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Mar 28, 2007 08:14 AM

No more than $15 per person buffet?

Hi, I have friends and relatives (6ppl) looking for a place to full our stomach for no more than $15 per person buffet. We are open to any cusine as long as its good and reliable/not tacty/family dinning setting and we'll go to any place in Manhatten and even other boroughs that may be close to the city. Any good places to recommend? Thanks!

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  1. Do you like Indian food? They always have lovely lunch buffet spreads.

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    1. re: LFeinberg

      We were thinking of a generic buffet like varies meaty and veggie dishes, thanks

      1. re: poorstudent

        For lunch or dinner? There are def. some great and very affordable Indian buffets but usually only for lunch.

    2. Plenty of this kind of thing in Chinatown.

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      1. re: Woodside Al

        Yeah. Walk on Division St. between Bowery and Market, for example. Rice and 4 side dishes for $4-5 plus a bowl of broth.

        1. re: Pan

          Lunch Box Buffet at 195 Centre St. is not AYCE, but at $3 for 4 entrees you can get 20 entrees for $15. I doubt if you can finish that many items though.

          1. re: Chandavkl

            hey everyone, im looking for an all-you-can-eat place to sit down for dinner and not feel rushed, a place where the waiters only takes your order for drinks and clear dishes from the table, so that you can keep eating! thanks

            1. re: poorstudent

              Like I said, Lunch Box Buffet is not AYCE but it would seem to meet your criteria. Seating, large variety and layout is like all you can eat. It's just that you pay in four dish increments and you can share the dishes. Just keep ordering and I don't think anyone will bother you.

          1. re: poorstudent

            No, but my the suggestion of the cheap Chinatown places does meet your original request of places where you can fill your stomach for no more than $15/person. A plate of rice with 4 sides plus a bowl of soup is enough to fill the stomach of normal people, I daresay. :-)

            I don't frequent all you can eat buffets, so I really can't help you.

            1. re: Pan

              spread the word, LOOKING FOR ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFET to dinner- no more than $15/person

              1. re: poorstudent

                You know, you could totally stuff yourselves by having 12 side dishes, 3 plates of rice, and 3 bowls of soup in those places for $12. So considering that, what's the attraction of a unitary price for "all you can eat"? Is it your point before, that there are waiters to take your order for drinks and clear the table, and that you won't feel rushed? I could be wrong, but my general impression is that you're less likely to get good food if you go for tremendous volume, especially at a cheap price.

                1. re: Pan

                  thats besides the point, i looking for a place like EAST in queens. the places u are suggesting is not for dinning. I'm having a get-together, so I'm looking for a good place to sit and not be rush. I understand your point but its not what im lookin for. I appreciate the effort

                    1. re: Peter Cherches

                      Charles Southern Style Chicken but its in Harlem.

                      $6.99 at lunch, $9.99 at dinner

                      1. re: jza1218

                        A hearty 2nd for Charles Southern Chicken. But check the hours first--I recall going there and being severly disappointed to find it closed.

          2. for $10.95
            Midtown Restaurant
            566 7th Ave- Btwn 40th & 41st St
            New York, NY 10018

            I've never been here before but here is a recent thread

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            1. re: csw

              This may be as good as you can do in Manhattan. Although it certainly isn't the most beautiful place in the city by a long shot, but the food is kinda OK. There are a couple of places in Koreatown that are AYCE buffets and are a little better looking and have decent food (if you pick the right things), but they exceed your price point. As mentioned before, there are several Indian buffet places, with some in Midtown, many more in so-called Curry Hill (Lexington in the mid 20s) and even more in the East Village (although these tend to have awful food), several of which meet your price point and offer comfortable surroundings, but the buffets are only at lunchtime.

              The simple fact is that you're not going to find anything like East (which I think serves awful food, but that's beside the point) in Manhattan. The land and the rent are simply far too costly to provide food that cheaply in that kind of a somewhat luxurious space.

              Actually, the best recommendation here in terms of food may just be Charles' place uptown, where I have never had anything that was less than good and a few things that were exceptional. But, even though the people there are usually very friendly, it is a quite bare-bones atmosphere.

              1. re: Woodside Al

                For the rest of us, what are the Koreatown places?

                1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                  Todai on E. 32nd St. (which is the place I think the poster below is referring to), and now Arang, which iI haven't been to but is on a second floor on the main Koreatown block (W. 32nd between 5th & 6th). In fact, in looking it up I found that Arang may actually be below the original poster's price point.

                  Again, the food is nothing special, and you have to choosy, but there is a wide variety and it's all-you-can-eat.

                  1. re: Woodside Al

                    Arang was pretty cheap ($9.95 for buffet), but it doesn't do it anymore.

                2. re: Woodside Al

                  Charles' place, uptown where? wat food type of food is it?

                  1. re: poorstudent

                    Frederick Douglass Blvd. (8th Ave.) & 151st St. Southern style (aka soul) food. Fried chicken a serious and much loved specialty.

                  2. re: Woodside Al

                    Brick Lane Curry House in the EV (along the 6th St. Curry Row) does a Sunday lunch buffet for under $15. It's one of the best places in the area for Indian, so that would probably be worth it. I saw another restaurant that does a buffet in the area (I think along the same street, even), but I can't remember what it was.

                    1. re: janethepain

                      Good call...I hear that Bricklane is awesome.

                3. There's a Dominican restaurant on Broadway and Dyckman that has an all you can eat buffet. I think the price went up, it used to be $10, and I think it's closer to $20 now, but the food got better as well. My retired neighbor used to love this place and would drag me over there regularly, but I haven't been since he moved to the Dominican Republic about a year ago.

                  I was walking along 32nd St last week, and between 5th and Madison, next to the Crazy Banana, was a HUGE buffet place. I was intrigued, but I was in a rush, I have no idea what the place is called and how much it is, but it was crowded and enormous.

                  There's also an AYCE buffet on the weekends at a hotel in Fort Lee that has a great view of Manhattan and the Hudson. I'll try and find out the name of the place, it's on top of the cliffs overlooking Edgewater.

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                    1. re: ballulah

                      The place is called Todai and it's not worth the money- trust me, I am an AYCE afficionado (if there is such a thing). One of the best deals for AYCE I have experienced in Manhattan is a Chinese Place on 7th Ave at 40th or 41st- west side of street. Quite a nice array of good, fresh food for under $10. Enjoy.

                      1. re: greghound

                        Called Midtown Buffet. Great value, but bland food. I wanted to like the place, given the price, but the food (though a GREAT deal) isn't great.

                        1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                          Agreed, but still worth the cash for a quick fix.

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