Known as “The World’s Largest Arena,” Madison Square Garden not only offers first-class entertainment, but food from some renowned eateries across the Big Apple. Whether people are looking for burgers or sandwiches, they can grab a bite at one of these spots. By John Friia
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While New York’s most famous deli closed at the end of 2016, people can still experience the iconic cuisine of the Carnegie Deli at Madison Square Garden. Located in the Madison Concourse, people can head to section 105 to order their favorite sandwich. Whether people are watching the Knicks or Rangers, fans can enjoy some of their popular sandwiches, including pastrami, corned beef and turkey on rye bread. A meal at Carnegie Deli is not complete without ordering one of their potato knishes.
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With multiple locations throughout Manhattan, Kobeyaki opened an outpost at Madison Square Garden and adds new type of cuisine for fans. Serving their flavorful Japanese dishes, the restaurant offers braised pork buns, tempura sweet potato fries, or their chicken teriyaki bowl, which can be served over rice or as a salad.
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The brainchild of famed chef David Cheng, Fuku specializes in fried chicken sandwiches and recently added a location in The Garden. Patrons can also snag cookies from Milk Bar in various flavors, including the signature “Compost Cookie,” packed with pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, graham cracker, butterscotch and chocolate chips.
Daily Burger by Drew Nieporent
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From concerts to hockey and basketball games, a burger is one meal that is ideal for any event. Restaurateur Drew Nieporent opened two locations of Daily Burger on the sixth floor. It might be hard for people to decide what specialty burger to order, but patrons can always chow down on the namesake burger, topped with cheese and a savory bacon and onion jam. Paired with French fries, this dish is favorite among regular visitors of The Garden.
Hill Country Barbecue
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New Yorkers are familiar with the irresistible dishes of Hill Country Barbecue, and now they can enjoy their signature bites during a game. While the line might be long, it is worth waiting for their chopped barbecue brisket sandwich with potato salad and confetti coleslaw. Fans can satisfy their sweet tooth with one of their mini pies, including apple, key lime and lemon meringue.
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For an elevated taste on a traditional game day food, people can stop by Sausage Bar in the SAP Madison Concourse. Opened by award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini and his partner, the duo opened two locations in the arena to serve their signature Italian sausage sandwiches. Fans can enjoy their exclusive bites, including the AC’s Italian Link Pizzaiola with sweet peppers, onions, oregano, cheddar cheese bratwursts and mustard sauce.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.