Buddha Taco Bar Is One Of My Favorite NY Spots


With great ambiance and terrific food, Buddha Taco (3628 Broadway on 149th and Broadway) offers everything you want in a great taco joint. Opened by serial restauranteur and “Chopped” contestant, James Lee, this is now one of my favorite NY spots. Buddha Taco serves a culinary mash-up of Mexican and Korean bar food that is simply delectable. The pairing of great food with a wide variety of craft beers and specialty cocktails, makes this a wonderful date spot. I will definitely be making a regular trek up to Hamilton Heights to get their fish tacos and the incredibly delicious Korean BBQ wings. They also make the best brussell sprouts I have ever had in my entire life!

Of his new venture, which is his second in the neighborhood, Lee states, “For over a decade, I’ve been lucky to be part of the Uptown community. I’m proud of the reputation we’ve established and am eager for Buddha Taco Bar to contribute to this scene, offering a creative touch on Mexican classics in a fun and casual atmosphere. I’m excited to share this vision with locals and visitors alike, in a neighborhood I love.”

The atmosphere is casual and the crowd is a mix of the people that make NY such a diverse place to live. The night I was there there were hipsters, older Hispanic folks, young African-Americans on dates and an older Jewish couple also on a date. I love that this little joint attracts such a cool crowd. Five tv screens feature sports and 70’s/80’s tv shows, like Wonder Woman and Seinfield. The staff are as gorgeous as they are kind.

My favorite things on the menu include:

Korean Wings – These chicken wings in a Korean BBQ sauce dipped in sesame seeds are awesome.

Fish Tacos –  Cod fish lightly marinated in lime juice with pico de Gallo. I paired this with the yummy green hot sauce.

Shrimp Tacos – Shrimp marinated in lime juice with pico de Gallo and pickled onion. These are also yummy with the green hot sauce.

Chicken Tacos – Tinga chicken with chipotle peppers topped with onions and cilantro.

Brussel Sprouts – Get these instead of the chips and salsa. They are the yummiest sprouts you will ever have.

Veggie Taco – I had this one on a bed of lettuce. Made of mushroom and tofu, these are so ridiculously tasty you do not miss the meat.

Seems like I went to review a week too early, as Buddha Tacos rolled out their new menu this week. There are now rice bowls, tostadas, taquitos, watermelon salad and a chicken pineapple salad on the menu. I can’t wait to have the time to go again and try out these newer items.




That Girl At the Party

I am a proud blogger of 11 years, Founder of Canappetit, PR person, Web and Cannabis Entrepreneur, Founder of the LTN Card, the Let Love Festival and the Henley Foundation, aunt to 12 and human to Bodhi and Yoko Rey

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