Buddakan – Chelsea, New York


A taste of perfection…

The Bar at Buddakan

You know once in a while you go out to a restaurant and everything about it is perfect. The artistic decor, the exceptional service and unbelievable food – yes all this and more can be found at Buddakan!

A modern Chinese restaurant, Buddakan serves traditional dishes with a fusion fare. The menu is utterly elaborate with a dish for everyone, whether you are  a meat lover, a pescetarian or  a vegetarian you are in for a treat here. 

A piece of trivia, if you are an avid Sex and the City fan this is where Carrie and Big had their rehearsal dinner before the wedding. Of course when my husband made reservations he didn’t know that and the minute we stepped foot into the restaurant my excitement knew no bounds, little did I know it was going to be even better.

Main Dining Hall
Exceptionally Beautiful Main Dining Hall

We ordered the Bo Bo plate to start with, which had an assortment of appetizers – tuna spring rolls, sesame shrimp toast, boneless spare ribs, carrot dumplings, cantonese spring roll. All absolutely delicious!

Bo Bo Plate: tuna spring rolls, sesame shrimp toast, boneless spare ribs, carrot dumplings, cantonese spring roll
Bo Bo Plate: tuna spring rolls, sesame shrimp toast,
boneless spare ribs, carrot dumplings, cantonese spring roll

I really struggled to pick a main because there was so much to choose from. I knew I wanted fish and all the fish dishes looked great, but our waiter recommended the Black Cod. I was a bit apprehensive because I cannot eat ‘fishy fish’, funny I know but true! After much deliberation and convincing from our wonderful waiter I did order the Cod, so glad I did! I had not eaten anything like that before, the fish was meaty but so delicately flavoured and went perfectly with my Mushroom Chow Fun and side of Wok Charred Broccoli. My husband ordered Roast Pork which I could tell was finger licking good.

Glazed Alaskan Black Cod with chili eggplant, black bean relish
Glazed Alaskan Black Cod with
chili eggplant, black bean relish
Wild Mushroom Chow Fun with garlic chive
Wild Mushroom Chow Fun with garlic chives
Char Siu Roast Pork with spicy bamboo shoots, moo shu pancakes
Char Siu Roast Pork with spicy bamboo shoots, moo shu pancakes
Wok Charred Broccoli with garlic and black bean
Wok Charred Broccoli with garlic and black bean

Everything about Buddakan was perfection! The wait staff were extremely knowledgeable about the food, really friendly and took such good care of us, the food was faultless (trust me I don’t find faultless food very often) and the restaurant decor and ambience was exquisite. All this coupled together made this such a memorable experience. The only one regret I have is we were too full to order dessert and were running late for ‘Phantom of the Opera’ at Broadway. I am sure my name is written on the dessert menu for the next time I am in New York.

My most memorable meal in New York City
My most memorable meal in New York City
Rating: 10/10
Price: $$$
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