Standing on the sweltering platform at Penn Station, you watch your train close its doors and take off without you – sucks. The next train departs in 78 minutes, and you refuse to occupy a seat often used as a bed for the homeless.
What do you do? Exit Penn Station and head upstairs to The Pennsy, an 8,000-square foot food hall and revitalized beer garden featuring oversized patio tables, stadium seating and 48 taps of seasonally rotating beers, ciders, cocktails, and wines. Missing that train suddenly doesn’t seem so bad.
Last July, The Pennsy Food Hall renovated, revamped and expanded becoming the “social hub” of food, entertainment and bar programming for local businesses, commuters, families, neighbors, tourists, and fans at Madison Square Garden. It re-launched with new vendors joining notable vets behind the counter, one being The –newly-managed and enlarged – Pennsy Bar.
Powered by HPH Hospitality (behind award-winning Dead Rabbit), The Pennsy Bar provides highly-crafted cocktails – classic, seasonal and “tall boy” options – alongside specials tailored to artists, events and sporting games occurring at The Garden on any given day.
To celebrate Billy Joel’s show at MSG on Friday, October 20th, the Pennsy will be featuring a specialty cocktail: Billy’s Long Island with vodka, rum, tequila, gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa (or blood orange) soda; served tall in a 16oz glass.
Also, The Pennsy Bar plays with the age-old Pennsylvania vs. New York rivalry by offering local beers from vying cities, Philadelphia and New York. Check out the selection of brews on the rotating screens above the expansive bar. With beer, comes wine; choose from 15 wines by the glass and bottle options.
On top of scheduled events at The Garden, the food hall hosts occasional DJs and entertainment lineups (in case you don’t snag Billy Joel tickets in time). Pro-tip: Platinum screens broadcast games and live-stream concerts happening just steps away. Jump from a high-top table to one of 380 outdoor seats without placing your drink down. Scope out your next food conquest as a server delivers another round to the patio. Make the on-site bar and “garden” a destination before and after shows at The Garden – Doors close at 2:00AM leaving enough time for a nightcap. Do return on the weekends for buzzy brunch ‘tails and sports on TV – #SAFOB
Similar to The Pennsy Bar’s specific drink specials, you can tailor the flavors to your individual taste at Taco Dumbo’s cold-pressed margarita bar. First, choose from a list of liquors including tequila, mezcal, vodka, rum and sake.
Next, select your favorite, freshly cold-pressed juices filled with accurate flavors and nutrients including Pineapple/Turmeric, Watermelon/Lime, Cucumber/Mint and more. Lastly, add a colorful spicy, sweet or savory rim – Served neat or on the rocks. Pair with a trio of tacos like Rotisserie Chicken “Tinga,” Spice-Rubbed Cauliflower, or Charred Tofu Steak.
Additional food vendors include: renowned butcher Pat LaFrieda’s namesake; approachable vegan from street to station, The Cinnamon Snail; fast-casual sushi bar, Sabi Sushi; Neapolitan pizza outpost, Ribalta Mo’ and veggie-focused, gluten-free counter, The Little Beet.
The Pennsy details
2 Pennsylvania Plaza (W. 33rd St & 7th Ave.)
The Pennsy Food Vendors
Daily: 11:00AM – 9:00PM
The Pennsy Bar
Daily: 11:00AM – 2:00AM