|Feasting is never a bad thing –credit|
In a city of variety and indulgence, all-you-can-eat specials
are a gem, many times not too expensive and a great way to try a grand
assortment of food (though don’t expect fine dining). Perhaps not for
everyday, AYCE is a fun treat for a birthday or girls’ night out. While I have yet to find a good all-you-can-eat-bagel place (please, someone do this!) there are still plenty of fun options for pigging out in Manhattan.
The prospect of all you can eat sushi makes some cringe – what’s the quality of all this fish they’re doling out endlessly? But, looking for high traffic establishments
is the way to go. Kumo (two locations)
is booked with reservations every weekend evening. The $25.95 special for all you can eat sushi,
including chef’s special rolls, sashimi, salads, and soups is extremely
reasonable. The sushi features generous portions of fish – none of those skimpy
microscopic slices here. For those who
don’t want to stuff their stomachs, regular menu, single-serving plates, such as the $9 three-roll special, are
available. Add $7 and you can have unlimited sake
bombs, wine, and beer for two hours.
Even for the endless drinks, this is a great spot to kick off your
|The spicy selection offers a good excuse for drinking at lunch.|
The first date I ever went on in NYC was in Little Italy,
which is a romantic spot, if you’re a teenager. Hosts with faux Italian accents will call out unlimited pasta dinner specials, which are hard to resist if you’re a carboholic like I am. Step up your craving for unlimited Italian food at Becco, Lidia Bastianich’s upscale midtown restaurant. The three pasta special (lunch $18.95, dinner $23.95) comes with a salad and a trio of the chef’s daily homemade pasta selections. Pick your favorite, which can be anything from traditional bolognese to a kale ravioli, and request endless refills. Undoubtedly delicious, Becco’s creations are much better than Olive Garden’s never-ending pasta bowl.
|A nightly trio of pastas –-credit|
|Duck tacos with mole sauce. Photo courtesy of Mercadito.|
Though the days of the $20 AYCE mussels at Flex Mussels are over, $25for two pots of mussels and two baskets of french fries before 7 p.m. is pretty reasonable. If limits aren’t your thing and you want a true AYCE experience, Wednesday nights at Petite Abielle feature Moules A Go-Go – endless mussels (and a Six Point beer!) for $27. Mussels are moist and cooked perfectly, with a choice of four different sauces and preparations, from a light white wine base to a thick and rich, creamy bacon sauce.
|Mussels at Petite Abielle —via Petite Abielle|
|Steamy, delicious, hot, and endless hot pot –credit|
|Hayden knows how we like to eat –credit|