Best Restaurants Near Madison Square Garden

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants near Madison Square Garden. 

Delmonico's Kitchen
Steakhouse · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

“Conveniently located” near Penn Station and MSG, this modern offshoot of the historic FiDi steakhouse lives up to its legendary name with “quality meats” and “warm service” ; the setting “doesn’t have the dramatic” style of the “swankier” original, but the cuts are “just as good” – and just as “pricey.”
Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse
Steakhouse · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

To experience “days long past” , fans dig these long-running “throwbacks” (the 37th Street outpost is set in John Barrymore's former townhouse) known for “delectable” steaks, “career” waiters and “rough-around-the-edges” decor; just note the prices are decidedly up to date.
Gaonnuri
Korean · West 30s · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.2

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.”
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.”
L'Amico
Italian · Chelsea · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · 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.
Nick & Stef's Steakhouse
Steakhouse · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

“Incredibly convenient to MSG” – diners can even use a private arena entrance – this “comfortable” Penn Plaza steakhouse boasts “tasty” chops served by a “fast” team; even if the decor seems “sort of a decade ago” , it’s ultimately a “bright spot” in a dining-challenged nabe.
Parker & Quinn
American · West 30s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.9

“Much needed” in the dining-deprived Garment District, the Refinery Hotel’s spacious bar/eatery supplies “surprisingly good” American fare that’s “satisfying” if “not necessarily inventive” ; a “nicely decorated” , vintage-style space with “vantage points” from raised booths makes for a “fun” vibe.
The Pennsy Food Hall
Food Court · West 30s · $
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.6

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.