You won't be disappointed.
  • Liviaheart icon on user image
    LiviaSeptember 6, 2021
    Been here 10+ times
    Vegan dim sum!!! 💚 the taro cakes are the best (comparing both vegan and non vegan spots). Save room for coconut pudding!
  • Steven W.heart icon on user image
    Steven WakuuSeptember 26, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this spot. If you are a vegetarian or vegan who loves chinese - you'll be amazed with their variety of dishes to choose from.
  • Paulina
    PaulinaJune 19, 2013
    All serious vegetarian spot. It's really good! Gotta flag down for services like any Chinatown restaurant. My friend, a vegetarian was speechless at how big there selection was for vegetarians.
  • Rachel S.heart icon on user image
    Rachel StineAugust 19, 2012
    If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you must try this place. Although there are NO meat dishes, most non-vegetarians can find a lot of good items too.
  • Linny L.
    Linny LooksJuly 18, 2013
    Best vegan/vegetarian/ kosher restaurant in the city!!! Really good dim-sum dishes too!! The staff is very nice and attentive been going here for decades!
  • Leemor Y.heart icon on user image
    Leemor YuravlivkerSeptember 22, 2019
    Meatless BBQ was great, as were the kabocha pastries.
  • Irene L.heart icon on user image
    Irene LeeSeptember 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    I love the mango pudding!!!! And the service!!!!!!!!!... oh and the actual food. My friends are always intrigued by the sweet and sour ribs. Get them with fried milk!
  • Maya B.heart icon on user image
    Maya BruckJune 28, 2015
    Seriously good vegetarian dim sum. Get the turnip cake, fried eggplant, rice rolls... really, you can't go wrong with anything here.
  • Danielle L.
    Danielle LandauAugust 13, 2014
    2 of the smalls is more than enough for 1 person. Watercress dumplings are great, but ask for a dipping sauce too
  • Victorheart icon on user image
    VictorDecember 4, 2016
    Veg BBQ meat looks and tastes just like char siu but without the fat!
  • Roza S.
    Roza SabeOctober 25, 2010
    Agreed great veg food. Dinner a bit high but worth the cost. Had sweet n sour beef and texture was nice and smooth and very flavorful. Highly recommend you try the dish if you like it sweet n saucy.
  • Hannah T.heart icon on user image
    Hannah TreasureNovember 5, 2015
    Vegan / vegetarian options are amazing, tastes so authentic that I was honestly scared for a sec it was real meat
  • Michael T.
    Michael TiffanyDecember 21, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    My wife, a devoted customer, worked with Kent, the owner, to develop a gluten-free menu. Try the GF Mixed Veg Meat w Basil in Taro Bowl! And ask for GF tamari, avail upon request, with GF dim sum.
  • Luke M.heart icon on user image
    Luke MeliaFebruary 15, 2023
    Been here 5+ times
    Lunch specials are great and well priced!
  • W F.
    W FrankensteinNovember 28, 2010
    Among the best zha leung (creuller in rice noodle) in town. No spring onion, but a spiced soy sauce is used. One order has lots! Also great: fake cha siu (BBQ pork) and 3 mushroom noodles.
  • EM H.heart icon on user image
    EM H.February 6, 2019
    Loved the pan fried turnip cake, and the fried “oysters” were surprisingly good and “real”
  • Andrew S.heart icon on user image
    Andrew ShumOctober 24, 2014
    Hands down best tofu you can get in the neighborhood. Get the Braised Soybean Skin (红烧豆包).
  • simhskalheart icon on user image
    simhskalOctober 15, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    I am a regular to this place . I really need to know - Why the hell is it rated less than 9 in FourSquare!
  • John A.heart icon on user image
    John ANovember 14, 2014
    Big menu of Chinese vegetarian food. Flavor is not bad but the only dish I would call delicious is the sautéed pea pod tips.
  • Sean H.
    Sean HowellSeptember 28, 2017
    Shark fin dumplings delicious (shark alternative )
  • Ryan Z.heart icon on user image
    Ryan Zhang 🤪March 7, 2017
    I'm so surprised at what began alternatives can make. The sample meat platter is legit
  • Arjun Shivanand K.heart icon on user image
    Arjun Shivanand KannanOctober 23, 2016
    Incredible food. Make sure to try to spicy laksa soup for a blast of flavor!
  • 唤雨🌧️ 叶.heart icon on user image
    唤雨🌧️ 叶January 1, 2020
    Been here 5+ times
    Family style so big portions. Be prepared to share or take half home
  • Tian H.
    Tian HeSeptember 5, 2011
    Try the mixed vegetables and glass noodle in casserole. It's a flavorful and savory dish that is sure to delight. Comes in a mini ironwok.
  • Abi O.
    Abi OlveraJuly 29, 2012
    Two things to know: the vegetable fried rice has ginger and the Thai style sautéed noodles have faux ham; in case you wanted to avoid either. :)
  • Alli B.heart icon on user image
    Alli BroadSeptember 24, 2020
    The five color (?) appetizer is fantastic. Barbecued meat is great for lunch too.
  • Alex F.heart icon on user image
    Alex FishDecember 7, 2015
    Very surprising how delicious it was. The mock meat is quite delicious!
  • Marisa
    MarisaAugust 11, 2022
    Great, quick lunch special.
  • Jeremy V.
    Jeremy VerderaSeptember 23, 2013
    Their sesame veggie beef is better than most of the sesame real beef I've ever tried.
  • Christen D.
    Christen DuongFebruary 28, 2012
    i really like meat, but i enjoyed their fake meat. great veggie restaurant for a carnivore looking to branch out.
  • Evan S.heart icon on user image
    Evan SchwartzNovember 29, 2015
    Pan fried dumplings, watercress dumplings, and BBQ pork (vegetarian)
  • Phil P.heart icon on user image
    Phil PFebruary 16, 2014
    Vegetarian BBQ pork and black pepper chicken are great - coming from a meat eater.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    A $6.95 lunch special will get you a soup or crispy spring roll followed by a main dish such as General Tso's (it's vegetarian, but actually tastes like chicken) or veggie lamb in garlic sauce. Read more
  • Matthew M.heart icon on user image
    Matthew MartinJune 5, 2017
    Wide variety of mock meats. Excellent culinary magic
  • Lin C.
    Lin CongMarch 4, 2012
    Wayyyy better than Vegetarian Dim Sum House. Better service. Better food. Better atmosphere. This is my go to dim sum place in NYC.
  • Fabien C.heart icon on user image
    Fabien ChevaucherJuly 6, 2014
    Very nice place! Good food, fast service. Pay a visit!
  • Lawrence Elchana C.
    Great steamed dumplings. I didn't like the wide noodles with BBQ beef but the BBQ beef itself was good
  • simhskalheart icon on user image
    simhskalApril 12, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    This place is wild with vegetarian Chinese food . Try the duck- yummmm
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