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Shake Shack in Penn Station
Shake Shack in Penn Station
Nick Solares

Where to Eat and Drink Near Penn Station

Escape for a drink and some dinner nearby the cursed transportation hub

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Shake Shack in Penn Station
| Nick Solares

It’s no pleasure to travel through nor near Penn Station, but it’s often a necessary evil, whether for heading out of town or meeting visitors. When finding oneself in that situation and in need of a meal, here’s where to go for full-on dinner or a stress-soothing drink.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Shake Shack

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1 Penn Plaza, Lower Concourse
New York, NY

If in need of a quick meal and some booze, then let Shake Shack save the day. Find comfort in the now-classic New York burger with a side of cheese fries and a local beer — or three.

A view of Shake Shack in Penn Station as commuters rush by Nick Solares/Eater

2. Keens Steakhouse

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72 W 36th St
New York, NY
(212) 947-3636
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Keens is the quintessential New York City steakhouse, with its retro environs, top-notch martinis, iconic mutton chop, and standout dry-aged burger. There may be no better place to take a visitor or stop on the way out of town than this institution that has been in the same spot since 1885.

A mutton chop on a white plate with salad, surrounded by a knife and fork on a white tableclothed table
Keens’ mutton chop
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3. Riko Chelsea

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409 8th Ave
New York, NY 10001
(212) 643-7555
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This local Peruvian mini-chain is a welcome respite from the soulless global chains in the area. Feast on flawless roast chicken and bright ceviches with sides like rice, velvety beans, and crispy tostones.

A white plate with roast chicken, beans, and rice Riko [Official Photo]

4. The Pennsy

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2 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY
(917) 475-1830
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Surprise — there’s a colorful food hall above Penn Station. For vegans, Little Beet has rolls and bowls, and Cinnamon Snail has offbeat sandwiches. But for meat eaters, Pat LaFrieda’s steak sandwich is king and Ribalta’s Neapolitan-style pizza is well-liked.

A shot of food hall the Pennsy, with tables with yellow chairs and various stalls Nick Solares/Eater

5. Walter's Bar

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389 8th Ave
New York, NY
(212) 502-4023
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For a straight-up drink, head to Walter’s. Darts and a pool table are welcome distractions from delays, as is the two-for-$5 PBR’s. Bonus: Outside food is welcome.

Walter’s Bar Walter’s/Yelp [Official Photo]

6. Salumeria Biellese Delicatessen

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378 8th Ave
New York, NY
(212) 737-7376
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Biellese supplies meats to restaurants around the city, but this location is for casual sandwiches. It’s ideal train food, so pop in for high-quality Italian subs for takeaway rather than be subjected to the pre-made offerings inside Penn Station.

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7. Friedman's

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132 W 31st St
New York, NY
(212) 971-9400
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Casual comfort food is on the menu here, with big salads, burgers, and tons of customizable options at affordable prices. Do beware that it gets packed pre-concerts at Madison Square Garden and does not take reservations.

8. Ichiran

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132 W 31st St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 465-0701
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Japanese tonkotsu ramen sensation Ichiran has brought its solo dining booths to Midtown, and there’s no better place to zen out than alone in one of those receptacles with a bowl of noodles soup done to exact specifications. Choose broth richness, noodle texture, and add-ons as desired.

9. Turntable LP Bar & Karaoke

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36 W 32nd St Fl 5
New York, NY
(212) 594-4344
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Penn Station will inspire anyone to drink, and when that happens, Turntable is the place to really let loose. Head over to Koreatown for fried chicken and beer set to bumping beats, with the option for karaoke, too.

10. BCD Tofu House

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5 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 967-1900
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For a very late night-slash-early morning train ride after a night out, perhaps first stop off at the open-very-late BCD Tofu House for some alcohol-soaking food. The Koreatown institution serves fiery, tofu-filled stews, bibimbap, and dumplings.

A dining room with tables one each side and yellow walls BCD Tofu House [Official Photo]

11. L'Amico

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849 6th Ave
New York, NY
(212) 201-4065
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Renowned French chef Laurent Tourondel serves pleasant pizzas, pastas, and gelato in a buzzy, airy space. This is an ideal place for meeting friends for brunch in the area.

A high-ceilinged dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows Nick Solares/Eater

12. Ferris

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44 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 213-4420
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For a downtown feel, head to this New American small plates restaurant with a slight Japanese bent. Ferris’s new chef Tyler Heckman has added dishes such as cured scallop with melon, coriander, and serrano pepper or pappardelle with peekytoe crab, sungold tomatoes, and mint to the menu.

