All New Yorkers have found themselves in the midtown, Penn Station area with time to kill before a concert, sporting event, or train to Philly—and discovered only fast-casual chains and grimy bars. But you don’t have to settle for warm beer and a Subway sandwich. Follow our pre- and postgame plan instead.
EAT: Chow Down at Cho Dang Gol
Order Korean classics including scallion pancakes, bulgogi, kimchi, and tofu hot pot at this Koreatown spot. 55 West 35th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), Midtown West
DO: Hit Madison Square Garden for Your Event
If time didn’t allow for the Korean feast at Cho Dang Gol, look for David Chang’s Fuku kiosk, outside section 119 on the main concourse, for a habañero-seasoned fried chicken thigh with butter pickles on a potato roll. 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Midtown West
DRINK: Sip Cocktails at the elegant Nomad Bar
The Nomad Bar executes a perfect balance between neighborhood tavern and upscale cocktail bar, with a menu by chef Daniel Humm, who also helms the kitchen of Eleven Madison Park. 10 West 28th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Broadway)