Best Restaurants Near Penn Station

The best restaurants and bars near the major transit hub
November 7, 2017
by Zagat Staff

For the thousands of people who commute through Penn Station every day, finding quality spots for food and drink (in a part of town considered by many to be a dining desert) can be a challenge. Here are our top picks for a pre- or post-commute tipple or bite.

The Pennsy Food Hall
Italian · West 30s · $
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.5

In the "historically abysmal" dining zone around Penn Station, this "upscale food hall" offers "something for everyone" , from "vegan to carnivore" (vendors include Pat LaFrieda, Taco Dumbo, the Little Beet and Cinnamon Snail); there’s "plenty of space to sit and linger" , indoors and out, plus a bar for pre-train or post-MSG drinks.
Keens Steakhouse
Steakhouse · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

The "granddaddy of all NYC steakhouses" , this circa-1885 Midtown "temple to meat" remains "rock solid" , with "sinful" "Flintstones-size" mutton chops and other "succulent" slabs of beef in "masculine" "museum" -like surrounds with "lines upon lines" of antique pipes on the ceiling; it’s "not for the weak of wallet" , but "welcoming" service and an "endless" scotch selection are other reasons you "won't regret splurging.
Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge
West 30s · $$$

At the Moxy Times Square, this year-round rooftop bar from the Tao Group has an amusement park theme, including carousel seating and a cheeky take on mini-golf. Along with cocktails, carnival-style bites and DJ sets, there’s the option to reserve one of the hotel’s ‘Crashpads’ and stay for the night.
Korean · West 30s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.1

Its "biggest appeal" is the "stellar" panoramic Midtown vistas from its "chic" , 39th-floor space, but this "upmarket" player on the K-town scene also "holds its own" with "stylishly prepared" Korean fare, including "traditional" tabletop BBQ; service is variable and you "pay for the view" , but that "sunset over the Hudson" is more than "worth it.
Barn Joo
Korean · West 30s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.9

Korean fare takes an "interesting twist" at these "barn-esque" gastropubs, which match "inventive fusion" plates with "legit" cocktails in sprawling, wood-lined surrounds; while "not exactly authentic" , they’re "reasonably priced" and can be a "lively" scene.
Italian · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

A "great Hell’s Kitchen find" , this "casual" Italian offers "delicious" Neapolitan pizzas, alongside "well-prepared" pastas and wood-fired specialties; yep, the "small" space can get "loud" , but given the reasonable prices, there’s "no wonder it’s always so busy.
Maison Kayser
Bakery · Flatiron · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

You’ll "feel transported to the Left Bank" at these Paris-based cafes where the "just-right" baguettes, "flaky" croissants and "high-end" pastries are a "highlight" , though the French "bistro-style" fare is "tasty" too; "uneven" service and "deafening" noise levels are reasons to go at off-hours.
Italian · Chelsea · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.9

The pastas and wood-oven pizzas are "off-the-charts" at this "buzzy" eatery in Chelsea's Eventi Hotel where chef Laurent Tourondel offers a "solid" Italian-influenced American menu; since the "rustic" space is often "packed" , be prepared for "loud" acoustics and a "slow" pace.