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Pre-concert MSG Dinner

Opinions on casual place near MSG. Nothing fancy - but money is not the issue.

Not looking for huge filling meal - just something good. Burgers? Bar? Reservations?

Any ideas?

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    1. Jack Doyle's on 35th between 7th and 8th is very good. Love the pub food, wings, pizza, burgers. 1 block away. Just opened about 5 months ago. Nice inside and plenty of room.

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      1. re: bifpocaroba

        Jack Doyles more my speed...

        Any others?


      2. Haven't been, but hearing good things about Maysville, from the Char No 4 people in Carroll Gardens, BK.


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        1. re: thegforceny

          I had dinner at Maysville last night. They take reservations and the dress code is casual. The padded bench half of our party had to sit on was extremely uncomfortable, so request a table with chairs only, not one up against the wall. The food was delicious! There is plenty of room between tables and the high ceiling gives it a very open feel. The service was attentive, and they certainly don't rush you out the door (even on a Saturday night) so if you are attending a sporting event or concert at the garden, I would advise you to tell them up front so that you get out of there on time. We definitely had "a huge filling meal" - but that was our own fault. They give you a plate of warm mini cornbread muffins with butter to start. Definitely decline the second helping or you are going to be too full to eat your meal (we didn't). We did two appetizers to share (the smoked white fish mousse and the crispy grits - both recommended). We had 4 appetizers, the best of which, in my opinion, was the Brussels Sprouts. I had the winter vegetable salad, which I wouldn't recommend. The 4 entrees were all well received; I had the Crispy Chicken Leg & Roulade - delicious! We were stuffed at this point, but we couldn't resist sharing one desert - the bread pudding w/ praline ice cream. Finally, they give you these little caramel candies with the check, which we all managed to find room for!

          1. re: RebelWithaCause

            I have eaten at Tir Na Nog several times for lunch (I used to have an office in the building upstairs). I would only go there if it was too cold or wet to go elsewhere.

            1. re: plf515

              Def didnt have the same experiences.

          2. Brother Jimmy's! It's right there...perfect pre-concert dinner!

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            1. re: MrsBanks

              Crappy BBQ and a scary, trashy crowd.

            2. The MSG/Penn area's kind of a food wasteland. There's good Korean just a couple blocks east on 32nd (I'm not personally an expert on that street, but I bet there's a thread on it!). My pick would be the Breslin, which is, I think, 29th (it's in the ground floor of the Ace Hotel) between Broadway & Fifth. I haven't had their burger, but it comes highly recommended, and I can vouch for the fries.

              1. I know you said you're not looking for a huge filling meal, but I think you should just bite the bullet and go to Keen's -- by far the best food around there.

                Order the roast beef hash (from the pub menu, but available anywhere in the restaurant if you know to ask for it). Not huge or filling. But great.

                1. Ah! just go to the Breslin bar!!!!!

                  1. Mandoo bar for korean dumplings and more, 32 st near msg run dont walk

                    1. Han Bat for Korean; especially the bibimbap. 53 W 35th St, New York NY10001.

                      1. Last time I was in the city (so take that with a grain of salt--I am a semi-frequent visitor but definitely not a local) I had a good burger at Smithfield, at 28th/7th-8th. I don't believe they take reservations, but it's a big place (with lots of TVs), and the burger was better than it had to be.

                        Also 2nd/3rd/4th the bar at the Breslin, though I've only been in the afternoon and can't stop ordering the baked cheese sandwich.