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Any good Chinese or Korean Buffet's anywhere?

foodluvngal Aug 20, 2006 12:57 AM

My brother and his family, (who I still believe is the family portrayed in the sitcom Roseanne) will be visiting from Arizona in a few weeks and they proudly proclaim their favorite cuisine to be "All You Can Eat." That said, they love Asian cuisine, particularly Chinese and Korean, so I'm trying to find a place to take them that they'll enjoy and that I'll, at the very least, be able to tolerate. Manhattan? Brooklyn? Flushing? (I did try a place on the corner of 60th Street and 17th Avenue in Bensonhurst that was All You Can Eat Korean/Sushi, for like $20/person, but I'm sure they make their money based on the fact that the food is so bad that it's impossible to eat all you can eat. Ugh.)

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    Pupster Aug 20, 2006 03:35 PM

    These two might be worth trying:
    1) Arang - inexpensive Korean. Lunch 9.99 Dinner 12.99 My recent review: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
    2) Todai, formerly Minado - Japanese, seafood with some Chinese and Korean dishes. Lunch 13.95, Dinner 23.95. Much larger selection than Arang.

    Both are on 32 St in Manhattan.

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      randumbposter Feb 5, 2007 05:27 PM

      Arang is pretty terrible . The sushi looks really suspect, like it's been out there for awhile. The other food is generally dry.

      When todai was known as minado it was pretty bad as well.

      East buffet in queens is good as the rest of the posters have mentioned.

    2. meatme Aug 20, 2006 04:21 PM

      I haven't been there myself, but East Buffet in Flushing always comes up in these discussions.

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        asdf Aug 20, 2006 06:36 PM

        East Buffet in Flushing on Main St. is definitely worth a visit. Hundreds of different Chinese fare (particularly good Peking duck that chefs carve by hand when you want it) is around $25/pp. If your family would rather stay within Manhattan, Yakiniku Juju on 28th St. is very popular and also within the same price range, and they serve AYCE Korean/Japanese BBQ. Enjoy!

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          gloriousfood Aug 20, 2006 08:47 PM

          I prefer the East Buffet branch in Elmhurst--more variety, fresher and better quality. But Flushing offers more sights and sounds and the best of both worlds in terms of more Korean and Chinese restaurant options.

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          foodluvngal Aug 21, 2006 11:29 AM

          Thanks, everyone, for all the info. I'm on my way to try them out b4 my brother and his brood arrive.

          1. designerboy01 Aug 27, 2006 05:01 AM

            There is one really good Korean buffet (rare) in Fort Lee NJ.
            For $20 I had a feast and it was good quality food. I even got a plate of short ribs from the kitchen. In addition they serve sushi and ice cream. But there was quite a large selection for the buffet. I'm a person that doesn't like buffets, but I would definitely go back here. This place is mostly koreans and is right next to

            Plaza Diner Restaurant
            2045 Lemoine Avenue
            Fort Lee, NJ 07024

            You drive in a garage. Once you walk in you have to walk up the stairs and you will see the buffet on your left and to the back. I only went here for dinner. The place is almost all Korean so its authentic. They speak english.

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              Hammie Sep 29, 2006 11:27 AM

              I know that this is a bit late for the "Roseanne" family from AZ, but since foodluvngal included Flushing and Buffet and Korean, the best bargain is Picnic Garden on Northern Blvd in East Elmhurst. The owner claims that this is one of the only Korean Barbecue Buffets in NY and all of the boroughs. Lunch is a bargain at $12.99 and the meat is uncooked, just bring it back to the table and cook it on the grill in your table. I dine alone when travelling on business, so many Korean BBQ's won't light the grill for a single. Plenty of salads, appetizers, soup to go along with the BBQ.

              1. designerboy01 Sep 29, 2006 04:43 PM

                There is a good one for $20 for dinner in Fort Lee, NJ. I don't have the name of the place. But its right next to Plaza Diner on the right (if you are facing Plaza Dineron Lemoine). They got valet parking and you have to walk upstairs. I went on a Sunday and saw this large buffet. They even have sushi and some women bought us over a plate of short ribs. It was a real steal for $20.

                Plaza Diner Restaurant
                2045 Lemoine Avenue
                Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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                  rice8369 Feb 5, 2007 12:16 PM

                  apparently, from what i have heard, the 17th avenue and 65thstreet bbq buffet called big house got shut down for some reason. i think because it's too pricey and no one really want to go to eat buffet for 20 bucks with only little portion of food to choose from. i actually like the little place but whenever i go there, it seems that our table was the only table that exist in the whole restaurant. which is kinda ackward, while everyone keeps looking at you.. too bad it got close.

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                    JoLi Feb 6, 2007 03:15 AM

                    International in Garden City, Long Island might be the answer for you, if you are willing to travel 30 min out of the city. It's $15 all you can eat and the fare is pretty tasty, they also have oysters, clams, huge crab legs and lobster included.

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