Treehaus Brings Bone Marrow and Pork Belly to the By the Lb Buffet
We here at Midtown Lunch are fans of buffets and gaming the by-the-lb buffet system. But every now and then, a by-the-lb comes along with something special, and there are those of us who have been waiting for the inevitable: a super fancy steam table buffet. And that has happened with Treehaus (3rd Ave+51st St). Opening two weeks ago, Treehaus features everything you get from the other places: two steam tables, noodle bar, salad bar, drinks section, snack section, along with an odd cleaning supply area stocked with Mrs. Meyers (in case you need to do laundry in the office?) But look closer and you’ll notice these aren’t your regular steam table options.
And breadcrumb-topped black truffle mac and cheese. Everyone knows the baking of breadcrumbs on top will only yield bonus points.
Then I came across the osso bucco and steak. We have it on good word that bone marrow has been making appearances on the regular here, but you’ll want to stop by today for porchetta. Yes, porchetta at a lunch buffet. Everything there is $5.50 per half lb and hopefully you’ll be getting what you pay for. A quick glance at the other menus didn’t yield anything over $10, though things like the linguine with clams and the grilled octopus salad (!) just make the cut-off. Early adopters, let us know if everything tastes as good as it looks.
Treehaus, 830 Third Ave (at 51st St), (212) 355-9855