No need call out the M.P.s; the transplanted and visiting Norwegians you'll meet around the smorgasbord and at the communal tables are an amiable lot, with perhaps not a single sailor among them. There's no need even to arrive particularly early, since the all-you-can-eat the lunch buffet ($18; Wednesday only) is exceptionally well supported by fresh platters arriving from the kitchen. Just sail on in, and enjoy.
Norwegian Seaman's Church
317 East 52nd St. (First-Second Aves.)
Lunch buffet, Wednesday 12:00-2:00, September till May (but call to confirm during the winter holidays)