The Penn Station area is a rather dismal neighborhood for dining and imbibing. American Whiskey, then, brandishing comforting tater-tot poutine and beef brisket sliders, is a savior for commuters and pre-concert revelers at Madison Square Garden. With 150 U.S-made whiskies on the list—and barrel-aged cocktails—to explore, taking a later New Jersey Transit train is inevitable.
THE DRINK TO DRINK:
Out on the Roof, a just-in-time-for-fall blend of Knob Creek, Crème de Poire William, applesauce, fresh lemon and cinnamon.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Maybe it’s that proximity to MSG, but sports are taken very seriously here, which leads to a love-it-or-hate-it bro’ish atmosphere. Die-hard University of Georgia fans relish it here, making reservations in advance for watch parties.