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What To Eat At Madison Square Garden

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At some point or another, you’re probably going to end up at Madison Square Garden, whether you’re a Knicks fan praying at the altar of Porzingis, your boss randomly invited you to a Rangers game, or you’re one of those people who goes to see Phish on New Year’s Eve. And while you’re there, you may need to feed yourself. Considering the surrounding options are pretty limited, you may as well take part in the above average food options in the arena. Here’s a run-down of all the primo #EEEEEATS The Garden has to offer:

Burger from Drew Nieporent’s Daily Burger (Sections 106 / 107 and Sections 116/117)

Take your “Best Burgers in NYC” lists, light ‘em on fire, and throw ‘em into the Hudson. Well, maybe don’t, but definitely direct yourself to this burger, as it’s certainly one of the best things we’ve eaten in a sports arena. It’s covered in bacon, onion jam, and an old school Velveeta-like smothering of cheese, and it’s got more juice than… well, the NBA and NHL haven’t had that many steroid scandals, all things considered. Carry on.

“Frenchy” Sandwich from Andrew Carmellini’s Sausage Boss (Near Sections 106/107)

We were going to make a joke about this sandwich weighing more than all the French Bulldogs in the West Village combined, but that’s a lot of French Bulldogs. This is one massive beef sandwich topped with Gruyere cheese sauce and a Manute Bol-sized handful of shoestring onions.

Steak Sandwich from Uncle Jacks (Near Sections 115/116)

Should you find the girth of the aforementioned “Frenchy” intimidating, prove to yourself that you have the cajones to down this garlic bread-based steak sandwich with mozzarella and caramelized onions.

Pastrami Sandwich from Carnegie Deli (Near Sections 105/106)

Old faithful’s found a home at MSG and no we don’t mean Tim Duncan’s been traded to the Knicks. There’s a lot of towering meat on rye to be had the next time you’re at the World’s Greatest Arena.

Brisket Sandwich at Hill Country Barbecue (Near Sections 106 / 107)

We like this brisket sandwich because the sauce is flavorful, the brisket is well-cooked, and the size is manageable. But it’s also so sloppy that none of your friends will want to try a bite. So if you don’t believe sharing is caring, direct your attention here.

Chicken Hot Dog from Jean-George's Simply Chicken (Near Sections 105/106)

Want to eat a hot dog, but only in theory? Enter Jean-Georges, with a sports arena-appropriate way to class up a hot dog. This husky chicken dog comes slathered in a strong spicy mustard, with creamy slaw on top to add some crunch.

Sushi From Senzai Sushi (Near Sections 118 / 119)

For the freaks and geeks out there who would rather eat raw fish at a sporting event/concert than chow down on fried onions and six variations of beef, don’t be afraid – this is some pretty decent sushi.

Short Rib and Chicken Tacos from Jean Georges’ Simply Tacos (Near Sections 112/113)

As you’ve probably noticed, The Garden’s food offerings are pretty beef-heavy. If you can’t get enough of it, go for these short rib tacos with habanero red onion relish and crispy onions. But if you’re off the beef train or craving a hit of cilantro, we recommend the chicken tacos with spicy avocado crema and pickled radishes.

Lobster and Shrimp Roll From Aqua Grill (Near Sections 117/118)

Add to the list of unexpectedly good arena seafood offerings. This lobster and shrimp roll is equal parts flavorful and decadent thanks to the generous serving of crustaceans combined with a citrusy mayo dressing.

Vanilla, Chocolate and Swirl Ice cream (Near Sections 110/111)

I scream, you scream, we all scream for PorzinGod to keep making Melo look better than he actually is. Head to Swirl for any fourth quarter soft serve needs.

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