Food & Drink

9 Restaurants Near Penn Station That Don't Suck

New York We're under no illusions here: dining options around Penn Station are worse than Thanksgiving Eve at Penn Station. But, as it's the busiest passenger transportation facility in North America, there's bound to be someone out there who wants/needs a place to feed other than at Rose Pizza at 3am. So, here are nine restaurants worthy of consideration, one of which is definitely Rose because obviously. More Stuff You Will Like

<h2>Best Mexican/margaritas:&nbsp;<a href="…; target="_blank">Lucy's Cantina Royale</a></h2>

<em>1 Penn Plaza</em><br />
The fare is your standard Americanized Mexican and the rooftop patio has a decent view of the Empire State Building, which is all you need/want when you’re throwing back beergaritas -- giant, strong margaritas with a Corona dumped right in -- before hopping on NJ Transit to see Beyonce at MetLife/your Mother in Camden.

<h2>Best White Castle:&nbsp;<a href="…; target="_blank">White Castle</a></h2>

<em>525 8th Ave</em><br />
It's open 24 hours and, in a truly interesting twist, it's a White Castle.

<h2>Best steakhouse/mutton chop:&nbsp;<a href="…; target="_blank">Keens Steakhouse</a></h2>

<em>72 W 36th St</em><br />
Founded in 1885, it has the largest archive of smoking pipes in the world -- thousands upon thousands line the interior, and include ones smoked by&nbsp;Teddy Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and "Buffalo Bill" Cody.&nbsp;Definitely try the famous mutton chop at least once in your lifetime, but&nbsp;if you're not particularly into old sheep,&nbsp;fall back on the prime rib.

<h2>Best burger:&nbsp;<a href="…; target="_blank">Black Iron Burger</a></h2>

<em>245 W 38th St</em><br />
With a double 4oz patty, horseradish cheddar, stout caramelized onions, and horseradish mayo, the Black Iron Burger is the presumed centerpiece, but the patty melt is a sleeper hit. Trust us.

<h2>Best upscale smorgasbord:&nbsp;<a href="…; target="_blank">The Pennsy</a></h2>

<em>2 Pennsylvania Plaza</em><br />
This 8,000sqft food hall boasts eats from a roster of serious culinary talent, from burrito-sized sushi rolls by Chef Franklin Becker to the first brick-and-mortar location by Pat LaFrieda (!). Put down that Auntie Anne’s pretzel, grab a doughnut from the Cinnamon Snail, and be prepared to miss your train.

<h2>Best daytime&nbsp;pizza:&nbsp;<a href="…; target="_blank">Pizza Suprema</a></h2>

<em>413 8th Ave</em><br />
<a href="…; target="_blank">Colin "Slice Harvester" Hagendorf</a>,&nbsp;who had a moment a few years ago when he successfully ate pizza at every spot in the city, rated the crispy-crusted plain slice above all others. It's definitely up there with the best of 'em.

<h2>Best late-night pizza:&nbsp;<a href="; target="_blank">Rose Pizza</a></h2>

<em>Penn Station</em><br />
There’s not one, but&nbsp;two&nbsp;locations with these huge, cornmeal-studded-crust specialty pies on the LIRR center strip inside Penn Station, so if the friends you lost at some point during the night aren’t waiting for the 4:14am back to Huntington at the first one, they’re definitely at the second. Barbecue or Buffalo chicken is the move.

<h2>Best meat shop:&nbsp;<a href="…; target="_blank">Salumeria Biellese</a></h2>

<em>378 8th Ave</em><br />
Specializing in super-tasty cured meats and house-made sausages since 1925, this old-school Italian deli also prepares a ridiculous meatball Parm hero.

<h2>Best actually good Neapolitan pizza from a restaurant in a Macy's:&nbsp;<a href="; target="_blank">Stella 34 Trattoria</a></h2>

<em>151 W 34th St</em><br />
Everyone knows department store restaurants are&nbsp;<em>amazing</em>,&nbsp;but&nbsp;Stella 34’s wood-fired Neapolitan with fior di latte mozzarella, Caputo flour, and San Marzano tomatoes sets a entirely new standard for pizza that can be purchased in the same location as a Nautica blazer. And the view from the 6th floor of the Macy’s flagship is impressive enough to write home about, but who does that anymore?

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Carrie Dennis is an Associate Editor for Thrillist and ate approximately 43 slices of Rose pizza last year. Follow her on Twitter @CarrrieDennnis.