Chinese >Ma Ma Buddha Chinese Restaurant
578 Hudson St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.736030 -74.005781
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
I love Chinese food and this is one of my favorites when I visit Chinatown. The prices are fair but the quality is really amazing!
MAMA BUDDHA HAS MERGED WITH EMPIRE SZECHUAN NOW AT DIFFERENT LOCATION – MAMA BUDDHA HAS CLOSED AS OF 9/08 THEY HAVE MERGED WITH EMPIRE SZECHUAN LOCATED AT 15 GREENWICH AVE (Btwn 10th St & 6th Ave) SAME CHEFS, SAME CUISINE.
Take your time and add some flavor. – The delivery truly was impressive; from when I hung up the food was at my door in 19 minutes. The food itself was definitely not. We ordered two entrees, both of which tasted the same, and didn?t taste great at that. The chicken and vegetables tasted like boiled chicken and vegetables. The Mongolian beef didn?t taste like much of anything. There was just no flavor there. I will say the sweet and sour soup at $2.50 was a great value and very flavorful.
GREAT! – Great service and consistently excellent food! Have been going here for many years and never been disappointed.
Great customer service – Went with a group of five around 9pm on the Saturday of Pride weekend. Got seated promptly. One of our party wasn't happy the air conditioning status - it was comfortable, he was just being nudgy about it, but the waitress laughed everytime he mentioned it. I stupidly added my check incorrectly and realized it after I'd left. You have a 50/50 chance of any establishment doing the right thing and re-adding it for you in your favor, and Ma Ma Buddha didn't let me down. I called the next day and woman who answered told me right away that the check had been figured out correctly and not to worry about it. I was really pleased with her service and attitude. That definitely scored points with me and we'd definitely return.
My almost everyday lunch spot... – I'm lucky to have this palce as a neighbor to my job! I'm strict vegetarian, so eating in west village is usually unfulfilling. Ma Ma Buddha has lots of vegetarian dishes like Tofu atop watercress leaves, Stir-fried green leafy mixed vegetables (a trio of different types of bok choy in a light clear sauce) and others. They are never drenched in a heavy sauce. It's a great place to dine alone. Midday, there are always available tables and lone diners. The refills of tea and water are constant, and you always get a fortune cookie + fruit slices with your check. The servers are friendly and cute, though they are a bit quiet. The lunch special is a great value, but the rest of the menu itself is also very affordable. And the windows along the corner of 11th and hudson ofer a great view of what's going on outside.
Try MaMa Budha – We have tried this place several times. The food in this place is okay. If you need a quick meal to satisfy your hunger this is the place to be. The service is excellent. In a minute everything will be served. In fact so quick, when you take your last bite the check is already on the table. No desserts in this place, but no need for that, since the fortune cookie and slices of fruit come with the check!
Props to this place. – So I've been to Ma Ma Buddha at least 15 times and not once can I say that they were ever having an "off" night. Food great, service outstanding. This is not a fancy place nor one with bullet proof anything. Bring your friend(s) and be happily surprised at this place. At the end of your meal they bring a fortune cookie and an orange or pineapple slice. That's neat!
One of the best! – This is the second best Chinese food restaurant in all of NYC! Try the orange chicken - oh yea it's full of saturated fat and calories, but the dish is a religious experience. Its conveniently located about 10 min walk S. of Chelsea.
A friendly West Village spot serving a greatest-hits selection of Cantonese, Hunan and Szechuan fare. – The Scene
Wood tables and green walls make for an environment that feels part rainforest, part kitschy cafeteria. Quirks like the series of mismatched chandeliers and the public address system at the counter (over which takeout orders are shouted in Chinese) lend charm. Service is unusually amiable; stop by to pick up a lunch order and a host, most likely, will offer you a glass of water and ask you to take a seat.
This Chinese menu features fresh-tasting dishes from across China's map. Highlights include the huge Cantonese noodle soups, hot garlic chicken, herb-laced basil beef, prawns with Chinese zucchini and crispy whole sea bass. The Szechuan wontons, which are served in a rich beef stock and accompanied by a fiery wasabi-spiked peanut sauce, are stellar, as are tangy pork spare ribs. Start with a bowl of steamed edammame.
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