Where to Eat Near: Penn Station (Guide)

Ahh Penn Station. The toilet of New York City.

I can say that, I’ve lived here my entire life and also it’s just true. When people ask me where to eat around here I usually say “20 blocks down and 2 avenues over”. But hey, I’m here to enlighten people through food so here you go. This is a pretty comprehensive list of both casual and fine(ish) dining near Penn.

PS the phone links are links to the Google Search for the restaurant. You’re welcome.

Penn Station Dining Guide

  1. The Pennsy
    This is an obvious one, considering it’s literally attached to Madison Square Garden. It’s food court style dining though, so it’s really most ideal for a pre Ranger/Knicks game or Billy Joel concert. Options include Pat LaFrieda, Cinnamon Snail (Vegan), and The Little Beet. This food court has a liquor license too, so the full bar in the back doesn’t hurt either.
    Menu
    2 Penn Plaza (7th Ave & West 33rd Street), New York, NY 10121
    No phone, email: info@thepennsy.nyc
  2. Turntable Chicken Jazz
    If you’re looking for a lively night filled with awesome chicken wings and perhaps a side of karaoke, check out Turntable Chicken Jazz. Make sure to try the Twister which is a spiral shaped potato on a stick with parmesan cheese, spicy mayo, and ketchup. If you come with a big group, get their beer tower which glows in the dark!
    Menu
    20 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001
    (212) 714-9700
  3. Keens Steakhouse
    Although it may be a bit pricey, Keens Steakhouse has some fresh and good quality meat. It is perfect for dates and special occasions. Try the mutton chop with some sautéed mushrooms or creamed spinach.
    Menu
    72 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018
    (212) 947-3636
  4. Pennsylvania 6
    Great classic American restaurant with a wonderful ambiance and good for big groups. Reminds me of the days of Mad Men in here. And they do a great martini. The blue crab mac and cheese has been my favorite near Penn for a long time.
    Menu
    132 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001
    (212) 727-3666
  5. Tavola
    It says Hell’s Kitchen, but it’s really not. Does 9th ave mean Hell’s Kitchen?? If it’s in the 30’s, it’s “near Penn Station”. Solid wood-fired Neopolitan pizza here in a no-frills, cozy spot (yes that means small). The house-made pasta is delicious too, try the “Lasagna Della Cassa”.
    Menu
    488 9th Ave (btwn 37th and 38th st), New York, NY 10018
    (212) 273-1181
  6. Jongro BBQ
    Love grilling your own meat? Check out Jongro BBQ which is one of the best Korean barbecues in the city. It’s popular late at night and great for big groups.
    Menu
    22 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
    (212) 473-2233
  7. Izakaya MEW
    Izakaya is known for their udon which is perfect on a cold day in NYC. They have a great lunch special with sushi and teriyaki bowls as well. Lunch specials are good prices but they take cash only.
    Menu
    Basement, 53 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001
    (646) 368-9384
  8. L’Amico
    Stop by L’Amico for some heavenly pizza and pasta. And don’t forget the wine. This is a cute date spot and is popular late at night too (probably because the pizza is perfect). In the summer it’s one of my faves for dining al fresco. Make sure to try their white mushroom pizza!
    Menu
    Eventi Hotel, 849 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001
    (212) 201-4065
  9. Black Iron Burger
    If burgers and craft beer are your thing, this is the place for you. Casual, lots of wood and (you guessed it!), iron decor. The namesake burger (The Black Iron Burger) and the Mushroom Truffle Burger are my faves, and don’t sleep on the aioli fries either.
    Menu
    245 West 38th St, New York, NY 10018
    (646) 476-3116
  10. The Ragtrader
    Paying homage to the Garment District days of yore, The Ragtrader and Bo Beep Cocktail & Highball Store (lounge) serves up awesome cocktails and snacks in a very spacious, vintage-style den. Their brunch is pretty awesome too and the Bacon Pizza alone is worth going back for.
    Menu
    70 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018
    (917) 261-5495
  11. ALT: A Little Taste
    This hidden coffee shop is a real gem and very European-bistro-chic. It has minimal seating, but it’s a great one to stop by for a coffee and a croissant, if you’re in a rush and feeling the hunger. BONUS: they have excellent iced coffee with COFFEE ICE CUBES. Try their lattes as well!
    Menu
    148 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001
    (212) 431-1000
  12. The John Dory Oyster Bar
    Not only is The Ace Hotel a beautiful spot to grab a drink, but inside you’ll find The John Dory – one of my favorite spots near Penn. Their Happy Hour specials are on point, and you must try the Parker House Rolls! And if you actually eat oysters, the Oyster Pan Roast is a great dish.
    Menu
    1196 Broadway (at 29th St), New York, NY 10001
    (212) 792-9000
  13. Hanamizuki Cafe
    Hanamizuki is known for their tasty rice balls and miso soup. If you have room for dessert, try their
    green tea roll cake. Everything is also super cheap/affordable here.
    Menu
    143 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001
    (212) 695-5533
  14. Friedman’s
    There are so many delicious meals with gluten free options at Friedman’s! The gluten free chicken and waffles are popular here along with the pastrami hash. My favorites are the salmon salad and the fish tacos.
    Menu
    132 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001
    (212) 971-9400
  15. Beyond Sushi
    Looking for some vegetarian/vegan sushi? Check out Beyond Sushi with favorable delicious options. They have very creative and unique rolls. Try out the spicy mango roll with the black rice or the mushroom roll. They have great tofu sauces as well! 
    Menu
    134 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018
    (212) 564-0869
  16. Citizens of Chelsea
    This café decorates their plates beautifully and each one is unique and colorful. They have abundant healthy selections such as the smashing avocado and salmon eggs. Perfect for brunch with a group of friends.
    Menu
    401 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001
    (646) 649-3079
  17. Hill Country BBQ
    This is one of my favorite BBQ spots in NYC – the ribs and brisket are amazing. They even have Frito Pie! Which is really just a bag of fritos with chili, cheese and sour cream on top, but you can’t be mad at that. Big space, great meat, lots of beer. Perfect meal.
    Menu
    30 West 26th St, New York, NY 10010
    (212) 255-4544

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