Buddha Bodai 佛菩提素菜

Buddha Bodai 佛菩提素菜

Vegetarian / Vegan 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)"(4 Tips)
    shulamis L.
    "Best dishes: general tso's and chicken chow fun"(7 Tips)
    Alex @1LX
    "Try the Pan Fried Dumplings - (via @Foodspotting)"(3 Tips)
    Alex @1LX
    "Try the Spinach Rice Roll - (via @Foodspotting)"(2 Tips)
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  • Thracian
    Thracian2 weeks ago
    The food is great here but the fried rice....🤤🤤🤤
  • Shi M.
    Shi Meh2 weeks ago
    Lunch specials are great
  • Matthew M.
    Wide variety of mock meats. Excellent culinary magic
  • Jorge D.
    The food is excellent but the service is kind of bad
  • Ryan Z.
    Ryan ZhangMarch 7
    I'm so surprised at what began alternatives can make. The sample meat platter is legit
  • Alexander D.
    Alexander DubovoyDecember 17, 2016
    Amazing vegetarian food. Meal comes with pu-er tea
  • Victor C.
    Victor ChenDecember 4, 2016
    Veg BBQ meat looks and tastes just like char siu but without the fat!
  • Arjun Shivanand K.
    Arjun Shivanand KannanOctober 23, 2016
    Incredible food. Make sure to try to spicy laksa soup for a blast of flavor!
  • Ted P.
    Ted PalenskiAugust 28, 2016
    Generally good. General Tso's chicken is worth it. Some of the food is bland.
  • Joseph T.
    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.
  • Omri K.
    Omri KlMay 22, 2016
    Late & the wrong order. When I called they said they are re-sending me the correct order, 40 min later i called them and they flat out lie and say that I wanted a refund and not the food.
  • 😇
    😇December 24, 2015
    Really disappointed wanted to eat here but made us wait while tables were empty and then sat us in the back were staff was already prepping peas on the table while we are supposed to eat. Embarrassing
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishDecember 7, 2015
    Very surprising how delicious it was. The mock meat is quite delicious!
  • Evan S.
    Evan SchwartzNovember 29, 2015
    Pan fried dumplings, watercress dumplings, and BBQ pork (vegetarian)
  • Hannah T.
    Hannah TreasureNovember 5, 2015
    Vegan / vegetarian options are amazing, tastes so authentic that I was honestly scared for a sec it was real meat
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiOctober 31, 2015
    Wonderfully creative vegetarian food.
  • Johanna
    JohannaOctober 16, 2015
    Orange chicken, fried. So good.
  • isuvaish
    isuvaishOctober 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!
  • Jacques C.
    Jacques ChiracOctober 5, 2015
    Full of girls that want to stay thin or save rabbits from suffering - not really sure.
  • Wesley B.
    Wesley BlissSeptember 2, 2015
    Surprisingly good vegetarian Chinese food.
  • Vivian V.
    Vivian VoAugust 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Veg meat rice roll - get it!!!
  • Maya B.
    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.
  • Carlos S.
    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)
  • leo k.
    leo kyivJune 2, 2015
    Tried to visit this place on Saturday but it was packed and the line was to long(((
  • Annabelle A.
    Steamed sticky rice shu mai
  • isuvaish
    isuvaishApril 12, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    This place is wild with vegetarian Chinese food . Try the duck- yummmm
  • Alex @1LX
    Alex @1LXMarch 28, 2015
    Try the Sesame Rolls - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Alex @1LX
    Alex @1LXMarch 28, 2015
    Try the Pan Fried Dumplings - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Alex @1LX
    Alex @1LXMarch 28, 2015
    Try the Streamed Dumplings - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Alex @1LX
    Alex @1LXMarch 28, 2015
    Try the Spinach Rice Roll - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Alex @1LX
    Alex @1LXMarch 28, 2015
    Try the Vegetarian BBQ Meat - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Jessica J.
    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.
  • kaitlin d.
    kaitlin davisFebruary 28, 2015
    Great Vegetarian food!
  • Nancerella
    NancerellaFebruary 19, 2015
    Gets pretty packed and wait staff are not that quick but the food is actually not bad at all...
  • Stefanie T.
    Stefanie TangDecember 30, 2014
    Get the cumin lamb!!!! SO good.
  • Jason V.
    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.
  • Jason V.
    Jason VinesDecember 7, 2014
    Best curry laksa I've ever had.
  • James S.
    James ShacklefordNovember 25, 2014
    Ordered 4 dishes. All were nothing but grease! Disgusting, stay away.
  • John A.
    John AntosNovember 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.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew ShumOctober 24, 2014
    Hands down best tofu you can get in the neighborhood. Get the Braised Soybean Skin (红烧豆包).
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PhanAugust 10, 2014
    The mushroom dumplings are great!
  • Josh A.
    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
  • Fabien C.
    Fabien ChevaucherJuly 6, 2014
    Very nice place! Good food, fast service. Pay a visit!
  • Jack D.
