Buddakan

Buddakan

Asian Restaurant and Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Chelsea, New York
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  • Marie
    "My picks: Edamame Dumplings & the Crying Chocolate dessert!"(72 Tips)
    Talia F.
    "Alaskan black cod and lobster fried rice are pretty amazing as well."(12 Tips)
    Mark M.
    "Stayed for the chili rock shrimp and the vibes."(14 Tips)
    Lynn P.
    "Amazing! Get the hoisin glazed pork belly and glazed black cod."(19 Tips)
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  • 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!
  • Boon Y.
    Boon YapJuly 7, 2013
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Joanne R.
    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!
    Downvoted May 24
  • Nikhita M.
    Nikhita MahtaniFebruary 24, 2014
    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!
  • Natacha
    NatachaMarch 13
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Brian B.
    Brian BallanJuly 19, 2011
    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
  • 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.
  • Claire L.
    Claire LewisAugust 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.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJanuary 31
    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!
  • 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....
  • 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.
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownJune 3, 2011
    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?
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Dan C.
    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.
  • Zeba S.
    Zeba SiddiqiFebruary 28
    The interiors, atmosphere is very fancy & upscale! Do try the shrimp toast , broken chili chicken , Crying chocolate dessert! Best for special occasions!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dame T.
    Dame Traveler2 weeks ago
    Great food, beautiful ambiance but sadly horrible service. Bar tender couldn't even answer questions about the bottles of Rosé offered and waiter + host were both equally as rude.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel Wang PangNovember 10, 2015
    I think this is a modern twist Chinese food place, not really a restaurant, I love the place for drinks and socializing but not so much with the food, I'm Chinese and this is not really my taste
  • 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.
  • 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! :)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownFebruary 3, 2010
    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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Pomme L.
    Pomme LeFebruary 5, 2012
    The food is over rated, but again I'm Asian and the majority of these dishes I grew up with, so I might have a higher expectation. Also portion are small, order double of anything you want.
  • 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!
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