Hello March Madness fans coming to the final Big East tournament here in Midtown Manhattan and the Atlantic 10 tournament at the brand new Barclays Center in my personal borough, Brooklyn. When you're not cheering on your favorite team in the tourney or just enjoying some games here are some good places to see while your here in New York.
Big East Tournament: This is the final year for the Big East tournament with teams like Syracuse and Notre Dame, (moving to the ACC), while the catholic schools like Georgetown, Villanova, St John's will form a new Big East.
The games are played at Madison Square Garden so let's first get you some good places to eat and watch the game at in that area .
For those of you still waiting to be near the stadium and catch some local fans I suggest Foley's at 33rd St between 5th and Broadway. You'll love the sports memorobilia from basketball , boxing, soccer and baseball. Another good bar just down on 33rd street are Legends and right near the garden is Stout. If the rest of the family have to go Rockerfeller Center and Times Square just head up to Tonic at 47th street and 7th Avenue for a good sports bar scene.
The Ace Hotel at 32nd & Broadway has a good bar scene and restaurants to visit if you want to get away from March Madness and make a little self induced madness out of your trip.
If it's time to hit a few nightclubs may I suggest going out to the Meatpacking District, 9th Avenue and 14th street but dress to impress and bring lots of money because it gets a bit expensive down there.
Aaaah to me for a casual visitor to the city you've really hit the jackpot in restaurants and a real NYC neighborhood vibe in Brooklyn with Park Slope and Ft. Greene both nearby.
First if you like sports bars near the stadium the closest is Buffalo Wild Wings inside Atlantic Terminal. Another good bar to watch the game is Mullanes Bar & Grill on Lafayette and Fulton Street a 10 min walk past the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The best is a short cab ride away at a place called 200 5th on 5th Avenue and Union Street.
When it comes to restaurants oh that's where your in luck. Just stroll up Flatbush Ave, going up a slight incline and you will find a number of restaurants rest bars that you'll love instantly. Quite the culinary treat is Kaz n Nou a great French-Caribbean restaurant that BYOB which lucky enough a wine store right both right off Flatbush Avenue and 6th Avenue.
SugarCane also off Flatbush Avenue and 6th Avenue is a very slick, sexy cool spot for Caribbean style cocktails and good things to nibble on (don't buy a meal its better apps than meals for the money here)
On the opposite side of the Barclays toward Fulton street is Ft. Greene one of the better neighborhood vibes in all of New York City. Around Lafayatte and Fulton street look for Mo's, Mulane's Grill and Der Schwarz Kolner a great German beer house.
I hope this is a guide helpful for everyone visiting the city!!!