Getting Sirius With the “Champion of the Buffet”—Me!

International Food House Restaurant & Buffet
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Last week I was on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Maxim Radio Channel giving my tips on how to beat the All You Can Eat Buffet.  Most of the info is already covered in the “Midtown Lunch Guide to Beating the All You Can Eat Chinese Food Buffet“, but now you can check it out in audio form! Notice how Stretch, the DJ, refers to me as “Champion of the Buffet” and “Buffet Expert”.  I think I could get used to that…

Part 1 – [mp3][/mp3]

Part 2 – [mp3][/mp3]

Unfortunately, when it comes to all you can eat Chinese Buffets, we’re pretty weak here in Midtown.  The only option I have found is the “Midtown Buffet” on 7th Ave. btw. 39+40th., which is the kind of buffet you eat at once every 6 months, to remind yourself why you only eat there once every 6 months.  Luckily there are other places to enjoy, for those of us obsessed with buffets.  My favorites, after the jump…

  • Al Baraka (55 btw. Lex+3rd) – Pretty good Turkish Buffet in the NE corner of Midtown
  • International Food House Restaurant & Buffet (35th btw. 7+8th) – Massive Latin food buffet! Amazing…
  • Spice Fusion (8th Ave. btw. 47+48th) – Curry Dream is good, but Spice Fusion is my new favorite under $10 Indian Buffet in Midtown.  Soooo good!
  • Sukhadia(45th btw. 5+6th) – Great Vegetarian Indian Buffet. It’s $10.95, making it just outside the Midtown Lunch price boundaries- but I make the exception since it’s so good (and it’s a buffet).

My old favorite buffet was Arang on 32nd btw. B’way+5th, in Koreatown, but I heard they don’t do the all you can eat buffet anymore.  Can anybody confirm this? 

Surprisingly, I haven’t been to any all you can eat buffets in NYC, outside of Midtown- mostly because I don’t have a car, and from what I hear the best ones are in New Jersey.  But top of my list, has got to be East Buffet & Restaurant in Flushing.

Dim Sum & Peking Duck.  On a buffet.  They should just rename the place “Heaven”.

Got any buffet recs?  Feel free to post them as comments below…


  • Zach, in this month’s edition of Smart Money magazine, there is an entire article devoted to beating by the pound buffet places. It even gives a special overview of the Columbus Circle Whole Foods.

    The article explains how these buffets are specifically designed to push you toward the cheap, profitable items with the 1,000% markup, and make it difficult to score the big money items. As one buffet designer is quoted as saying, “If everyone gets the lobster salad and nothing else, I go out of business.”

    That’s what I’m talkin about!

  • DDR – is that article on the Smart Money website? Do you have a link? I tried to search for it but couldn’t find it.


  • Big Pimp: why don’t you just get one of your hos to find the article for you?

    It’s not available online. It is only available, as far as I know, in the paper magazine, which you can buy at any bookstore. It’s worth reading.

  • oh man, East is awesome. I gotta say though, coming from a suburban environment where lame buffets at fake chinese restaurants are maybe 10 dollars or less, the price tag at East is a little shocking unless you go for lunch during the weekday. They stagger their pricing so that it’s more expensive at dinner and more expensive on the weekends.

  • My hos don’t know how to use the internet, nor do they read. They do look good though.

    I’ll check out B&N.

  • I got lunch from Dishes today. Food came out to $15.01 (yes I am hungry). I gave them a $20 and they actually took the time to give me $4.99 as change. Was the 15 seconds it took to do that really worth the lost penny for giving me a $5-bill?

  • Matt: shop at the corporate machine and get treated like a cog. Whaddaya gonna do?

  • I’m jealous you can even afford $15.01 lunches.

  • I’ve never heard anyone complain about getting correct change before. Even Seinfeld and Costanza never whined about that.

  • Wuts a ‘paper magazine’??? lololol

  • I complain, because who wants 99 cents in their pocket?

  • Mr.Bojangles.

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