Off the Beaten Path - Fourth Edition - Garden Burger

When you hear the words, “floor seats for the Knicks”, certain things come to mind.  The glitz, the glamour, Spike Lee, Woody Allen, celebrities, the Knicks dancers. . .and. . .a burger?  Well, maybe not a burger, and after sampling the Madison Square Garden burger you would be right to ignore it.

I was lucky enough to sit courtside for the last Knicks/Celtics game of the 2009 – 2010 season and, thankfully, one of the last few games of the Knicks’ lousy season in general.  While the Celtics are getting ready for a playoff run, the Knicks players (which, by the way are huge up close) looked more like they were trying to figure out their first post season tee-time.  Enough about basketball though, this is a burger blog.

When you sit courtside you are given a menu with various snacks/drinks and can order from a waitress like at a restaurant.  A “runner” then brings you your treats so you never have to miss a moment of the action.  The menu is, like the Knicks, uninspired and has the typical nachos, burgers, hot dogs, beer, etc.  As is my duty, I ordered the burger, which is described as two ¼ lb. patties with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion.

After waiting for over a quarter for the food to arrive, it finally came.  The burger looked as you might expect, mass produced, cold, and flavorless.  It was two ¼ lb patties that might as well have come right out of the school lunch cafeteria.  The cheese was processed, and barely melted.  The burger had crunchy bits of fat in them, though the condiments were fresh.

The Garden might be the greatest show on earth, but it’s certainly not because of the burger.  One would think that for the price of a floor seat, the Knicks would put some effort into the food offerings.  Alas, however, they don’t because they probably don’t have to.  This is New York, and people are going to pay for the seats regardless.  While the burger was lousy, the night was amazing, the game and company were fun, and the Knicks ended up pulling it out which was a nice bonus.  My recommendation, go to the Garden, cheer on the Knicks, have fun with your friends, but eat before you go.

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