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susieQ49 Jun 9, 2008 08:20 AM

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!

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    italianagambino Dec 1, 2008 11:46 AM

    Tupelo Grill

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    1. re: italianagambino
      a_and_w Dec 1, 2008 01:17 PM

      Didn't Tupelo close?

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      howster Dec 1, 2008 11:26 AM

      If you r a steak eater Nick & Stephs up the block or Seafood go down to Penn Staion Tracks Bar & Grill good Seafood And other foods

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        a_and_w Dec 1, 2008 11:31 AM

        I would recommend against Nick & Stef's, which is mediocre and overpriced, imo.

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          LeahBaila Dec 1, 2008 11:33 AM

          My latest find near MSG is Lugo Caffe. Good Italian served in a nice atmosphere. Located across the street from MSG.


      2. a_and_w Nov 30, 2008 10:20 AM

        Lots of cheap eats near MSG, particularly if you want ethnic food. Szechuan Gourmet, Kati Roll Co., Olympic Pita, all come to mind. Great pizza at Lazarra's.

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          parkslopemama Nov 30, 2008 05:58 PM

          I second the motion for Szechaun Gourmet (W.39th between 5th and 6th).

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            kathryn Nov 30, 2008 06:42 PM

            Make a reservation, especially if it's a weekend night, as it's a pretty popular place. Also note that the kitchen closes on the early side. 9pm on weekdays, 9:30pm, I think, on weekends.

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          RGR Nov 30, 2008 08:43 AM

          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

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            cimui Nov 30, 2008 01:24 AM

            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.

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