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What to eat before a hockey game

I'm going to a Rangers game on 30th december, it's also my last night in NY. So I'm looking for somewhere near Madison Square Gardens to have a really great last meal but bearing in mind we'll be dressed to go to the game so can't be anywhere too fancy. Budget's not an issue, proably want to steer clear of seafood and Asian (doing those another night)I suppose a bar that does great burgers or a really good but casual Italian would be good but open to any suggestions. Thanks.

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  1. Bar at Keen's. It's about 8 blocks away.

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    1. re: surfer dude

      Keens. Dress code is certainly not severe. I last went when the place was full of people going to a concert, and we sat in the main dining room. But, the bar menu is good and cheaper. Either way, Keens, classic NY steakhouse, with a great bar.

    2. Soul Fixins' on 34th & 9th.
      burger & cupcakes on 36th & 9th.

      If I'm eating in the area, it's generally Korean.

      non chow-related:
      I'm looking to take a friend to her first Ranger game, but as a diehard fan, I can't bring myself to sit in the Garden and support the (mis)management team of Sather, Renney, Dolan.
      Sigh. Have fun watching Ovechkin tear up the blueliners.

      1. For tasty and casual Italian you have two choices. Tre Dici (on 26th btw 6th and 7th) and Bircchino on 29th and 8th. The former is known for their wood-fired pizzas, and the latter for their house-made sausage.

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        1. re: a_and_w

          I was going to recommend Bircchino as well! I went on a 'hounds rec and love this place. Casual, neighborhood-y, quaint and kind of old-school. Totally fresh ingredients. A good send off from NY!

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          1. IMO, Supermac is not a good choice.