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Restaurants and bars near MSG: Brother Jimmy's BBQ, Lucy's and more

For some people, deciding where to eat and drink near Madison Square Garden before or after an event is when the fun begins. We found eight bars and restaurants within walking distance of MSG that are perfectly suited to satisfy your hunger or thirst. They include places like Brother Jimmy's BBQ and Lucy's Cantina. Here's the full list.

The Flying Puck

The name alone is enough to draw die-hard
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The name alone is enough to draw die-hard Ranger fans before an ice match, but you'll want to stay for the fun food, specialty drinks, and high-energy atmosphere at this sports bar. The Flying Puck is just a half block away from the home of the New York Rangers, allowing fans to come together after a game to celebrate an epic win or soothe each other after a hard-fought loss. Puck's pub grub features an array of interesting appetizers, including Reuben, Italian, or Southwestern egg rolls. They even have hockey-themed shots like "Stanley Cup" and "Hat Trick." Score! 3647 Seventh Ave, 212-736-5353, theflyingpuck.com

Stout NYC

Less than 50 feet away from the gateway
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Less than 50 feet away from the gateway to the Garden is this beer-lover's dream. Stout's flagship location between Sixth and Seventh avenues is the perfect paradise for getting buzzed before the buzzer. Their menu boasts an extensive collection of burgers and beer -- all you need for a night of sports. 133 W 33rd St, 212-629-6191, stoutnyc.com

Brother Jimmy's BBQ

Nothing screams sports like some good ole' fashioned
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Nothing screams sports like some good ole' fashioned barbecue. Brother Jimmy's BBQ riffs on classic Southern fare with their own style. Take their BBQ Nachos for example, which are topped with cowboy beans and pulled pork. The restaurant also offers snack-sized options, which diners can enjoy if they're on a tight schedule due to the sporting match going on next door. For an after-dinner drink (or two), fans can sip back and relax with Brother Jimmy's party drinks, which can be shared among a group of game-goers. 416 Eighth Ave, 212-967-7603 brotherjimmys.com

Lucy's Cantina Royale

Right around the corner from MSG is Lucy's,
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Right around the corner from MSG is Lucy's, an eatery that aims to transport you to the beaches of Mexico. Peruse the cantina-like space as you sip on Beergaritas (that's the beautiful offspring of a Corona and a margarita) and chow down on authentic Mexican fare. There's even 100 top-shelf tequilas to choose from (score!) Lucy's also has outdoor rooftop seating, so you can keep an eye on the game via MSG's big screen. 1 Pennsylvania Plaza (located on the corner of 34th St. and Eighth Ave.), 212-643-1270, lucyscantinaroyale.com

Seven Bistro

This upscale Seventh Avenue spot offers a sophisticated
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This upscale Seventh Avenue spot offers a sophisticated dining atmosphere and a lengthy list of wines, whiskeys, and bourbons. A fun feature on their bar menu -- besides the booze -- is the shareable small plates. Diners can even do a "choice of" platter of three to five well priced appetizers that will leave you with enough cash left over to buy a jersey after the Rangers win. 350 Seventh Ave., 212-967-1919, sevenbistrony.com

Kabooz's Bar & Grille

If you missed the midnight train back to
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If you missed the midnight train back to Long Island after watching your team at MSG and are looking for some post-game goodies to snack on, look no further than Kabooz's Bar & Grille. Conveniently located in Penn Station, Kabooz's offers more than your average pub grub (i.e. Thai mussels, scallop ceviche, and baked Brie). The Village Voice named it the best restaurant in NYC for getting pumped for a show in 2008. One Penn Plaza, 2 Pennsylvania Plaza, 212-760-0848, kaboozs.com

Mexicue

If your pre-game cravings say
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If your pre-game cravings say "barbecue and tequila," Mexicue is the place for you. This killer fusion of Mexican and Southern barbecue will have your taste buds singing with heat -- which is why they offer drink flights of their bourbon and tequila reserves. If you're dining with your buddies, Mexicue features shareable items, such as dips and side dishes. But be rápido -- the restaurant closes at 8 p.m. on Fridays. 345 Seventh Ave, 212-244-0002, mexicue.com

The Triple Crown Ale House

Although there are multiple Irish-style pubs across the
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Although there are multiple Irish-style pubs across the borough, Triple Crown Ale House is a standout -- not to mention it's right down the block from the Garden. The restaurant is decorated with horse-racing memorabilia -- hence the name -- and serves up dishes made with authentic recipes from the Emerald Isle. Additionally, Triple Crown encourages sports fans to enjoy their food and drink specials when there's a big game going on. 330 Seventh Ave, 212-736-1575, triplecrownnyc.com

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