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saybigdaddy Feb 6, 2007 05:31 PM

I'm taking out my wife to the Garden for her first NY Rangers hockey game on Friday. Can anyone recommend a good ethnic restaurant to eat near the garden, beside Koreatown? Thanks!!

  1. bengoshi Feb 6, 2007 05:43 PM

    Keens Chop House, get the famous mutton chop.

    Its otherwise a gourmet wasteland, unless you go for some small place on 9th Ave, or Korean BBQ in Korea Town (32nd, etc)

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      pellegrino31 Feb 7, 2007 06:51 AM

      I know you asked for ethnic but in case you decide otherwise, I like Market Cafe on 9th between 37th and 38th. The food is modern American, reasonably priced and a great option for what's otherwise a difficult chow 'hood.

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        randumbposter Feb 7, 2007 07:41 AM

        There are a bunch of Indian restaurants on 31st and 30th between 6th and 5th, like Dimple.

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          Heatherb Feb 7, 2007 11:58 AM

          Did you check out menupages.com? They have reviews and sample menus and you can search the restaurants by streets (the west 30s, the west 40s, etc.)

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            Sweatshirt Guy Feb 8, 2007 02:03 PM

            I think the poster wanted Chowhound worthy food that has been sampled by this community.

          2. jfood Feb 7, 2007 12:00 PM

            The only White Castle in NYC is a few blocks away. Go for a dozen before the game.

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              JungMann Feb 7, 2007 12:10 PM

              Hahaha. My intern knew I had a deep love of White Castle from living in the Midwest and as soon as he saw one by the office, he ran up to me to tell me about his new lunch find.

              Keen's isn't exactly ethnic, but probably the best choice nearby.

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                jfood Feb 7, 2007 03:51 PM

                I'd choose Keen's over WC. BTW - WC is in a pretty sketchy neighborhood. Been there once for lunch and was not real comfortable with the surroundings.

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                mr_fro2000 Feb 8, 2007 08:15 AM

                That White Castle closed down a while ago.

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                  jfood Feb 8, 2007 09:51 AM

                  Are you sure? The one on eigth in the 30's? I was there last month. I wrote that I would probably not go back again because of the 'hood, but a nice walk in the spring may have more tummy motivation than fear aversion.

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                    kevlney Feb 8, 2007 10:33 AM

                    I'm not familiar with any on 8th Ave but there had been one on 5th just south of the Empire State Building. There was also one on Northern Blvd in Jackson Heights in Queens & one on Kennedy Blvd in Jersey City not far from the PATH station in "the Heights". I was a transplant from the Midwest & learned pretty quickly that for whatever reason the White Castles in NYC area always put catsup on their burgers. In my opinion, this ruined them. After happening to me at two seperate locations I always made sure to tell them no catsup.

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                      jfood Feb 8, 2007 10:37 AM

                      There is a WC at 585 8th Ave.

                      Growing up in NJ, the WC's always had ketchup on them. Interesting that midwest calls it catsup (similar to soda and pop regional differences, but that's another thread) and that the WC in the midwest excluded catsup/ketchup from the slyders.

              3. wench31 Feb 7, 2007 12:15 PM

                My husband used to take me to this gyro place across from the Garden called Gyro 2. It's
                425 7th ave between 33rd & 34th.
                Here's a review from menupages :

                http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

                Let's go Rangers!

                1. a_and_w Feb 7, 2007 03:22 PM

                  I personally think the best Chinese in Manhattan is at Szechuan Gourmet (39th and 5th). Excellent falafel and shawarma at Olympic Pita (38th btw 5th and B'way).

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                    chaz Feb 7, 2007 06:26 PM

                    il? biricchino (sp?) excellent

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                      eatmeat Feb 8, 2007 07:30 AM

                      Artisinal used to be good (ovr on 33rd and park, methinks), but I haven't been there since Brennan reopened Picholine

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                        Foodaddiction Feb 8, 2007 10:08 AM

                        Across the street from MSG is Tupelo Grill - good for before the game, but you need to reserve. Uncle Jack's steakhouse on 9th between 34th and 35th is pricey but good food.

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                          bac528 Feb 8, 2007 10:34 AM

                          The food in that immediate area is the world's worst, unless you are looking to get a roto virus, head to another area to eat before the event!!

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