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5 Boston-Area Chinese Buffets That Are Actually Quite Tasty

Kara Baskin 16 comments

A Chinese buffet isn't always the provenance of the drunk or the desperate. A good buffet can be a glorious smorgasbord once one locates the redemptive dish: a pert dumpling here, a hefty egg roll there. The key is to hone in on what the buffet does best and load your plate accordingly (and repeatedly). Here's a cheat sheet. More

Long Island City, Queens: Five Star Punjabi Diner

New York Adam Kuban 6 comments

Clockwise from top left: The all-you-can-eat buffet at Five-Star Punjabi Diner is still a bargain even at the edited, increased price; Five Star looks like it was a classic '60s Queens diner at one point; a plate of buffet... More

The All-Inclusive All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Guide

Robyn Lee 15 comments

[Photograph: Robyn Lee] Eating at a buffet isn't as simple as picking whatever you want from the steaming trays and piling them onto your plate. As Eating the Road's All-Inclusive All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Guide shows, there's much, much more. His frighteningly comprehensive guide covers eight aspects of buffet dining—Types of Buffets, Objective, Preparation, Location, Pre-meal Setup, Strategy, Etiquette, and Exit Strategy and Post Game—to ensure that you get the most out of your buffet dollars and fully recuperate from a meal that will probably tax your digestive system within an inch of its life. Time to break out those antacids. Related All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants: Great Deal, Or Bad Policy? How-To: Eat All You Can Eat Behind the Scenes at the World's... More

All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants: Great Deal, Or Bad Policy?

Carey Jones 39 comments

[Photo: Robyn Lee] In the United States, all-you-can-eat restaurant franchises are hardly a novel concept, but in the UK, they're more of a new arrival. In a piece about the new British buffet chain Taybarns, BBC News asks whether all-you-can-eat buffets encourage excessive eating. With warnings that the UK is following the US with rising levels of obesity, isn't this sort of dining experience a cause for concern? "When I come here I pig out," one diner is quoted as saying. "I've had two puddings already. I'll be regretting it when I go on the scales next week." Others echo similar sentiments. Sure, you might fill up a plate with more than you need, when you've already paid for... More

Midtown Lunch on Midtown Buffet

New York Carey Jones Post a comment

[Photo: Midtown Lunch] If Zach Brooks knows two things, they'd be street vendor wars and Chinese buffets, and today, Midtown Lunch gives us the definitive review of Midtown Buffet. Come hungry: Following my own buffet advice, I started off... More

El Ranchito del Agave: The Only All-You-Can-Eat Mexican Buffet in Manhattan?

New York Erin Zimmer 4 comments

"In general, whatever they slather with their slightly tangy, bright-tasting verde sauce is good." [Photographs: Robyn Lee] El Ranchito del Agave 476 9th Avenue (b/n 36th and 37th; map); 212-904-1198 Service: It's all you, buddy! Must-Haves: Anything with verde sauce,... More

50,000 Sikhs Celebrate Vaisakhi with Mass Buffet in Madison Square Park

New York Joe DiStefano 8 comments

When I first learned about the communal buffet held in conjunction with the 22nd annual Sikh Day Parade in Madison Square Park on Saturday, my reaction was: “Do I really like Indian vegetarian fare enough to cope with a... More

East End Eats: Thanksgiving Buffet

New York Brian Halweil Post a comment

It's hard to believe that this time last year, I had already gotten the garlic planted and fig trees wrapped in burlap, and it wasn't half this cold. Thankfully, there has been one food-related constant. Restaurants, caterers and bakeries—from... More

Chinese Buffet With Peking Duck For Under $10? Be Skeptical

New York Ed Levine 11 comments

Photographs by Zach Brooks I know SE:NY's Zach Brooks loves Chinese buffets, so I wondered why he'd never told me about the buffet mentioned in the New York Times this weekend, East Buffet and Restaurant in Flushing, which includes... More

Weekend Excursion: All You Can Eat Pre Yankees vs. Mets

New York Zach Brooks Post a comment

Pre-game buffet. (Photo courtesy of Eating in Translation) With baseball season kicking into full swing, alot has been written about good eats around Shea and Yankee Stadiums, and with the Mets visiting the Bronx this weekend, I think the... More

How-To: Eat All You Can Eat

Adam Kuban 4 comments

Somewhere in cartoonland, Homer Simpson guffaws heartily at the fact that this information is not common knowledge and has to be compiled online. But for the rest of us, here's a guide to getting the most out of an all-you-can-eat buffet. Rules 1 and 2 (there are nine total): Rule #1: Do a Lap Before you Commit. This one is obvious, but there's nothing worse than getting to the end of the buffet line, and having to balance a nice piece of Fillet Mignon on top of a pile of iceberg lettuce and industrial ranch dressing. Don't feel awkward about cruising the entire layout before you pick up a plate. Rule #2: Focus on the Expensive Stuff. That's one of... More

Behind the Scenes at the World's Largest Buffet

Lia Bulaong 1 comment

When I think of places to go for buffets, I tend to think "Vegas!" and not really ever "Ohio!"—but the Holmes County Amish Flea Market in Walnut Creek, Ohio, recently claimed the Guinness World Record for World's Largest Buffet. The Cleveland Scene checked out the carnage: The scrumptious-looking fried chicken is gone by 11:40. Roast beef is history by noon. "This was a helluva long way to come for beans," grumbles one old-timer, as he chisels bits of meat loaf off the bottom of an aluminum pan. Finally, by 3:30—with hundreds of people still in line—carnivores are completely out of luck. To compensate, volunteers begin giving away copies of the event's $15 cookbook; nonetheless, nearly 50 pissed-off diners eventually demand... More

Where Should Eliot Spitzer Eat?

New York Ed Levine 8 comments

The election is over, and we have gotten rid of quite a few turkeys. We have a new governor, Eliot Spitzer, and though he is a New Yorker he doesn't seem like he's the type of guy who cares... More

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