Details: Located at 4207 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355. Couldn’t find an official site so here’s an unclaimed Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/east-buffet-and-restaurant-flushing
East Buffet & Restaurant used to actually be an all you can eat buffet. Fast forward a couple of years and East Buffet has transformed from one business into four separate businesses. These four food serving businesses are arguably the most profitable sorts of food services you can provide in a Chinese dominated area like Flushing.
The first type of food service that you see walking is the cafeteria style kind. You get to pick 4 dishes from a buffet line with rice and a soup for around six dollars. It’s a great deal. The only reason I don’t frequent this place more often is because of the other customers. The Chinese people who frequent this place are generally pushy, rude, and have no concept of lining or queuing up. There are five or so seats in the back to sit at if you need to, but it’s predominantly a takeout place. If you’re willing to deal with rude, nasty people, or if you come by at offpeak times, then this is a good place to get some food.
Further into the restaurant is the Chinese barbecue counter. Here, they serve Cantonese style roast meets. You get stuff like roast pork, duck, chicken, etc. You can get a serving of a few meats over rice for around six to ten dollars. Alternatively, you could just order some meat and priced by its weight. This is also a good place to get some Chinese barbecue if you’re in the mood.
Even further back is a family style Cantonese restaurant. Here, they have a lot of classic dishes like the mayonnaise fried shrimp (can’t recall the actual name) and Peking pork chop. I’ve eaten here a few times and it’s pretty good. Prices vary, but you’re probably going to need around fifty or more dollars depending on the size of your party and how much food you want to get.
Upstairs is standard Cantonese style dim sum. The dim sum is of a surprisingly good quality. You could probably get away with around twenty dollars per person for a party of three or four.
Overall, East buffet is great and provides a lot of good quality Chinese (mostly Cantonese) food. The only thing I’d complain about is that the interior looks like it is slowly falling apart. They really need a renovation. I doubt they’ll do it though because it look kind of crappy, but the people in the neighborhood seem more than happy to keep throwing money at this business.