Buddakan

Buddakan

Asian Restaurant, Chinese Restaurant, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Chelsea, New York
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  • Boon Y.
    Boon YapJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food, decent prices, awesome ambiance. Consistently good. Fever cocktail is a glass of yumminess. Everything on the menu is real Chinese food. None of the starchy-MSG crap. What's not to like?
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneApril 22, 2013
    Best dishes-Appetizers: tuna tartare spring roll, oyster & foie gras; Entrees: roast duck pancakes, ma po crispy fish, steak with parsnip chips; Dessert: Crying Tiger was the best!
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WittAugust 22, 2014
    Absolutely outstanding food. Maybe the best panasian food I ever ate. The fried monkfish with chilli and the mixed starters were too good to be true. Go there. (by the way, I've found it VERY chilly)
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • Paige C.
    Paige C2 days ago
    Service was excellent. My friends and I dined for my birthday and we were very happy with the food and ambiance. The edamame dumplings, lobster fried rice, and pretty much everything were delicious!
  • Farah
    FarahOctober 4, 2013
    Its where Carry and Big had their rehearsal dinner.. I liked the lobster egg rolls and the crying chocolate. The bad thing is you have to wait at least 35 mins even if u had a reservation a week ago!
  • Khaula R.
    Khaula RMarch 10, 2014
    It's a-no-conversation kind of restaurant! Very loud music. Anyways i liked Wild mushroom chow fun noodles and Vegetable rice, it comes with coconut & curry foam, very delicious.
  • Anup
    AnupSeptember 6, 2014
    Make reservations. They have an amazing waits staff. I'm always impressed how quickly they manage to get your food to you. The crying chocolate cake is a must try.
  • Caroline
    CarolineMay 12, 2016
    Great service and cocktails. The edamame dumplings and sizzling short rib are absolutely delicious. Top it off with the chocolate pistachio cremoso, yum!
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly AginDecember 18, 2014
    We were a group of 8, went family style, and enjoyed every single dish. Some favs: Jumbo Shrimp, edamame dumplings, scallion pancakes, green beans, potstickers, and tuna tartar. Can't wait to go back!
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyDecember 30, 2013
    "Stephan Starr opts for shock-and-awe tactics at this immense dining palace (think Versailles meets Ming Dynasty). Try upscale takes on standard fare like lobster egg rolls or wild mushroom chow fun."
  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiSeptember 15, 2015
    Good for dates and trendy! Get tables at the below level, order the soup and shrimp dumplings. The rock shrimps are a must have. The Monkfish is definitely the best item on the menu.
  • Nikhita M.
    Nikhita MahtaniFebruary 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Obsessed with this place! Cocktails are yummy (try the charm), crying chocolate is the best dessert and LOVE the food. Edamame dumplings, wild mushroom cheung fun and tuna tartare rolls are delicious!
  • Phyllis S.
    This place is always a surprise. Came here several times and I'm amazed at the size of the restaurant + quality control in the kitchen. Every dish has been very good. Would highly recommend Buddakan.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJanuary 31, 2016
    This is where Carrie from Sex & The City had her engagement party. They have a free coat check at the door. Love the Chili Rock Shrimp and Edamame Dumplings!
  • Natacha
    NatachaMarch 13, 2016
    Amazing! Great setting, nice waiters, good music vibes, and the food! I had the tuna tartare spring rolls and they were to die for! Lobster eggrolls are for big eaters. Bigger place than expected.
  • Carl-Michael H.
    Carl-Michael HirschJanuary 6, 2014
    Loved it. Environment super cool.Very good service. Dumplings where very nice. Try their carrot cake, may sound boring but the whey it was served and tasted; Epic.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LandbergAugust 6, 2016
    The jumbo shrimp as well as ribs are the best I have ever had and at a decent price at that. Just incredible. Service was truly exceptional. Definitely among the best dining experiences in the city!
  • Betsy
    BetsyMay 5, 2013
    We liked the first level tasting menu and were absolutely stuffed. In retrospect, if we had done the second or third menu, we would have had waaay too much food, and of course you need to try it all.
  • Laura D.
    Laura Diana-GarrattSeptember 21, 2013
    Have a cocktail prior to dinner. The bar area has a cool vibe. Get the tuna tartar, shrimp and lobster dumplings DELISH! Black cod - yum and the crying chocolate was the topper! Awesome....
