Super Bowl in the City: NYC Gets the Best of the Big Game

By  January 31, 2014

After months of anticipation, city-wide soirées, and Polar Vortex preparations, New York and New Jersey residents are finally ready for some football!

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Leading up to the coldest Super Bowl in history, the isle of Manhattan and its outer boroughs professed NFL fandom with some of the best parties winter has ever seen. VH1 televised Super Bowl sprees with six days of concerts featuring J. Cole, Cover Girl Janelle Monáe, and Fall Out Boy. Pepsi overtook Bryant Park and dubbed the now-domed space #PEPCity, an outpost that merges the diversity of New York City with the many flavors of PepsiCo through installations, performances, and live art. Time Warner Cable invaded Highline Stages for a week-long buildup that included a tailgate experience catered by chefs from the Food Network’s Chopped. And CÎROC replicated L.A.’s Bootsy Bellows at the Liquid Cellar where Stacy Keibler cozied up to her new beau Jared Pobre.

And there’s more in store for the big game.

For roughly 82,566 fans, that means bundling up to watch the Seahawks and Broncos battle it out at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. For New York City’s remaining millions, that means tailgating in the comfort of your home or friendly neighborhood bar. For the social set—those more interested in being seen at the right Super Bowl party than actually watching the game—this list is for you.

The Place: The Chester
The Deets: For $70, enjoy game time at the Gansevoort Meatpacking’s resident eatery where passed hors d’oeuvres, food platters, and specialty cocktails will abound. Who knows—you might run into Victoria’s Secret model Nina Agdal or New York Ranger Ryan McDonagh, patrons of the bi-level establishment.

The Place:  The Sea Fire Grill
The Deets: This midtown mainstay will offer buffet-style bites and an open bar for guests during the entire game for $150; but if you’ll be en route to Jersey for kickoff, there’s something sweet in store for you, too. Stop by with your game ticket or stub and receive a free slice of New York-style cheesecake! Super Bowl and sweets? Sign us up please!

The Place:  The Windsor
The Deets: If you’re up for double duty, then The Windsor’s West Village and Gansevoort Park parties may be for you. Both venues are starting up on Saturday, February 1st with tailgates that will last until 5:00 p.m.; on Sunday, The Windsor West Village will offer free draft beer with any brunch entrée order. Down for some indulgence? Split a $400 Kahlua ice cream sundae and bottle of Fireball Whisky amongst friends at both shindigs.

The Place: The 40/40 Club
The Deets: For the biggest day in football, why not spend it at the biggest sports bar in the city, namely one run by Jay Z? New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, and Brooklyn Nets player Alan Anderson have already been spotted there this week, and D’USSÉ will undoubtedly be on deck!

The Place: Empire Steak House
The Deets: Where else can you get a succulent Super Steak Bowl to enjoy over the Seahawks-Broncos bout? Chef Jack Sinanaj, the Jack in Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, will unveil the dish on game day: a 20 oz. filet mignon carved in the shape of a football.