It’s that time of year again, our favorite day to gorge on chili and cheap American beer, relish TV commercials when they’re actually making an effort, and pretend we like football. This Super Bowl season, Pats fans fresh off the Amtrak from Boston can cluster at Times Square’s Tir Na Nog pub for a $55 open bar and dinner deal, or venture down to Professor Thom’s in the East Village, a notorious Patriots drinking hole that has appeared repeatedly on “New York’s Top 10 Douchiest” bar lists (though today, you might find the unchecked bro-culture charming). Seattle expats can head up to the Carlow East on the UES. Designated the “Official Seahawks Nest,” the place really went wild with its party last year, as you can imagine. For an entirely different scene, Bushwick’s Pine Box Rock Shop, also flying with the Seahawks, will be hosting their 100 percent vegan game-day party once again, serving up all the kale and craft ale you can handle. But if you’re not feeling the Super Bowl, try a soup and bowl — The Brooklyn Soup Takedown, the proclaimed “opposite of winter,” will heat things up with a whole different kind of competition this afternoon. Littlefield will host a bevy of homemade soups and stews going spoon to spoon for the sampling. The prize? Your taste buds.
Sun., Feb. 1, 2 p.m., 2015