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10 Best All-You-Can-Eat Deals in NYC

Bring your appetite to New York City's all-you-can-eat buffets, which include everything from Flintsones-sized legs of lamb to fragrant bowls of mussels

Not all buffets are the domain of blue-haired early birds. While heaping plates of food are traditionally the hallmarks of strip mall food courts, New York City has a surprising number of all-you-can-eat venues. These spreads are both appetizing no neglected Jell-O cubes and romaine wilting under heat lamps here and a welcome value compared to dining at white-hot restaurants. From unlimited bivalves to Korean BBQ to brunches that gratify sugar fiends, these deals are worth the overindulgence. Here’s our roundup of the best.

 

Mussels and fries at BXL (Photo: BXL)

Mussels and fries at BXL (Photo: BXL)

BXL
Two pounds of mussels tricked out in broths like coconut milk-lemongrass-curry and green olive-cilantro-tomato satisfy nightly seafood hankerings at all BXL outposts BXL Café in the Theater District, BXL Zoute in the Flatiron District and BXL East in Midtown. But it’s on Sunday and Monday evenings that you can really go wild: For $22, you’ll score infinite servings of the moules-filled black pots, along with a side of frites and a Stella Artois to wash it all down. Various locations, bxlrestaurants.com

 

Pasta at Becco (Photo: Sabra Krock/Becco)

Pasta at Becco (Photo: Sabra Krock/Becco)

Becco
With Broadway tickets in tow, head to Lidia and Joe Bastianich’s Theater District favorite, Becco. Order a bottle off the $25 wine list Cantina Il Nuraghe’s 2010 Le Giare, a crisp Vermentino from Sardinia, is a good summer bet and then go for the equally affordable Sinfonia di Paste. This $22.95 special yields an appetizer of Caesar’s salad, or a mess of marinated and grilled vegetables and seafood, followed by the never-ending tableside service of three pastas. Chef William Gallagher’s always changing, handmade creations range from fettuccine alla Bolognese with fresh peas to black pepper-gorgonzola gnocchi. 355 W. 46th St., 212-397-7597, becco-nyc.com

 

Roasted pig at Krystal's Cafe and Pastry Shop (Photo: Yelp)

Roasted pig at Krystal’s Cafe and Pastry Shop (Photo: Yelp)

Krystal’s Café & Pastry Shop
Newbies to Filipino cooking will find no better bargain introduction than this no-frills restaurant in the ethnically rich Woodside neighborhood of Queens. During the week, the plumped-out buffet table means your $8.05 lunch may span garlicky chicken adobo and tamarind broth-bathed beef. On weekends, the presence of crunchy, fatty lechón whole roasted pig justifies the spread’s doubled price. 69-02 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside, Queens, 718-898-1900, krystalscafepastryshop.com

 

Feast at Hill Country BBQ (Photo: Hill Country)

Feast at Hill Country BBQ (Photo: Hill Country)

Hill Country Barbecue Market Brooklyn
Texas-style BBQ carved-to-order moist or lean brisket, pork spare ribs and market chicken is incentive to dine at the laidback but sprawling downtown Brooklyn location of Hill Country Barbecue Market. Settle in on Monday evenings when you can binge on all the BBQ you can eat, along with sides like beer-braised cowboy pinto beans, for $25. Consider it your lucky night if a honky-tonk band takes to the stage in the midst of eating white shoepeg corn pudding. In the mood for even more BBQ? Check out New York City’s 8 Best Barbecue Joints. 345 Adams St., Brooklyn, 718-885-4608, hillcountrybk.com

 

Blondies chicken wings (Photo: MeSoHungry/Flickr CC)

Blondies chicken wings (Photo: MeSoHungry/Flickr CC)

Blondies Sports
Sports fans frequent this Upper West Side institution to watch the game and partake in two-for-one drink happy hour specials. But Mondays are the night to linger, because that’s when $18.95 brings you plate after plate of the famed, crispy, buffalo sauce-lacquered wings. Contrarians can get them doused in, say, garlic or honey mustard. 212 W. 79th St., 212-362-4360, blondiessports.com

 

Shrimp tacos at ¡Vamos! (Photo: Yelp)

Shrimp tacos at ¡Vamos! (Photo: Yelp)

¡Vamos!
A frozen margarita goes down best on a sweltering evening, in the company of a satisfying taco (or five). On Mondays at this skews-fratty Stuyvesant Town cantina, $26 gets you a slushy margarita and as many tacos as you can demolish, in flavors like chipotle mayo shrimp, carne asada and pineapple-inflected pork. 348 1st Ave., 212-358-7800, vamosnyc.com

 

Roasting meat at Texas de Brazil (Photo: Texas de Brazil)

Roasting meat at Texas de Brazil (Photo: Texas de Brazil)

Texas de Brazil
The World Cup may be over, but South America’s vivacious spirit is alive and well at Texas de Brazil. Shell out $59.99 at the Upper East Side branch of this national steakhouse chain, and wandering gauchos will bestow you with as much bacon-wrapped filet mignon and leg of lamb as you can sink your teeth into. Go easy on the massive salad bar, with its black beans and hearts of palm you’ll want to stay very, very hungry for the main event: the meat. 1011 3rd Ave., 212-537-0060, texasdebrazil.com

 

Grilled meats at Chola (Photo: Chola)

Grilled meats at Chola (Photo: Chola)

Chola
After a long day at Bloomingdale’s, look no further for a lunch respite than nearby Chola. The upscale Indian restaurant is well known for its $13.95 lunch buffet, loaded with carnivorous and vegetarian classics, including lamb korma and daal, as well as lesser-known dishes, from lentil doughnuts to goat biryani. Deliberate on what to stuff yourself with while biting into the gratis tandoori chicken drumsticks dropped off at your table. 232 E. 58th St., 212-688-4619, cholany.com

 

Meat on the grill at Picnic Garden (Photo: Yelp)

Meat on the grill at Picnic Garden (Photo: Yelp)

Picnic Garden
Meat and soju are familiar sights in this Korean restaurant-packed stretch of Flushing, but Picnic Garden stands out for its popular $31 buffet table. Don’t be distracted by the ho-hum array of banchan fixings and scallion pancakes and gravitate instead toward the raw meats. You’ll be given thin, soy sauce-marinated bulgogi beef and tender, marbled galbi short rib to cook over DIY tabletop grills. A scissor-wielding waitstaff is at the ready to snip it all into manageable morsels. 147-42 Northern Blvd., Flushing, Queens, 718-358-5959, picnicgardenflushing.com

 

Apple tart at Benoit (Photo: Benoit)

Apple tart at Benoit (Photo: Benoit)

Benoit
Come brunch time, eggs Florentine and bellinis are de rigueur at superstar chef Alain Ducasse’s buzzy bistro. But for a prix-fixe sugar rush, indulge in the $18 Sweet Sweet Brunch. Gorging on pastry chef Ben Grue’s tarts, chocolate mousse, lemon pound cake and îles flottantes makes protein a mere afterthought. Top it off with sparkling champagne. Cheers! 60 W. 55th St., 646-943-7373, benoitny.com

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