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The Best Places to Get Actually Great All-You-Can-Eat Meals in NYC

Published On 07/08/2016 Published On 07/08/2016
Tutti Matti

Tutti Matti

Hunters Point

Price: $17 for endless gnocchi, $16 for endless slices
Come hungry (and pace yourself...) for the ultimate carbo-loading at LIC’s Tutti Matti, where every Monday you can order off-menu, all-you-can-eat gnocchi. Four saucy variations of homemade gnocchi are served -- pesto, Bolognese, pomodoro, and quattro formaggi -- and plates are refilled until you’re ready to crawl home along Vernon Blvd. Come back again the next night (and plan to run a marathon the morning after that), because Tuesday is pizza night, when you can get endless Neapolitan slices in margherita, spicy diavola, and chef’s-choice varieties. Yes, this is sufficiently better than stuffing your face with dollar slices.

Becco

Theater District

Price: $20 at lunch, $25 at dinner
One of the most elegant all-you-can-eat options in New York City (and possibly the entire world?) is at Becco, Lidia Bastianich’s Theater District gem. Call ahead to get the day’s “Sinfonia di Paste,” a daily rotating trio of pasta dishes that comes in unlimited portions. Past dishes have included spaghetti alla chitarra with tomato & fresh basil, artichoke ravioli with fresh marjoram sauce, orecchiette with sausage & broccoli rabe, and gemelli alla Bolognese with spring peas.

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Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Chinatown

Price: $55 per person, or $45 per person without alcohol; 20% deposit required with reservations (which are limited)
Nom Wah’s unadvertised, unlimited dim sum is one of the greatest hidden deals in New York City. Groups of 10 or more can reserve a table to eat unlimited quantities of some of Chinatown’s finest dumplings (and more) for two and a half hours. You’ve got 10 dishes you can get constant refills on, with the exception of sampler platters and fried crab claws. Unlimited beer and wine will flow as well.

Jackson Diner

Jackson Heights

Price: $11.95
At this no-frills Indian spot in Jackson Heights, you can expect endless trays of familiar foods like saag paneer, tandoori chicken, assorted curries, and more, all served from 11:30am-4:30pm. Hillary Clinton recently stopped here on the campaign trail, and though she didn’t take advantage of the buffet (big mistake), she reportedly left with two to-go bags.

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Mudville 9

Tribeca

Price: $32 with domestic beer (Bud Lights), or $38 with premium beer (Stella, Guinness, Brooklyn Lager, Lagunitas IPA, more)
Get five or more of your hungriest friends together and fill up on a two-hour frenzy of all-you-can-eat wings, fries, and beer at this Tribeca mainstay. Orders of four different wing flavors at a time are permitted, with flavors ranging from buffalo, Bonelick BBQ, butterscotch bourbon & bacon, Jamaican jerk, and many more.

Ulysses Folk House

Financial District

Price: $20; add a Bloody Mary, mimosa, or Guinness for $5
Bottomless boozy brunch takes a backseat at this FiDi Sunday brunch, which offers an unlimited feast, including a carving station with corned beef, turkey, and blackened salmon; an endless cheese board; lox platters; salads; and sides like bacon, mac & cheese, coconut French toast, and more. Oh, and there’s a raw bar to help you eat your money’s worth before lunchtime officially kicks in.

Maya

Maya

Upper East Side

Price: Bottomless food $30, $45 with drinks
Stuff your face with Mexican food and drinks at Maya’s all-you-can-eat weekend brunch from 11:30am-4:30pm. For two hours, you can enjoy endless small plates, including several egg options (huevos rancheros! chilaquiles!), plus chicken tamales, mahi-mahi ceviche, tacos de barbacoa, a bacon-wrapped hot dog, and much more. Chase it all down with unlimited cocktails, including a variety of fruity mimosas, margaritas, and sparkling sangria. Of course, guac is extra, and not included in the AYCE package.

Tre

Lower East Side

Price: $25
This Lower East Side Italian spot offers an under-the-radar all-you-can-eat spaghetti & meatballs dinner in addition to an all-you-can-drink sangria special on Monday nights from 5-11pm. Will you survive it? Maybe not. But it certainly makes Mondays far less excruciating (and it’s highly encouraged for a memorable date night, with unlimited Lady and the Tramp selfie opps).

