2000-06-14 / Restaurant of the Week

Restaurant Of The Week

King China Buffet Celebrates First Anniversary
By Teresa Barile

Restaurant
Of The Week

King China Buffet in the LaGuardia Center Shopping plaza on Ditmars Boulevard and 43rd Street is happily celebrating its first anniversary.This expansive restaurant features an awesome buffet with over 150 selections, including hot and cold appetizers, main courses, side dishes and desserts. For the low price of $10.95 for dinner and $5.95 for lunch on weekdays, this "all you can eat" buffet is a great deal for everyone, including families, since children’s dinners cost only$5.95 on weekdays.To help celebrate, they are offering a free glass of wine or beer with dinner Monday through Thursdays.

Feast your eyes on fresh sushi, made right in front of you or the fresh-from-the-ocean raw bar that features boiled shrimp and clams and mussels on the half shell. Have a crack at the steamed Alaskan King Crab legs and find the sweet, delectable crab meat inside, served with melted butter and lemon. If you’d rather start with hot appetizers, try the steamed or fried dumplings with dipping sauce or a bowl of won ton, egg drop or hot and sour soup. The barbecued spare ribs are meaty and delicious and you can have as many as you like. The friendly wait staff will clear your table and serve you beverages for an additional charge of just 80 cents.

As far as entrées go, there are fish dishes, shrimp and lobster dishes, beef chicken and pork. Check out the Mongolian barbecue station, already popular in many Manhattan eateries.The Mongolian bar lets you select your own raw beef, pork, chicken or shrimp, vegetables, noodles and aromatic sauces. My favorite is the garlic sauce.The experienced chef cooks them right in front of you on a large, round grill, using a wooden stick to quickly stir all the ingredients together. The result is a custom-made dinner entrée that you can accompany with any one of the vegetable or rice dishes from the buffet, such as fried rice with roast pork or tiny glass noodles with vegetables.

Traditional Chinese dishes such as shrimp with lobster sauce and beef with mushrooms are on hand, or you can be more adventurous and try the egg foo young pancakes, sauteed crabs, or shrimp with rice, egg and vegetables. Fresh flounder, roasted chicken and corn on the cob will satisfy the more American palate.The kids will love helping themselves to plenty of chicken nuggets, barbecued wings, sweet and sour chicken, fried shrimp and crispy spring rolls. There are sides of french fries and onion rings for the taking.

King China Buffet is managed by the amiable Kevin Chen, who pointed me to a beautifully appointed private room that can accommodate up to 150 people. Your next affair is sure to be a success with a great selection of Chinese, Japanese and American favorites, and entertainment provided by a built-in karaoke station. There’s plenty of room for a D.J. and dancing in this clean, carpeted banquet room, also ideal for a business luncheon or dinner.

I was floored by all the choices at the dessert bar.From healthy choices in fresh fruit to bananas foster, a variety of creamy puddings, Jello™, and an assortment of cakes and pastries, there’s something to satisfy every sweet tooth.Kids will particularly enjoy the soft ice cream machine where they can make their own sundaes.

If you prefer to forego the buffet and order at your table, you can choose from their extensive menu selections, as one would in a regular restaurant. This is helpful for seniors who may not want to walk around on their own. On Friday and Saturday the price for the all you can eat buffet goes up by $1, Sunday offers all day lobster buffet for just $14.95, with unlimited lobster.

King China Buffet is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m. on weekends. Credit cards are accepted and take out service is available. There’s also free parking just outside in the new LaGuardia Center shopping mall. Visit King China Buffet and enjoy a glass of wine or beer on the house during their anniversary celebration.

King China Buffet

43-02 Ditmars Blvd.

(LaGuardia Center)

Astoria

(718) 626-0880


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