Some time ago, there were postings about buffets in the Hudson Valley; and I tucked away information about the Mid-Hudson Buffet. As a reward to myself for going to Home Depot in Kingston, I stopped at the Buffet for lunch, which they call "brunch" on the weekends. I got there around 12:30 to lots of seating space. By 1, the place was packed. For a little more than $7, you can eat yourself silly and roll down the hill to 9W.
Had I realized the options, I'd probably have passed on the hot and sour soup. It was good but filling. What they advertize as the Mongolian "BBQ" is what I plan to do next time. One chooses the meat to be cooked, takes it to the grilling person, has it cooked, and gets it delivered to the table. I made a point of watching the operation and the results. I'd do it!
As it was, I sampled a small egg roll (extremely crisp, hot, tasty, but on the greasy side), a couple of dumplings (a bit too doughy for me but tasty, too), vegetables including very nice green beans, a bit of chicken, a few shrimp in lobster sauce, some vegetable fried rice, a small piece of lemon chicken. All were good. I also took a couple of "sushi" and what I thought were sesame noodles, which were bland. Do not do the sushi if you've been to Osaka in Tivoli or any respectable Japanese place. I had a pot of tea and fruit and an almond cookie for dessert. No surprises here. I was stuffed when I left!
Now for the array I witnessed, which will barely do it: one area of appetizer-type things (egg rolls, dumplings, things on skewers, etc.); one area of Chinese main dishes with white rice and vegetable fried rice; one area of soups; one area of raw choices for the Mongolian BBQ; the "sushi," the oddball area from my point of view --pizza with about a pound of mozzarella on it, mashed potatoes and gravy, beautiful salmon, scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, cold noodles and raw vegetables of all kinds, fresh melon and canned fruit, jello, chocolate and vanilla puddings; a dessert area with ice cream, macaroons and almond cookies, packaged-looking cream puffs, and some nondescript dessert squares.
Bottom line: I think they're trying to be all things to all people. Stick with the Chinese items. The turnover on the dishes was constant. The entire staff is Chinese, and that clinches it for me. Oh, and you still get a fortune cookie with the bill!
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