Steamed Seabass Roll

Steamed Seabass Roll

Buddakan is a Stephan Starr restaurant with locations in several cities including Manhattan and Philadelphia. It’s in NYC’s meatpacking district and is meant to be trendy and spacious. It accomplishes both. I’ve been before and when a friend from Chicago wanted to organize a girls night out on a Wednesday it was an appropriate place to go. It serves dishes in a family style manner so if you are with a group of  non-picky eaters its great. The tables are big and you don’t feel like you are sitting on top of other guests, so that’s a plus. The food is good but not on a “what-is-this-amazingness-in-my-mouth” level. Here’s a quick summary:

  • Healthy Options: 5 out of 5! With veggies, tofu, words like “steamed” all over the menu, and the ability to control your own portion, I was happy as a clam. Pictured below: Mao Poe Tofu, Jade Shrimp Dumplings, General Tso’s Dumplings

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  • Food: 3.5 out of 5. Solid quality, nothing outstanding, but nothing stands out as poor quality.
  • Service: 3.5 out of 5. Attentive waitress but a bit of disorganized mess with bringing food, new silverware, etc.
  • Seating: hm…reservations at 8:15, sat at 9pm.
  • Ambiance: 3.5 out of 5. Huge, extravagant space makes you forget you’re in NYC.
  • Price: 4 out of 5. For a trendy restaurant in Meatpacking, a chance to dress up,  drink a bottle of wine, and be well fed, $50 is reasonable.
  • Best dish: Sugar Snap Peas with wild mushroom and soy tapioca

OVERALL: Great for a night with friends and possible to eat a nutritious, delicious meal. My friends and I had an excellent night out and were 100% satisfied. We split a bottle of wine, so each person had about glass, yet we were buzzed from the good company and food.