Best Restaurants Near Madison Square Garden

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

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

David Burke fabrick
West 30s · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

David Burke’s trademark “creativity” is on display at this Midtown American in the Archer Hotel, where the “bold” fare focuses on “wittily” conceived share plates (e.g. “candied bacon on a clothesline” ); “solicitous” staffers oversee a “modern” setting that’s “upscale yet relaxed” , while an attached lounge offers light fare and patio seats.
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 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Brunch · Chelsea · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

Chef George Mendes’ “utterly delicious” Portuguese fare and a suds selection “for beer nerds” make for an “exciting” meal at this Aldea sibling in Chelsea; it’s a “crowded” , “noisy scene” built around a dining-friendly bar, but you’ll still “wanna hang here” ; P.S. a take-out window called Bica offers coffee and snacks.
Nick & Stef's Steakhouse
Steakhouse · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“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
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.