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Jan 25th, 2014, 11:07 AM
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Madison Square Garden - pre game dinner options?

I have a club level seat to a Knicks game so I can get into the Garden's Bar & Grill two hours prior to the game. Would that be a good choice or should I eat 'off site'? I know the Grill is probably expensive, but would it add to the 'experience' since I've never been to the Garden before - this is sort of a bucket list thing.

And it doesn't need to be gourmet in any way since I'll be having a very nice dinner and a special lunch other days.

Oh - and what about a good lunch spot the day I'm taking the Staten Island ferry and visiting the World Trade Center site?
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Jan 25th, 2014, 12:47 PM
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Just want to add that MSG has recently restarted their tours of the facility. tours were unavailable for about 2 yrs while they were undergoing renovations. My husband went a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. You might consider that. the info is on the website.
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Jan 25th, 2014, 03:28 PM
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Uncle Nicks' is a short distance south of MSG on 8th Aveif you like Greek food.
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Jan 25th, 2014, 07:33 PM
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Biricchino-29th and 8th(?)
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Jan 25th, 2014, 08:35 PM
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For something different but with exceptional food try Hangawi, Korean veggie. Or a Korean BBQ place such as Kum Gang San or a splurge restaurant Keen's.
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Jan 26th, 2014, 07:56 AM
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Coopers Tavern at the New Yorker Hotel is across the street from MSG. We go there when we are anywhere around Penn Station/MSG. Very nice bar and restaurant, good service, solid food, not fancy but comfortable and good.

http://cooperstavern.com/Coopers_Tavern.html
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Jan 26th, 2014, 12:10 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll check them out - right across the street sounds good especially if the weather is rotten.

No one mentions the Bar & Grill in the Garden itself. Does that mean it isn't very good, or just that no one's eaten there?

Also any lunch recommendations in the general Battery Park/Staten Island Ferry/World Trade Center area.
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Jan 26th, 2014, 12:38 PM
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Near the ferry North End Grill and Blue Smoke
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I have not been to the renovated Garden but like all arenas the exception is good food at a reasonable price.
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Jan 28th, 2014, 07:11 PM
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The North End Grill looks like a perfect location for the WTC/Ferry. Would I need to book for lunch?
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Yes, North End gets business types for lunch.
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