After spending the day recovering from the previous evening's happy hour, Gothamist headed to Ma Ma Buddha in the West Village. Ma Ma Buddha is a local favorite serving dishes from a sampling of China's various regions, and can be counted on for fresh Chinatown produce and quick service. For those without hangovers, there are plenty of steamed dishes available, but we stuck to the more traditional fare. Inspired by the recent New York Times article on Asian BBQ, we sampled the spare ribs, which were juicy and sweet, then moved on to the chicken chow fun and the spicy orange beef, which was served on a bed of crisp, green Chinese broccoli.
The atmosphere at Ma Ma Buddha is simple and comfortable, with high ceilings, which give the space an open, uncrowded feeling. Several funky, mismatched chandeliers give it a little bit of an artsy vibe as well. Although some of the tables are larger, cafeteria-style tables, good for large groups or getting to know your fellow diners, Gothamist was seated by the huge windows, which was perfect for people-watching on a cool summer night.
Ma Ma Buddha, 578 Hudson St at West 11th Street, (212) 929-7800.