Fodor's Expert Review Buddakan
Few—if any—restaurants in Manhattan rival the 16,000-square-foot Buddakan in terms of sheer magnitude and buoyant theatricality. Restaurateur Stephen Starr outdid himself with this New York version of his Philadelphia original: the upstairs bar is a great end-of-day meet-up spot for pert cocktails; the vast downstairs is like a dining hall in a medieval castle, complete with a communal table, and perfect for lush pan-Asian fare. The kitchen prepares ethereal tuna tartare spring rolls in a crisp fried shell, while edamame dumplings are light and delicate. The menu is large, made up of Asian specialties like black-pepper beef, glazed black cod, and sizzling short ribs served with tender, wide noodles. Considering the droves of patrons, service is surprisingly attentive.
75 9th Ave.
New York, New York 10011-7006, USA
- Grandiose design
- Extremely sceney vibe
- Long menu of Asian dishes
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