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Brasserie 8 1/2
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The 10 best buffet restaurants in NYC

At the best buffet restaurants in NYC, eat your fill of everything from fancy brunches to Korean BBQ

By Juliet Izon and Marion Bernstein
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The best buffet restaurants have come a long way from floppy bacon and Jell-O cups. Whether you’re craving French bakery goods or all-you-can-eat sushi, New York’s best buffets can crank out massive quantities of food that are a far cry from steam-table leftovers. From all-you-can-eat steakhouses to refined Midtown brunches, these are New York’s top buffets.

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Best buffet restaurants in NYC

Brick Lane Curry House
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1. Brick Lane Curry House

Restaurants Indian East Village

This East Village spot takes inspiration from traditional London curry houses, putting its fare a notch above the other Indian joints on 6th Street. The celebrated lunch buffet features many classic dishes prepared perfectly, including a sumptuous chicken tikka masala and a heady spiced chai tea. Mop it all up with the addictive naan bread; the garlic version is sublime.

Fogo de Chao
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2. Fogo de Chao

Restaurants Steakhouse Midtown West

If you’ve never experienced the meat sweats, bring a towel with you to dinner at this Midtown Brazilian steakhouse. There are 16 different cuts of beef, lamb, chicken and pork offered here in unlimited quantities, but that’s only the tip of the carnivorous iceberg. The Market Table is a salad bar writ large, offering 40 different items including fresh and roasted veggies, cheeses and charcuterie.

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Brasserie 8 1/2
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3. Brasserie 8 1/2

Restaurants French Midtown West

This sophisticated French spot in Midtown features a dizzying array of sugary and savory bites during its Sunday buffet. Guests stack their plates from six stations, including omelettes, seafood and crepes, and regulars know to always save room for dessert. A whopping 18 different confections are available—everything from éclairs to crème caramels—so you can end your meal on a (very) sweet note.

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Turkish Kitchen
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4. Turkish Kitchen

Restaurants Turkish Kips Bay

For those looking to explore beyond the quotidian bacon and eggs for a morning meal, head to this Kips Bay spot for one of the best brunch buffets. Turkish specialties like cheese and spinach pies, hummus and bean salads share space with warm baked pitas and croissants. More traditional American offerings are also available, including French toast, bagels and an omelette station.

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Lakruwana
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5. Lakruwana

Restaurants South Asian Staten Island

At this Staten Island temple of Sri Lankan cuisine—outfitted with Buddha statues and colorful stone walls—you can get Southeast Asian staples, like lampreis (rice and vegetables wrapped in a banana leaf) and edible rice-flour bowls filled with curry. Temper the spice with a cool mango lassi, or a bowl of coconut-milk pudding for dessert. The Saturday and Sunday brunch buffet from noon until 10pm is a feast filled with these comforting dishes for just $14.

Picnic Garden
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6. Picnic Garden

Restaurants Queens

Korean BBQ is never a light meal, but this all-you-can-eat buffet in Queens’ Murray Hill should be reserved for only the most dedicated of bulgogi aficionados. Choose your raw meats (beef, octopus and everything in between) then load up on sides like seafood pancakes, Korean fried chicken wings and plump dumplings.

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IchiUmi
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7. IchiUmi

Restaurants Japanese Midtown

When one California roll isn’t enough, head to this Koreatown favorite for one of the most impressive Asian buffets this side of the Pacific. Sushi, nigiri and other fish dishes are the star, but diners can also slurp up udon and ramen or nibble on yakitori skewers. There’s also a massive selection of Japanese desserts, like kabocha cake and red bean ice cream.

Ahisma
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8. Ahimsa

Restaurants Vegetarian Soho

Serving the giant dosas and thick uttapam pancakes that Lexington Avenue’s Curry Hill is known for, this vegetarian outpost brings kosher Indian delights to Greenwich Village. The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, served from 12-2:30pm M-F, is a steal at $12.95.

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Namaste
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9. Namaste

Restaurants Indian Park Slope

Sample a variety of authentic Punjabi (Northeast Indian) cuisine at Namaste’s daily all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. Highlights include creamy shahi paneer (cheese cubes cooked in almond sauce), fiery lamb vindaloo and an assortment of traditional Indian breads like roti, naan, paratha, kulcha and poori.

Mizumi
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10. Mizumi

Restaurants Buffet Queens

What’s better than all-you-can-eat sushi? Buffet-style all-you-can-eat sushi. Mizumi’s expansive, multi-aisled buffet offers a mind-boggling amount of sushi, nigiri and sashimi alongside a wide variety of hot and cold Japanese favorites such as yakitori, gyoza, tempura, shrimp katsu and wakame salad. Save room for the matcha frozen yogurt and mochi.

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