NY Post Exposes Me for the Fat Bastard I Am


This morning’s NY Post has an article listing all the daily food items we buy that have increased in priced since the beginning of the year. I’ve complained so much about the rising cost of Midtown lunches, they asked me to comment on it for the piece, and this is the quote that got printed:

It used to be that $9.95 was the standard price for an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. Now it’s hard to find. It’s very upsetting to me. I want to be able to stuff my face for under $10, pretax.

I suppose there is no denying that quote. (It sounds like something that would come out of my mouth.)

Coincidentally enough, after talking to them, I discovered another buffet has raised their prices. Find out which one after the jump…

The International Food House Buffet on 35th btw. 7+8th recently upped their all you can eat buffet price from $8.95 to $9.95. Thankfully, at under $10 it’s still technically a Midtown Lunch, and with the steep increase in the price of rice, flour and just about everything else, it’s tough to be mad. Paying $9 for their extensive, and delicious Latin buffet was borderline criminal.

For the first few months of the year, I tried posting every time the price of a Midtown Lunch was raised, but it just got to be too much. Almost everything is more expensive than when I originally started the site almost 2 years ago. So I’ve decided to start a price hike list, which will appear on the left hand table of contents. On it, you can see a list of all the places, that I know of, whose prices have gone up since I originally wrote about them here on Midtown Lunch. I know it’s not comprehensive, but it includes every place that I’ve gotten an email, or reader comment about. Feel free to add more in the comments or email me at zach@midtownlunch.com and I’ll add them to the official list.

Price Hike List
Countdown to Price Increase: When the Old Take Out Menus Run Out, the Prices Will Go Up
Burger Joint is Latest Victim of Rising Food Costs
First Fiamma, Now Spice Fusion Follows Accolades With Price Hike
The $9.99 All You Can Eat Buffet Takes Two More Steps To Becoming Extinct in Midtown


  • Great quote Zach, you conveyed the genuine sorrow of a hideous glutton. Most egregious price hike I can think of is Sophie’s Cuban. Hot dishes are in the stratosphere ($11 for Oxtail) and the price on the signature cuban sandwich has gone from $5 to $7 over the past few years. (40% price hike!) That’s offensive even after you bogart 50 little containers of their green sauce…

  • Same all over the world.

    Expect 25% increase on normal groceries by year end too.

    Have a nice errr day :)

    Not only but also, i will be in Manhattan this weekend, and on monday enjoying a double shackburger @ 11.30 and imbibing a rip off bottle of their $32 plonk whilst all the office workers give me evils.Present Mrs Mc and the Mini Bagels will be on 47th trying to ruin me.

  • Dude a quote in the Post..man that’s awesome Zach!

  • Sun Yip raised their prices too, now after 2:15 it’s $4.29 a lb.


  • Cool abt being quoted… sucks about rising costs. Bahhh.

  • Congratulations on your mention in the NY Post!

    Next goal: page six?

  • Page Six???
    Which Midtown Food Web Blogger was caught with his hand dipping twice into the cookie jar outside his normal neighborhood boundaries yesterday?

  • I’m 100% with Yvo on the “Baaaahhhh!”

    and I second with a “Bastards!”

  • Though not a *True* Buffet, There is a place called “LunchBox Buffet” on 34th between 7th and 8th (night next to Wendy’s) Their deal is 5 combinations for 5 dollars (incl. tax) It’s a Chinese place, and the food is pretty decent. You don’t get to choose the portions, but they have a wide variety of foods to choose from. for 5 dollars, you get alot of food, even if you don’t get to pick portions.

    I mention this here because it is one place that has not increased it’s price since opening. (there is also a Fay Da Bakery in there )


  • hold the phone! Rudy’s going to be at the Shack on Monday!!!!

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