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Reach Vegetarian Heaven in Chinatown, But Make Sure to Save Room for Bubble Tea

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For the vegetarians and their lovers who want to have their cake and eat it too, good news: Buddha Bodai does Chinese dim sum, and they do it well. Dedicated to serving quality vegetarian meals that “achieve and maintain the delicate essence of China’s deep culinary history,” Chef Dong has over 45 years of experience backing his passion for flavor and freshness. The food—like watercress dumplings, taro dumplings, and mushrooms wrapped in rice noodle—is delicious without trying to be meat, but for those that have carnivorous leanings, the steamed barbecue “pork” buns come closest here to their meat counterpart. Many dishes are vegan, and most of the ones that aren’t can be made so with the omission of egg.

Cap off your meal with a visit to Kung Fu Tea, where you can explore their extensive menu of bubble teas. Ranging from black and milk teas to punches and slushes, Kung Fu Tea offers seemingly endless flavors and combinations. Whether you stick to the classics or try a Taro Slush or Mung Bean Milk Tea, you’re sure to get your sweet fix here.

Buddha Bodai

5 Mott Street, Manhattan

Kung Fu Tea

234 Canal Street, Manhattan

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