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Jun 9, 2008 08:20 AM

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!

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  1. 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.

    1. 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 -

      Seven - http://www,

      1. 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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        1. re: a_and_w

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

          1. re: parkslopemama

            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.

        2. 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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          1. re: howster

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

            1. re: a_and_w

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