Wow- just returned from an extrememly positive experience at Minado Japanese Buffet. This place opened two weeks ago and the quality of the sushi was high (as good as many of the popular sushi places where I live in Park Slope). The selection for sushi was good, but the place also serves a a ton of hot Japanese dishes and a huge assortment of Japanese salads (cold and hot). Also got a bowl of noodle soup made in front of me with ingredients I chose.
As for the sushi, the salmon and tuna/hamachi were standouts. I stuck to sushi mostly- but the hot teryakki swordfish pieces were delicious. I tried five or six cold and hot Japanese salads (three were noodle, one was calamari and one was a tofu) and they were solid (one cold noodle with seaweed was outstanding). This would be a good place for a group to go if some of the people didn't like sushi.
The restaurant is huge, extremely clean, and has great service. I went to re-fill sushi 4 times and my old plate was always pounced on for quick removal. As for dessert, the offerings were OK. Pieces of cake were cut up from what tasted like sheet cake (aka office party cake). I happen to like the stuff. Also, the fresh fruit was cold and excellent.
Overall, for $13.95, I couldn't have left any happier. Not only was the sushi good (I had at least 10 pieces so I was ahead of the game at $13.95 not even counting all the other stuff I ate) but the atmosphere, service and vibe was fun. The length of the buffet alone will put a smile on your face.
It's on 32nd between Madison and Fifth. I had my doubts about buffet sushi, but this place, at this price, is really something worth trying...