Friday, November 12, 2010

Where Do You Grab a Bite in the Garment District?

Honestly, I am the last person to ask for Garment Center area restaurant recommendations. Most days I eat yogurt at my desk so I can save money to buy more fabric. But readers have asked that I compile a list of decent restaurants in the Garment District and vicinity, and I think that's a good idea.

Today I met three sewing friends for lunch at a new vegetarian fast-food place, Loving Hut, at Seventh and 30th, and we all licked our plates. What about you, STGD readers? Where do you like to eat lunch in this general area? Meet for dinner or cocktails? Leave me a comment here or email me, and I'll put together a list to post on this site. Thanks!


  1. It's south of the Garment District, but I like Kofoo on Eighth Avenue around the corner from FIT, the FIT Barnes and Noble Bookstore and Fashion Design Books.

    I like the Bulgoki Bob, among other things.

    I think I read that "Kofoo" is a contraction of "Korean Food.",+NY&cid=3715678464083900526

  2. Another place I like in Chelsea is Brgr, which is on Seventh Avenue between 27th and 26th Streets. It's a little pricey, but has a comfortable, butcher block-table ambiance and decent grass-fed burgers, special fries and shakes. It also serves beer. The service is fast and efficient.

    It's close to the FIT Bookstore, Fashion Design Books, The City Quilter and School Products (yarn).

    Wish I could think of some place reliable right in the heart of the Garment District.

  3. The last time I was in New York me and my boyfriend went to Heartland Brewery and Chophouse, located on 43rd Street I think. Delicious food, and they brew their own beers! They are also the owners of HB Burger, which is a couple of doors down on the same street. That place is good for lunch. We also went to a little bar on the same street as the other two places, but I can't remember the name of it... it was very quiet and nice. And if you're a cheesecake freak like I am, Junior's has the best!

  4. Le Pain Quotidien on the south side of Bryant Park. Looooove the hummus sandwich.

  5. I LOVE Guy and Gallard. I know they are a chain but I LOVE their salad bar. Close to class as well!

  6. Macaron on 36th is a cute little cafe. I've only had their delicious cookies but they have real food too.

  7. There is a Bon Chon Chicken on 38th between 7th and 8th. I haven't tried it yet but it's supposed to be delicious Korean fried chicken.

  8. Oh, I just ate at Le Pain Quotidien and it is very good. I have to cosign Loving Hut. So, so good :) And, we shouldn't forget that pizza is also just fantastic. Trena and I had $1 slice and it was sublime.

  9. There's Pax Wholesome Foods. They have 2 shops on 6th, bet. 35th & 36th, and at the corner of 40th (beside Bryant Park). They also have a shop on 42nd bet. 7th & 8th. They close at 4pm & aren't open on Sat. or Sun., though.

    I usually pack my own peanut butter sandwich & water & buy a banana from a street vendor! You can also hop up to the big, busy Times Square Walgreen's, in the triangle between 7th & Broadway at 42nd St. They have a selection of fresh fruits, yogurts (bring your own plastic spoon), breads, drinks, and I think they might have sandwiches, too, if you're there at the right time. Lower level of the north side of the building is all food.

    Go cheap & save your money for more sewing supplies! :)

    How about a follow-up survey of where to stay (hotels) and -- very important -- where to find a ladies' room while shopping! LOL

  10. I've had lunch at Mooncake Foods a couple of times. It serves tasty and affordable Asian fusiony comfort food, if that makes sense. It's a casual dine-in place with real plates and silverware, and not at all fancy. Vegetarian friendly.

    Mooncake Foods
    263 W 30th St
    (between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)
    New York, NY 10001


  11. A friend and I travel regularly from upstate NY to the Garment District and always enjoy our lunches at Ben's Deli 209 W. 38th Street, Phone: (212) 398-2367 • Fax: (212) 398-3354
    We share a salad plate since the portions are HUGE... the place is beautiful, service is quick and pleasant and their rest room is very nice... (check out their latest addition to the rest room!)


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