A Sloppy Joe Sanctuary Opens Near MSG

Not shown: Sloppy Joes and bleary-eyed Knick fans.Photo courtesy Cooper's Tavern

Heading up our short list of new hotel restaurants this week was Coopers Tavern, a new meatery over in the New Yorker Hotel, and as such a welcome option for postKnicks games, for those few fans who will actually have an appetite after watching the team this season. As Rob and Robin point out, Coopers is one of few restaurants here that attempts a serious Sloppy Joe, this one courtesy of braised short ribs. (No words on whether a can of Manwich sauce goes into the mix.). Hot-dog quartets and seafood melts round out the bar sandwich menu, but theres other stuff too, some of it looking pretty high-end, and priced accordingly. But somehow after you watch the Knicks' offense, we bet Sloppy Joes will suffice.

Coopers Tavern: New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Ave., at 35th St.; 212-268-8460.

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