The Super Bowl’s debut in the Big Apple has the city’s restaurant industry abuzz with offers. From fan friendly events to bars that have more TVs than Best Buy, there are plenty of reasons to skip the home made onion dip and head out into the wild blue yonder for the game. But before you do, here’s a useful guide for the best places to explore this coming week.
Astoria/Long Island City, Queens, Sunday
The Strand Smokehouse, 25-27 Broadway, Queens
A good party involves plenty of beer and professional cooking. This barbecue and craft beer roadhouse has taken care of that, plus it’s offering buy backs via a pre-paid card system: 50 percent added value for any card purchased (cards range from $50 to $200; purchase a $50 credit, for instance, and receive $75 worth of food and drink). Stuff your face on a menu full of turkey legs, ribs, and pulled pork; wine on tap, spicy cocktails, and beers with funny names round out the drinks list. The game will be broadcast on a large screen projector, so an early arrival is suggested to ensure you catch all of the action — or at least the Full House reunion commercial.
Tailgate Around the 5 Boroughs, Whiskey Park, 100 Central Park South, Sunday
Five delis — including Zito’s from Brooklyn and Tino’s Deli on Arthur Avenue — will compete in a battle for best sandwich in the boroughs. Guests can choose from three heroes with a side salad for $15, and bartenders will mix up cocktails like the Pigksin, a bacon-infused bourbon with maple syrup and orange bitters. The sports friendly lounge also has a pool table and eight big screen TVs.
Bar None, 98 Third Avenue, Sunday
Darts, cheap brews, and super friendly bartenders make this East Village party pad a go-to for Saints and Vikings fans during season. But since those teams aren’t in it anymore, everyone is welcome to take advantage of the bar’s generous drink specials. Cheap Bud and Bud Light are a mainstay here. Add in plenty of cheap grub like This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef nearby.
The Bell House, 149 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn
This indie venue is mostly known for its live musical and comedy shows like Point Break Live, but come Sunday, all eyes will be on the television. This free event is breaking out the beer cheese to go with $4 Sixpoint Brews starting at 5:30 p.m. Look for complimentary chili and wings at halftime.
Friday Night Lights, Hudson Hotel, 356 West 58th Street, Friday
Sometimes big events aren’t just about the game — they’re about the cool people that come out to make appearances. Hosted by Rick Ross along with DJ Khaled and featuring NFL legends Warren Sapp and NY Giant Hakeem Nicks, this Friday night party celebrates Def Jam’s 30th anniversary with an evening of dance moves fitting enough for the end zone. MICK will be on hand to pump up the crowd Richard Sherman style, while Miller Lite will dole out its latest beer offerings. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased on the party’s website.
Madison Square Garden/Chelsea
The 50 Yard Lounge, One Penn Plaza, Wednesday through Sunday
The Super Bowl is bringing some unique events to the city, and it’s also transforming a commuter’s nightmare into an armchair quarterback’s paradise. From January 29 through Sunday, February 2, a collection of NFL greats like Cris Carter and Joe Theismann will join celebrity chefs like New York’s own Marc Forgione, Michael White, and Alex Guarnaschelli for tasting events like a burger bowl. There will also be a “Jets House” fan center as well as live musical performances throughout the experience. A full line up of chefs, football personalities, and ticket information can be found on the 50 Yard Lounge’s web site.
Stella 34, 151 West 34th Street, Sunday
If you find yourself at Macy’s on Super Bowl Sunday after an all day shopping affair (perhaps you’re being forced to compromise with your better half?) head immediately to Stella 34 Trattoria and relax with some rice balls. The restaurant overlooks the Empire State Building and “Super Bowl Boulevard”, while the Italian feast for $80 provides you unlimited food and drink. Snack on pizzas, calamari, and Super Bowl team themed sandwiches all night long. Craft beer, cocktails, and plenty of vino are also available in the package, which can be reserved through the restaurant’s website.
The Stag’s Head, 252 East 51st Street, Wednesday and Sunday
Starting the party early is completely fine during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. Head over to this craft beer cave where you’ll find a Seattle-Denver brewery showdown featuring ex-Buttermilk Channel chef Bruce Dillon grilling up Jersey Italian hot dogs. Additional tailgate treats like disco fries and mini franks in a blanket are also on the menu; they’re complimentary from 6 to 8 p.m. Representatives from both breweries will be on hand to guide tastings, flights, and discuss each beer. On Sunday, the bar will offer $2 Checker Cab Blonde mugs and half price wings as well. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the bar directly.
Murray Hill/Kips Bay
Bottomzup Bar & Grill, 344 Third Avenue, Sunday
Let’s face it, if you’re under 25, enjoy polo shirts, and are out on Super Bowl weekend, you’re probably stumbling around this neighborhood — and not for the chicken curry. Instead of bar hopping, we suggest heading straight over to this tech savvy bar to charge up your iPhone, grab a portable radio, and watch the game on one of 45 flat screen TVs. The kitchen here specializes in regional tailgate foods like Juicy Lucy sliders and buffalo chicken empanadas, and it will be adding food and drink specials to represent Denver and Seattle. Additionally, the venue will host a raffle with prizes given out at the end of each quarter — you have the chance to win a flatscreen HDTV.
Celebrity Beach Bowl, Hudson River Park, Pier 40, Saturday, 10 a.m.
A little sand goes along way, especially when it’s February. Bringing together a trifecta of awesomeness — Hall of Famer Joe Montana, comedian Tracy Morgan, and model Chrissy Teigen — this free event is the epitome of an tailgater’s dream come true. The festivities include a concert by Paramore as well as a celebrity filled flag football game, with Food Network’s Andrew Zimmern hosting the halftime show.