Manhattan’s best high end buffet is Brazilian steakhouse, Fogo de Chao
Posted by Wei Min Tan on August 7, 2019
What I miss most about trips to Asia is the high end/hotel style buffets. They are expensive but the food selection is enormous and high quality. This is what Manhattan and the U.S. in general does not have. The closest to an Asian-style hotel buffet in the U.S. would be the buffet at the Bellagio in Vegas. In America, a “buffet” has a very opposite meaning. A buffet in the U.S. refers to food weighed by the pound, usually in a pick-up-and-go type of restaurant.
In Manhattan, Fogo de Chao has the best high end buffet. This is a Brazilian steakhouse which I go to almost every week. The ambiance is nice, food is unlimited and location in Midtown Manhattan is very convenient.
Enormous Salad Bar
Fogo de Chao has the most comprehensive salad bar (ironic, since it’s a steakhouse). I usually go there for the Gaucho lunch, which comprise the unlimited salad bar and one cut of meat. They also have a salad bar only option and the Full Experience option with unlimited meats and salad bar.
This is where I can fill up multiple plates of 10 different colors of vegetables and leave feeling full. As background, my daily morning workout burns 1,500 calories so I do eat a lot and crave nutrients that can only be provided by a huge variety of dark colored vegetables.
One side of the salad bar
At a regular steakhouse, you’d normally order one cut of steak. But at a Brazilian steakhouse, servers (called Gauchos) come with different cuts of steaks/meats. They keep coming and coming and coming….
Each person gets a coaster which is green on one side and red on the other. When you flip the coaster to green, the gauchos keep coming, serving you their cut (ribeye, lamb, chicken, picanha, sausage…). When flipped to red, they stop coming with the meats.
This is the place to go if you’re looking for a high end buffet experience in Manhattan.
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