Always craving innovative-Asian-fusion-whatever, I had to hit Buddakan in the Meatpacking District to witness what all the fuss is about. The entrance is like a gothic castle (nothing Asian about it) where a pimped-out, larger-than-life and obviously fake The Feast of Acheloüs by Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder illuminates (actually glows!) behind a vampy Vegas-style reception desk.
|BUDDAKAN, 75 9th Avenue, New York, NY, 212-989-6699|
Regarding the food (and after reading the raving reviews that go on and on...), the first and only thing that comes to mind is The Emperor's New Clothes ;'( That said, if you must check out this massive place, come for girlie cocktails and enjoy the view.