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Buddha Bodai
Kosher Restaurant$$
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5 Mott St New York, NY 10013
5 Mott StreetUSNew YorkNew York10013
$$Kosher Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Kosher Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Chinese Restaurant
Vegetarian Restaurant
Dim Sum Restaurant
Today 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
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Situated in the heart of Chinatown, Buddha Bodai has been serving magnificent vegetarian meals since its inception in 2004. Buddha Bodai is committed to achieving and maintaining the delicate flavors of China's deep culinary history.
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Kosher vegetarian mock-meat dim sum & other Chinese dishes in a casual environment.- Google
"A lot of tasty stuff that mimics the flavor of traditional non vegetarian foods."
"A great kosher chinese vegetarian joint."
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Alex Ho
3 months ago
My favorite Vegetarian restaurant in all of New York due to their variety. The lunch special is reasonably priced and the service is usually fast and good. Now keep in mind some of the things you order will be microwaved so don't be surprised if certain items come out rather quickly. The management tries their best to make advertise Kosher-Friendly, good news for Kosher practitioners. The only people who I think may have a problem with any of their food are either those who really think the Chicken is chicken, those who are expecting meat, those who don't like Chinese food and/or those who have a peculiar interest in food.
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VS Lim
3 weeks ago
Most of the dim sums we ordered tasted close to the original ones I had. Good experience overall. Loved the congee (teng zai zhuk), turnip cakes, jelly fish, cheung fan, and pan fried stuffed bean curd rolls. Except the pork ribs in black bean sauce and durian pastry we ordered - both are not bad, just didn't resemble the original, and the pastry didn't taste of durian. It's my first vegetarian kosher dim sum experience after having the original dim sum for all my life. I gotta admit that this is real good and will definitely come back again.
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Gin Hayes
a month ago
I loved this place so much I will be going back tomorrow if I can! I ordered the General Tso veg chicken because I had heard of the meat version and never tried it so was curious.. Also ordered the mixed mushroom and vegetable hotpot. The waiter suggested I changed to the special hotpot since it was the same price, so I did. The General Tso chicken was lovely and had plenty of broccoli, no idea what the real thing is like but I liked this version. The hotpot was also good but there was too much fake meat in there for my taste, lovely sauce though, but would order again as the mushroom version. Lovely staff, nice little place.
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Zak Young
2 months ago
General Tsao just blew my mind. Crunchy underneath the sauce. This restaurant alone is reason enough to move here
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Peter Teoh
a week ago
Great vegetarian Chinese restaurant. I love coming here for dim sum on the weekends. The place does get very busy and there's sometimes a bit of a wait for your table. Try the green tea steamed buns.
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Ron Lai
2 months ago
Amazing vegetarian/vegan experience. Normally here for the dim sum on the weekends, they also have a great dinner menu too as I recently discovered. They can accommodate large groups as well as small. As anyone can tel you, the veg. BBQ pork is phenomenal both as an entree or dim sum plate. If you didn't know non-meat products could taste this good, come here for the surprise of your life. Give it a shot for dim sum, you won't be disappointed.
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Lori Luo
2 months ago
I'm very much an omnivore at heart, but I have to admit that Buddha Bodai ranks pretty high up there in the realm of dim sum restaurants. The restaurant offers an entirely vegetarian and kosher menu, and these factors apply to the weekend dim sum service as well. It's a little on the smaller side, so groups may have to wait to be seated during busy hours, but it's well worth the wait. Some recommended dishes: + BBQ Meat: The winning dish of the day. When the plate was brought out, our entire group stared at it and went, "Is that really vegetarian?". The texture and taste of each slice of "meat" was almost unrecognizable from the original - sinewy, savory, and with plenty of flavor that's typically associated with char siu. + Vegetarian Shrimp Rice Roll (#22): The rice roll is cooked perfectly, with a good elasticity and chew to compliment the mock shrimp on the interior. Again, another dish you wouldn't realize was vegetarian unless you were told otherwise. + Pan-Fried Turnip Cake (#3): Admittedly, I have a weakness for this dish, but the version here is pretty solid. Served hot with a crispy exterior, it's complimented by a dab of hoisin on the side. Despite the small space and easily crowded dining room, service here is very friendly, responsive, and efficient; and no, you don't need to be fluent or Chinese (or bring a friend who is) in order to dine here. It's a good place for dim sum in Chinatown, whether you're looking for something off the beaten path or have to accommodate several dietary restrictions.
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Nina Monks
4 months ago
I am not a big fan of vegetarian food, and when my friend suggested this place i was like "OK...". But, the food is very good, and even the things which are meat-like are delicious. It doeskin mean that i will go there again, since i will prefer a good steak over many dishes, but if you are a vegetarian, i think you are going to like it.

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