2015 Super Bowl Party Takeout Food Power Rankings
After three rounds of notably controversial playoff games, the stage for Super Bowl XLIX is set. While substantial fan populations of New York have opted to block out the memories from the season (and in some cases, opted not to form them at all), New Yorkers will take any opportunity to congregate over food and beverage on what is often annually the most viewed television event in America and the second largest day for food consumption.
Denizens of the city are often willing to leave the details to professionals, making catering and delivery an attractive option. Not all options, however, are created equal. For the second year in a row, we break down the offerings based on these considerations:
- Completeness. In football, you need to win in all three phases of the game: offense, defense, and special teams. With food, you need the same balance of sweet, savory, and girth.
- Versatility. You never know when there'll be an early run on the dips, so the rest of the spread has to be able to pick up the slack. There's no I in "team."
- Novelty. If the game isn't competitive, you'll want to have something that makes the game memorable.
- Cleanliness. The prototype party food doesn't require many utensils and are small atomic units. Who knows how long that half of a stromboli has been a free agent?
- Durability. Order too much food that doesn't keep well, and your refrigerator is in for a long offseason.
Guacamole en Molcajete
Wildcards 14. Rosa Mexicano, multiple locations, 212-397-0666 Offer: The Guac-to-Go Party Pack is Rosa Mexicano's delivery offering of its signature dish, Guacamole en Molcajete, combined with house-made tortillas and chips. Available in batches suitable for parties of varying sizes (five, ten, fifteen, twenty), it comes to $5 per person. Scouting Report: While a league stalwart, guacamole faces increased competition from upstart dips. Deadline: Delivery: Friday, January 30, 2015, at 5 p.m.
13. Tipsy Scoop, 646-812-4996 Offer: A six-pack of pints of the most popular flavors from Tipsy Scoop, including: Cake Batter Vodka Martini ice cream, Spiked Hazelnut Coffee ice cream, Dark Chocolate Whiskey and Salted Caramel ice cream, Raspberry Limoncello sorbet, Mango Margarita sorbet, and Vanilla Bean Bourbon ice cream, delivered in dry ice for $75. Scouting Report: Boozy ice cream is a welcome entrant to the arena and a tremendous option for finishing with a flourish, but you can't finish before you start. Deadline: Delivery: Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
12. dell'anima, L'Artusi, L'Apicio, 646-517-1109 Offer: The team behind dell'anima, L'Artusi, and L'Apicio offer a customizable snack, slider, pasta, and dessert menu at the cost of $45 per person. Highlights include: Frito pie, honey sriracha chicken wings, lamb ragu sliders, strip steak sliders, chocolate sea salt cookies, hazelnut torta bites, cannoli, and almond financiers. Scouting Report: While the flexibility is impressive, Saints fans will point out that writing big checks doesn't guarantee success. Deadline: Delivery: Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
11. Mayhem & Stout, 711 Second Avenue (between 38th and 39th Street), 212-986-1600 Offer: The slow-braised meat sandwich team at Mayhem & Stout is offering three-foot versions of its sandwiches intended to feed ten to twelve for $125. Choices include The Dragon (pulled pork with spicy slaw), the Maple (braised short rib and brisket), and the Buffalo (pulled chicken). Sandwich trays for smaller parties and mac and cheese are also available. Scouting Report: While the Mayhem & Stout was the reigning champion, new entrants have upped the ante. Parity is good for the league. Deadline: Pickup: 24 hours in advance.
10. Num Pang, 1129 Broadway (between 25th and 26th streets), 212-647-8889, order by email Offer: The Super Pang is a Gronkowskian three-foot sandwich from Cambodian sandwich shop Num Pang. Intended to feed ten to twelve, the $125 Super Pang is available as: Five-Spiced Pork Belly, Num Cubano (pulled pork, ham, swiss), Peppercorn Catfish, Roasted Cauliflower with eggplant spread, and Hoisin Meatball. Additional offerings include a spicy Cambodian slaw, spicy chicken wings, and forties of Olde English and Miller High Life. Scouting Report: Inventive flavor combinations at brutish proportions. If you win, you'll know why. If you lose, you'll know why. Deadline: Pickup: Friday, January 30, 2015.
