Emperor’s Buffet may have gotten a new look recently, but it is still a mainstay in the Beach Shopping Center in Peekskill.
Peekskill resident Chris Lin, the restaurant’s manager, said last week the establishment has been in operation in the shopping center for more than two decades.
The restaurant has recently been renovated. Some of the changes included the movement of the kitchen to the back of the building and the expansion of the restaurant by utilizing space previously occupied by a Radio Shack store, Lin said. The renovations also included installation of ceiling chandeliers, Lin noted. The restaurant seats about 160 customers.
Lin said there are a wide variety of cuisines available at the buffet, including Japanese, Chinese, and American dishes. Items include sushi and a hibachi station. The hibachi is “all raw ingredients on a hibachi table. You just choose the ingredients you want” and the cook will prepare the dish, he explained. Patrons at the hibachi table can choose their protein, sauce, noodles and vegetables, he said.
Lin said some of the most popular buffet items are crab legs, oysters, and lobster, which can be dinner options.
Those who do not want to use the buffet can instead choose from a wide variety of Asian items from the ala carte menu to eat at the restaurant or take out, Lin said, adding online ordering is available.
Lin said some of his favorite dishes prepared at the restaurant include chicken and shrimp and the house special duck, which is fried duck with mixed vegetables and a brown sauce.
Most of the customers who patronize Emperor’s Buffet reside in Peekskill and Cortlandt, Lin said. “It’s been around for so long all the customers know everyone,” he said.
Lin said his career has been devoted to the restaurant industry. “I’ve always worked in restaurants, so I know the ins and outs,” he said.
Lin explained why he felt that Emperor’s Buffet has been so successful over the years. “Mostly it has to do with the food. That’s the most important part,” he said. The renovations have also played a role in the success of the restaurant, Lin said. The renovations are “the second most important part,” Lin said, adding the renovations were an effort to make customers comfortable.
Emperor’s Buffet is located in the Beach Shopping Center at 1837 E. Main St. in Peekskill. For more information, call 914-737-1888 or visit http://www.emperorsbuffet.com.