STARR's Buddakan Still Modern, Larger Than Life
Named one of America’s Top 50 Restaurants by Travel + Leisure, Buddakan bursts with sensual, pan-Asian flavors to bring you an unforgettable dining extravaganza. Still keeping its modern, Asian-accented ambiance larger than life, Stephen Starr’s second restaurant celebrated its 15th birthday last month on August 25.
IMAGE: CRISPY CALAMARI SALAD
The New York City-meets-ancient China aura lures in local Philly patrons, and out-of-town tourists to an enormous dining area, white booths, faces of Starr’s friends and decorating the chairs, high ceilings, and the focal golden Buddha at the end of the illuminated onyx communal table.
Zagat's Summary Review: Still "buzzing" after many years, Stephen Starr's "sexy", "swanky" Old City Asian earns Philadelphia's Most Popular title thanks to "creative", "exceptionally flavorful" food (oh those "amazing" edamame ravioli) served by a "professional" staff in a "beautiful", "Buddhist-chic" setting; sure, the "lively crowd" and "thumping" "techno-beats" prompt some to "pray to Buddha for peace" and your wallet will end up "significantly lighter", but most agree the experience is "well worth it."
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“When it’s packed with people, the energy is like a heartbeat. It thuds with constant vibration, and each section creates it’s own feel.”
General Manager Justin Fox has been with Buddakan for over a year, and 6 years with the multi-concept STARR Restaurant group.
The restaurant network, which he describes as a giant family with an exciting common goal, spans throughout four states, offering a one-of-a-kind experience in New York’s Meatpacking District; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida.
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The Buddakan Delivery Menu
Whether you’re a frequent visitor, or are looking to stay home and order food online, you’ll be glad to know that this Old City restaurant is constantly revamping its sharing-style menu, selected by Mr. Starr himself, to keep it amazingly creative, exotic and freshly seasonal.
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Most popular items available via delivery:
- Edamame Dumplings: Truffle sauternes-shallot broth.
- Bento Box [includes 3 items of your choice; Lunch Only]
- Tuna Pizza: Tuna carpaccio, spicy aioli, pickled jalapeno, ponzu sauce.
- Pad Thai with Jumbo shrimp
- Grilled Lamb Chops with Chinese eggplant, garlic sauce, Thai basil pesto.
- Kobe Beef Satay with Vegetable Tempura
- Dip Sum Doughnuts: Five spice sugar doughnuts, blackberry jam, chocolate sauce, and gingered cream cheese.
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Buddakan Gives Back
Like many restaurants in the Philadelphia area, Buddakan’s commitment to the local community goes far beyond expected.
They’ve been involved with a number of non-profit based organizations dedicated to renovating and maintaining cultural landmarks and public parks clean and safe.
These include Friends of Rittenhouse Square, devoted to “preserve, protect, and beautify the Square, and Friends of Race Street Pier, keeping the Delaware riverfronts and waterfronts clean for the general public.
Learn more about Buddakan
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