Your Super Bowl Game Plan

A guide to celebrating the big game in the Big Apple

The big game comes to the Big Apple for the first time. Whether you’re planning to throw a hell of a Super Bowl party or let NYC host your football festivities, heed our advice for a winning weekend.


Staying In

Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m., but kick your festivities off early with a Bantam Bagels tailgate box (includes a dozen). The bite-size balls come in three football-themed flavors: hot pretzel (salt bagel, cheddar Dijon cream cheese), Bleecker Street (pizza dough bagel, pepperoni, marinara mozzarella cream cheese), and Buffalo (celery carrot bagel, Buffalo chicken blue cheese cream cheese).

Let the booze come to you. Get cases, kegs, spirits, and wine (plus ice buckets, chips, mixers, and ping-pong balls) delivered to your doorstep by BoozeCarriage.com, which partners with local liquor stores by zip code. Cheers to no markups or ordering fees.

Make Momofuku the star of the half-time show with carryout Super Bowl specials from Ssäm Bar (bo ssäm, loaded nachos; order by Jan. 30), Má Pêche (glazed lamb ribs, jerk chicken wings; order by Jan. 29), and Noodle Bar (Korean-style fried chicken wings, nugget potatoes; order by Jan. 29) for pickup on Sunday.

Take a time-out for game-day taquitos from the LES’s Taquitoria. Order a delivery box of 40 buffalitos (braised in Marc Forgione’s Bloody Mary mix and Buffalo sauce) with blue cheese ranch dressing, pickled carrots, celery chips, and pancho sauce (orders must be placed 24 hours in advance).

Score a touchdown with The Meatball Shop’s Bucket o’ Balls: 25 balls paired with your choice of sauce. Insider tip: Go for the special Buffalo chicken balls with blue cheese dressing (available at all five locations from Jan. 31 until Feb. 4.).

Feed your team with Num Pang’s Super Pang (pictured above). The three-foot-long sub is packed with the sandwich shop’s signatures: ginger barbecue brisket or five-spice pork belly (feeds ten to twelve) with Cambodian slaw on the side (order by Jan. 31 for pickup at the NoMad location on Feb. 2). Keep it classy and wash it down with a 40-ounce beer.

nyc super bowl guide!

Going Out

Taste the excitement at the NFL’s Super Bowl-themed pop-up restaurant, Forty Ate (open today through Feb. 1), serving classics like the Gridiron burger (Vermont cheddar, caramelized onions, tomato jam, rosemary fries) and grilled skirt steak (potato puree, truffle shoe strings, watercress) from chef Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events. Browse NFL artifacts curated by the Pro Football Hall of Fame — including the full set of 47 Super Bowl rings — while you digest. For reservations, call 212-450-2014.

Get in on the action at The Standard Biergarten’s all-day event. Tailgating begins at noon to live music from The Adlers (show your competitive side at the ping-pong tables). Reserve a picnic table (for up to 8) to fuel up on gratuitous grub (pretzels, sausage platter, salad, sauerkraut, cooler of bottled beer). At 5 p.m., set your sights on the two 80-inch televisions and snack on game-day specials (chicken wings, homemade chili with apple strudel) while you cheer your team to victory.

Watch the game on projection screens throughout Gotham West Market and partake in The Cannibal’s Mexican feast. Start with chicharrones and peanut jalapeno poppers, and then move on to the cochinita pibil and mole lamb taco bars. Calm your nerves with an adult beverage (Michelada, margaritas, sangrita). For reservations, call 212-582-7947 or email cory@thecannibalnyc.com.

Snack your way through the game at Ginny’s Supper Club’s (located beneath Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem) all-you-can-eat Rooster Tailgate buffet, with specialties like chicken bites; Helga’s meatballs with mashed potatoes and lingonberries; yard bird with pickles, hot sauce, and mace gravy; sliders; and chili orange-glazed chicken wings.

Wine & Food Festival lovers will feel at home at The 50 Yard Lounge’s tented, heated extravaganza at One Penn Plaza (Jan. 29-Feb. 2). A jam-packed schedule includes demos, cook-offs, and tastings by celebrity athletes and chefs (Iron Chef Marc Forgione, Marea’s Michael White, James Beard Award winner Johnny Iuzzini). Purchase event tickets at primesport.com.

Game on.

Photos: Courtesy of Num Pang; Markus Marty / Courtesy of The Standard Biergarten

Forty Ate
714 7th Ave
@ 48th St
New York, NY 10036
The 50 Yard Lounge
1 Penn Plz
@ 8th Ave, 33rd & 34th Sts
New York, NY 10001
600 11th Ave
bt 44th & 45th Sts
New York, NY 10036
168 Ludlow St
bt Stanton & Houston Sts
New York, NY 10002
283 Bleecker St
bt Jones St & 7th Ave
New York, NY 10014
1129 Broadway
bt 25th & 26th Sts
New York, NY 10010
310 Lenox Ave
bt 125th & 126th Sts
New York, NY 10027
848 Washington St
bt Little W 12th & W 13th Sts
New York, NY 10014