You don't have to wait for a cruise to Barbados with your Aunt Dolores to satisfy your lust for "All-you-can-eat" style dining; there are plenty of gluttonous, no-limits feedbag-strapping opportunities on offer right here in NYC. From classy steakhouses to country barbecue joints, carb bombs to finger-licking crab boils, New York has unlimited options for every kind of palate, and sometimes at wallet-friendly prices, too. (And if bottomless booze is more your style, we've got you covered there too.)
Scroll through our favorites here then leave your epic eating adventures in the comments.
TEXAS DE BRAZIL: Of the city's growing Brazilian steakhouse additions, this Upper East Side newcomer wins hands down with the absolute best bang for your buck of unlimited meats. Fork over $59.99 and you'll be swarmed with waiters bearing succulent steaks and other meats skewered by massive swords, as tradition dictates. Of those, keep your eyes open for the perfectly medium-rare bacon-wrapped filet mignon and their signature picanha (top sirloin), sliced thinly and bursting with juicy flavor.
The flat fee also gives you access to their ample salad bar, stocked with a variety of cheeses, meats, veggies, sushi and other cold items plus a hot bar that includes rice, beans, potatoes and other hot items. Oh, and just try not to fill up on their addictive cheesy bread, which they'll deliver to your table when you order.
Unlike the circus-like atmosphere of many churrascarias, Texas de Brazil's handsome interior boasts decor less like a cruise ship buffet and more like an intimate steakhouse. It's a safe place to take a date, especially if they can really put it away.
Texas de Brazil is located at 1011 3rd Avenue, (212) 537-0060
CHINATOWN EAST: It's definitely not Jiro-approved but this Upper East Side Japanese/Chinese hybrid offers a $33 all you can eat sushi deal that turns out better-than-average rolls—and not just the dinky California variety. All the rolls, including pricey offerings like the Special King Crab Roll (spicy king crab with crunch, cucumber, topped with white tuna and avocado) and the Alligator Roll (salmon, avocado and crunch inside topped with eel) are fair game too; plus you get miso soup and salad, should you so desire. The deal also includes unlimited beer, wine and sake, which pleases the young, boisterous crowds that pack in on weekend nights. If you'd prefer to eat without chants of "Sake bomb!" aim for an early dinner or a weeknight.
Chinatown East is located at 1650 3rd Avenue, (212) 987-3500
BROTHER JIMMY'S: Cool bros across the city flock to one of these bbq outposts for SEC games and cheap cans of Natty Light. But for the gluttonous, try out the chain's unlimited ribs deals, offered on Sundays. Try out any flavor of pork ribs or get a combination plate that includes all three. You can also choose two sides—think mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and coleslaw— plus cornbread and pickles on the plate. The deal goes for $27.95 at the 8th Avenue and Murray Hill locations and $22.95 at the West Side and Original outposts and also includes unlimited draft Bud and Bud Light.
Brother Jimmy's has multiple locations in Manhattan.
BRICK LANE CURRY HOUSE: Two of the three Manhattan locations of this popular Indian chain offer a lunch buffet seven days a week starting at noon. $10 ($11.99 at the UES location) gets you unlimited scoops of chicken tikka masala, tandoori chicken and a rotating selection of other flavorful curry dishes. Rice and naan are also included for sopping up sauce and scooping up the proteins, plus chutneys and sauces for additional flavor. There's no killer phaal curry on the deal, so stop by for dinner if you want to burn your insides.
Brick Lane Curry House is located in the East Village (306-308 E 6th Street, (212) 979-2900) and the Upper East Side (1664 3rd Avenue, (646) 998-4440)
FISH: Every day from noon until 4 p.m., this West Village eatery steams up pots and pots of Maryland blue crabs and offers them up for $24.95. Crack and suck as many of the critters as you can, making sure to get lots of delectable Old Bay seasoning on the little bits of meat. It takes a little practice to expertly get all the crab meat from the shells, so bone up on techniques before you stop by for lunch.
The only offer this special when the crabs are biting (around late March or early April) so make sure to call in advance to see if they have the catch.
Fish is located at 280 Bleecker Street, (212) 727-2879
BECCO: She's busier with a little Flatiron food court these days, but Lidia Bastianich's lovely Restaurant Row eatery still draws crowds with it's flavorful Italian fare and budget-friendly $25 wine list. Carb fanatics know to order the Sinfonia di Paste ($22.95), which includes unlimited table side service of Chef William Gallagher's three daily pastas. Marinara, clam sauce, stuffed ravioli, cheese-covered gnocchi and other tasty pasta preparations have been part of the lineup. Plus, all the noodles are handmade and have that nice chewy texture not found in their dried counter parts. The meal also includes either Insalata Cesare or an Antipasto Misto to balance out the doughy gut bombs.
Becco is located at 355 W 46th Street, (212) 397-7597
BXL: If you've got a Jackson-faced bill, you can dine on as many succulent mussels as you can fit down your gullet at any of this Belgian chainlet's three locations. On Sunday and Monday evenings, $20 buys you unlimited moules frites in a fragrant wine broth. The first order comes with two pounds of the suckers plus a basket of fries, bread for sopping up the broth and a Stella Artois to wash it all down.
BXL has three Manhattan locations: 50 West 22nd Street, 125 West 43rd Street and 210 East 51st Street