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What to Eat at Madison Square Garden, 2016 Edition

Dining options inside the Garden

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Madison Square Garden's sprawling space boasts stands from an impressive list of chefs and restaurateurs, including Andrew Carmellini, Jean-Georges, Drew Nieporent, and David Chang. Options include everything from tacos to sausage, and fried chicken sandwiches to smoked brisket. Here's a guide to eating at The Garden, with top picks and food by section.

MSG's Five Standouts

Daily Burger by Drew Nieporent: Operated by famed restaurateur Drew Nieporent, Daily Burger serves a serious namesake item. The meat is a custom blend from Pat LaFrieda (blend of brisket, short rib and chuck), topped with bacon jam and cheesy sauce. [107, 116, 210, 306]

Fuku Chicken: David Chang opened the third location of his chicken sandwich restaurant Fuku inside The Garden earlier this year. Located on the sixth floor, the stand serves the spicy fried chicken sandwich from the East Village original, plus fries and a selection of Milk Bar cookies. [119 on the SAP Madison Concourse.]

Hill Country Barbecue Market: One of New York's most respected barbecue joints has a stand in MSG, serving smoked brisket on a potato bun and a sandwich of medium-rare prime rib with jus, on a roll. [107]

Carnegie Delicatessen: This stand serves the same thinly-sliced and fatty pastrami that made the Midtown deli famous. The only difference is that here you get a giant pile of meat on a bun for just $15 (a two dollar savings compared to the original). Creamy knishes are just $5. [105, 204]

Sausage Boss by Andrew Carmellini: The King of Noho consulted on this sausage stand specializing in hot dogs. The pork sausage "pizzaiolo" with sweet peppers, tomatoes, and onions seems to be the one to get. There's also cheddar-stuffed bratwurst. [107, 223]

Photo via Andrew Carmelinni

Photo via Andrew Carmellini

Dining by location

SAP Madison Concourse

Bar at the Garden: Sip beer, wine, and cocktails, and watch the event on TV. [105, 119]

Bottled Beer/Draft Beer: Budweiser in bottles, to go plus Bud and Bud Light on tap. [109, 110]

Carlos & Gabby's Glatt Kosher Mexican Grill: Kosher food including chicken taquito dogs, knishes, and pastrami sandwiches. [111]

Carnegie Delicatessen: This stand serves the same thinly-sliced and fatty pastrami that made the Midtown deli famous. The only difference is that here you get a giant pile of meat on a bun for just $15 (a two dollar savings compared to the original). Creamy knishes are just $5. [105]

Casa Nonna by BLT: The giant restaurant group is serving Neapolitan-style pizzas in three flavors: cheese, mushroom, or pepperoni. [117]

Chicken & Fries: Chicken strips and french fries. [109, 115]

Coffee and Desserts: A sweets stand serving a few items from Bouchon Bakery and Magnolia. [114]

Daily Burger Drew Nieporent: Restaurateur , the king of Tribeca, operates this burger shack. Drew put some thought into the burgers here: the meat is a custom blend Pat La Frieda patty — a blend of brisket, short rib and chuck — topped with bacon jam and cheesy sauce. This is one of the best things to bring back to your seat. [107, 116]

Farley's: Beer and mixed drinks in a space that somewhat resembles a pub. [112]

Fuku Chicken: David Chang opened the third location of his chicken sandwich restaurant Fuku inside The Garden earlier this year. Located on the sixth floor, the stand serves the spicy fried chicken sandwich from the East Village original, plus fries and a selection of Milk Bar cookies. [119]

Garden Market: Hot dogs, chips, and sodas. [104, 108, 112, 115, 120]

Garden Pub: A place to drink beer and watch the game on TV. [102]

Gluten Free at the Garden: A small selection of entirely gluten-free sandwiches and snacks. [112]

Hill Country Barbecue Market: One of New York's most respected barbecue joints has a stand in MSG, serving delicious smoked brisket on a potato bun, and a sandwich of medium-rare prime rib, with jus, on a roll. Exactly what you want to eat when you're watching the game. [107]

Ice Cream: A variety of soft serve. [110]

Jean Georges Simply Chicken: Chicken sandwiches, chicken salads, and chicken dogs from Jean-Georges Vongerichten. [106, 112]

Jean Georges Simply Tacos: Tacos from the Michelin-starred chef. [112]

La Esquina Nachos: From the Nolita standby, nachos with a variety of toppings like chicken and pork, plus sides like Mexican grilled corn. [112]

Mixed Drinks: Cocktails to go, but not the top-shelf stuff. [103 and 114]

Popcorn and Drinks: Sodas and movie theater-style popcorn. [113, 120]

Sausage Boss by Andrew Carmellini: The King of Noho consulted on this sausage stand specializing in hot dogs. The pork sausage "pizzaiolo" with sweet peppers, tomatoes, and onions seems to be the one to get. There's also cheddar-stuffed bratwurst. [107]

Uncle Jack's Steak Sandwich: This stand by William Jack Degel serves a steak sandwich, and nothing else. [116]

Garden Concourse

Bar at the Garden: More booze options. [204, 211]

Carnegie Delicatessen: This stand serves the same thinly-sliced and fatty pastrami that made the Midtown deli famous. The only difference is that here you get a giant pile of meat on a bun for just $15 (a two dollar savings compared to the original). Creamy knishes are just $5. [204]

Casa Nonna by BLT: The giant restaurant group is serving Neapolitan-style pizzas in three flavors: cheese, mushroom, or pepperoni. [224]

Chicken & Fries: Chicken strips and french fries. [210]

Daily Burger by Drew Nieporent: The same burger offerings as on the Concourse level. [210]

Dunkin' Donuts: The one and only. [202]

Garden Market: Hot dogs, chips, and sodas. [201, 204, 207, 112, 217, 218, 225]

Garden Pub: Beer, wine, and mixed drinks. [209, 226]

Ice Cream: Of the soft serve variety. [213]

Jean Georges Simply Chicken: Chicken sandwiches, chicken salads, and chicken dogs from Jean-Georges Vongerichten. [203]

Kelvin Natural Frozen Drinks Fruit-flavored slushies from the popular food truck and Smorgasburg vendor. [221]

Mixed Drinks: Cocktails to go, but not the top-shelf stuff. [208, 215, 227]

Popcorn & Drinks: No explanation necessary. [213]

Sausage Boss by Andrew Carmellini: Another outpost of the sausage stand. [223]

Chase Bridge Level

Bar at the Garden: Beer and mixed drinks. [305]

Bridge Pub: More beer and mixed drinks. [320]

Casa Nonna by BLT: Plain cheese, mushroom, or pepperoni-topped Neapolitan-style pizzas. [321]

Chicken and Fries: Fried chicken strips and fries. [304]

Daily Burger: The same burger offerings from Drew Nieporent as on the Concourse level. [306]

Garden Market: Hot dogs, chips, and sodas. [318, 322]

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