If you’ve never been to the original Buddha Bodai, a Kosher Vegetarian restaurant, you should start planning for it! Located in the heart of Chinatown, this is literally one of my favorite restaurants in New York City!
I’m completely in love with this restaurant, in the heart of Chinatown, and could go there EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE!
Truly! I’ve been to the original Buddha Bodai many time and every time I go there, I love it more and more, and MORE!!
It’s a Chinese Kosher Vegetarian / Vegan and Buddhist Restaurant, but DON’T let these words haunt you! You will have one of the best experiences of your entire life! Hahaha! Yes, I really do l-o-v-e them! They are experts in serving the famous “imitation meat”!
They were founded back in 2004 and for only a couple of bucks, you’ll have a fabulous and delicious Chinese feast! Last time I was there with my friends that actually introduced me to this gem (last weekend, lol), we had a fully served table, and we only spent $12 each!!!!
We has the Dim Sum Menu – available every day till 4pm- and a few options from the normal menu.
How does ordering from the Dim Sum Menu work?
Well, you’ll get a paper menu with a huge list of options and you’ll just write, beside the dish, the quantity you want. If you order too much, no worries, just ask them to put the rest To-Go.
This is what we had from the Dim Sum Menu:
- Bar-B-Q Vegetarian Meat – this is MY favorite dish on earth! If you’re a meat eater, you won’t believe this!
- Vegetarian Shrimp Dumplings
- Vegetarian Meat Buns
- Shrimp Rice Roll
- Fried Eggplant Stuffed with Vegetarian Meat
- Spring Rolls
- and Hot Tea, of course
And what we had from the Normal Menu:
- General Tso Chicken – meat eaters also DIE for this one!
- B.B.Q Meat Fried Rice
Yup, for only 12 bucks each + tip!
Oh! And they are a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) restaurant, so bring whatever makes you smile! If you forgot your bottle, ask anyone from the restaurant the way to the closest deli! They’ll know the way!
Meet the Chef
“Chef Dong has been delighting his patrons with exquisite vegetarian meals for over 45 years. He and his staff have created dishes and ensured that it reached the highest standards of quality and freshness.
His passion and desire to share the delicate flavors that he creates is a driving force that has kept his customers, old and new, coming back time and again.”
If you’re into vegetarian options, feel free to explore our suggestions!
Monday – Friday: 11am – 9:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 9:30pm
Location: 5 Mott Street
Note! There are TWO Buddha Bodai in NYC, but the one we’re talking about is the original one on Mott Street!
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Buddha Bodai
Text Experts: Buddha Bodai website
Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!