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownFebruary 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    My home away from home. Order the chili rock shrimp, edamame dumplings, black cod, short rib and feast..dont miss the crying chocolate and FATE cocktail. Still heaven after 4 yrs
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CastonguayMay 20, 2016
    Delicious food and a dark, intimate environment. The chili king crab had a delicious sauce and the black cod was like butter. The doughnuts were served with a cup of delicious jelly/cream.
  • Meghana D.
    Meghana DharJanuary 31, 2014
    Even if you aren't vegetarian, get the edamame dumpling...truffle oil makes filling phenomenal. Veggie dishes to order: pineapple tofu, greens. And don't hold back: order the crying chic dessert
  • Sam P.
    Sam PezzulloAugust 20, 2013
    The space itself is super impressive and quite massive for New York City. The food is also top notch. Try as many things as possible and share, that's the only way to do it here!
  • Zeba S.
    Zeba SiddiqiFebruary 28, 2016
    The interiors, atmosphere is very fancy & upscale! Do try the shrimp toast , broken chili chicken , Crying chocolate dessert! Best for special occasions!
  • Mads
    MadsMay 18, 2015
    The Bo Bo Plate is a great appetizer for tasting the tuna spring rolls, sesame shrimp toast (one of my favorites!), boneless spare ribs, carrot dumplings and Cantonese spring roll.
  • peter d.
    peter dunnAugust 2, 2012
    This is a very happily place : a scene. The service us excellent. Come early tho to get seat in the downstairs room or else you will be in restaurant Siberia.
  • Tomokazu L.
    Tomokazu LeAugust 25, 2012
    The service was great, the food came out fast and delicious. It's is a little pricey but it's definitely worth it. Edamame dumplings and the lobster fried rice is recommended to all! Oh and desserts!
  • Grayson D.
    Grayson DunningAugust 8, 2014
    Trendy places can serve up good food too. I try not to be suckered by the Buddhist theme but Tao & Buddakan have impressed me with their food & ambience. The food, the attitude - worth every Benjamin.
  • Omkar K.
    Omkar KarnikApril 24, 2013
    Rockin shrimp is mouth watering. Edamame dumplings are really good. Lobster fried rice is a must. And to sum it up, Crying Chocolate was one of the best desserts that I have ever had!!
  • Headlines and H.
    Headlines and HeroesNovember 11, 2014
    Buddakan’s bites do not disappoint. Try the delicate Edamame Dumplings, served in savory shallot Sauternes broth, or the rich Wok Fried Oyster and Foie Gras flavored with fragrant Thai basil.
  • Maria S.
    Maria StylesNovember 5, 2011
    Great lounge & bar area & main dining area is stunning. My favorite dishes are the dim sum, lobster fried rice, rib eye & crispy shrimp and the crying chocolate & the coconut creme brulee for dessert
  • C.C. ♡.
    C.C. ♡お兄ちゃんOctober 26, 2011
    Their black cod melts in your mouth, seriously delicious. Also, I know it has been said by the entire world by now, but really the edamame dumplings are amazing. Their cocktails are very unique, too.
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HelalJune 18, 2013
    For Dim Sum & Apps, don't miss out on the Edamame dumplings, Chili Rock Shrimp, and Scallion Pancakes. Also, the Charred Filet of Beef is delicious-- so flavorful and tender!
  • Aristotele S.
    Aristotele StrobbeAugust 19, 2014
    The atmosphere is awesome! Stylish and fashion! And the food is very good! You should come in groups so you can order lots of different plates so you can taste anything!
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineNovember 20, 2012
    Stephen Starr's sixth-borough export catering to overflowing MePa mobs scarfing down fusiony dim sum, chow fun, and crispy pork belly cubes. Stunning, mansion-esque space, and service is aces. Read more
  • Brian B.
    Brian BallanJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The desserts are under-hyped here, but Vera Obias and her team do amazing things. Also, the crab hot pot is something special and if you go to a fancy Chinese dinner and skip Peking Duck you're a fool
  • Katherine C.
    Katherine ChiuJune 3, 2015
    Favorite asian fusion restaurant. Impressive decor. Huge lounge upstairs if you have to wait. Pricey but you get what you pay for. Must try the edamame dumplings and cauliflower stir fry.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Loved their cauliflower lollipops and ginger glazed lamb. The clarity cocktail is delicious too. The lobster rolls and rice were mediocre.
  • Fernanda N.
