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Buddha Bodai
Kosher Restaurant$$
Today 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
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5 Mott St New York, NY 10013
5 Mott StreetUSNew YorkNew York10013
$$Kosher Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Kosher Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Chinese Restaurant
Vegetarian Restaurant
Dim Sum Restaurant
Today 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 9:30 PMThursday 10:00 AM – 9:30 PMFriday 10:00 AM – 9:30 PMSaturday 10:00 AM – 9:30 PMSunday 10:00 AM – 9:30 PMMonday 10:00 AM – 9:30 PMTuesday 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
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
"Buddhist, vegan, kosher Chinese food."
"Great vegetarian Chinese restaurant."
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Leo O
2 weeks ago
Came here with 4 people. Only one of us was a true vegetarian. We ordered, Pan Fried Turnip Cake, Steamed Sticky Rice Shiu Mai, Buddha Bean Curd Roll, Fried Taro Custard, Watercress Dumpling, Bee Chi Mushroom Rice Roll, Steamed Veg. Meat Ball, Veg Shrimp Rice Roll, House Special Congee, and Veg Tripe with Black Bean sauce. Overall, the food was tasty but on the salty side. My favorite dish was the veg. meat ball. It obviously didn't taste like meat but it was flavorful and had bean curd in it (which I love). We decided to come here based on the many reviews. The entire meal was fine. The overall service was as expected from a Chinese restaurant. Everything was smoothly until it came time to pay the bill. I paid with credit card and signed the receipt and tip as we felt appropriate. Then, disaster struck. One of the waitress came over and looked at the receipt. Then she had the nerve to tell me that I tipped too low and that I HAD to tip higher. I told her that tip is not mandatory and not required by law. Other people at the table had interjected with their own comments. In the end, she said that I will let it go this one time. In my mind, there won't be another time because you had the audacity to FORCE me to give you a higher tip. I have never been to any restaurant in my life where they mandated me to pay a higher tip. This definitely left a bad taste with us and now none of us will ever go back to this place. Overall, I will never recommend this place based on the stunt they pulled regardless of how good or bad their food was. As I've said many many times before. Customers will come back to your restaurant if you provide excellent service even if your food is just mediocre.
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Alex Ho
8 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
5 months 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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Lori Luo
7 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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Amy Hu
a month ago
Veg. Beef noodle soup is my favorite! Big portion and yummy veg. Beef. We tried other veg. dim sum, all great and good deals. The restaurant is bright and new, unlike other veg. places where are dark and old. If I'm in Chinatown, I always came here for a meal.
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Peter Teoh
5 months 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.
Gin Hayes
6 months 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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Ron Lai
7 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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