Buddha Bodai is a great vegetarian place right in the heart of Chinatown. I enjoyed my lunch last week, and I'd give it a five star rating if the service wasn't so lousy. (I should mention that the staff is friendly, just not very good at what they do.)
Due to the awkward service, we weren't entirely sure how to order. We got a piece of paper with a list of menu items and were asked to check off what we wanted. Most of the menu items weren't on the list... At the server's recommendation we checked off one appetizer. Then we asked for a couple of lunch specials.
The General Tso's mock chicken was good. I don't expect much from this dish except good texture and a healthy ratio of vegetables to protein. This dish was great on both counts. The Veg. Chicken with Chinese Green Veg. in Black Pepper Sauce (yep, that's what they called it) was outstanding. The mock chicken was well textured, the vegetables were cooked just right, and the sauce was well-seasoned - not too sugary or starchy with a healthy dose of black pepper. The one dim sum dish we had was the Pan Fried Turnip Cake. While overly starchy, it had a great flavor and came with a delicious soy ginger dipping sauce.
In retrospect, I think the best way to enjoy Buddha Bodai would be to order several small dishes and share instead of having a lunch special or main dish.