Pigskin and Pork Belly: Super Bowl Sunday for NYC Foodies


For those eager to watch quarterback Eli Manning and his teammates take on the Patriots this Sunday, but less enthusiastic about the usual culinary accompaniment of wings and burgers, you're in luck. Restaurants from Momofuku Ssäm Bar to Roberta's are serving up Super Bowl specials. Composite Image: AP/Scott Audette, Flickr/Like_the_Grand_Canyon.

On Sunday, millions of New Yorkers will elbow their way through the city’s finest dive bars with the grace of Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty. In the halls of these certainly crowded, possibly sticky establishments, sports fans — including the fair weather kind — will devour a smorgasbord of wings, burgers and blanketed pigs, most of them greasy. But where does that certain class of New Yorkers, the self-proclaimed foodies, watch the Super Bowl without suffering from Ranch dressing overload?

As it turns out, the city is their Oysters Rockefeller on game day. MetroFocus brings you New York City’s most culinary-minded sports bars, most epicurean take-out platters and Yelp five-star rated restaurants where you can intercept delicious eats at every yard line.

Field Day for the Foodies

261 Moore St., Brooklyn, N.Y.

Personal pizza at Roberta's will be available for $8 on Super Bowl Sunday. Table reservations require a $300 minimum tab, but the $20 beer towers should help cover it. Flickr/Star5112

Bushwick’s gourmet pizza spot has been drawing diners from neighboring boroughs since 2008. On Sunday, Roberta’s is throwing a Super Bowl party, but there’s a $300 minimum for a table reservation. However, non-diners can make use of the restaurant’s large and heated garden space, and enjoy drink deals like a 100 oz. Bud Light tower for $20.

Birreria @ Eataly
200 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y.

Mario Batali’s primo Italian joint, perched atop Eataly, has proclaimed, “American football needs Italian food a beer.” Okay. Their $100 all-inclusive deal gets you five hours of unlimited food and Moretti Beer, surrounded by eight flat screens. That’s actually a great deal if you plan on getting sauced — two ways.

Fatty Crab
2170 Broadway, New York, N.Y.

As the only joint in the Fatty Cue empire with a television, the Upper West Side Malaysian-inspired Fatty Crab is taking Super Bowl dinner duty this year. Substitute BBQ with steamed buns and trade burgers for pork belly tea sandwiches, but don’t lockout the critically acclaimed wine list.

Sports Bars for Gourmets

Traffic Bar
701 9th Ave. New York, NY 10036

Try the Asian steak salad at Traffic Bar. The Hell's Kitchen establishment supports the Patriots, so it's a good safe space for transplanted New Englanders. Photo courtesy of Traffic Bar.

This sleek Midtown bar is home to three large televisions, and a menu boasting Mango Crab and Tuna Tartare Three Ways. Traffic’s website advertises a Patriotic allegiance, making it an ideal Super Bowl joint for the transplanted Boston blue blood.

Hype Lounge
243 E. 14th St.New York, N.Y.

The Union Square haunt Hype Lounge bills itself as “a sophisticated yet comfortable, state-of-the art venue” where fans can watch the game “in comfort while savoring reinvented, and familiar dishes from the former executive chef of La Goulue.” Also, 19 televisions and 50 kinds of beer.

The Stadium Grill
222 W. 44th St., New York, N.Y.

Located within Times Square’s Bowlmor Lanes, Stadium Grill features food by celebrity chef David Burke (burgers with Applewood bacon and tempura shrimp, and a menu item billed as “nachos in a can”). And how can you go wrong with four levels of stadium seating, positioned toward 29 HD televisions screens?

The 40/40 Club
6 W. 25th St., New York, N.Y.

40/40 is Jay-Z’s restaurant/sport bar/night club, and for a sizable chunk of change you can eat and watch sports like HOVA himself — beneath a second-story people watching catwalk and a tower of champagne, munching on aged rib-eye steak slathered in cognac, gorgonzola butter and garlic with a side of rosemary roasted potatoes.

Bon Vivant Take Out

Momofuku Ssäm Bar
207 Second Ave., New York, N.Y.

Pictured above are the usual table fixins at Momofuku Ssam Bar in the East Village. Ssam is offering a Super Bowl takeout platter deal that serves 8-10 people for $350. Flickr/KayOne73

Renowned chef David Chang’s restaurant doesn’t have a television, but they’re offering a special deal for Sunday. $350 gets you a meal to go for 8 to 10 people, featuring pork shoulder ssam (meat wrapped in leafy vegetables), chorizo mac n’ cheese and other fixins.

Joe Dough
135 First Ave., New York, N.Y.

“Aggressive American” sandwich shop Joe Dough is taking orders by the yard. These subs come decked out with main ingredients like chicken liver and brisket, and can be cut to serve 30 to 45 people for $350, or $200 for 15 to 25 people.

Brooklyn Star
593 Lorimer St., Brooklyn, N.Y.

This Williamsburg neo-Southern restaurant is offering four different Super Bowl trays for takeout, including a batch of 40 Buffalo wings and bacon mac n’ cheese for 12.

See the map below for restaurant locations:

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