Manhattan has always been a main attraction for New Yorkers and tourists alike, and your dining choices are indeed varied. Madison Square Gardens is a major sporting venue that lies in the very centre of Manhattan and the thousands of spectators usually arrive early, allowing time for a drink and a meal before the game. The bars and restaurants offer a wide range of styles and cuisines, so there is something to suit all tastes, and if you are planning a visit anytime soon, here is a guide to some of the better restaurants nearby the stadium.
The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
The medieval setting is perfect for the high calorie menu, with a raunchy atmosphere you would expect from such a place. If you’re into huge portions of grilled meat, this has to be one of the best Madison Square Garden restaurants, and definitely worth a visit next time you’re in town. Be prepared for a wait, as the restaurant gets very busy at peak hours, but if you’re in Manhattan for the MSG arena, an early visit is recommended, before the crowds arrive.
If you like the unique flavours of Northeast Thai cuisine, this is the place to visit when you are in Manhattan. Larb is a Thai salad made with spicy pork that is the traditional meal in Isaan, the northeastern region of Thailand, and with somtaam, another spicy papaya salad, the menu is a firm favourite for those who like the strong tastes of Asian food. The Thai chef prepares Isaan food as he would at home, which is a rarity outside of Thailand.
A stone’s throw from the Garden, Keens serves huge portions of charred steaks and mutton chops, and the impressive collection of pipes are fascinating, even if you are a non-smoker. Keens is a favourite for the corporate elite, who like to relax after a hard day on the stock exchange, which means it can get very busy, especially after the game.
This is an exclusive Korean eatery that is located on the 39th floor of the Koreatown Tower and aside from great Korean cuisine, you can see the Manhattan skyline while enjoying a meal that won’t break the bank. Kimshi is a speciality here, and with Korean beef tartare served with a range of fresh veg, the evening will be one to remember. Reservations are advised, especially during peak hours, as this eatery is in high demand.
Portuguese cuisine at its finest, Lupolo is the ideal restaurant if you are into southern European food, and with an impressive menu that is mainly fish and salad based, you can really give your taste buds a treat. Meats are also on offer, with tasty ribs a speciality that is hard to resist.
The long list of restaurants near MSG offers just about every type of food imaginable and many are fairly priced. Next time you are at the arena to watch your team play, take some time to explore the eateries within walking distance and you won’t be disappointed.