The World Cup is upon us, and there’s no time like the present to use soccer as an excuse to eat and drink like a champion. We’ve previously published a list of the city’s best soccer bars. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 great venues celebrating the tournament with screenings, sure, but also specials and deals. So, you know, even if you couldn’t care less about the teams in the running, at least you can eat and drink well.
Huertas, 107 First Avenue, 212-228-4490
This Spanish tapas bar is hosting World Cup viewing parties each Sunday at noon. Check out a game while you drink $3 kalimotxos and Estrella Dramms, and taste dishes that represent the teams playing, done with a Spanish twist. The Swiss battle the French this Sunday, so look for Swiss rostï “bravioli” and crêpes with chistorra sausage and pipperade, each $5.
Red Rooster, 310 Lenox Avenue, 212-792-9001
Red Rooster’s put up a pair of 70-inch screens — one on the patio, one in the bar — for the duration of the tournament, and it will show every match. Stop by for an afternoon match, and you can order from a special World Cup-themed bar menu (look for the Hand of God chicken sandwich with apple slaw and Red Stripe BBQ sauce; Drogba’s mom’s lamb tostadas with injera crisps, roasted tomato yogurt, and cilantro; and head butt wings with Rooster hot sauce and buttermilk blue cheese.) Sip $5 chicharritos, made with Modelo Especial, Cholula, lime, and salt, and challenge someone to a little foosball — the restaurant brought in tables for the occasion.
Botequim World Cup Pop-Up, 132 Fourth Avenue, 212-432-1324
Brazilian-born chef Marco Moreira is implementing a pop-up restaurant for the tournament, and he’ll be serving food that reflects his roots. Wash it down with a caipirinha or infused cachaça, and be on the look out for live music.
The Daily, 210 Elizabeth Street, 212-343-7011
Head to The Daily, which will screen every single game of the World Cup, and drink for a cause: The bar is donating $1 per cocktail to Kick4Life, an organization that uses soccer to reach impoverished children in Lesotho. Sibling concepts Saxon + Parole and Madame Geneva will run the same drinking incentive, though they’ll only be screening screen select games. Look for rotating food specials at Saxon + Parole.
Terroir Murray Hill, 439 Third Avenue, 212-481-1920
This wine bar plans to broadcast every game of the World Cup, and you can stop by each match 30 minutes before it starts to pregame. Look for global menu offerings like smoked pork sliders, fried lamb sausage, and World Cup chicken wings with dips inspired by the competing nations, and sip country-themed drink specials: vodka shots or white Russians for $8 when Russia plays, 20 percent off all mezcal when Mexico takes to the field, and Riesling for Germany.
Edi & the Wolf, 102 Avenue C; The Third Man, 116 Avenue C
This pair of Austrian venues will screen every game of the tournament, and during the games, you’ll be privy to happy hour drink prices ($5 beer, $8 wine/cocktails) at The Third Man. Edi is offering a schnitzel burger and a Radeberger pilsner for $15. Make reservations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicane, 430 Broome Street, 212-226-5999
This new-ish French Mediterranean restaurant will screen every game, which also means it will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Look for a special midday menu and happy hour pricing on drinks.
Falansai, 112 Harrison Place, 347-599-1190
This Bushwick Vietnamese joint will show every game from now until the end of the tournament, and extending its hours on Mondays and serving snacks during the daytime. Look for items like Bushwick wings, imperial rolls, summer rolls, and green papaya salad.
Zeppelin Hall, 88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City, 201-721-8888
This massive Jersey City biergarten will show the game on nine big screens — the largest of which is 200 inches across. The venue kicks off the Cup with half price Coors Light beers, and it will offer discounts on beers from around the world (it pours more than 50 on tap). Look, too, for specials that celebrate teams in the tourney — a Germany grilled bratwurst sausage sampler, Spanish tortilla de patatas, Brazilian Bauru, Argentinian empanadas, Italians meatballs, English fish and chips, Nigerian Suya, Japanese shrimp tempura, and more.
Daruma-Ya, 428 Greenwich Street, 212-274-0428
Head to this Japanese Izakaya when either Japan or the U.S. is playing, and you’ll get a free round of beer each time one of those teams scores a goal. If Japan wins, you’ll also get a daruma good luck dolls