If you’ve ever seen the Sex and the City movie, which opens on Carrie’s and Big’s rehearsal dinner, then you’re already familiar with our most recent destination for PurseBlog Eats: Buddakan. With 275 seats for dining, a huge 34-person banquet table located in the middle of the restaurant and 50 more seats for drinking, it’s hard to imagine this nightclub looking hot-spot was once a Nabisco factory in the heart of Chelsea.


While massive restaurants have a tendency to have a bad rap among many New York locals, Buddakan’s food certainly doesn’t disappoint. The menu of modern Asian cuisine is stacked with dim sum, noodles, fried rice, and an array of entrees which was nearly impossible to pick from because every single one sounded better than the next.

Apart from Buddakan’s delicious food, you can expect to find yourself rubbing elbows with celebrities, socialites and some of New York’s most well-known faces. Take a look below for a detailed overview of our dining experience at Buddakan.


Reservations: Accepted via OpenTable for parties smaller than 15.

Price Point: Appetizers, noodle and rice dishes, $9 to $14. Entrees $17 to $47. Desserts $10.


Where: 75 Ninth Avenue (16th Street) – Chelsea

Ambiance: Swanky crowds and a dramatic, multi-level dining room, with giant candlelabras, oversized artwork and plush furniture.

Great for: Big groups, private events and impressing out-of-towners.


What We Ordered: General Tso’s Dumplings, Pork Belly Buns, Beef Lettuce Cups, Scallion Pancakes, Vegetable Fried Rice, Cauliflower Stir-Fry, Black Pepper Beef, Sizzling Short Rib, Filet of Beef, Salt & Pepper Black Sea Bass, Crying Chocolate and Spiced Carrot Cake.


The Must Try: General Tso’s Dumplings, Pork Belly Pork Buns, Black Pepper Beef and the Cauliflower

Bonus: The cocktails are absolutely delicious.


Even several years after opening, Buddakan continues to be an impressive dining experience for locals and out-of-towners alike.

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  • missarewa

    all this food is making me hungry. good thing i’ll be in nyc this weekend!

  • Marnie

    Never met a pork belly I did not like. What in the world is a crying chocolate, does eating one make it stop crying?

  • Brittany

    Looks like you had a good time!! It’s definitely on my must try list when I go back to the city.

  • Courtney McAlexander

    Hubby and I went a NY couple trips ago, and I wasn’t impressed. I felt like I was being judged the whole time (just not my crowd in there). Also, I felt like we were getting herded thru dinner as fast as possible. With all the other amazing food options in NYC, we won’t be back. It is gorgeous inside though, and your pics capture that very well.

  • MOCL

    I’m new to PB so this may be a basic question, but what bag is pictured there?

    • Sarah

      It’s J. Mendel

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