25 Little West 12th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.740109 -74.007267
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Meatpacking District
nice place – it was a great night. I could not have picked a better place for it! We had 8 people in our party on valentine night we had a nice table by the dj and the service was excellent and indeed great! We had waiter on hand all night long i had a small conversation with our Moroccan waiter he was so amazing kid who knows very well about the menu he gave me a clear idea of all the appetizer , dinner and sushi , he greet us with a nice smile asked all guest for allergies , he kept checking on our drink no complain at all , All our guests loved the ambiance , the food and the music was wow wow ( little loud !!!!) . we spent almost a $1000 but left happy we did not experience anything that these other negative reviewers have written
Not as bad as I thought it would be – My girlfriends and i go out for restaurant week all the time. I was disappointed to find out this was the only restaurant we could get a reservation most recently as all the other nicer restaurants were booked solid.
I was very nervous to eat here as I had read so many terrible reviews online. GF's and I are all very successful businesswomen adn don't want to waste our time and money on bad food and terrible service.
Overall, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. The doorman was a little strange, he hung out outside of the unmarked and unnumbered restaurant dressed and acting like a patron of the restaurant, talking on his cell phone, not paying attention to people outside wondering if it was the right door. So finally I just walked in and he jumps over and opens the door for me, I foudn out he did the same thing to all of my girlfriends as we arrived at different times and none of us had been there before.
The space is beautiful. It's very large and open, makes me think of a very trendy and upscale cheesecake factory as they can really pack em' in. The food was much better than people give it credit and I've been to all the nice restaurants in the city. Another cheese-cakelike move, they don't let you order only appetizers, everyone has to order an entree. What are we 15 years old? At a nice place like this they should let you do whatever the heck you want. Also, I tried to order a cocktail different from the drink menu and they wouldn't let me. I don't know if the waitress was too dumb to understand or if it was their policy, but they couldn't make a regular saketini, I had to have the disgusting fruit compote added.
I will not go back, but I don't regret going. It wasn't as bad as people say and actually kind of a fun experience.
terrible in every way. – last time I was there, was my final goodbye and good riddance from the Buddha Bar.
After a nice dinner with my handsome boyfriend, I suggested we go to another place for a drink. We walked by the Buddha Bar and decided to have a cocktail there.
The doorman was impossible. It was clear that the place was empty, since there was no line at the door. It was a cold and rainy evening, still the impolite doorman had to do his annoying dance of let's-keep-you-waiting for a while. I hate that. Does'nt make any sense, when there's no real reason for it. He inquired whether we're going to order food, and if not - we should get a bottle. I said we are not going to pre-order anything before we are sat and have a chance to look at the menu. He was rude and I was on the brink of leaving when we were finally let it.
The place, as I suspected was indeed empty. At the very least two thirds of the tables were empty.
The menu consists of amazingly expensive tacky drinks.
Even though there was hardly anyone there, it still took forever for the waiter to come back and check up on us. After at least 10 minutes passed, I decided that enough is enough, and I don't want to spent another second in this vile place, that evidently know nothing about customer service. They put an act like they are the trendiest bar in town, when that's just a sad joke.
I vow to never ever go back there again. I'll be delighted if they run out of business, as they should. Places like the Buddha bar should be deleted and erased from the recycle bin.
by the way, for some very odd reason - this is the 10th time i'm getting an "error" message when trying to post this review. any else had these sort of issues?
Befuddlingly Bad – We had a litany of issues with BuddhaBar
Doorman showed us attitude despite having reservations for two couples.
Maitre'd made us wait despite there being ample room
Bar staff was rude.
Waiter was difficult to understand and also rude. At that time we decided to walk out.
We asked for the check for the still water that they had served us. Even there they ripped us off by charging for two bottles. We were in no mood to argue - Left the money and bolted.
Door man will help this place go out of buisness (again) – I've been there many times and used to have a decent time there for dinner, drinks, and have throw parties there with 10+ people.
However... I will not be going back for a while- but will most likely give it another chance, just not until I walk by and see a different & more intelligent door man. 2 times in the last month the door man with the hair who thinks he's cool stopped me. There were four of us, my friend and his decent looking fiance, and my date who is a blonde model in her 30's. We were all dressed nice. We wanted to have a few drinks from the menu after the dinner we had elsewhere and he wouldn't let us in without buying a bottle. It was rainy and the place was obviously not busy and it was only and 10:30pm.
They have a little trouble distinguishing between people that actually have money and those that just want to be seen.
I smiled and walked away so they could continue standing there with nothing to do.
Anyway, there will be no more bookings there and my expense account is going down the block.
So, if by chance anyone from management sees this- I usually only go there with 2 or 3 people at a time (except for 3 weeks ago when I brought a group of 9 woman) but for now you have lost my business, but hey- I've only spent around 20k there but I guess thats not good for a goup of 3.
You're gate keepers are costing you.
When you change names (obviously for business reasons) you need to change people. It's your employees that get you results, not your name.
Used to be good – They used to be good now they seem like they're not trying hard enough...
The worst night out ever – I went to the buddah bar tonight and had the worst experience ever, the food and service were horrible, the doorman was rude and obnoxious, he acted like he was the center of the universe, I had to leave when I found hair in my food and the waiter got an nasty attitude with me I thought what a beautiful night wasted then I went around the corner and found the son cubano resturant bar, they had live music, great food and service please stay away from the buddah bar they are evil, overpriced and dirty in the kitchen beware
What a disaster! – One of the worst dining./bar experiences in the 30 years that I have been dining and clubing in NYC. Even during my days at Studio 54 and Xenon, NEVER have I encountered such an illiterate, classless, and rude staff, particulalry the meatheads at the front door. The beautiful decor did not make up for the terrible sushi, watered down drinks, and terrible DJ. The variable that will eventually shut Buddha down is the staff. Unfortunate because it had so much potential.
Food Would Make Buddha Thin .. – So ... I should start by admitting that I did not quite have the DL on Buddha Bar before I arrived. I knew it was a bit of a scene, but was not ready for the table shaking bass from the music.
Chalk that one up to me for being unprepared.
Unfortunately, for Buddha Bar, that's the only (-) I can take some responsibility for. From the cooked-through "seared toro sashimi" (I wonder whether they know what sashimi is, given its preparation), the lousy coconut mojito, the burnt calamari salad or the overly salted and otherwise poorly seasoned entrees and sides, the meal was a complete disaster.
Had the food been better (and I mean a LOT better), the atmosphere might have been more enjoyable, but all that I could think about, sitting at the table with my girlfriend as we sat at the table staring at our half-uneaten food, was needing to get the heck out of there.
Go there for drinks or to hang out on the week-end, but stay away from the lousy food.
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