Places to Eat Near: Madison Square Garden
Knicks and Rangers fans rejoice--here are five cheap and reasonably-priced places near Madison Square Garden where you can grab good food before or after cheering your team in the playoffs.
Oh, wait... the Knicks didn't make the playoffs this year?
Must be a fluke, I'm sure next year they'll be back to their usual winning ways. In the meantime, maybe you Knicks fans can check out the places below on your way to the American Idol tour.-Pad Thai, 409 8th Avenue between 30th and 31st Street, south of MSG
Stick with the basics here and you can't go wrong--pad thai with shrimp is flavorful, mint fried rice with beef or chicken is fresh and filling. And check out the dish sitting on the counter near the registers--it's the daily offering to Buddha, and changes often.
-Jimmy's Burger Shack, 258 W. 31st Street right off 8th Avenue, south of MSG
The burgers at this hole-in-the-wall cousin to Brother Jimmy's BBQ (itself a fine choice) are good and relatively cheap. The service isn't always as swift as you'd like, but you're about as close to MSG as you can be without being inside.
-Pizza Suprema, 413 8th Ave near 31st Street, south of MSG
It looks like any normal pizza joint, but this place serves some of the best Sicilian-style pizza in the city (note its numerous awards--the garlic knots, alas, aren't as great.) Service is fast, and you can either sit inside or cross the street and join the crowd on the steps of the Farley Post Office building.
-Gyro II, 427 7th Avenue near 33rd Street, east of MSG
I have no idea where Gyro I is, or if there's like a Gyro IX, but this one's good enough for me--just get the gyros, the meat is delicious, pita tasty, tomatoes fresh, and secret sauce addictive. If messy.
-Fat Annie's Truck Stop, 121 W. 33rd Street near 6th Avenue, east of MSG
So what if it's one of those chainy shiny tourist-magnet restaurants--the tater tots topped with everything under the sun are great, the rest of the classic Americana menu is good enough, and the entire place (including the bathroom) is clean and spacious. Plus, who doesn't wanna tell their friends, "Yeah, meet me at Fat Annie's".