Anything around Penn Station ?
I've been given the unenviable task of entertaining visitors passing through town from JFK en route to a train to DC, and they want to eat an early dinner around Penn Station. Let's say btwn 7th & 9th Aves / 35th to 24th Sts inclusive.
My limited experience of that neighbourhood is that it's pretty much of a culinary wasteland, but I'd be grateful to be set straight by a CH. Any cuisine; any price.
The Koreatown is two blocks away from the Penn. There are places with good food: please search the forum for recommendations.
Co. Pizza, on 9th & 24th.
I was just there last night before heading to MSG for a basketball game. It's a 10 minute walk, or you can ACE it to the 23rd street stop if you'd rather.
We had the Boscaiola, the Meatball, and the Flambe; I prefer their white pies to the ones with sauce, but all three were really good. Not sure if they take reservations; and it's about 50/50 communal/table seating.
Tia Pol, Txikito, Keen's, Co.
205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001
If you can stretch it one more avenue block going east and street going north, there's Keens, on 36th, just off the southeast corner of 6th. Can never go wrong there!
Keens Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...
If they want pizza, a213b's Co. suggestion is a good one.
Co. Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...
A strong second for Keens, which also has perhaps the very best Single Malt Scotch menu in the entire city, if not the entire country.
And someone in your group should order their signature dish, the mutton chop. The only thing you'll be sorry about is that everyone didn't order it (assuming no one is a vegetarian). And it will make for a memorable meal together.
Best of luck...
Two more suggestions: the best, i.e closest, is Nick & Stef's; just upstairs from the station (and 2 minutes from their departure gate). www.patinagroup.com. Good food, v good service, esp if you give them a time constraint. But, and it is a big BUT, if there is an event in the Garden that night, service is v slow!! So check.
Right across the street, is a very serviceable Irish pub, Tir Na Nog. www.tirnogirishpub.com. Add five minutes to the above mentioned contraints.
Tir Na Nog
5 Penn Plz, New York, NY 10001
Nick & Stef's
9 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001