    Fernanda NeuteFebruary 7
    A little too touristy for my taste, but the food is excellent. One of my favorites: the OXTAIL DUMPLINGS and the CHOCOLATE PISTACHIO CREMOSO is my favorite dessert of all times!
  • Debbie L.
    Debbie LeeMay 13, 2013
    The shrimp and lobster chow fun is AMAZING, as is the filet of beef - the flavors are full of depth! Finish your meal with crying chocolate and almond bread pudding! Wow! :)
  • Geri C.
    Geri CoadyOctober 21, 2013
    I'm probably the world's biggest edamame fan and thought they were perfect on their own, but whatever these guys do to make edamame dumplings is just magic. You won't be sorry.
  • Sleepy B.
    Sleepy BrowneJanuary 25, 2015
    The Chilli Chicken was amazing and the Black Pepper Beef is to die for.I must recommend the Rock chilli shrimp for starters and the drink of choice the longevity.
  • Yanina C.
    Yanina CruzFebruary 3, 2013
    Definitely order a few appetizers and share with a small group. They are all amazing, you can't go wrong, especially the Edamame Dumplings and the Tuna Tartar Spring Rolls.
  • Selim Tomur S.
    Probably one of the best restaurants in town. An incredibly delicious Chinese cuisine with a modern touch. Good food, nice looking waiters and waitresses, fast service and nice atmosphere.
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownJune 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Dim Sum: Pork Belly, Chili Rock Shrimp, Edamame dum/Apps: Deviled tuna tartare, Black Cod, Filet, Monkfish, Chinese saus. fried rice, crying chocolate, peanut butter bar...and done! Need a cigarette?
  • Ana S.
    Ana SviatschiSeptember 17, 2011
    Need to try: Dim sum bar: mushroom & sugar snap siu mei and carrot dumplings, haisin glazed pork belly....these are the best!Entrees: Pekin duck and the sirloin melt in your mouth
  • Mallory B.
    Mallory BrandSeptember 19, 2016
    Amazing food in a hip gorgeous place. Excellent service with helpful advice on ordering veggie and wine choice.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJanuary 31, 2016
    This is where Carrie from Sex & The City had her engagement party. They have a free coat check at the door. Love the Chili Rock Shrimp and Edamame Dumplings!
  • Stacy
    StacyJune 28, 2013
    A meal I will never forget! The Tuna Tartare just melts in your mouth. We ordered a bunch of dishes and shared. Everything was amazing! Gorgeous interior.
  • Lynn P.
    Lynn PinaNovember 22, 2011
    Amazing! Get the hoisin glazed pork belly and glazed black cod. Oh and save room for the chocolate sesame fondant. It's really a fancy pb&j dessert and so yummy!
  • EchoDA
    EchoDAFebruary 18, 2012
    in addition to the cool food, the underground dinning space is glamorous, as well as library section at the lower level is a must see.. out of this world experience
  • iget.it
    iget.itSeptember 28, 2011
    Its rare that it's enjoyable to wait for your table, but at Buddakan, it is - get a cocktail or cocktail and enjoy the view of the great room from above while you wait!
  • Stavria K.
    Stavria K.August 1, 2015
    This atmosphere is the best in NYC. If you have eaten in Nobu, food here can be characterised as usually normal, not bad though. The service could be better and more calm.
  • Justine M.
    Justine MarieAugust 28, 2011
    Buddakan was AMAZING! My bf& I were celebrating our anniversary & the ambiance, food, drinks & wait staff was great..Try the lobster fried rice & the wrapped sea bass for appetizer.
  • Troels N.
    Troels NielsenJune 20, 2012
    One of the most exquisite restaurant experiences I've ever had. Great decor, mood lighting and especially the food. Tip: Let the chef put together your menu. Superb!
  • Vanessa B.
    Vanessa BorgesOctober 8, 2016
    Best asian food I've ever tasted. Perfect service and good atmosphere. Amazing place. Remember the 'Sex and The City' movie? Yes, Carrie has her rehearsal dinner in this beautiful restaurant. 🍽🍸
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupNovember 6, 2010
    Awesome décor and architecture! And it doesn’t outshine the food! Try the chili rock shrimp, Mongolian lamb chops and lobster fried rice. It’s easy to overdo it here.
  • Ali E.
    Ali ErguvenMarch 25, 2014
    Find a place place in the long table, under 4 big chandeliers, great high sealing, try king crab, delicious...
  • Michael F.
