New Bodai

Queens, New York City

3.1 / 9 votes

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Buddhist Chinese

The same menu and family as the former Buddha Bodai up the street (but unrelated to Buddha Bodai in Manhattan).

New Bodai is a Buddhist vegetarian restaurant where most of the food is vegan. Being Buddhist, they also don't use onions, chives, or garlic.

Huge menu with lots of fake meat dishes, dim sum available.

It is also certified Kosher.

Added by Dave Rolsky on Aug 18 03 (last updated May 31 14)

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I've been here a couple times and really enjoyed the food. The first time, I dined with a Chinese friend, who was given chopsticks while I (the white girl) was given a fork, which we promptly exchanged, as he doesn't like eating with chopsticks. I went with the tofu in cedar sauce, as I don't remember seeing that item anywhere else. The waitress couldn't really explain what cedar sauce was (I said "like the tree?" and she said "yeah", lacking confidence) but the dish was excellent. I would have liked it better if tofu was firm instead of soft but the sauce was delicious. My friend got the General Tso's beef (with broccoli) and that was also incredibly good.

This last time, I went for my company's staff outing (woohoo!) and we ordered a TON of food. I'm the only vegan (or vegetarian, for that matter) in the group but all 9 people loved the food. In particular, everyone loved the spicy wontons (it was advertised on a big piece of paper on the wall), and the vegan fish. There were two types of fish but we went with the one with black bean sauce, which was surprisingly crispy and fishy. We also all really loved the Chinese broccoli, which was prepared pretty simply, with ginger and garlic, but the flavor was so good that we ordered a 2nd portion. Everyone liked the wonton soup and the teriyaki beef steak went over well. I wasn't impressed with the texture of the teriyaki beef but I loved the sauce. My meet-loving co-worker said this was his favorite dish, however! We went with the tofu in cedar sauce and this was also a big hit. For dessert, we split a double order of the tofu cheese with mango pudding and soy cream. I've always hated cheesecake but everyone else loved it, including my boss, who is one of the city's most respected food consultants. I enjoyed the mango pudding, and particularly the soy whip that came with it.

Maybe it's just the few items we ordered here, but I feel the food quality was better than that of their Manhattan counterpart (I've heard others say the same). Unfortunately, I went after dim sum hours both times, but my meat-eating friends tell me their dim sum is the absolute best.

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While the food is tasty I agree with the overall unfavorable reviews. You can't trust their answers, especially about use of MSG, and yes, the service is cold and mechanical.

Pei Lin -- I had same similar experience trying to drop off FS literature. Yes, boycott this restaurant.

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Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


  • Szechuan
  • Cantonese
  • Northern (Beijing)


main image for New Bodai tofu cheesecake with mango pudding and soy cream "Korean noodles" and teriyaki beef and broccoli in back vegan fish with black bean sauce, and Chinese broccoli in back sampler platter


10:30am - 11pm

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