Buddha Bodai

4.0 stars 4.0 out of 5 13 ratings
$$Gluten Free Menu, Dairy-Free, Vegan Friendly + 7 more
66% of 9 votes say it's Celiac friendly

5 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013 Directions

(212) 566-8388
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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 months ago

    Great food! Safe to eat at! And the people were really nice too???? What a concept!!! Haha but seriously this place was GREAT. I had the ginger pine nut fried rice and it was so good. My boyfriend (not gluten free) was really happy with his food, and he said if I hadn’t said anything he wouldn’t have noticed the chicken wasn’t real. Fair warning though-the food is very filling and the servings are huge! You could easily share a plate with someone or just have leftovers. Make sure you use silverware as wooden chopsticks that are reused can often lead to cross contamination.

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    Celiac
    2 rating
    4 months ago

    I love that this vegan restaurant has a ton of vegan options, but I tested with a Nima tester and gluten was detected. Not safe for those with celiac disease.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    10 months ago

    Went here for Dim Sum - was impressed to find a menu with tons of options - and dumplings!! Make sure to specify gluten free when you order the starred options and they will bring you GF Tamari. The mock meat leaves a bit to be desired taste wise so I would recommend sticking to the veggie/mushroom based dishes which were more flavourful.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    Just remodeled and it is very nice. They are knowledgeable of gluten free and there are many good options

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    Celiac
    2 rating
    2 years ago

    Restaurant is unfortunately not extremely well kept, when I went there I found a fly in my tea. As for gluten free they can do that, but the options are not large

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    Celiac
    2 rating
    2 years ago

    When I saw a vegetarian Chinese restaurant with numerous gluten free options, I knew I had to try it! We went there on a Sunday for brunch and it was packed with a line forming out the door. There was a tall crabby guy with a bad attitude that was seating people. When I called to make a reservation, they said they don't take any. As food was whizzing by to tables, my husband asked the same tall guy what one of the deserts were and he was very curt and just said the name of it in Chinese. Like we understand Mandarin or Cantonese or know what he said?!?! So we finally got our table and placed our order. 1 small appetizer arrives after 30 minutes at the table. And about 50 min-1 hr after we sat down, all the food we ordered comes out all at once! So we ask for hot sauce and they come with a tiny container containing about 2 tablespoons hot sauce for 4 PEOPLE! So we ask the waiters again for more hot sauce & they didn't bring us any! We were all so hungry that we scarfed down the food only to realize they never gave us water or refilled the teapot! We ask for the water and it comes to us as we ask for the check. All in all, poor customer service, but GOOD food. There were only 3 waiters running around and I can understand it's difficult! If a restaurant is that busy during Sunday brunch, they need to hire more help! In conclusion, the food was good and I would recommend the jellyfish and seaweed wrap appetizer as I only ate the gluten free dishes. The coconut dessert type thing is really good but make sure you have water nearby because it is dry! TO SUM UP: ORDER TAKEOUT or don't do Sunday brunch there!!!!! I can't speak for the rest of the week and how crowded it is, so maybe service is better during the week. Food is good but poor customer service means I wont be visiting here again.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    The gluten-free items are clearly marked on the Dim Sum list, and they have a separate gluten-free menu for kitchen items. However I didn't order any kitchen items so I can't speak to cross-contamination, but I have celiac and had no problems eating there today. The owner (or manager, or whoever I spoke to) was very understanding. Great dim sum, and not to mention cheap.

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    5 rating
    4 years ago

    Mom and I ate here today, since it was one of the few "near me" locations that didn't involve pizza or pasta. I was skeptical of the vegan/vegetarian part, since I have allergies to some veggies. The food we ordered was great. Mom got the 'chicken' with Chinese broccoli in black pepper sauce and watercress dumplings. I got the spicy 'meat' with green peppers. Very delicious but I can't say yes/no on if it's celiac - friendly because I don't know how their kitchen is for cross - contamination. Overall a great place that I would recommend.

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    4 rating
    4 years ago

    A lot of gluten free choices! Staff was very nice and accommodating. I got a side of white rice and the gluten free sweet and sour veg. ribs which comes with pineapple and green peppers. Very tasty!

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    Not celiac
    4 rating
    5 years ago

    100% vegetarian Chinatown restaurant. This is not Americanized Chinese food. They have fake meat for all dishes much of which is made with wheat gluten. However, they do also have a bunch of GF items. Food was interesting and not what I was used to. It's also Kosher. I'm not sure how much I trust their kitchen for CC but it was certainly an experience.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Asian
  • Chinese
  • Dairy-Free
  • Kosher
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Plant Based
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly
Monday
11 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
10 am - 9:30 pm
Sunday
10 am - 9:30 pm

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