Best Eats Within Walking Distance to Madison Square Garden

Great Eats Near The Garden...

Whether you’re heading to watch a home game (New York Knicks, New York Liberty, New York Rangers) or to see your favorite artist perform, Madison Square Garden is surrounded by countless food and drink options. Save your time reading reviews and check out our list of the best eats, all within walking distance to “The Garden.”

Best Italian / Pizza:
L'Amico

L'Amico's Soppressata Quentin Bacon pizza

The crisp slightly charred crust, stewed, rich tomatoes, and fresh globs of mozzarella cheese make this pizza equal parts beautiful and delicious. The food served here is rustic and homey. It’s the stuff the chef grew up eating as a child. That nurturing touch is evident in everything they make. Great pizza aside, try the Pipe Rigate, served with a generous portion of veal shoulder in a rich bolognese before being finished with a dusting of sharp Parmesan cheese. This is a busy spot so make a reservation as soon as you know you’re heading to The Garden.

Best Steakhouse:
Charlie Palmer Steak

Charlie Palmer Steak Surf & Turf

If you’re staying at Archer Hotel New York, head downstairs for one of the best steakhouses in America. Chef Charlie Palmer and Executive Chef Ryan Lory have perfected the subtle art of cooking a steak. Award-winning steaks, chops, and seafood are served alongside locally sourced side dishes. If a NY strip or 30-day dry-aged ribeye doesn’t get your mouth watering, their bold American cooking isn’t limited to steak. They also showcase dishes like fluffy agnolotti stuffed with goat cheese and halibut served with morel mushrooms and succulent duck-fat fried potatoes.

Best Bar with Great Food:
Haymaker Bar + Kitchen

Haymaker Bar + Kitchen

The Haymaker Bar + Kitchen is a gastropub lover’s dream. Decorated in the theme of a haymaker’s farmhouse, this refined pub-like bar serves a massive collection of rotating craft beers. Not forgetting the “gastro” in gastropub, you’ll find reimagined classics like bourbon maple mustard glazed wings and sheppard’s pie with sweet potatoes, spring vegetables, and stewed goat. Whether you are looking for a new favorite brew or some better-than-mom’s comfort food, this is the place to be.

Best Food Hall:
The Pennsy

Pennsy Food Hall before service begins

The Pennsy is everything a food hall should be. It’s open, clean, and houses a variety of vendors. Get a French dip with a lobster spin from The Lobster Press. Or, opt for a variety of prepackaged snacks from the butcher, Pat LaFrieda. Wash all your options down with a cup of coffee from La Colombe or a drink from the eponymous bar. Whatever you’re feeling like, chances are you can get it at The Pennsy.

Best Whiskey Bar:
American Whiskey

The bar at American Whiskey

The name pretty much covers it here. Whiskey flights, vintage drinks, and a den-like aura make this one of the best whiskey bars around. Whether you are sipping on one of a dozen classic cocktails or opt for a something a little more modern, you’ll have your options choosing from their extensive collection.

Best Sports Bar:
Stout NYC

Stout NYC's large bar and dining area

New York City’s largest Irish Pub, Stout’s “Flagship” is three-stories and offers “150 bottled beers, 25 drafts, and more than 65 Irish whiskeys.” The cobblestone floor and street lanterns are evocative of a cozy neighborhood pub. Pull on your team’s jersey and enjoy the sporting atmosphere (and a cold beer) before walking to the big game at the Garden.

Best Nightcap:
Spyglass Rooftop Bar

Spyglass Rooftop Bar our pick for best nightcap

The intimate rooftop and radiant glow of the Empire State Building make Spyglass Rooftop Bar one of the best spots in the city for a drink. With an air of sophistication and an upscale ambiance, this cozy bar, complimented by Chef Charlie Palmer and team, provides a large menu of inventive and delicious signature cocktails. The best perk: you can easily retreat to your comfy bed in one of Archer’s guest rooms, just below the 22nd floor bar.

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