Buddha Sky Bar is Flying High

Busy times at Delray’s view-rich Buddha Sky Bar (217 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/450-7557), the third-floor Chinese-Japanese, dim sum-sushi eatery at the corner of East Atlantic Avenue and Bourques Way.

The stylish, Asian-industrial chic space has really struck a chord with local diners, as a recent visit can attest, so much so that owners Christopher Licata and Larry Lipnick are planning to convert the second-floor office and conference space into more restaurant seating, tentatively calling the new area Buddha Garden. Expect it to open sometime in December or January.

Look for an expanded menu of dim sum, this time wheeled around the room on carts like they do in Hong Kong and elsewhere. The downstairs dining room should seat 96, which is in addition to another 30 seats already added to the third-floor restaurant. Just how they’ll manage to transport food from the impossibly tiny upstairs kitchen to the new downstairs space is a good question, but so far the BSB folks have done everything right.

To see how right, keep an eye out for the February issue of Boca mag, where BSB is the lead review. Not to give too much away, but chef Tony Torres and crew kick major booty, turning out some seriously good food despite the space limitations. Two tips: the Wagyu beef skewers with twin chimichurri sauces and the treasure chest-like dessert bento box are not to be missed.

And in one more bit of BSB news, through November the restaurant will donate a $1 from the sale of three dishes to Feeding South Florida, a local hunger-fighting organization. That ought to make the eel coconut roll, pan-fried chicken dumplings and PB&J wontons taste just a little bit better.