The confluence of tourist chow and the oft-spawning generic steam table deli comes to a crashing head on 34th St., especially this block right across from Penn Station. Make no mistake, it is a struggle for the good stuff to shine in this space, and the area has seen no real new changes for the positive lately. Still, Lunch Box Buffet has seen itself noted often by Midtown Lunch for having a Fay Da Bakery outpost, selling Chinese steamed and baked buns and cakes/pastries, and later for bringing forth a chef from Flushing to make good stuff happen with the noodle soup front. While the Fay Da supplied baked and steamed fare was ousted to be replaced by house-made Chinese bakery goods, the noodle soups remain. It behooves a look at both, especially on a humid, splatteringly rainy day.
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A few weeks ago Lunch’er Tiffany tipped us off to the news that Fay Da is no longer selling pastries at the front of theLunch Box Buffet (on 34th btw 7th+8th), but they didn’t let the space stay empty for long. The space is once again filled with buns and cakes, but this time Lunch Box themselves are making it fresh on the premises. I stopped by to pick up a few treats to see how they stacked up.
Got a bit of sad news for fans of Fay Da Bakery (34th btw. 7+8th) courtesy of @tzurin yesterday. It seems as if the bakery has pulled out of the space they were sharing with Lunch Box Buffet. Luckily they’re not totally gone from Midtown. The girl behind the counter informed me that they plan on moving into a space somewhere around 32nd St. and 6th Ave. The space is being renovated right now and they hope to open in 2 months.
And I don’t know about the bubble tea but if you work in the area and are fiending for some Chinese baked goods, Fuji Bakery (35th btw 7+8th) offers a nice selection, and Ying Du (on 38th btw. 7+8th) has a ton of stuff available after lunch.
How do you go about making a place that is already pretty awesome, thanks to baked goods and 5 items for $5, even better? By making some really damn good noodle soups. We got a tip from Lunch’er “William” that Lunch Box Buffet (on 34th btw 7+8th) had hired a well-known chef from Flushing to make some of the most popular Chinese noodle soups. If it’s from Flushing it must be good right? I hope so! See what’s on the new menu after the jump.
One of my favorite (in theory) lunch places, that I don’t get to nearly enough, is the Lunch Box Buffet on 34th St. btw. 7+8th. It’s been mentioned a few times in the comments, and I just never have gotten around to writing about it. A fairly simple concept, it combines two of my favorite things- value and cheap chinese food. 5 items for $5. How does it get any better than that? Well, I’ll tell you how: they’ve added a Fay Da Bakery to the front of the location.
Lunch Box Buffet isn’t necessarily the best cheap chinese food in the area, but it has got the largest selection, the best pricing concept (especially for variety), and it’s much less intimidating than the far more adventurous Ying Du (on 38th btw. 7+8th.) All the food is labeled, and the’ve got plenty of non-chinese items, like the very popular fried chicken. Now with the addition of Fay Da it becomes much easier to ignore the cheapness of the Chinese food… you can always follow it up with a delicious custard bun. Read more »