The Super Bowl may be in a cold weather climate for the first time in well, ever, but that hasn’t stopped fans from celebrating all-out — and at all hours. The 50 Yard Lounge, a food and drink tent at 1 Penn Plaza, adjacent to the Jets Club, has been booming this week: featuring four quarters of food prepared by celebrity chefs daily, NFL players in line for beer on tap, live music performances, and more.
Thursday featured a 'Paris to Rome' theme, and the evening's the fourth quarter hosted a late night pre-grame pizza party, and perhaps the biggest competition in New York is that of the greatest slice. The score was close, with cheesy margarita slices from Neapolitan Express, chocolate and marshmallow pies from Max Brenner, and the spectacularly creamy Artichoke pizza all competing, all perfect snacks for watching Sunday's game. "It's like spinach and artichoke dip on a pie," one fan in a Jets jersey remarked of Artichoke as he reached for a second slice of the rich, savory treat.
Surrounded by ice sculptures carved to represent the Broncos and the Seahawks, Celebrity Cruises set up shop, with mixologist Joshua Durr of Hawthorn Beverages crafting unique cocktails including Carribbean punch and a ginger mojito. Durr chose these Super Bowl cocktails because just like Celebrity cruises, “they’re different from everything else.” Tiki drinks with fresh pineapple and palomas on tap certainly aren’t what you’d expect at your typical Super Bowl Party (maybe Hawaii will host in 2015), but they certainly add a fun, summery twist to the tailgate celebrations.
A few tickets are still available to morning and afternoon sessions at the 50 Yard Lounge. And when you're done eating enough for a football team, you can walk off some of the extra calories on nearby Super Bowl Boulevard.