I've been here three times and have always enjoyed my meal. They are heavy on fake meat, but their preparation style is much different than the million Pan-Asian sort of restaurants in NYC. I always get the vegan fried shrimp for an appetizer, and if the fried shrimp weren't good enough, they come on top of steamed and deliciously seasoned broccoli, sprinkled with candied walnuts. Outstanding. The only thing that would make this better is if it came with cocktail sauce instead of plain vegan mayo.
I've had a number of the entrees, all of which were good, but I mostly enjoy the General Tso's Chicken, which is what the waiters often recommend. Most recently, I had the vegan steak lunch special, which was really good, and had a nice balance of faux meat and veggies, but I don't think the texture was as good as other menu items.
Buddha Bodai, while known for great food, is not known for good service, which is often slow and can be inattentive. When I last went with my boyfriend and his brother (who are Mexican), the service was exceptionally slow, and we had to ask for water twice, and then ask for take-out containers, and then ask for the bill. I can't help but wonder if the staff is even mildly racist (nearly all restaurant patrons are Chinese or white), and I was offended when the waiter said "adios" to us when we were done. Perhaps it was an honest effort to communicate with them, as they don't speak much English, but the entire situation just made me uneasy.