The story of the Chocoholic Buffet at the Sutton Place Hotel has been passed around like a legend for quite some time. I believe the first time I heard it was when I was at an underwear party and a fella was trying to impress me with how many ladies he takes to the buffet (not impressed, btw. He was barking up the wrong tree in those days. I finally had the chance to go as Liza planned her birthday party for the buffet.
The buffet is located in the Fleuri restaurant in the hotel. You will know where to find it as you walk in. You can smell the chocolate from the lobby. The official details for the buffet are:
• Seatings: 6:00pm - 8:30pm and 8:30pm - 10:00pm
• $28.00 per adult / $14.00 per child (12 years and under)
• Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday
They strongly recommend reservations, although we were there on a Thursday and there were maybe 4 groups there. I can imagine that weekends would be busier.
They are not joking when they say it is an all chocolate buffet. A long table with many different types of cakes, pudding, candies and a crepe station. I am going to admit that I am not the biggest chocolate eater in my everyday life. I would be all over a potato chip or french fry buffet. I REALLY want someone to do that. Or I maybe I should just need to call my JC lady for a pep talk...
But, when in France, eat some chocolate!
Round One: (note the fruit for "health")
Everything I tried was as it should be- chocolaty and sweet. I enjoyed the crepe because it had boozy options and was freshly made.
I would like to send a special shout out to the chef who invented this:
That is a triple chocolate croissant bread pudding. I will measure all desserts by this one. I love bread puddings and this one was amazing. It was served warm with a cream sauce on the side. Sigh.
By the end of the dinner I was pretty hepped up on a sugar high. I tried to take a picture but after 4 attempts I realized that either I was not going to get the camera to focus, or I really was vibrating like this:
A whole "meal" of chocolate was quite intense. I would have like some savory to cut the chocolate. You could order from the regular restaurant menu but after paying $28.00 for the buffet and a fairly pricey cocktail, I didn't want to order a $12.00 to $25.00 meal.
Thanks to Liza for a fun birthday party idea! The buffet would be a fun date night option, if you are a chocolate lover.
PS. I really would like a french fry buffet.