9. BLT Prime, 111 East 22nd Street (between Park and Lexington), 212-995-8500, email to order BLT Steak, 106 East 57th Street (between Park and Lexington), 212-752-7470 Offer: BLT Prime ($65 per person; four person minimum): pulled beef, creamed spinach, potato salad, and chocolate espresso brownies. BLT Steak ($350): ribeye cheesesteaks, short rib chili, kale dip, truffle baked potatoes, chocolate chip cookies, and salted caramel brownies. Scouting Report: If cheesesteaks were meant to be associated with the Super Bowl this year, the Eagles probably should have left this guy off their roster. Deadline: Pickup: BLT Prime — Wednesday, January 28, 2015; BLT Steak — Monday, January 26, 2015
8. Uncle Boons, 7 Spring Street (between Bowery and Elizabeth), 646-370-6650 Offer: Intended to feed six, the $150 Super Bowl Package features dumplings, two whole red curry and lime fried chickens, mango salad, jasmine rice, tamarind margarita mix, and ice cream sandwiches. Additional guests can be added for $25 per person. Scouting Report: While the combination would make for a formidable sit-down meal, this is the equivalent of a team that plays well at home in a domed stadium, but may struggle in an outdoor situation. Deadline: Pickup: Friday January 30, 2015.
7. Birds & Bubbles, 100B Forsyth Street (between Grand and Broome), 646-368-9240 Offer: Birds & Bubbles offers two packages for the Super Bowl: (1) the Snack Pack ($105), intended for six to eight people, which includes queso and chips, deviled eggs, cheese and crackers, chicken tenders, and cookies; and (2) the Super Bowl Winner Winner ($200), intended for eight to twelve people, which includes deviled eggs, cheese and crackers, whole fried chickens, mac and cheese, slaw, collard greens, biscuits, and banana pudding. Scouting Report: Unfortunately, the bubbles don't travel with the team and you'll have to find your own replacement bubbles. Deadline: Pickup: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 4 p.m.
Contenders 6. Meatball Shop, multiple locations Offer: "Bucket O' Balls": 25 meatballs (chicken, veggie, spicy pork, beef) paired with a sauce selection for $45. The Daily Ball for the Super Bowl will be the Pizza Ball. Scouting Report: Ball deflation has never been a more pressing topic. Deadline: Pickup: Saturday, January 31, 2015.
5. El Toro Blanco, 257 Avenue of Americas (between Houston and Bleecker), 212-645-0193, order by email Offer: Dishes designed for ten to twelve people include the guacamole ($60), empanadas ($40), and roasted chicken tacos ($40). A complete Super Bowl package ($250) is also available. Scouting Report: Go ahead and select from among the four different types of empanadas, four types of tacos, and five sides; the friendly price points allow for customization that won't break the bank. Deadline: Delivery ($25): Friday, January 30, 2015, at 3 p.m.
4. Seoul Chicken, 71 Clinton Street (between Rivington and Stanton), 646-838-6066 Offer: With a range of platters that includes combinations of Korean-style fried chicken and Banh Mi meatballs ($110–$175), Seoul Kitchen complements wings with offerings such as pulled pork, shrimp, ribs, kimchi fries, fried cauliflower, mac and cheese, potato skins, and cole slaw. The delivery fee for orders over $200 is waived. Scouting Report: With so many worthy offerings on the roster, the salary cap is difficult to manage. Deadline: Delivery: 48 hours in advance.
3. Root & Bone, 200 East 3rd Street (at Avenue B), 646-682-7080 Offer: East village fried chicken newcomer Root & Bone is offering its award-winning sweet-tea-brined fried chicken as well as brisket biscuit sliders, deviled eggs, mac and cheese, and barbecue pork chops. Scouting Report: If a widely lauded new establishment makes its wares available in bulk for a party, you could be the MVP. Deadline: Delivery: no deadline.
2. Alder, 152 Second Avenue (at 10th Street), 212-539-1900 Offer: The Super Bowl package ($50) for six to eight people includes: twelve ounces of foie'camole (avocado, foie gras terrine), twelve ounces of beer cheese, a bag of pimenton chicharrones, and a bag of tomato-powder-dusted masa chips. Scouting Report: Alder is the American pub–style restaurant by molecular gastronomy pioneer Wylie Dufresne. Sometimes you just need to put your faith in contrarians and experimenters. Deadline: Pickup: Friday, January 30, 2015.
Champion 1. Uma Temakeria, 64 Seventh Avenue (near 14th Street), 646-360-3260 Offer: The Patriots Platter ($120) includes twenty assorted hand rolls and serves eight to ten. The Seahawks Platter ($85) includes fourteen assorted hand rolls and serves six. Additional sides include spicy cucumbers, slaw, kale, and seaweed salad. To top it off, six-packs of Blue Moon ($18) and Asahi ($25) can also be included. Scouting Report: Temaki is a cone-shaped sushi roll and thus in no way can be reasonably split, making it a near-perfect party food. Factor in the ability to have beers delivered, and you get the complete package. Deadline: Delivery: 24 hours in advance.
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