Madison Square Garden
Travelling to MSG for an event next week. What is in the immediate area of MSG that's worth while? Open to all ideas.
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I just threw a post-MSG after party for an artist, and the caveat in selecting a location was that it MUST be within easy walking distance of the Garden complex. I beat my brains out, and stumbled upon (actually found it after a few searches on this site) STOUT on 33rd between 6th & 7th. I will now go to this place everytime I have to be at the Garden. Really good and simple food, not fancy in the least bit, but satisfying and really great staff. Great beer selection (Newcastle Brown on tap, as well as many other unusual selections). The favorite of the evening at our party were the really exceptional mini burgers, honestly one of the best burgers I've had in recent memory. www.stoutnyc.com
If I hadn't found STOUT I was trying to find a way of having our party on 32nd St in Koreatown. Kum Gang San is a favorite of mine, but my Korean friends call me a gringo for liking this place. There's a great bar on top of La Quinta Inn in the middle of 32nd between 5th & 6th Aves, they have a collection of neighborhood menus for delivery. Really lovely spot with great views. (This would have been a slam dunk for our party if it hadn't been for capacity issues.)
You could also walk over to 26th and 5th Ave and go to 230 Fifth for a few Malaysian snacks (served tapas style) and some rooftop cocktails. Very very enjoyable spot. www.230-fifth.com
MSG takes up pretty much the whole of the block between 7th & 8th Aves between 32nd & 33rd Sts. It depends where you exit how far away K-town will be. The heart of K-town is 32nd St between 5th & 6th Aves. So at most, from 8th Ave and 33rd, it's two crosstown blocks and one block downtown.
Here are some ideas:
Kum Gang San http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...
Han Bat (it's on 35th St) http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...
Mandoo Bar on 32nd Street between 5th Ave and Broadway. South side of st. One of the best, inexpensive Korean dumpling restaurants I know. Specifically order at least one portion of the Kimchee Mandoo (steamed dumpling stuffed with kimchee and pork). Most everything else, including the other mandoo (dumplings) on the menu is great. Many of the other Koren places for soup and bbq are also great and on the same block.