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The best restaurants near Penn Station

Whether you're a local or commuter, find a solid meal at the best restaurants near Penn Station in NYC

By Dan Q Dao and Time Out New York contributors

Although considered by some to be a culinary wasteland, the area near Penn Station and Madison Square Garden has its own share of mouthwatering dining options. Within a 10-minute walk lie loads of restaurants near Penn Station including Midtown restaurants offering diverse cuisines ranging from Italian to Korean BBQ. Whether you're waiting for a train or looking for a pre-concert dinner, here are the best restaurants near Penn Station.

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Top restaurants near Penn Station

1. Keens Steakhouse

Restaurants Steakhouse Midtown West

The ceiling and walls are hung with pipes, some from such long-ago Keens regulars as Babe Ruth, J.P. Morgan and Teddy Roosevelt. Even in these nonsmoking days, you can catch a whiff of the restaurant’s 120-plus years of history. Beveled-glass doors, two working fireplaces and a forest’s worth of dark wood combine with a menu highlighting mouthwatering steaks and a three-inch-thick mutton chop.

2. L’Amico

Restaurants Italian Chelsea

With L’Amico, Laurent Tourondel's Italian-inflected American restaurant in the right wing of the Eventi Hotel lobby, the French-born chef taps into one of the most democratic yet dissentious of eats: pizza. Pulled from one of two copper wood-burning ovens—the second is dedicated to firing tendrils of octopus and Calabrian-chili–smacked orata—the small-scale rounds sport the blister and blackening of much mightier pies. 

Her Name is Han
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3. Her Name Is Han

Restaurants Korean Midtown

Kihyun Lee named the sister restaurant to Take 31 after his mother, and the inspiration at this self-styled Korean soul food spot is home cooking. Small plates include an innovative take on dukbokki and japchae noodles with garlicky short-neck clams. Larger dishes include slow-cooked pork belly served with kimchi and spicy seafood stew with beef dumplings.

Larb Ubol
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4. Larb Ubol

Restaurants Thai Hell's Kitchen

At this low-key Hell's Kitchen eatery, chef Ratchanee Sumpatboon (Zabb Elee) turns out specialties from northeastern Thailand such as kao moo dang (roast pork, sweet sausage and half-boiled egg) and yen ta fo (sour and spicy noodle soup with fish balls, squid and tofu).


5. Lucy’s Cantina Royale

Restaurants Mexican Midtown West

Former Tao executive chef Sam Hazen oversees a SoCal-infused menu at this Baja-style Mexican restaurant and bar offering 80 types of tequila catering to the after-work crowd. Sip your margarita at the surf-inspired communal tables or relax on the cantina-style rooftop. 

6. Madangsui

Restaurants Korean Midtown West

Just three blocks north of Koreatown’s central 32nd Street stretch, this restaurant serves excellent barbecue and other traditional dishes. Servers help set the pace for the meal here by tending to the tabletop grilling. The food comes almost instantly though, so finish your dumplings and appetizers before asking them to fire up those decadent chunks of rib eye and fatty slices of pork belly.

Salumeria Biellese
Photograph: Jessica Lin

7. Salumeria Biellese

Restaurants Delis Chelsea

Since 1925, this Italian food purveyor has been making and selling an impressive selection of sausages and cured meats. We especially like their domestic take on Italian lardo, made by seasoning Berkshire pork fatback with rosemary, pepper and spices, then burying it in salt for at least 30 days

Stella 34 Trattoria
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8. Stella 34 Trattoria

Restaurants Italian Midtown West

It's a little slice of Italy in America's department store—as part of a $400 million, four-year renovation, Macy's historic flagship has transformed its sixth floor into a grand 267-seat Neapolitan trattoria with expansive views of the Empire State Building via floor-to-ceiling windows

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