Happy Buddha Vegetarian Restaurant

Queens, New York City

4.0 / 3 votes

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Fancy Vegan Restaurant

Happy Buddha is a vegan restaurant with a modern, fancy decor and innovative dishes. See their web site for pictures of the place and some dishes.

From their web site: "We at Happy Buddha invite you to dine on healthy vegetarian cuisine. Our gourmet fare is inspired by traditional Buddhist culinary techniques and artfully done with a modern twist, setting new standards for modern vegetarian cooking! It is a priority at Happy Buddha to use organic ingredients in all our dishes. Our juice bar is open daily and provides nourishing organic juices and smoothies made to order – take one to go if you're in a hurry!"

**NOTE that free parking is available in the structure immediately next to the restaurant but the ramp entrance is very small and can only accommodate small cars.

Added by Ramona on Dec 24 06 (last updated Mar 2 12)

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This restaurant was open as of Thanksgiving week, because I was there. Also there's an article written today about Happy Buddha.
http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2012/9/sharkfinsoup_ft_2012_03_01_q.html

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Happy Buddha is a bright, cheery space with great Chinese food. While it's a long haul from Manhattan, it's worth the trek, especially just to see the teeming Flushing China Town.

I started off with an order or roti canai ($5), a mock chicken and potato yellow curry served with a flaky bread. It's an Indo-Malaysian dish that I really love and was happy to see on the menu. Happy Buddha did a good job with it and the portion size was good considering the relatively low price.

For my main courses I tried a simple mock chicken stir-fry ($12) and a "zizi beef" ($13). The purpose of selecting these two dishes was to see how Happy Buddha does with really basic dishes that you could get anywhere (the stir-fry), and to also see how creative they can be with unusual dishes (the zizi beef).

The chicken stir-fry was passable. I thought the sauce was too gooey and overly salty; I've had this exact same stir-fry at a dozen different vegetarian Chinese restaurants around the US.

The zizi beef, on the other hand, was excellent: thin strips of mock beef covered in a tangy, citrus barbecue sauce and served with Chinese broccoli and tomatoes. This is the type of unusual and smart dish that I always hope to find, but rarely do, at most vegetarian Chinese joints. My only gripe with this dish was that the tomatoes were pretty low-grade: pink and mealy.

The service was friendly and helpful. My server was good at pointing out what dishes are popular and what dishes are unique or off-the-beaten-path.

Note that parking in this area is really difficult. I had to park probably six or seven blocks away. The restaurant apparently has its own small lot, so it's worth figuring out where that is.

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Neighborhood

Flushing

Directions

Between between 37th Avenue and Northern Boulevard. Take the 7 train to Main station and walk 3 blocks east.

Non-Smoking

Prices

$$ - average

Payment

  • American Express MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Chinese

Features

  • (Mostly) Organic

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Hours

11am - 10:30pm
24 hours
11am - 10:30pm

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