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YUM25 Dec 26, 2010 09:42 PM

Beautiful large space with elegant decor. I like the variety of different rooms, each with its own ambiance. The food was great. The edamame dumplings melt in your mouth, the general tsos chiken dumplings are delicious with a steaming sauce oozing out of them. Also had the rock shrimp which was one of the best rock shrimp dishes ive tasted. Lobster egg rolls were great and the tuna tar tar wass ok (nothing spectacular). As for the entree I had the Kung Pao Monkfish. It was good but really reminded me of sesame chiken from a fast food chineese place. Next time I think I would just go crazy with the Dim Sum. The service is what really turned me off, very strict. It seemed that every request we had was an issue. We had a hard time being seated beacause 2 out of 10 ppl havnt arrived yet. The waiter INSISTED that we get drinks at the table when someone wanted to go to the bar. When we wanted to order apps while waiting for the rest of the party he once again HIGHLY recommended we order apps and entrees together. Even when one of the girls asked to have one of her apps made less spicy it was an issue. Overall...I would go back if in the area but wouldnt make a night or an occasion out of it.

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Buddakan
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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    Pan RE: YUM25 Dec 26, 2010 10:30 PM

    Did one member of your party who was already seated at a table want to order drinks at the bar, or was that before you were seated, while you were still waiting for two people to show up?

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      YUM25 RE: Pan Dec 27, 2010 01:13 PM

      We were seated waiting for the rest of the party. 2 ppl wanted to go hang by the bar and it was an issue.

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        small h RE: YUM25 Dec 27, 2010 01:27 PM

        Hmmm. So of your party of 10, only 6 would be at the table. I think the waiter was in the right, here.

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          YUM25 RE: small h Dec 27, 2010 02:31 PM

          I would normally agree but I think they couldve made an exception with the insane snow storm outside and the place being as empty as it could be.

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            small h RE: YUM25 Dec 27, 2010 02:36 PM

            Yes, there's that, and it's a valid point. It would've been nice if Buddakan had accommodated you in the way you wanted, but it's likely the waiter surveyed the mostly empty dining room and decided to try and salvage what was shaping up to be a lousy night for tips. Can't blame him, really.

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              YUM25 RE: small h Dec 27, 2010 02:52 PM

              I guess, maybe with all the other altercations the smaller things began to bother me.

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                SamanthaNYC RE: YUM25 Dec 28, 2010 09:28 PM

                Yum25, I would agree with you. The waiter should be thinking about providing good service to the customer, and not protecting his tab and tip. If good service results in a happy customer, then a happy customer will tip more too! On a busy night, I think Buddakan feels more like a night club than restaurant and then more aggressive/strict (less customer friendly) club bouncer rules apply.

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      sushiman RE: YUM25 Dec 29, 2010 07:17 AM

      The food at Buddakan is first rate, but the service is skewed toward rushing you out the door.

      No matter what they say, order one or two dishes at a time. They will not like it, but it is the only way to prevent them from bringing everything at one time. They claim that they bring the food "as it is prepared", but that is an excuse for them to rush you our the door. It is also A LOT easier for the kitchen to not have to pace their cooking to your meal. They just make everything and send it out. They do not care if there is room on the table or not.

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      Buddakan
      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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