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 Station. If you think I’ve missed any, add a comment and I’ll look into it!
PS the phone links are links to the Google Search for the restaurant. You’re welcome.
Penn Station Dining Guide
- Skirt Steak
If you’ve been anywhere in the area and have seen a longggg line wrapping around the corner of 6th ave and 30th street, it’s probably for this place. Brought to you by Chef Laurent Tourondel, Skirt Steak offers a Prix Fixe all you can eat steak and fries scenario for $39 pp. That’s about it. They also have salad (yawn but it was good) and a garlic bread so rich you may want to run away with it.
No Phone but here’s the Google
I can’t believe I forgot this one on the first go-round! Legasea is a great spot in the Moxy Hotel, literally two blocks from Penn Station on 36th and 7th. Great bar and an inviting space that’s not too big or too small. The Spicy Crab Beignets are their staple; four savory little bites and a perfect way to start the meal. Don’t sleep on the mac n cheese either. Absolutely delicious. I was dipping my fries in the cheese sauce all night..
485 7th Ave, New York NY
- Piggyback by Pig & Khao
If you haven’t been to Pig & Khao downtown (first off, fix that) and you find yourself in Midtown, try their sister restaurant, Piggyback. Chef Leah Cohen is amazing (check out her IG for great recipe vids); I love the Korean Honey Butter Wings, the Brussels Sprouts, and the Lumpia. Pretty much any dish I’ve had there is great. They also have a massive space in the back that you can rent out for private events/parties.
140 West 30th St, New York NY
- 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
- 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
- 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
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