Being a regular to the Paris Buddha Bar, I thought I would try the New York one during a recent visit. My wife and I arrived for dinner and were met by friendly staff and shown to our table. The place looked great and as usual the music was fantastic!
However our mood changed when it took 15 minutes (and asking 2 other members of staff) to get our waiter to take our initial drink order, despite it not being very busy!
The tables were exceptionally small, very close to each other and it was almost pitch dark. Luckily my wife had her mobile phone so we used the light to read the menu.
Our starters arrived very quickly, however the drinks we ordered still hadn't arrived (They arrived at the end of the starter). After the starter I went to the toilet and returned to find my main course sitting waiting for me and my wife looking very dissatisfied after being hassled by the waiter to order bottled water rather than than iced water.
After the meal we had a long wait to get the bill and were very disappointed to find that an 18% service charge is automatically added to the bill. The service was awful and especially for the prices charged.
We came away very disappointed by the whole experience and would certainly not go back.
I would recommend this place to those people who care more about their image than good food and service or those who have little experience in fine dining (as its similar prices to michelin starred restaurants). It is a place that caters more for image and ego than good food and service. It is worth going for a drink though but if you want the real Buddha Bar experience go to the Paris one.
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