Petit Abeille

Petite Abeille

Gramercy (& Chelsea)

Price: $28 (includes a Stella or Hoegaarden).
This New York mini-chain has been hosting all-you-can-eat mussels on Wednesdays since 1998, with a longstanding record of 11lbs of mussels eaten in a single serving. You can enjoy yours in three different preparations -- Marinières with white wine, celery, and garlic broth; Grand-Mere with bacon and beer sauce; or Basques with roasted peppers and Puebla’s chorizo.

Kumo Sushi

East Village (& West Village)

Price: $28 without drinks, $37 with drinks
You’re not getting the fanciest omakase spread in the city here, but you are getting a lot of good sushi and sides. The AYCE sushi deal includes all sushi rolls on the menu rolled to order (no buffet here!), as well as sashimi, salads, beer, sake, and wine for two hours. Highly recommended for birthday parties, or just because you’re really hungry.

99 Favor Taste

99 Favor Taste

Lower East Side

Price: $18.99 for AYCE hot pot; $25.99 for AYCE buffet; $30.99 for both
This LES gem offers an endless stream of Chinese food that you only wish Seamless would deliver. Choose between the endless hot pot (which has the option of six different broths and 46 ingredients to add in) or the hot buffet (which is loaded with chicken, beef, pork, seafood, and vegetable dishes) to indulge any Chinese-food cravings. And if you’re eating on your birthday, the buffet is free! Just be careful not to overdo it: 99 Favor Taste warns it will charge $13.99/lb of food wasted on your plate. Reserve a table if you don’t want to wait.

Vamos! Tacos and Tequila

Stuy Town

Price: $28, includes margarita
Taco Tuesday comes a day early at Vamos’ weekly Monday night all-you-can-eat taco night. For 90 minutes, choose from a variety of tacos including carne asada, carnitas, al pastor, salmon, lamb, or red snapper, and stuff your face as you sip on a margarita (also included in the deal).

Hill Country Barbecue

Hill Country Barbecue

Flatiron & Downtown Brooklyn

Price: $32
Load up on all the brisket, market chicken, spare ribs, and sides you could ever want at Hill Country’s all-you-can-eat night from 5-10pm on Mondays. We recommend eating with your hands for optimum face-stuffing enjoyment.

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1. Tutti Matti Cucina Italiana & Pizza 47-30 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101 (Long Island City)

You can tell this Italian joint in Queens is the real deal by its name alone — translation: "everyone's crazy," in a good way, of course. This contemporary space uses fresh and locally sourced ingredients and follows timeless, traditional recipes for Italian fare like spaghetti pomodoro, homemade gnocchi, veal scallopini and oven-roasted pizzas. The low lighting and white-painted brick walls give this place an intimate yet casual vibe, making it a no-fail date night destination.

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2. Becco 355 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036 (Midtown)

The more-affordable sibling of Lidia Bastianich's Felidia, this Italian eatery on Restaurant Row in the Theater District has become known for its impressive (and cheap) wine bottle offerings. Becco -- derived from the Italian verb beccare, meaning to peck, nibble, or savor -- lives up to its name through its authentic menu and, more important than the wine, its unlimited tableside pasta, which is available at both dinner and lunch and features three daily preperations.

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3. Nom Wah Tea Parlor 13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013 (Chinatown)

Located in the heart of Chinatown, Nom Wah has been around in some form since 1920. It's been a bakery, kitchen, and now it's a dim sum specialist and tea house. Today, it still maintains its vintage looks and if you want to taste their claim to fame, order the fried sesame balls with lotus paste and the almond cookie.

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4. Jackson Diner 37-47 74th St, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (Queens)

For the most authentic Indian food in New York, the trip out to Queens is more than worth it. At this Jackson Heights spot, you'll find scorchingly spicy and flavor-packed fare like goat curry, tandoori chicken, sheekh kabab and fluffy naan, and you can feast on all of them from the all-you-can-eat buffet around lunch time. If you've got sensitive taste buds, order mild because here hot really means hot. You can, however, cool off with a cold cocktail or beer from the full-service bar.

