Always worth a repeat visit: Buddakan.

This is a very large and gorgeous space near Independence Hall offering Asian fusion cuisine. It’s the other outpost of this NYC legend.

The menu rotates and I’ve tried multiple offerings over the years including Szechuan pork dumplings, five spice duck breast with spoon bread, tuna pizza…don’t turn up your nose, tea smoked spareribs, grilled lamb chops and curried cauliflower. For dessert, if offered, a must have is the Jivara Chocolate Palet…caramelia crème brulee with Vietnamese coffee ice cream, miso caramel corn and kinako power. This may be the best dessert I think I have ever had! Other desserts to mention: “Dip Sum” doughnuts and chocolate mousse…not the typical offering…blackberry yogurt panna cotta, dark chocolate cake and black sesame brittle.

Wines, although a bit limited by the glass, are interesting and include old and new world offerings. And , of course they have sake.

This is another place where everything on the menu is good, so pick something…anything! Be warned you’ll want try the entire menu. It’s served family style so be careful you don’t order more than you can possibly, with good conscience, eat!


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