    Michael Fox-RabinovitzDecember 7, 2014
    Peking duck, lobster rolls, great cocktails... Pretty much can't go wrong here. Loved the space as well, the candles add a great ambiance.
  • Claire J.
    Claire JosephSeptember 22, 2013
    Pork belly buns, edemame dumplings (they have truffle oil in them), and Peking duck salad are amazing!
  • Talia F.
    Talia FisherMay 2, 2012
    Edamame dumplings are the best thing in this world. Alaskan black cod and lobster fried rice are pretty amazing as well. For a drink, get the Tranquility.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronFebruary 27, 2012
    The atmosphere is great every one is trendy the food was good the prices were fair there theme is to share all the plates and it really works... portions were fair too!!'
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    Bullfrog & BaumJanuary 24, 2011
    Buddakan's decor takes your dining experience to the next level. The ingredients in each dish truly come out with each bite. Edamame dumplings and the Whole Peking duck are awesome dishes here.
  • Yerox
    YeroxMay 17, 2013
    Edamame dumplings!! Y Tartar de Atun!!very nice!!!! But the glass of wine is ridiculous!! I guess is Ny style !!give me your money !!!for a bottle that cost 10$!!! Anyway beautiful nice people!!!
  • Nikki B.
    Nikki BogopolskayaJuly 10, 2014
    They offer a family-style tasting option for parties of 6 or more. It's a ton of food, but a great choice for hungry diners or special occasions!
  • Joanne R.
    Joanne ReinardMay 16, 2016
    Tested this restaurant for the first time on my bday night with family. Even though we had a reservation and were on time, there was a 30min wait but the amazing food came out rapidly. Will go back!
  • EchoDA
    EchoDADecember 24, 2011
    an out of this world experience of chic interiors, the lower floor is stunning and you feel as though you have been transported to another time period.. great food
  • Broghanne J.
    Broghanne JessamineFebruary 11, 2015
    Family style is the way to go. So much amazing food. Monkfish is my favorite its to die for and the whiskey ice cream is brilliance
  • Amy M.
    Amy MixaMarch 31
    The tasting menu was amazing, specifically the edamame dumplings, cashew peanut noodles, cod, and short ribs. It was also way too much food!
  • Alex G.
    Alex GarciaFebruary 4, 2016
    Surprisingly large space underneath Chelsea Market; a nice escape from the riff raff above.Great ambiance and perfect for large parties.
  • Windell C.
    Windell CadelinaJanuary 7, 2012
    App: Edemame Dumplings. Entree: Charred Filet of Beef and Alaskan Black Cod. Dessert: Crying Chocolate and the Almond Breadpudding. Best Dinner for 2 ever!
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KrivorchukMay 29, 2015
    Perfect place to have a couple of long drinks with friends and girls. Stylish. Sophisticated. Posh. Everything you need to feel like a star
  • Greg T.
    Greg TanNovember 18, 2016
    Incredible space, excellent service (Ryan and Susan are wonderful), and wonderful food. Get the edamame dumplings, and never look back.
  • STARR Restaurants
    STARR RestaurantsJune 9, 2011
    We have to thank our interior designer, Christian Liaigre, for creating a sensual space that is both inviting and surreal. Enjoy our fabulous modern Asian cuisine!
  • karen s.
    karen schoellkopfJuly 4, 2012
    best things here: cocktails are always delightful here, as are the edamame dumplings. the rest of the dinner fare has definitely dropped in quality, sadly.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa ChaiJanuary 4, 2016
    Beautiful decor and presentation. Everything was delicious. One of my favorite restaurants in New York
    Upvoted Apr 2
  • JamesBrownInMiami
    JamesBrownInMiamiSeptember 8, 2013
    Wonderful dining experience. Don't miss the edamame & General Tso's dim sum, monk fish entree and crying chocolate dessert.
  • Cortney K.
    Cortney KirkOctober 14, 2013
    Lobster rolls, wok noodles, boneless spare ribs, general tso dumplings, crying chocolate.......no matter what you get, it's amazing!!!
  • Rachna K.
    Rachna KapurAugust 2, 2012
    General Tsos Dumplings, Mushroom Chow Fun & Chargrilled Beef-- lastly Crying Chocolate with Vanilla Ice Cream are the best on the menu!!!
  • John E.
    John EJanuary 27, 2016
    Not as hip as it once was, but not as difficult to get a table either. Still has a delicious Asian fusion menu. Crab sticky rice & pork belly buns are spectacular.
