Sunday, February 6, 2011

It's Super Bowl Sunday: My Favorite Time to Eat and Watch Commercials

For me Super Bowl Sunday is all about good friends, good commercials and good eats. I'm not really a football fan. I wanted to offer some suggestions about good places to gather if you feel like going out today.

If you're looking for something higher-end than a sports bar with something other than beer, chicken wings and chili, the choice is Tony May's SD-26 (San Domenico) on Madison Park. In this Italian bistro's private balcony room, they'll be broadcasting the game and you'll be feasting on a buffet and wine bar starting at 5pm. This is a buffet I'll enjoy: cheese and salumi, homemade pastas, sausage with broccoli rabe, Nathan's hot dogs (what a cute idea), porchetta on rosetta rolls, tripe, fruit tarts and petits fours. Yum. Be sure to check out their electronic wine card. http://www.sd26ny.com/,
19 East 26th Street, 212-265-5959

And, for those of you wanting a rowdier, beer-filled evening -- here are a few options:

Upper West Side and Midtown
Carmine's brings you their acclaimed spicy scarpariello chicken wings, TVs in the bar area and the restaurant's enormous family-style portions of hearty Italian fare. Or take the party home with Carmine’s famous pasta and meatball trays, or a pile of Italian, chicken parmigiana and Philly cheesesteak subs, priced by the foot. http://www.carminesnyc.com/
2450 Broadway (UWS), 212-362-2200; 200 West 44th Street (Midtown), 212-221-3800

Times Square
Kosher foodies and wine drinkers have a Super Bowl sports bar option at the Theatre District’s Clubhouse CafĂ© . Classic fare ranges from burgers and foot-long hot dogs to fried chicken and mashed potatoes, along with a not-so-classic chocolate salami dessert (as well as other sweets for the less adventurous). http://www.clubhousecafe.net/
155 West 46th Street, 212-354-3838

Meatpacking District
Sports and celebrities sightings are possible at the new SNAP (Sports Nightlife And Pastime) on 14thStreet. This always-packed spot has a vintage ambiance and a 30-foot hand-carved bar. The state-of-the-art 20-foot long LED tri-color ticker provides constant game updates so you won’t miss a thing as you stare at at 16 high-def screens. Drink specials and the “Face-Off” table, where opposing teams’ fans sit on either side of the table and literally face as they party, that's a recipe for Super Bowl party bliss. http://www.snapsportsbar.com/
248 W. 14th St., 646-350-0539

Union Square
Super Bowl Sunday is a full-day event at The Village Pourhouse , running from 1pm -1am in the main bar or the pub's private party spaces,. An on-site beer sommelier will help you select from their more than 100 beers from 20 different countries. All meals come with a beer pairing, and there’s a Beer Passport Program so you can drink and earn stamps to earn an "I Drank around the World at The Village Pourhouse" souvenir T-shirt. 22 HDTV’s will broadcast the game. http://www.villagepourhouse.com/
64 Third Ave., 212-979-2337

West Village
Packers fans will feel right at home at Kettle of Fish , arguably the best place to watch a Green Bay game after Lambeau Field. There's complimentary cheese, crackers and summer sausage; the bar’s extensive beer selection; and a great view of the game on one of the bar’s TVs. http://www.kettleoffishnyc.com/
59 Christopher St., 212-414-2278

Financial District
Southwest NY’s contemporary Southwestern cuisine and plasma screen TVs is the closet thing to Cowboy Stadium in NYC. Chef Wade Burch’s eclectic cuisine, featuring real Texas chili and slow smoked brisket, pairs wonderfully with the bar’s selection of Texan and Mexican beers, and 50 margaritas. There'll be prizes and giveaways, too. http://www.southwestny.com/
225 Liberty Street, 212-945-0528

Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Brewery and the Brooklyn Winery team up for the first ever Brooklyn Bottle Bowl, taking place at the Brooklyn Winery beginning at 5pm. Fans 21 and over can watch the game on the winery’s two giant-screen TVs while tucking into a buffet of subs, chips, dips and other munchies. Choose from reserved-seat drink-and-munchies packages or take your chances for a spot at the cash bar. Other Super Bowl fun: fans can document their festivities at the Bottle Bowl’s Magnolia Photo Booth, or join in a Super Bowl Point Pool, winning prizes at the end of each quarter. http://www.bkwinery.com/
213 North 8th Street, Brooklyn, 347-763-1506

Queens
It's party time in Queens at MexiQ Kitchen & Draught with $3 beer specials and BBQ with a Mexican twist. The MexiQ Appetizer Tasting includes achiote BBQ wings, guacamole, truffled mac and cheese with an herbed panko crust, and a ceviche flight with octopus, shrimp and sea bass. . Free game-day giveaways include growlers (beer thermos) and team-colored shots to celebrate each Superbowl touchdown. www.mexiqny.com/
37-11 30th Ave., Astoria, Queens; 718-626-0033

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