• 10 Places to Eat + Drink Near Madison Square Garden

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    The Mile Square might have it all, but for those seeking big-time entertainment {read: concerts, sports events, etc.} Hobokenites are lucky enough to be a PATH ride away from the iconic Madison Square Garden. Since getting there is a no-brainer {PATH to 33rd} all of your decision-making falls into one very important category: food We’re here to answer the never-ending question — “Where should I eat before an event at MSG?”.Here are a few top recommended places to eat and drink before an event at Madison Square Garden. Read on to discover 10 places to eat and drink before a night at Madison Square Garden. 

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    The Pennsy Food Hall {2 Pennsylvania Plaza — a five Minute walk to/from MSG}

    This is a great option for a large crowd {so everyone doesn’t have to decide on one place to eat}. The Pennsy Food Hall features several different food vendors and even has an outdoor beer garden, perfect for warmer months. Food options include Sabi Sushi, Pat Lafrieda, Taco Dumbo, The Cinnamon Snail, and more. 

    Versa {218 West 35th Street  — a minute walk to/from MSG}

    For some major NYC rooftop vibes, Versa will not disappoint. The diverse menu is sure to please everyone — from burgers to lobster rolls to steaks, pasta, and beyond, this is the ultimate pregame spot. In the drink department, they’ve got it all, too — the menu features all sorts of cocktails, draft beers, and wines.

    Tír Na Nóg {254 West 31st Street — a  minute walk to/from MSG}

    Here, pre-event diners will find the perfect mix of Irish and American fare. The dinner menu includes Thai mussels, poutine, buffalo wings, burgers, and of course, fish and chips. As far as convenience goes, Tír Na Nóg is located right inside Penn Station, so whether going to a concert or waiting for a train, this is a delicious option. 

    Pennsylvania 6 {132 West 31st Street   a five 5 minute walk to/from MSG}

    Oysters, clams, and shrimp — oh my! Pennsylvania 6 is known for its raw bar {and seafood towers} for those wanting a little luxury before heading to Madison Square Garden. They’ve also got an extensive regular menu, too — with cheesesteak egg rolls, blue crab mac + cheese, elote “street corn” dip, burgers, salads, chicken, and more. Pennsylvania 6 also has an entire gluten-free menu too, making it easy for those with dietary constrictions. 

    Brother Jimmy’s BBQ {416 8th Avenue — a  minute walk to/from MSG}

    For a super-chill option, this is your spot. Brother Jimmy’s BBQ is the real deal when it comes to BBQ fare {aka, you literally have to give your fried chicken 30 mins to be prepared}. Other popular menu items include frickles {fried pickles}, loaded fries or tots, brisket {available until sold out}, award-winning ribs, and other classic BBQ-fare. With Brother Jimmy’s being literally across the street from MSG, there won’t be any stress about getting to your event on time. 

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    Mustang Harry’s {352 7th Avenue —  minute walk to/from MSG}

    This iconic sports bar and gastropub is a popular spot for grub and drinks before an event at MSG. The food menu has something for everyone — from lamb lollipops to disco fries to fish, steaks, pasta, and more. Since this is a gastropub, after all, the drink menu is sure to impress with wines, beers, and specialty cocktails. 

    Dewey’s Pub {135 West 30th Street — a  minute walk to/from MSG}

    Just a six-minute walk to and from MSG, Dewey’s Pub is a popular stop to pregame for events. The casual menu includes everything from sliders to tacos and sandwiches. They have brunch, too, with all the classics {on Saturdays and Sundays}, for those heading to an earlier in the day event

    Haymaker Bar and Kitchen {252 West 29th Street  — minute walk to/from MSG}

    With an extensive list of draft beers, Haymaker Bar and Kitchen is a solid choice to get, dare we say, lit, before the festivities begin. The food menu is divided by bites, small plates, and large plates, catering to all appetites. 

    American Whiskey {247 West 30th Street  — minute walk to/from MSG}

    Hello, whiskey flights. American Whiskey lives up to its name, with an impressive whiskey selection on the menu. The food menu consists of snacks and apps {with some main dishes}, so if sharing a bunch of grub is your thing, go for it here. 

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    Turntable Chicken Jazz {20 West 33rd Street — an  11-minute walk to/from MSG}

    A further walk compared to the others {although an 11-minute walk is nothing for those who often hang in the city}, Turntable Chicken Jazz is totally worth the extra steps. Fried chicken lovers will be in their glory, as Korean chicken is the star of the menu here. As far as the jazz aspect goes, be prepared to listen to jazz music while diners munch on their chicken 

    What places near MSG do you recommend? Let us know in the comments! 

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    Briana is a born-and-raised Hoboken Girl who embraces both the new and old aspects of the Mile Square. She’s a freelance writer, works in social media, and more importantly (but not really) — a cat lover and total foodie. When she’s not working, she can be found convincing herself to buy something at Sephora or Target, eating mussels with her fiancé at Leo’s, or planning her next Disney vacation.


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