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    I'm taking the wifey to NYC for a surprise 40th birthday weekend trip. I've been to Nobu in LV and LA, and we both love it. I couldn't get a reservation in NYC so I made one at Buddakan. Any experience or recommendations? Should I ditch Buddakan for another Asian fusion type place?
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    Are you looking for quality food, quality ambiance or both? If she's into celebrity spotting, chances are good you'll see someone at least relatively famous at Tao:

    TAO Restaurant - New YorkTao Restaurant

    I've always had fun at Sushi Samba, more for the atmosphere than the food:

    SUSHISAMBA

    Masa is a consistent performer quality-wise, but you will pay to play:

    MASA

    Jewel Bako has won some acclaim, I've never been:

    Jewel Bako, Japanese, Sushi Restaurant in New York, East Village - New York, NY 10003 - (212) 979-1012

    The man to ask is resident L4P epicurean Chuck, carendt242. He has run the global sushi gamut. Check out his blog:

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    More about food and atmosphere. I don't really care too much about celeb spotting. Any experience with Buddakan?
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    Friend and I went to Buddakan in Atlantic City and we both enjoyed it. But then again I'll eat almost anywheres

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    Quote Originally Posted by blairtolar View Post
    More about food and atmosphere. I don't really care too much about celeb spotting. Any experience with Buddakan?
    Not personally, sorry. Believe in the gospel of Chuck, he will lead you to the Promised Land...

    ChuckEats » Soto (NYC) – Uni Please

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    ChuckEats » Masa (NYC) – My Best Sushi Meal

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    I know masa but it is about 540$ pp without drinks...You said you want something with asian food, but I would choose Per Se , Thomas Keller..or Daniel..
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    I have reservations at Cafe Boulud as well!!
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    Buddakan is nice atmosphere and a place to be seen or see hot people
    The food is standard. Very overpriced for what you get. I could go to china town and get better food for 10% of the bill

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    I'd have to agree with the above review. I went to Buddakan last summer when visitin NYC. The atmosphere was nice, and the main dining room is pretty impressive. The food was good and I enjoyed the dishes, but nothing overly impressive or remarkable; It's a decent restaurant, but I wouldnt consider it a highlight of the trip type meal in a place like NYC.

    If you're looking for any other recommendations - we thoroughly enjoyed lunch at Marea with the octopus fusili and sea urchin spaghetti. We also ate at Le Bernardin, but I wasn't overly impressed with it considering the hype.

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    Buddakan is overrated. If you want Asian food with a scene Tao is probably your best bet. I would check out Morimoto for great food. They have a very interesting menu and the decor is pretty awesome. If you want the hook up at SushiSamba, one of my good friends is the manager there, send me a pm if you want to go there.
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