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
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 Bar with Great Food: 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 Whiskey Bar: 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
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.