Odd that a place can stay "trendy" for such a long time, but that's part of what has kept this Old City stalwart a leading light of the Philly restaurant scene since Stephen Starr opened it in 1998. Think: Hip trance lounge from the late 1990s, the only one serving truly stellar Asian fusion cuisine. Also think: Not cheap. Buddakan remains a happening spot spot for lobster fried rice, edamame dumplings, five-spice duck breast, a delectable pan-seared sea bass, Dungeness crab sticky rice, and chocolate pagodas, all served at distressingly tiny modern tables or, if your group can score a reservation for it, the long, glowing communal table beneath the benevolent gaze of a giant gold Buddha. ( And did I mention the dim sum doughnuts?)
Bus: 21, 42, 57. Subway: 2nd St.Phone 215/574-9440 Prices
Dim sum $10–$16, entrees $14–$58Cuisine Type Asian fusion Web site Buddakan
Map325 Chestnut St. Philadelphia
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