The words “all-you-can-eat buffet” might bring to mind some of the worst meals of your life. Does the generic smorgasbord make you think of saucy meats that have been sitting out too long, bins of sad salads made with wilted iceberg lettuce, and dripping, broken soft-serve machines?
Well, get that image out of your head. This is New York City, where high-quality excess is the norm. Sure, many all-you-can-eat restaurants don’t have literal buffet tables, but they’re just as unlimited as the sad buffets of your childhood, and taste way better. Think perfectly spiced and made-to-order Indian dosas, unlimited East Coast mussels in homemade broth, and endless plates of thinly sliced pork belly ready to be cooked in your personal hot pot.
So skip lunch and properly stuff yourself at one of these top picks for AYCE deliciousness in NYC. What other city could do buffets so well?
136-20 38th Avenue, 2nd Floor
The only thing more comforting and fulfilling than hot pot is all-you-can-eat hot pot. For only $15, you get your own bubbling hot pot and as many vegetables, fish and rice cakes, dumplings, and noodles to cook in it as you like. The selection of items is impressive: picture house-made noodles in flavors from green tea to pumpkin to classic ramen and udon, and almost every type of mushroom imaginable. The buffet also hosts an impressive sauce bar with at least 20 different flavors, so you can make your meal your own.
Sure, you can purchase delicious thinly sliced meats and fresh seafood at an additional cost à la carte if you like, but you’ll be totally content with the buffet selections, too. And vegetarians, rejoice: they offer an exclusive meat-free veggie broth.
By Quinne Myers, 08/11/2017