And so completes our accidental tour of the North American Buddakan restaurants.
For two people who are not wildly fond of Buddakan, we seem to be spending an awful lot of time here. First came the mysterious (and awful) non-Best Thing I Ever Ate doughnuts at the Atlantic City outpost. Then, mere days ago, we acquired the correct dip sum doughnuts at the Philadelphia location. And now, for purposes of consuming Bobby Flay's BIRD IS THE WORD chosen dish of the whole peking duck, we have made our way to the New York Buddakan.
This, for the record, is about three too many Buddakan experiences.
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Until we are lead to our actual, non-Beauty and the Beast-sized table, which is located, naturally, in a electricity-lacking corner.
Being that we are starving, we try to make the best of our twilight-decor location and get down to the business of ordering. Ginger chooses the Fever drink, featuring tequila, lime jalapeno, and pomegranate, which she finds enjoyable but Vodka thinks is deathly spicy. Vodka settles on the less biting choice of the Charm cocktail, featuring prosecco, passion fruit liqueur, and fresh berries.
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Plus, the waiter's whole suggestion is proven to be a farce when both of our dishes arrive, literally, five minutes later. Very sneaky, Buddakan.
|Fast Food Duck|
|Poor Picture Quality Courtesy of Buddakan's Electricity Department|
Eventually, we dig into our plate of duck, which features three small dishes of scallions, cucumbers, and hoisin sauce beside it.
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|Next Time, Hold the Coffee Filters|
And we chew silently for enough time to know that this dish is not the best thing we ever ate.
|We Give It Three Quacks|
|Flock of Blah Duck Meat|
Our minced pork lo mein is also on the mediocre side, though Ginger finds it more enjoyable if only because it tastes better than the monstrosity of a noodle dish that we had at the Atlantic City Buddakan.
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|Noodles Playing the Slip N Slide|
|The First Buddakan Doughnuts Featuring Holes|
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Buddakan's Whole Peking Duck: 3 stars