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5. Mudville 9 126 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007 (Tribeca)

Mudville 9 is the best possible version of a sports bar: the Tribeca spot specializes in wings, has a rotating roster of more than 100 craft beers, and is rarely overcrowded. There's a beer for every kind of drinker here, from local Pilsners and Session IPAs to gluten-free ciders and international lagers. Though the wing selection is more than satisfying (sauces include a few Buffalo heat varieties plus acquired tastes like butterscotch bourbon & bacon), standard pub food like bacon-egg-and-cheese burgers are too tempting to pass up.

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6. Ulysses Folk House 95 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004 (Financial District)

Named for James Joyce's Ulysses, this FiDi bar is fittingly both Greek and Irish-themed. The dark, heavy wooded dining room maintains the charm of a divey Irish pub, while the romantic collection of outdoor tables lends itself to a sunny Mediterranean theme. The menu offers everything from lamb gyro and lobster rolls to bangers and mash, in addition to an expansive list of spirits. Between midnight and 4am, Ulysses serves a menu of late-night food like nachos and mini cheeseburgers, but at that point, the majority of the crowd is far more interested in getting their hands on a pint.

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7. Maya 1191 First Ave, New York, NY 10065 (Upper East Side)

The Mexican restaurant landscape in New York is messy and crowded -- there are far too many spots that feel like factory operations with mediocre guacamole. Richard Sandoval's Maya stands far above the pack with traditional plates, tequila and mezcal flights, and four kinds of guacamole. The Upper East Side restaurant's bottomless brunch is a weekend institution where unlimited small plates and free-flowing cocktails like sparkling sangria and mango mimosas rule the antique-tiled dining room.

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8. Tre 173 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Decked out in speckled mirrors, exposed wood beams, and untreated metal designed to oxidize quickly, Tre plays the role of a trusted neighborhood joint by cultivating comfortable agedness and offering simple yet delectable Italian fare like spaghetti al pomodoro, chicken milanese and skirt steak with truffle fries. With the added bonuses of an incredible champagne brunch special and frequent happy hours full of cheap beers, wines and snacks, it's no wonder East Siders stick to this place so religiously.

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9. Petite Abeille 44 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011 (Flatiron)

This cozy little brunch spot in Flatiron serves up Belgian-style breakfast and lunch dishes in a cute, albeit small, space adorned with blue checkered tablecloths and quirky wall decor. Come for a simple egg breakfast (omelettes, frittata, cocotte), a waffle brunch feast (if you skimp on the fruit, syrup and powdered sugar, you're doing it wrong), or a comfort food dish like mac and cheese or a burger with light and crispy Belgian fries with a cold draft beer for dinner.

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10. Kumo Sushi 282 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Kumo is the West Village’s answer to all-you-can-eat sushi. The menu features a mix of Americanized rolls (hello, peanut avocado) and basic sushi, plus hot dishes like teriyaki and fried rice. There’s a two-hour limit, and the affordable $35 price tag (add an extra $10 for unlimited beer and sake) and casual vibe are a huge draw for the college and post-grad crowd, especially on weekends.

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11. 99 Favor Taste 285 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002 (Little Italy)

If you're the type who likes to be at the helm of their own culinary destiny, 99 Favor Taste is your spot. The tables at this Little Italy spot has shallow pots in each table that you can grill or boil your food in so everything's prepared exactly how you like it. Simply pick your soup base, a meat (ranging from chicken to pork to lamb to fish), vegetables, sides and a staple like rice or noodles, then it's all up to you (and it's all-you-can-eat).

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12. ¡Vamos! 348 1st Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Gramercy)

Get going and ándale to this Gramercy brunch hotspot. Offering comfortable, casual approach to Mexican fare, ¡Vamos! features an extensive menu of tacos, tortas, burritos, quesadillas, and lots more. With a stellar group brunch special and a happy hour that will get you full and buzzed with money to spare, this is the spot t being the whole squad. Tequila aficionados, mark this one down because that's this place's thing — they've got an entire menu dedicated to it plus dozens of margarita options.

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13. Hill Country Barbecue Market 345 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Hill Country Barbecue Market is possible the closest thing you'll get to Texas in the city. They cary a true Texas attitude when in comes to BBQ: No long or fancy ingredient list is necessary, just high-grade meat, a solid dry rub and lots and lots of time. The offerings of hand-carved brisket, prime rib and pork loin prove this attitude successful and make the perfect anchor for all your favorite Southern sides. This spot also got Texas' penchant for country music right: there are live acts almost every night, and there's rarely a cover charge.

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