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synergy Feb 25, 2009 01:03 AM

We will be going to an event next week at MSG. Last couple of times we ate at Seven, but the food there is really very mediocre and expensive for what you get. Can anyone recommend some other alternatives no more than a few blocks away? (I don't want to go as far as Artinisal that older posts recommend). Thanks everyone!

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    italianagambino Feb 25, 2009 04:33 AM

    Tir Na Nog for some good pub food.
    If you want to spend a little more, Frankie and Johnny's or Keen's

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      quizkiddonniesmith Feb 25, 2009 05:55 AM

      My go to spot is Mooncake Foods on 30th and 8th. The food is fantastic, (fresh, simple, and very comforting) and shockingly cheap. (Entress average around 8.50, and Sapporo pints are $2.50). The miso salmon is awesome.

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        RGR Feb 25, 2009 06:10 AM

        My first pick would be Keens, on 36th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs. If prices in the main dining room are too high for your budget, the Pub Room's prices are gentler.

        http://www.keens.com

        Uncle Nick's, on the corner of 8th Av. & 29th St., serves tasty Greek food. Menu on menupages.com.

        Biricchino, the Italian restaurant, is across the street, on 29th, just east of 8th. We've not eaten there, but Hounds who have say the food's good.

        http://www.biricchino.com

        1. LeahBaila Feb 25, 2009 06:19 AM

          Check out Lugo Caffe! www.lugocaffe.com

          www.thelunchbelle.com

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            synergy Feb 25, 2009 02:22 PM

            Lugo Cafe, that's the one. I know you've recommended it in the past & I looked it up. This was the one I couldn't remember. Thanks, we made a reservation there.

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              LeahBaila Feb 26, 2009 03:37 AM

              Hey, great! Let us know how it goes.

              www.thelunchbelle.com

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              synergy Mar 3, 2009 03:20 AM

              Went to Lugo Cafe last night before the tennis event at MSG. It was perfect. So much nicer than Seven. Shared mussels appetizer, then we each had salad & pizza, thin crust, individual size, tasty. Can't be a better location for a MSG event. Thanks for recommending it LeahBaila.

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                LeahBaila Mar 3, 2009 03:34 AM

                Glad to hear it, synergy. It's definitely a "hidden gem" in the area, that's for sure. Thanks for the feedback!

                www.thelunchbelle.com

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              chaz Feb 25, 2009 05:36 PM

              A second for Biricchino.

              1. steve h. Feb 25, 2009 07:04 PM

                keens. i'm thinking the king cut prime rib this friday before the van morrison concert. mandatory drink at the bar before dinner.

                1. thew Feb 26, 2009 04:52 AM

                  korea town is within walking distance - lots of good choices there....

                  this is the sort of search yelp excels at - go to the reviews of MSG and under the map will be a link to search for nearby (within 4 blocks) restaurants. you can then expand that search to w/in a mile if u dont see anything in the 4 block radius you like

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                    foodwhisperer Feb 26, 2009 05:10 PM

                    i 2nd korea town, that's where i end up usually after garden events because they are open late. Otherwise i guess Keene's isnt too far away. uncle jack's is 3 blocks away too.

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