10 Buffets That Could Change Your Dinner Plans

The buffets we feature below are meant to give diners a cross-section of experiences from dining on stick-to-your-ribs fare in Harlem at Sweet Mama's Soul Food Restaurant & Salad Bar to the let's-keep-the-party-going on Sundays at Tosca's Cafe in the East Bronx to dancing down a grand staircase worthy of a Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers number at the French-accented Brasserie 8 1/2 for a table lined with crepes and more. What you want from a buffet first and foremost is variety and tantamount to that, absolute cleanliness. Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg's A, B, C ratings the latter is clearly posted all over town. This list is also meant to invite you to travel all over the city: from Little Asia in Flushing for a stab at the Japanese Spring Shabu-Shabu or swish swish as you cook your own meal at table side to Jackson Diner featuring northern Indian cuisine Hillary Clinton recently sampled. Closer to the East River is the culinary mecca of Astoria, home to the Brazilian Carioca Grill, and further afield, a ferry ride to Staten Island brings you to Phil-Am Kusina where Filipinos will welcome you with open arms as you eat with your hands is a good thing. Vatan, set in the Murray Hill section of town takes you to a colorful, warm, and romantic setting while Turkish Kitchen will impress with the innate culinary influences of Egyptian, and Middle Eastern. Finally, New York City brimming with open salad bars, you won't find them on this list, but Morton Williams, a supermarket chain that has been in town since the mid-50s fits the bill while you're in between places making food choices quick and simple.

NYC is home to maybe a half dozen family-owned supermarkets many of which now feature fabulous buffets, 24/7. Morton Williams boast 16 stores since they first opened in 1954. The hot and cold buffet is extensive at the 57th Street store where...  Read More

Turkish Kitchen popped up initially as a business lunch spot on Third Avenue and has since blossomed into a lively dining scene that offers an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on Sundays with two seatings. Authentic since its debut, the cuisine...  Read More

Set in Little India, this 30-year old Queens institution that has since launched an outpost in Floral Park, Jackson Diner serves a wide variety of northern Indian fare in a bright, spacious spot mere steps from the Roosevelt Avenue subway...  Read More

Luke's lobster first opened its doors in the East Village in 2009. They now bring traceable sustainable seafood to guests across the country. serve seafood straight from the source, prepared pure and simple, without the filler. Luke's pairs...  Read More

Sweet Mama's Soul Food Restaurant is mainly a grab and go place with a few tables and chairs and a wealth of delicious selections for just $5.30 per pound, a find in one of NYC's hottest culinary nabes – Harlem. And instead of a sports...  Read More

Brazilians moved into Astoria in droves in the past decade and we're glad they did. WIth them came the phenomenal Pao di Queijo on 30th Street that bakes cheese breads people wait on line for before hopping the subway to work. Around the corner...  Read More

Shabu-Shabu literally means swish swish, which is what you want to hear as you toss in ingredients that simmer before your eyes in your very own hot pot. Toss in dumplings, fishcakes and noodles to compliment the very generous portions of meat...  Read More

Even the grand staircase at its location in the Solow Building will spin your head at this highly rated French dining spot called Brasserie 8 1/2. Yet prices are affordable for this Midtown west locale just steps west of Fifth Avenue: prix-fixe...  Read More

Staten Island

Filippino food has not been on the culinary radar just yet, but that is about to change with the influx of Filippinos across the city. One special place is Phil-Am Kusina in the tk section of far-flung Staten Island. On Tuesdays and Thursdays,...  Read More

New Yorkers, as sophisticated as they are, and so many inhabitants are from parts unknown, can be provincial when it comes to bouncing off the island of Manhattan and venturing north to El Bronx. So, yes, Tosca's Cafe is nestled in the East...  Read More


Meet Maria Lisella

No matter how many countries Maria Lisella has visited (62), this native New Yorker finds the world at her doorstep in amazing Queens where its residents speak 138 languages.

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