Whether or not you think the Garment District is an amazing area for lunch or not can probably be determined by a single factor: whether or not you love “strange” Chinese food. And by strange, of course I mean real Chinese food- made for actual Chinese people who work in high 30s on the West side of Midtown. At these places the General Tso’s, Beef and Broccoli, and egg rolls have been replaced by fried pork chops, various types of offal, salt and pepper shrimp with their heads still on, and at least 3 or 4 vegetable options (no American broccoli though.) My favorite of these places is Ying Du (on 37th btw. 7+8th), but there is also Fuji Bakery (on 35th btw. 7+8th), and the Lunch Box Buffet (on 34th btw. 7+8th) which is the least strange of the three and features the most excellent Fay Da Bakery.
On Friday, I noticed a sign in the window of Sushi Osaka (on 8th Ave. btw. 36+37th) touting a new “Lunch Special” featuring 3 Chinese items over rice for $5. Apparently another one of these “strange” Chinese spots has now opened in the back of this sushi restaurant.