It’s a safe bet that you could wander down to your local sports bar come Sunday and find the Super Bowl on TV. Chances are, though, you’re going to be fighting for a seat and eating mediocre food. Consider checking out one of these ten parties instead — or, if you’re a Patriots or Seahawks fan, finding your ilk at an official viewing party.
The Gander, 15 West 18th Street, 212-229-9500 The Gander is hosting a $55 all-you-can-eat-and-drink party in its brand-new private dining room. Your entrance fee gets you access to unlimited wings, sliders, ribs, mac and cheese, and more, as well as coolers and kegs of Budweiser and PBR, and a special Super Bowl cocktail. If you can save yourself until halftime, you can get in on a wing-eating contest.
The Pines, 284 Third Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-596-6560 This Gowanus restaurant will show the game via projector, paired with all-you-can-drink draft beer and Chef John Poiarkoff’s takes on tailgate food. Specials include venison chili and buffalo sweetbreads. You can also dig in to the full dinner menu.
The Meatball Shop, 200 Ninth Avenue The Chelsea location of the Meatball Shop will screen the game at its downstairs bar and event space, Underballs, where it’ll serve free mini Chicken Buffalo Balls through the first quarter and $4 PBRs all night.
Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn; 718-522-2110 This new brewery is setting up a pair of projectors, and you don’t need a reservation to score a seat. Look for discounted pitchers and buckets of shorties, and partake of Super Bowl food from Mile End Deli. The menu includes fried curds, fried pickles, a Jersey-style hot dog, schmaltz wings, smoked meat nachos, and poutine potato skins.
Ditch Plains, 29 Bedford Street, 212-633-0202 Marc Murphy’s West Village restaurant is serving a special menu on Sunday, which includes three different kinds of wings, jalapeño and cheddar tater tots, nachos with guacamole, crab dip, the Ditch Dog (a hot dog with mac and cheese), and a lobster roll. Watch the game on one of five TVs, and order a pitcher or two of beer.
Burke & Wills, 226 West 79th Street, 646-823-9251 In addition to showing the game on two screens, this bar will offer happy hour all night. Fill up on two-for-one drinks, $1 oysters, and Aussie-inspired Super Bowl snacks like mini sausage rolls and mini savory pies.
The Village Pourhouse, 64 Third Avenue, 212-979-2337, and 962 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-979-2337 The East Village location of this popular sports bar is offering $14 Bud Light pitchers and a $40 all-you-can-eat wings and slider buffet during the game. On the Upper West Side, the prices for the same drop to $12 for the pitchers, $30 for the buffet. Either way, plan to get there early — this place fills up.
Paulaner, 265 Bowery, 212-780-0300 Festivities start at this German beer bar at 3 p.m., with organized beer pong and games. Settle into the game with special menu items, including chicken wings with special sauce, the XLIX burger (Paulaner’s bratwurst burger with sauerkraut and mustard on a pretzel bun), a foot-long turkey sub, fried pepperjack-stuffed meatballs, and chili con carne.
Leave Rochelle Out of It, 205 Chrystie Street, 212-673-2400 Score a bucket of six Budweiser cans for $20 or sip draft Stella for $6, and pair it to a bowl full of whiskey wings. The bar will screen the game with sound, and table reservations are available from 5 p.m. to close.
River Styx, 21 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-383-8833 This Greenpoint bar is bringing in TVs for the Super Bowl — plus fog and smoke machines, and laser and LED lights — and it’s offering a special menu in celebration. That list includes nachos (some of the best in the city, for our money), burger sliders, jalapeño poppers, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken fingers, and buffalo wings. Look for cocktails served in trophies and buckets of beer, too.
If you’re a Patriots fan:
Chapter One, 33 Greenwich Avenue, 212-842-9146 This American tavern is serving a Patriots-themed menu that includes 25-cent bourbon-glazed duck wings, $1 oysters, $1 sliders, New England clam chowder, and complimentary lentil fritters, house-made sausage pigs-in-blankets, and brown-butter popcorn. Wash it down with $1 PBR cocktails, $5 Jack & Ginger cocktails, and $5 draft pints, and get in on the halftime parlor games. Festivities start at 4 p.m.
Tír na nÓg Times Square, 315 West 39th Street, 212-760-0072 This is the official bar for Patriots fans in NYC. Come game day, it’ll offer a $55 open bar and food package. You will definitely need a reservation.
Professor Thom’s, 219 Second Avenue, 212-260-9480
Riviera Café, 225 West 4th Street
If you’re a Seahawks fan:
McSwiggans, 393 Second Avenue, 212-683-3180 Carlow East, the official Seahawks bar in NYC, has sold out its gathering, but you can head instead to its sibling, which is offering a five-hour open bar from 6 to 11 p.m. plus a food buffet during the game. You’ll need to spring for the $125 ticket ($100 if you bring cash to the bar).
Central Bar, 109 East 9th Street, 212-529-5333 No reservations are required at this ‘Hawks bar. It’s offering pitcher, bucket, and shot specials, plus party favors.
Beast of Bourbon, 710 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn; 347-789-9901 The owner of this Bed-Stuy tavern is a Seahawks fan, which means you can expect to find a large Seahawks crowd congregated. It’ll offer a wing-eating contest at halftime.
Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn; 718-366-6311 This bar is owned by a pair of Seattle natives. On Super Bowl Sunday, you’ll find two-for-one pints of Sixpoint Beast Mode, Seahawks-themed cocktails, chili, nachos, and chili mac from Champs Family Bakery.
Feile, 131 West 33rd Street, 212-695-1122