Admit it: some days one plate won’t do. You need more, lots more, and that’s where the glory of all-you-care-to-eat restaurants comes in. They don’t stop until you do. Read on for our favorites, from barbecue to sushi to Indian, and enjoy. Just don’t forget to wear your baggiest elastic-waist pants. By Jessica Allen/Sarah Shaker
355 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
Unlike some of the other spots on this list, Becco isn’t only all-you-can-eat. Helmed by Lidia Bastianich, Becco offers unlimited pasta during lunch and dinner. Lucky diners get their choice of three daily pasta preparations and can round out the meal with salad and antipasto. As you’d expect, this restaurant’s pretty popular, especially with the pre-theater crowd, so make a reservation.
Clemente’s Maryland Crab House
3939 Emmons Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11235
You know what’s great about crabs? They’re delicious! You know what’s not so great? You’ve got to eat, like, 30 to feel full. Enter Clemente’s Maryland Crab House. Every Wednesday evening, this Brooklyn institution features an all-you-can-eat special on Maryland blue crab. Your choice: traditional Old Bay seasoning, or garlic style. Round out your meal with a bunch of oysters or Little Necks, a side of crab chowder, or a couple of crab cakes doused in chipotle remoulade. Ask for a table by the water, and spend the meal gazing upon the Manhattan skyline. Bibs, crackers, and wipes are provided—just bring your appetite and cash (no credit cards accepted.)
30 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
Carnivores rejoice! Hill Country lets meat-lovers delight in slow-cooked barbecue every day of the week. Here’s how it works: you get as many cuts and slabs as you like, paying by the pound for the privilege. Among your many options are hot link sausage, boneless prime rib, lean brisket, pulled pork, bone-in short rib, market chicken, turkey breast, and lots more — all wood-smoked, Central Texas-style, and hand carved. We’re pretty bonkers about the sides too, including smokey chipotle deviled eggs, skillet cornbread, and longhorn cheddar mac and cheese. You’ll keep going until your belly says “stop.” Not to worry: there are paper towels on every table.
6 East 32nd Street
New York, NY 10016
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The slogan of IchiUmi could go as follows: come for the all-you-can-eat sashimi and sushi — stay for the dessert. Yup, you read that right: this temple to fresh fish in Koreatown plays a mean sweets game, offering such treats as hami melon, strawberry Jello, and blueberry cheesecake. As one of the largest all-you-can-eat seafood buffets and sushi restaurants in the five boroughs, IchiUmi offers something for everyone, quite literally in fact. You can start with cold dishes like sea snail and beef tataki, then move on to udon and ramen, then sample several varieties of oysters and clams, nibble on some crab meat or lobster salad, then gobble grilled porgy, codfish roe, and Korean-style rice noodles.
4742 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354
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If you like a little DIY with your dinner, then Picnic Garden is for you. This Korean BBQ restaurant in Queens gives you the opportunity to cook your own meat. You select what you want from a long row of options, including squid, chicken, goat, pork belly, and shrimp — along with fare like intestines and gizzards for more adventurous folks — and bring it back to your table. There, friendly servers will help you chop, dice, season, and grill your choices to perfection at built-in hibachis. The buffet also includes purple rice, dumplings, fried chicken, several varieties of kimchi, scallion pancakes, and potato salad. Super, super fun with groups.
409 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Specializing in the scrumptious cuisine of Gujarat, India, Vatan is kosher, and can easily accommodate vegans and those wishing to eat gluten-free as well. Rather than limiting the kitchen, these boundaries somehow seem to free it, and you’ll be treated to three courses of inventive, innovative fare, including mirchi bhajia (fried hot peppers with garam masala), toor dal (boiled lentils with spices), and batata wada (potato fritters.) The décor resembles a traditional Indian courtyard (ask for a table beneath the banyan for extra ambiance) while the servers wear saris and kurtas. Be prepared to remove your shoes and stay a while.
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ offers unlimited wing and rib deals at all of their Murray Hill location. Every Monday, enjoy their “All You Can Eat Wings & Rib Tips special, featuring hot wings or rib tips, plus all-you-can-drink Coors Light draft beer, lemonade, iced tea or soda to wash it all down. To end your weekend in gluttony, every Sunday they’re offering an “All You Can Eat Rib Feast,” featuring unlimited Northern ribs arriving with two sides, corn bread and all-you-can-drink Coors Light, lemonade, iced tea or soda. These deals have a two hour minimum, so dig in with your friends to get the most out of these unlimited deals.