Near Madison Square Garden
Any recommendations for dinner prior to an event at the Garden? I know there's not alot to choose from, but I'm looking for decent food that's not too expensive. Help!
Tir Na Nog is right by MSG and isn't too bad for traditional and modern Irish pub fare. It's one of the few places in town that does a proper sheperd's pie.
A brisk walk or cab ride east will give you access to Korean barbecue, south Indian, and all the options on / near Madison Square Park: Artisinal (cheese heaven / bistro), Eleven Madison Park (expensive place often recommended for special occasions), and that fusion / Indian-influenced restaurant with really good crab cakes whose name I'm blanking on at the moment.
People's view of what "not too expensive" means depends entirely on their pocketbooks. That said...
The Pub Room at Keens (36th, b/t 5th & 6th) is less expensive than the main dining room
A few months ago, Uncle Nick's opened a satellite location on the corner of 8th & 29th. Same tasty Greek food as the original.
Two other possibilities:
Biricchino - http://ww.biricchino.com
Seven - http://www,sevenbarandgrill.com