From Our Editors
Located just a few blocks from Madison Square Garden, some might argue that Smithfield is an even better place to take in a game. Here, hard stadium seating is replaced by reclaimed wooden stools and leather couches, and the bar's staff has taken great pains to place each LED HDTV––there are 25 total—so that patrons have a perfect view no matter where they sit. Long lines at the concession stand won't be missed either after one glance at the menu, where dishes such as dry-aged beef burgers with candied foie gras or crispy polenta with short-rib ragu showcase fresh, local ingredients that are delivered daily. Instead of adhering to a one-size-fits-all atmosphere, Smithfield provides each of its three stories with a theme and appropriate name. The downstairs tavern greets guests with exposed brick, warm lighting, and a long wooden bar where bartenders sling drafts from local breweries such as Sixpoint and Ommegang and fill glasses with an astonishing number of whiskies to temper the anxiety from watching an overtime shootout or an uncomfortably honest postgame interview. Upstairs, the more intimate Market Bar plays host to private parties and Sunday-evening jazz sessions, while just one flight up lies the Wallace Room, named for Sir William Wallace and replete with rich mahogany. One imagines that Scottish football manager Sir Alex Ferguson must have felt right at home here during his recent visit.