New York: Where to Eat While Watching the Super Bowl
Plenty of bars are showing the Super Bowl in New York City (just about all of them, in fact), but what if you actually want to sit down and enjoy a meal while taking in the big game this weekend? While crowding in at the bar certainly has its charms (especially if you’re surrounded by people who happen to be cheering for the team you’re rooting for), there’s something to be said for having a seat all to yourself, and being able to relax with some solid food while watching the world’s largest sporting event.
Trying to figure out which restaurants are showing the game, especially on more than one small TV, can be a daunting task, so we’ve done the work for you and assembled a roundup of 10 restaurants (including one club that serves food, if that’s your thing) that not only are showing the game, but have plenty of TVs and/or big screens, so you can watch comfortably. Most even have special menus, because there’s something about the Super Bowl that makes us crave delicious fried snacks.
TOY Oyster Bar
Located in the Meatpacking District’s clubby Gansevoort Hotel's TOY restaurant, this oyster bar will be offering a special Asian-inspired menu devised by chef Doron Wong, including spicy tuna toro, shrimp toast cigars, lobster dumplings, tempura oysters, Chinese fried chicken wings, and tori dango (chicken meatballs). The real standout, though? Oysters for just $1. Two-for-one buckets of Peroni are available for $45, and complimentary specialty shots will be handed out during halftime.
Treehouse Bar at David Burke Kitchen
If your version of the ideal Super Bowl party includes a whole roast pig and $5 bottles of beer, then Treehouse inside SoHo's James Hotel is the best option around. Watch the game, have your fill of roast pig with all the accompaniments for $25 per person, and drink some $5 specials including bottles of Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sam Adams Seasonal, Peroni Lager, and something intriguingly called "Whiskey in a Jar."
Chef Marc Murphy’s low-key restaurant with locations in the West Village and the Upper West Side will be showing the big game on plenty of TVs, with specials including BBQ "Pig Wings," fried oyster sliders, chicken wing dip, and $4 draft beers. You can also rent out a private dining room at their Upper West Side location.
Del Frisco’s Grille
This Rockefeller Center hot spot is offering up some high-quality football-watching food, including cheesesteak eggrolls served with a sweet and spicy chile sauce and honey mustard, lollipop chicken wings served with an avocado ranch dressing, and pimento cheese fritters served with a chipotle ranch sauce. Private dining rooms are also available.
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
Guaranteed to be a full house come game time, this mini-chain of wildly popular barbecue-centric bars, with five Manhattan locations, will be offering up their full barbecue menu and broadcasting the game from 40 TVs at each bar, on average. If you’d prefer to bring the Brother home with you, they’ll deliver a full tailgate package right to your party. It sells for $19.95 per person and includes hot wings, rib tips, hush puppies with maple butter, chicken fingers (original, Buffalo, or chipotle) and spinach and artichoke dip.
If bottle service is your style, Madison Square uber-hot spot the 40/40 Club could be a very solid option. They’re booking tables that seat four to 10 people, and each includes chips, salsa, guacamole, buckets of beer, and bottle service. The VIP treatment will cost you, though: a table for four starts at $750.
This taqueria will be projecting the game onto three huge screens, and will be serving up tacos filled with fish, short rib barbacoa, and shrimp. Drink specials will include spiked horchata, red sangria, and micheladas.
This West Side brewpub will be hosting something that’s becoming harder to find these days: an all-you-can-eat-and-drink extravaganza. For $45, you’ll get unlimited boar chili, nachos, flatbreads, taquitos, house-brewed beers, wines by the glass, and well drinks. The party will rage from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hill Country BBQ Market
If down-home Texas barbecue is your thing, Hill Country is the place to head to for the big game. Lots of special items are being added to the menu for the day, including a house-made hot link on a bun with mustard and sauerkraut, chips and queso or guacamole, and build-your-own brisket tacos, along with beer specials like $4 PBR tallboys.
Bounce Sporting Club
With two locations in the city, in the Flatiron District and on the Upper East Side, this sports bar and nightclub has developed a reputation for its inventive wings. If you anticipate some flavor fatigue from eating too many standard Buffalo-style wings, it might be a good idea to drop in and try their Indian-spices and Korean-flavored offerings.