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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