  • Ingvild M.
    Ingvild M. PlosivNovember 23, 2014
    The steamed buns and pork something at this place... Mmm! Great cocktails, efficient staff, really good food. I'd go back!
  • Marley J.
    Marley JayJanuary 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Some of the best food I've ever eaten. The edamame dumplings (filled with whipped edamame) and chocolate fondant were amazing.
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WittNovember 19, 2014
    Awesome food. The black cod and the mixed starters are great!
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • elise k.
    elise kNovember 14, 2010
    sea bass spring rolls deeeeelish...short rib tender as it gets....tuna tartare melts in your mouth....BUT the edamame dumplings are orgasmic!! can't go wrong here with anything!
  • Carolina R.
    There is no words to describe it!!! Just come!! You won't regret it. Try the alaskan cod and the edamame dumblings :) :)
  • Paola M.
    Paola MontelongoMay 12, 2015
    Scallion pancakes with braised short rib and green apple is BANGIN. The chocolate cry is also delicious. Great service!!
  • Jonavennci Divad
    Jonavennci DivadAugust 8, 2011
    The space is gorgeous and exciting, first off. But while some restaurants rely solely on appearances, Buddakan rises to the occasion with delicious food
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    High ceiling, long communal table. You must do it family style so you can try lots of dishes. They are ALL good, especially the edamame dumplings! -Julie Kwon, Launch My Line
  • Marie
    MarieJanuary 7, 2012
    This place is gorgeous, and the food is phenomenal. My picks: Edamame Dumplings & the Crying Chocolate dessert! You won't regret it!
  • Insiya D.
    Insiya DhattAugust 10, 2013
    The crying chocolate ganache is way better than bread pudding and I never miss bread pudding if its on the menu :)
  • Emily D.
    Emily DoongAugust 6, 2014
    The portions here are small so that you can try more of their amazing food! Definitely get the sea bass roll!
  • Rana A.
    Rana AlsweilemJune 29, 2013
    The edamame dumplings were simply amazing! Also order the creamy rock shrimp for appetizer, u wont regret it!!
  • Joe G.
    Joe GoldbergNovember 4, 2014
    So the atmos is good. Beware the edamame dumplings - they explode in your mouth and fill it like truffle flavoured cotton wool. Food above average but no more
  • Helen L.
    Helen LinDecember 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Tasting menu for large groups will give u the perfect tour of all of Buddakan's best!
  • Josh
    JoshJuly 30, 2014
    Scallion pancake... Omg. Lemon chicken w/ extra sauce. Everything else amazing, w/ rock shrimp the only actual slight disappointment.
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff ThroneJanuary 27, 2011
    Great place to bring a date or for business related purposes. They just keep bringing on the food! Must try the Calamari, it's unreal and out of this world.
  • Luke
    LukeApril 1, 2016
    Fun atmosphere. Good cocktails. And oh yeah, the food. Go for the tasting menu if you can swing it
  • Virginie H.
    Virginie HalpinJanuary 2, 2015
    Ask to be booked downstairs in the main area. Will not be intimate but will feel part of a great royal experience.
  • Maryam A.
    Maryam AlmomenOctober 10, 2014
    The food and its so romantic
    Upvoted Mar 26
  • Michael C.
    Michael C6 days ago
    The cod entree and Chinese sausage fried rice will change your life.
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • Esther E.
    Esther EstebanDecember 10, 2014
    Impresionantes los Edamame dumplings, como pescado el cod fish y postre crying chocolate. No words. Awesome! Buena relación calidad-precio.
  • Luiz Felipe B.
    Luiz Felipe BarrosDecember 31, 2010
    Super disputado com razão - ambiente, música e comida sensacionais. De entrada o elogiadíssimo Edamame Dumplings e o Boneless Ribs. O prato principal foi o delicioso Peking Duck. Todos perfeitos.
  • Zeynep A.
    Zeynep AydemirJuly 8, 2016
    Çok şık bir mekan. Kokteyllerden faith ve smoke çok başarılı. Black cod nefis. Soft shell crab sipariş edecekseniz dikkat bütün pişmiş yengeç geliyor. Ben yiyemedim
  • Bruno C.
    Bruno CarvalhoFebruary 23, 2014
    Top. Descolado, música boa e comida excelente. Pode soar repetitivo mas obrigatório pedir o edamami dumplings. O pato de Pequim vale muito a pena!
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