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Buddha Bodai
Kosher Restaurant$$
Today 10AM–9:30PM
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5 Mott St New York, NY 10013
5 Mott StreetUSNew YorkNew York10013
$$Kosher Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Kosher Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Chinese Restaurant
Vegetarian Restaurant
Dim Sum Restaurant
Today 10AM–9:30PM
Wednesday 10AM–9:30PMThursday 10AM–9:30PMFriday 10AM–9:30PMSaturday 10AM–9:30PMSunday 10AM–9:30PMMonday 10AM–9:30PMTuesday 10AM–9:30PM
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
"Despite that, this is one of the best dim sum restaurants in NY."
"Veg. Beef noodle soup is my favorite!"
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Alvin Ho
a month ago
This is an excellent option for any vegans! I decided to come here with two friends from college and was not disappointed. We had 3 dishes from here- the roast pork appetizer, the black pepper chicken and the organic tofu with basil. All of which were excellent and we intend to come back the next time we have time. The service was very nice, and the noise was low, so you can easily have a conversation.
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Jay Poon
3 weeks ago
A place for more only vegetarians but it's great for those follow the "Buddhist vegetarian" rules. The food is great, waiters are courteous and attentive. Must try.
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Amy Hu
4 months 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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Alex Ho
11 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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blue sky
2 weeks ago
This is a solid spot to bring your vegan friends. Lots of meat substitutes on the menu and the place is kosher to boot! They are actually really serious about being kosher; while its BYOB you can only bring in kosher wine. The "rib" appetizer was amazing but our steamed dumplings were nothing special. As for main courses, the noodle dishes are quite large and tasted great! You can slightly tell that everything is made with meat substitutes but its cooked well enough that most people would not care. Dessert included vegan cheesecake and ice cream, although I opted for the mango pudding. It was fine, I would order something else next time. The best part? We spent very little! 4 of us split a $87 check for 3 appetizers, 4 dinners, and 2 desserts. Definitely worth your while!
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Leo O
2 months 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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Monk Tong
a month ago
Very good vegetarian food, even tho I'm a meat person. Would def come back again!
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Arhun Beyik
2 months ago
Once I brought here some tourist friends from Kazakhstan, they're heavy meat eaters and they were asking me to go to some non-vegetarian place, while I'm vegan, but I brought them here without telling that this place is 100% vegetarian. They ordered all kinds of fake meat, chicken soup, beef, lamb, fish and etc. and we had nice dinner, while they didn't even notice anything ))). When we came to the hotel I told them that they didn't eat any meat at that restaurant and they all were pleasantly shocked and surprised ))
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