Great Spots to Eat & Drink Near MSG

Between a slew of concerts (of course Billy Joel!) and the Knicks finally playing like they mean it, Madison Square Garden will be jam-packed with action this winter. But hop on the train a little earlier to enjoy some pre-show fun. These seven spots right near the Garden are sure to do the trick.

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The Pennsy Food Hall, Bar & Beer Garden

Just steps away from Madison Square Garden, this newly renovated dining destination is an ideal choice. There are food options galore, including Sabi Sushi serving raved about pork dumplings, Ribalta’s variety of pizzas and The Little Beet for the health conscious. Cocktails, wines and beers are also on the menu. “In the middle of the Pennsy is a large bar that opens out onto a beer garden with waiter service and 48 seasonal beers. The combination of food and fun offers an unmatched pre-game experience to the area surrounding the Garden,” said Ed Hogan, EVP Retail Leasing at Vornado Realty Trust, owner/operators of The Pennsy Food Hall. Even better? The Pennsy stays open until 2am seven days a week. Address: 2 Pennsylvania Plaza | Phone: 917-475-1830 Click to go

Lugo Cucina

Lugo Cucina

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Dive into Italian specialties at this charming walk-in café and restaurant conveniently located right near the Garden. Opened in 2008, Lugo Cucina is known for its homemade pastas, Neapolitan pizzas, signature meatballs and appetizers. The executive chef is also a pretty big deal. Paolo Dorigato was the winner of Bravo’s Best New Restaurant in 2015 for sister property Dolce Italian. Head over on Mondays for half off sparkling and non-sparkling bottles of rosé or on Fridays for a $6 glass of Chianti, pinot grigio, Prosecco, sparkling rosé, rosé and draft beer. Reservations are encouraged during game nights. Address: 1 Pennsylvania Plaza | Phone: 212-760-2700 Click to go

Stout NYC

A spacious Irish pub usually buzzing with a crowd during happy hour, Stout is around the block from MSG. The high-ceiling spot has cobblestone floors, stone walls and 41 large screen TVs. Choosing a beer here might be tough: there are dozens including ales, stouts, lagers and porters. There’s a ton of whiskey options to boot. The food menu doesn’t lack variety either with burgers, salads, oysters, pizza, appetizers and Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie. Address: 133 West 33rd St | Phone: 212-629-6191 Click to go

Delmonico’s Kitchen

Delmonico's Kitchen

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Delmonico’s, which has been at 56 Beaver Street since 1837, opened a Midtown location in 2012. Diners can expect a modern spin-off with deep red leather banquettes, a marble bar and candlelight tables. Prepare to eat well with steaks, hearty entrées like BBQ short ribs and desserts including the famous DK Baked Alaska made with chocolate sponge, vanilla ice cream and crispy chocolate praline. Address: 207 W 36th St | Phone: 212-695-5220 Click to go

Rock & Reilly’s NYC

Hidden away in the Renaissance Hotel, this rooftop gastropub is a gem for cocktails and small plates. Think nachos, pizza, pretzels and sliders along with creamy desserts you’ll want to take a bite out of. Rock & Reilly’s is spacious with wooden floors, a retractable roof and plenty of seating. Expect to find a crowd and pretty views of Midtown. Address: 218 W 35th St | Phone: 212-850-2850 Click to go

Keens Steakhouse

Keens Steakhouse

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Dine in history at a place that’s been around for more than 100 years. It’s so epic famous people like Teddy Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, Albert Einstein and J.P. Morgan used to hang out there. The place exudes old-world charm with two working fireplaces, dark wood and the biggest collection of churchwarden pipes in the world. Feast on the praised classic dry-aged steaks or seafood options. Address: 72 W 36th St. | Phone: 212-947-3636 Click to go

Lucy’s Cantina Royale

A beachy vibe, a ton of tequila to choose from, frozen margaritas and Latin bites makes Lucy’s a fun spot to kick back in. Daily specials up the ante, including $4 Coronas on Monday, $6 Stoli & Absolut cocktails on Wednesday and $6 Jack Daniels and Jameson on the weekend. Address: 1 Pennsylvania Plaza | Phone: 212-643-1270 Click to go

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