    Jack DempseyJune 25, 2014
    Portions are HUGE, great noodles!
  • BK C.
    BK CApril 6, 2014
    The BBQ "ribs." Trust me.
  • Alicia
    AliciaMarch 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Mushu Vegetables - #vegan
  • Phil P.
    Phil PFebruary 16, 2014
    Vegetarian BBQ pork and black pepper chicken are great - coming from a meat eater.
  • Michelle Wendy
    Michelle WendyJanuary 3, 2014
    Didn't like the pan fried veggie dumplings w/ their thick doughy skin. A thin crispy exterior might have complemented the mush inside better. Meh on two accounts. Wish they'd add scallion pancake!
  • Alicia
    AliciaDecember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Mushu Vegetables - #vegan Perfect combination of flavors.
  • Jasmine B.
    Jasmine ButtolphOctober 4, 2013
    Great spot. Way better than vegetarian dim sum house.
  • Jeremy V.
    Jeremy VerderaSeptember 23, 2013
    Their sesame veggie beef is better than most of the sesame real beef I've ever tried.
  • Ju S.
    Ju ShinSeptember 21, 2013
    Everything is sooo good
  • Irene L.
    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!
  • Nisha A.
    Nisha AcharyaSeptember 5, 2013
    The service is terrible & they have a tendency to discriminate against people
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PreluskyAugust 30, 2013
    I don't normally write reviews, but the food I just got was excellent (Buddha's delight). It wasn't greasy either! A little pricey, but you get what you pay for.
  • Grace B.
    Grace BatistaAugust 12, 2013
    Vegetarian and good. Service is nice
  • Tate S.
    Tate ShaferAugust 11, 2013
    Try the beef. Seriously, just try.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Deepak V.
    Must have the seasame balls at Dim Dum for dessert.
  • 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.
  • Shar M.
    Shar MMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    General Tso's is so good!
  • Alicia
    AliciaMarch 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Shredded Shitake Mushroom With Broccoli - #vegan #kosher
  • Alicia
    AliciaMarch 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Tapioca Dumpling - #vegan #kosher
  • Alicia
    AliciaMarch 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Crispy Bean Curd - #vegan #kosher
  • Alicia
    AliciaMarch 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Tofu And Vegetable Soup - #vegan #kosher
  • Tashi H.
    Tashi HaskinFebruary 11, 2013
    The food is delicious and fresh. Go for dim sum-you won't be disappointed!
  • Lawrence Elchana C.
    Great steamed dumplings. I didn't like the wide noodles with BBQ beef but the BBQ beef itself was good
  • Niketa P.
    Niketa PatelJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    General Tso Chicken was better than the real thing!
  • Farra M.
    Farra MonesJanuary 2, 2013
    I wanna come here everyday. The texture of the veg. meat is so choice
  • Alicia
    AliciaNovember 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Shiitake Mushroom With Broccoli - #vegan
  • Alicia
    AliciaNovember 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Tofu With Organic Mushroom And Basil - #vegan
  • al b.
    al bedellAugust 22, 2012
    Orange fried chicken is amaaaaazing
  • Rachel S.
    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.
  • 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. :)
  • 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.
  • Cristina D.
    Cristina DMay 4, 2012
    Bbq meat is a must have. Im obsessed!
  • Alicia
    AliciaMarch 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Tofu With Organic Mushrooms And Basil - The basil was perfectly powerful!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • shulamis L.
    shulamis LieberFebruary 22, 2012
    Best vegetarian restaurant in NYC. Decent prices and LOVE how they serve you the bill with cut up fresh orange half's. Best dishes: general tso's and chicken chow fun
  • Amy Lee P.
    Amy Lee PearsallJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Gluten Free options!!!
  • Ray F.
    Ray FossDecember 23, 2011
    Shared tables for single people... why has no one mentioned this. They really need a bar.
  • Lena
    LenaDecember 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Must trys: -Black bean spareribs with ho fun noodles -veg roast pork roll
  • Adrienne D.
    Adrienne DDecember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The best faux meat around! Try the General Tso's chicken - my favorite!
  • Miguel N.
    Miguel NoRiDecember 5, 2011
    a place you must visit
  • James B.
    James BerdugoNovember 19, 2011
    Amazing vegetarian/kosher cuisine! Monks and Orhodox Jews under one roof! Gotta love it!
  • 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.
  • Fred M.
    Fred MagovernMay 1, 2011
    Sesame Seaweed Roll is off the hook. Spring rolls are good too. I love the free tea.
  • Rachel F.
    This is an awesome vegetarian and KOSHER place! L'chaim!
  • Mark C.
    Mark CáceresJanuary 16, 2011
    Go for the lunch special & order the sesame chicken. You've never had chinese like this boyyyyyyyyy
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Farheen M.
    Farheen MalikSeptember 29, 2010
    Make a point to come for dim sum. It ends at 330pm
  • Henriette H.
    Henriette HSeptember 9, 2010
    Must get "eel"- best item on menu
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