A blonde wood-paneled dining room with blue seating and accents Noah Fecks/Ferris [Official Photo]

13. Ace Hotel New York

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20 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 679-2222
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The Ace Hotel lobby bar serves many functions, from a refuge for writers to Saturday night drinks with friends. It’s a definite scene and very New Yorky, so gym shoe-wearing tourists beware.

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1. Shake Shack

1 Penn Plaza, Lower Concourse, New York, NY
A view of Shake Shack in Penn Station as commuters rush by Nick Solares/Eater

If in need of a quick meal and some booze, then let Shake Shack save the day. Find comfort in the now-classic New York burger with a side of cheese fries and a local beer — or three.

1 Penn Plaza, Lower Concourse
New York, NY

2. Keens Steakhouse

72 W 36th St, New York, NY
A mutton chop on a white plate with salad, surrounded by a knife and fork on a white tableclothed table
Keens’ mutton chop
Nick Solares/Eater

Keens is the quintessential New York City steakhouse, with its retro environs, top-notch martinis, iconic mutton chop, and standout dry-aged burger. There may be no better place to take a visitor or stop on the way out of town than this institution that has been in the same spot since 1885.

72 W 36th St
New York, NY

3. Riko Chelsea

409 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001
A white plate with roast chicken, beans, and rice Riko [Official Photo]

This local Peruvian mini-chain is a welcome respite from the soulless global chains in the area. Feast on flawless roast chicken and bright ceviches with sides like rice, velvety beans, and crispy tostones.

409 8th Ave
New York, NY 10001

4. The Pennsy

2 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY
A shot of food hall the Pennsy, with tables with yellow chairs and various stalls Nick Solares/Eater

Surprise — there’s a colorful food hall above Penn Station. For vegans, Little Beet has rolls and bowls, and Cinnamon Snail has offbeat sandwiches. But for meat eaters, Pat LaFrieda’s steak sandwich is king and Ribalta’s Neapolitan-style pizza is well-liked.

2 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY

5. Walter's Bar

389 8th Ave, New York, NY
Walter’s Bar Walter’s/Yelp [Official Photo]

For a straight-up drink, head to Walter’s. Darts and a pool table are welcome distractions from delays, as is the two-for-$5 PBR’s. Bonus: Outside food is welcome.

389 8th Ave
New York, NY

6. Salumeria Biellese Delicatessen

378 8th Ave, New York, NY

Biellese supplies meats to restaurants around the city, but this location is for casual sandwiches. It’s ideal train food, so pop in for high-quality Italian subs for takeaway rather than be subjected to the pre-made offerings inside Penn Station.

378 8th Ave
New York, NY

7. Friedman's

132 W 31st St, New York, NY

Casual comfort food is on the menu here, with big salads, burgers, and tons of customizable options at affordable prices. Do beware that it gets packed pre-concerts at Madison Square Garden and does not take reservations.

132 W 31st St
New York, NY

8. Ichiran

132 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001

Japanese tonkotsu ramen sensation Ichiran has brought its solo dining booths to Midtown, and there’s no better place to zen out than alone in one of those receptacles with a bowl of noodles soup done to exact specifications. Choose broth richness, noodle texture, and add-ons as desired.

132 W 31st St
New York, NY 10001

9. Turntable LP Bar & Karaoke

36 W 32nd St Fl 5, New York, NY

Penn Station will inspire anyone to drink, and when that happens, Turntable is the place to really let loose. Head over to Koreatown for fried chicken and beer set to bumping beats, with the option for karaoke, too.

36 W 32nd St Fl 5
New York, NY

10. BCD Tofu House

5 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
A dining room with tables one each side and yellow walls BCD Tofu House [Official Photo]

For a very late night-slash-early morning train ride after a night out, perhaps first stop off at the open-very-late BCD Tofu House for some alcohol-soaking food. The Koreatown institution serves fiery, tofu-filled stews, bibimbap, and dumplings.

5 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

11. L'Amico

849 6th Ave, New York, NY
A high-ceilinged dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows Nick Solares/Eater

Renowned French chef Laurent Tourondel serves pleasant pizzas, pastas, and gelato in a buzzy, airy space. This is an ideal place for meeting friends for brunch in the area.

849 6th Ave
New York, NY

12. Ferris

44 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001
A blonde wood-paneled dining room with blue seating and accents Noah Fecks/Ferris [Official Photo]

For a downtown feel, head to this New American small plates restaurant with a slight Japanese bent. Ferris’s new chef Tyler Heckman has added dishes such as cured scallop with melon, coriander, and serrano pepper or pappardelle with peekytoe crab, sungold tomatoes, and mint to the menu.

44 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001

13. Ace Hotel New York

20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

The Ace Hotel lobby bar serves many functions, from a refuge for writers to Saturday night drinks with friends. It’s a definite scene and very New Yorky, so gym shoe-wearing tourists beware.

20 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001

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