In the course of trying to encourage restaurateur Stephen Starr to build a Buddakan Downtown to serve us, it occurred to me that I had not been to Buddakan since 2006. So, I made a rare departure out of the apartment on a weekend night and headed up to 16th and Ninth Avenue.
Walking in, I immediately noticed that the host desk, much like that of a hotel desk, was much more attractive and welcoming than other restaurants which I have been to lately. They were intelligent, had my reservation, and did nothing to irk me.
Walking to my table, I saw ample examples of the pretty young scene that one would expect from this part of town on a Friday. However, Buddakan has been open for almost a decade. It is a remarkable feat to keep the fickle 20-somehting crowd coming back while also pleasing grown-ups who want good food (The Buddakan in Philly is even older and still doing well too).
So, if you want to have Starr build a Buddakan South, go to social media and tell them, or comment here.