Buddha Bodai - Mulberry St

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77 Mulberry St (at Chinatown, Manhattan), New York City, New York, USA, 10013

Chinese food menu with dim sum and a variety of vegetable dishes and faux meat. Not affiliated with the Buddha Bodai on Mott St. Oct 2016 reported no longer using whey. August 2017 reported that some dishes mention eggs explicitly so check. Open Mon-Thu 10:30am-10:30pm, Fri 10:30am-11:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am-10:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Take-out, Catering, Kosher

31 Reviews

First Review by steveveg

Delicious dim sum that is 100% vegan!! - Edit

Really good, authentic vegan dim sum. Got the steamed vegetable buns, sticky rice in lotus leaves, and steamed vegetable dumplings. Everything tasted great! Hoping to return before we leave the city, because I want to try the rest of their menu😍

Pros: Affordable, Delicious, authentic food, 100% vegan

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Best vegan dim sum - Edit

Great menu choices for dim sum, delicious and good value

Pros: Yummy turnip cakes, right texture and flavor , Delicious dumplings, Friendly and fast service

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Just right - Edit

So many choices that I asked the waiter to make recommendations. Veg lamb, brown rice and veg soup. Just spicy enough. Very satisfying.

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it’s all vegan! - Edit

this place is an overlooked gem in nyc. after talking to our server we learned they changed their menu a while ago & now it’s all vegan! they have vegan sushi, dim sum ( that won top 10 in nyc) & chinese dishes. we had some dim sum (recommend the ‘shrimp’ dumpling & the spinach rice roll) & their laksa (a spicy noodle soup). the laksa was off the chain! it tasted just like i had in singapore! everything we ordered was delicious & the place was packed. the menu is amazing too! you also get little freebies like salted peanuts, tea, orange slices &, of course, fortune cookies. not many restaurants, especially in ny give freebies anymore! this is one of the best vegan places in the city! (not to mention our entire dinner bill was 22$!!)

Pros: amazing food!, cheap!, great choices!

Cons: usually there is a wait

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Food was good, service awful. - Edit

Went on my own after discovering it on this app. The take out menu had more options than the menu they gave me in store, but I overheard something about president day and there being no special menu.

Anyhow, lovely lady gave me tea shortly after being seated. I ordered, that order was forgotten, I ordered again, and it didn’t appear. People around me were getting food, but it took quite a while. Maybe they forgot about me twice? They server for another table seemed dismissive of a customers questions about the limited menu, they left.

Food is very reasonably priced, enjoyed my meal - not the experience. But I would give it another chance if I’m around that area.

Pros: good pricing on food, apparently they have a ‘special’ menu, have vegan sushi

Cons: service not great, forgetful

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Phenomenal Food, Reasonably Priced - Edit

I love trying new dishes here and always feel like I can't wait for my next visit.

Pros: Mostly vegan, Well priced, Good, efficient service

Cons: It's popular, so peak times you need a reservation

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Just amazing! - Edit

I went to thie place with my mom who’s normally very picky about food but even she said that this place is really good. My favourite was the sticky rice dumplings - best meal I’ve had so far in NY

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Oh my god! - Edit

I was so surprised to find an all vegan Chinese restaurant! First of all - the menu is HUGE. There's a big selection of dim sum alongside main course meals, soups, rice and noodle dishes and also some desserts.

We ordered fried taro dumplings, pan fried dumpling, sticky rice shumai, BBQ veg meat, steamed soup dumpling and veg prawn with walnut. (This was for two people btw, way too much food, we took a lot of leftovers back to our hotel.) Oh and the servings were big.

The shumai was okay, and the dumplings were good but - the BBQ veg meat was FANTASTIC and so was the veg prawn with walnut. The fried taro dumplings are also a MUST! There's so many things I want to try from the menu, I'm so sad that this place is so far away. The staff were also friendly and fast.

10/10 would fly to New York just to eat at this place.

Pros: Amazing food!, HUGE selection, All vegan chinese food

Cons: NONE

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Wonderful - Edit


It was first time to this restaurant. The whole menu was Vegan and Kosher {If interested }. The front looks like a typical Asian NYC Restaurant on the outside. The staff was very friendly and helpful. My friends brought me knowing I was a vegan, the food was wonderful and there was such a large selection. Highly Recommend

Pros: Everything Vegan

Cons: They do not accept credit cards, be sure to bring

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My favorite NYC pastime - Edit

This place offers reasonable prices for lunch. It is delicious, and can be healthy if you make modifications. Most things that are fried you can ask for non-fried.

Pros: Tasty, Unique vegan meats, Variety

Cons: Sometimes very busy, *Some* of the dumpling choices are weird

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absolutely delicious - Edit

Wonderful fresh food, quick table service, great dim sum. Highly recommended.

Pros: tasty, lots of gluten free options

Cons: nothing

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very good food and excellent service! - Edit

Lots of choices on the menu! We had vegan sushi and it was excellent. They also gave us hot tea and peanuts on the table. 2:30 on Sunday afternoon and it was packed, but service was still attentive. Also noticed once the rush quieted, employees were eating there too. That should say something if the employees eat it lol!

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All vegan in china town - Edit

Fantastic fresh delicate spices. Lots of tofu & Seiten really delicious they deliver too

Pros: Vegan all, Great neighborhood , Clean

Cons: None

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soo good - Edit

The food was delicious, generous and cheap. The waiters were all very nice and sweet. So far the best high-value low-price vegan restaurant in NYC I've found.

