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

24 Reviews

First Review by steveveg

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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Enormous cheap lunch - Edit

Lunchtime special: $7.50 for soup, massive three-item portions, brown rice, tea, and peanuts (!). Absolute bargain. All of it delicious. Well worth it. Nice service from the Malaysian waiter too.

Pros: cheap and filling, good food

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The Best Vege Restaurant in NYC - Edit

This establishment is run by the original creator/owner of Buddha Bodai on Mott Street [which was taken over by his landlord]. The karma is much better here,at 77 Mulberry Street. The food is as delicious as ever. Exceedingly friendly and helpful staff.

Pros: Friendly, Variety, Creativity

Cons: Parking

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Excellent - Edit

We love this place! During our last visit to NYC, we were on our way to the original (non-affiliated) Buddha Bodai, when we realized this location was slightly closer to our hotel. We decided to stop by and check it out. Our only complaint about the other Buddha Bodai, is that the customer service was temperamental. As it turns out, the folks that we thought provided the best customer service at the other location, moved to this restaurant! They recognized us immediately from our last visit, and as predicted, provided excellent service. We visited a few times while we were there. The food is excellent, and the menu is very similar to the original Buddha Bodai. There are a few extra items on the menu, and they also offer dim sum during extended hours (at a slightly higher price).

Pros: Excellent, Vegan, Delicious

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A different Buddha Bodai - Edit

We visited this restaurant recently. It is new, but has a similar name as the Mott St. restaurant, now called Buddha Bodai One. The new one, on Mulberry st., is called Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegan. The two are not affiliated. I heard that some staff from Mott St. came over to Mulberry St. The menus are basically the same. A very few items are marked in the photo menu as having egg (e.g. Durian pastry).

The food was excellent. We had steamed taro dumpling, seaweed sesame roll (very delicate and good), straw bass in black bean sauce (always interesting), sliced veg fish, and stir fried pea pod leaves (always a favorite).

Service was good, although the young waiter seemed inexperienced.

It is always good to have another vegetarian/vegan choice of restaurants. This one is good, the Mott St Buddha Bodai remains as good as ever too.

Pros: extensive menu, including dim sum, another great dining option

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