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.
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