Pros: delicious , cheap, generous

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Tasty chinese, fuax-meat place - Edit

This is in NYC's Chinatown. It serves standard chinese food--but all vegan. The food is quite tasty, and the portions are generous. It is not necessarily a healthy place, with a lot of faux-meats, but tor those who love--and perhaps miss--Chinese food, this place is a winner.

Pros: Good vegan Chinese food, Nice portions, quick service, located in Chinatown, Reasonably priced

Cons: Not health oriented.

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Some of the best vegan around - Edit

I went on Chinese new year.. I was told it be a ten minute wait for takeout but was over 30, however the food was the bomb! 3 dishes for 11 dollars. I met a local vegan in the queue who ordered for me.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, delicious.

Cons: A long wait, popular.

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I was disappointed. - Edit

My husband and I shared steamed dumplings, pumpkin soup, General Tso's chicken and Baby Bok Choy. I thought every dish was bland and the flavors uninspired. My favorites were the dumplings and the baby bok choy. The pumpkin soup had no flavor and the General Tso's Chick'n needed more sauce. And it was very sweet. I expect more flavor excitement, especially in Chinatown!

Pros: the staff was earnest

Cons: the staff rushed us, the staff has terrible suggestions

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Great food - Edit

Very good

Pros: Small, Friendly staff, Excellent food

Cons: Na, Na, Na

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Very nice vegan Chinese and Dim Sum - Edit

Clean, pleasant and very accommodating.

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best Chinese food in NYC - Edit

This restaurant is, without exaggeration, the best Chinese food in all of New York City. I lived in the city for three years and frequently visit for work, so I have eaten my fair share of Chinese food in Manhattan. While I used to enjoy exploring new restaurants, I now only eat at Buddha Bodai and instead explore the menu --- I have yet to find an option that I dislike. I make a point of eating here at least once every time I visit, and highly recommend it to everyone I know who lives in or visits the city. Seriously incredible authentic all-vegan Chinese food over here!!

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Superb food - Edit

I wish they could open a venue in my country. Heavenly food. Free Chinese tea.

Pros: Large menu, Very tasty, Big relatively cheap portions

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Vegan Dim Sum--amazing! - Edit

A destination! Where else can you get vegan dim sum!?? And it's delicious, and reasonably priced to boot. Fast service. Authentic recipes--except for the meat, dairy and eggs, of course! Love it!!

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THE BEST. - Edit

This place is Vegetarian Chinese Food Perfection ... and it's kosher too!!

We had here one of the best meals I've had in years. It's run by Kent who was the original original owner, who ran the other one in Chinatown and even before that opened the original one on Main St. in Queens.

We had the BBQ Meat as an appetizer and its INCREDIBLE (Friends of ours say it tastes just like pork). The Hot and Sour soup, as it always was, was filled with lots of content and had a flavor I could have chugged. We had the chicken chow fun which had a light sauce and was cooked perfectly, the basil Meat had a unique flavor and had great vege meats in it, The Lamb Casserole is exceptionally delicious, and the sesame chickens sauce was mouth-wateringly good with the most perfectly al-dente broccoli.

The prices are fair and the portions are generous. The $7.95 Lunch specials are not to be missed, they have a big choice of mains and come with a good portion of rice and a soup or egg roll.

Everything we had here was cooked and made to perfection. The restaurant is also a little nicer than the original and the service was top notch.

As I write this, I'm dreaming of my next visit.

Pros: Huge menu filled with Delicious flavors, Great lunch specials, Kosher

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My favorite vegan restaurant - Edit

Absolutely amazing food! Steamed "pork" buns are my favorite! I take my vegan and non-veg friends here and everybody loves it! pretty fast service and authentic food! The manager, Kent, is a really nice guy too.

Pros: Cheap, Big menu

Cons: no atmosphere

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Must Try - Vegan Chinese Restaurant - Edit

I shop at May Hwa Vegetarian store at 213 Chester Street NYC.

http://www.maywahnyc.com/Default.asp

I asked them if there are any good vegetarian restaurants in the area; they recommended Buddha Bodai at 77 Mulberry. I visited this place last week and found the food was so good that I'm going back again next week. Everything they make is vegan and super delicious! The hardest thing is that you can't try everything during one visit. I will definitely eat there when I'm in the neighborhood.

Pros: Vegan, Delicious, Many selections

Cons: Wish they would be in upstate NY

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simply AMAZING! - Edit

Absolutely loved this place! In fact I'm writing the review whilst still sitting at the table. Truly enjoyed our meal! Will definitely return every occasion we get!
Taste delicious and large portions.

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Flashy new location but same reliable tasty food - Edit

Vegans have a hard time in China Town if you don't speak Chinese. So, veg*ns tend to go to one of a few locations. It's nice that this is a new one, even if it's pretty much the same menu.

What do you order when you're here if you've never been here and there are 1,000 choices? Well, dim sum and veggies, of course. Dumplings, rice noodle rolls, shui mai, stir fried spinach, stir fried string beans, stir fried watercress, baby bok choy, choy sum, tofu in cedar sauce, pan fried noodles, turnip cake, taro dumpling, sticky rice and sweet sticky rice... of course.

Ok, I am drooling just thinking about their food. The dim sum comes in steamers, so order a few for a good use of vertical space on your table. So tasty, you will not know what to order! You can't go wrong!

Pros: 100% vegetarian, Dim sum, Noodles

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