Madison Square Garden's current food offerings leave something to be desired. My brother Jonathan, an avid Knicks fan, puts eating at the Garden thusly:
You can get a hot dog inside of a knish, which sounds delicious but tastes absolutely disgusting. A lukewarm hot dog wrapped in potato really says it all about the food. Ranch One is by far the highlight, or maybe the pretzel rod you get with your beer at certain stands.
So just about anything would be an improvement for most attendees at the Garden. Management has gone above and beyond, though, recruiting talent including Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Jean-Georges, ABC Kitchen), Andrew Carmellini (Locanda Verde, The Dutch), Drew Nieporent (owner, Cochon, Nobu, Tribeca Grill), and Jeremy Marshall (Aquagrill) to open brand new concepts at the arena. In addition, Hill Country Barbecue and Carnegie Deli will be serving up some of the sandwiches that New Yorkers already may be familiar with. Look for the new stands at the Garden to start opening in November.
After a recent press preview, we're optimistic about the food situation at Madison Square Garden. Everything we tasted was good; some items, like Vongerichten's chicken sandwich, were absolutely fantastic.
It of course remains to be seen how these foods will fare in the wild, being made on the large scale required at the Garden, but from what we tasted, these new food offerings are a step in the right direction. They certainly beat a lukewarm hot dog wrapped in potato, although it should be noted that prices for all of these items have not been posted.
Click through the slideshow for a closer look at what management is calling the MSG Signature Collection.