By Andrew Rice
If You Are Rooting for the Patriots
225 W. 4th St (at 7th Ave.), rivieracafeny.com.
Not everyone who likes football likes the Giants, even though they probably should. For Boston expats or simply those who love Tom Brady, root for the Patriots at the city’s original Beantown sports bar, with 16 HD TVs, fried foods and lots of drafts for game day. Even if you’re not interested in football, the place has an impressive view of Sheridan Square.
For the Die-hard Giants Fan
255 E. 14th St. (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), blindpigbar.com.
You don’t have to spend big to bleed blue. Blind Pig takes that 1920s speakeasy feel and tosses in more flat screens than those that shine on the Vegas strip. Chow down on the football food of the gods with their impressive wing menu, where everything is delicious. Be sure to get there early so you’ll have a place to stand!
For the Best, Cheapest Drinks
219 2nd Ave. (betw. 13th & 14th Sts.),
The establishment is named after Professor Jerry Thomas, the first American bartender. While this is another New England bar nestled in a sea of blue, the watering hole boasts a large selection of draft beers, cheap pitchers, even cheaper shots, 17 LCD flat screens and legendary nachos to boot. The tailgate party starts at 3 p.m. with a two-hour open bar and free party favors. After the game, enjoy getting home when they start their famous reverse happy hour, which goes from 10 p.m. until closing.
For the Best Eats
225 Park Ave. S. (betw. 18th & 19th Sts.), wildwoodbbq.com.
With lots of BBQ options and a huge bar, snack on some delicious ribs or pulled pork sandwiches as you watch the game. Wildwood also has a good selection of beers on draft—if you’re lucky and guess the winning team, you’ll get a chance to win a free keg!
If the Viewing Experience Matters to You
The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern
Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl St. (at Broad St.), frauncestavern.com.
What better way to watch NY go head to head with the Pats than on an 80-inch projection screen with surround sound? $50 gets you access to an open bar and an all-you-can-eat buffet filled with all your football essential food groups: wings, nachos, sliders, potato skins and more.
If You Are Going for the Party
149 Bleecker St. (at Thompson St.), wickedwillys.com.
For $45, drink as much domestic beer and scarf as many wings down as you can possibly handle here. If the 15-foot theater screen and 10 big-screen plasma TVs aren’t enough, there is always the chance for your own piece of glory with their plethora of beer pong tables and cheap pitchers.
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