Most fans’ (including the President’s) brackets are in shambles, thanks to all the upsets and the Final Four being held in Indianapolis, so this may be the championship in which you should go to a party when the big game comes around. (Congrats to Cornell and Syracuse for being the only New York teams still hanging in the NCAA as we go to press.) Two sports bars we recommend: Bar XII (206 East 34th Street, 212-595-9912) has two bars, 20 plasma screens, 12 smaller screens, and, if that’s not enough, “sound dogs,” which let you plug into audio for the game of your choice from a barstool. They have a terrific menu with conventional bar food, but for a change of pace, try their bruschetta, chicken sliders, or comfort food like mac-and-cheese. Manny’s on Second (1770 Second Avenue, 212-410-3300) just doubled their taps to offer an amazing 24 different drafts. With two floors and more than 40 flat-screens, there’s lots of room. And go for the wings—among the best we’ve tried!
Mon., April 5, 9 p.m., 2010