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
- 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.
2 Penn Plaza (7th Ave & West 33rd Street), New York, NY 10121
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- 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!
20 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001
This is for the one who loves a seasonal, new American joint that’s trendy as well as delicious. If you’re looking for a more casual scene, this might not be your best bet. It’s a small and popular space so reservations are highly recommended. If you’re going for dinner, get the katsu sandwich, Forbidden rice, and the wagyu.
- 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.
72 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018
- 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.
132 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001
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”.
488 9th Ave (btwn 37th and 38th st), New York, NY 10018
- 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.
22 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
- 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.
Basement, 53 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001
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!
Eventi Hotel, 849 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001
- 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.
245 West 38th St, New York, NY 10018
- 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.
70 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018
- 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!
148 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001
- La Pecora Bianca – I always recommend LPB to friends and followers alike; they make all of their pasta in-house, and I have trouble picking a favorite. The gramigna is most popular, with sausage, broccolini, garlic, and pecorino, but I also love their cacio e pepe, rigatoni with ricotta, and garganelli with mushrooms, pesto and parm. Don’t sleep on the whipped ricotta and truffle honey either, and wash it down with their house rose, white or red!
1133 Broadway (at 26th), New York, NY 10010
- 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.
143 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001
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.
132 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001
- 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.
134 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018
- 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.
401 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001
- Hill Country BBQ
This is one of my favorite BBQ spots in NYC – the ribs and brisket are amazing. They even have Frito Pie or sometimes referred to as a “walking taco”. It’s 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.
30 West 26th St, New York, NY 10010