As the New York Giants and New England Patriots head to Super Bowl XLVI, PBS Food takes a different look at the two teams. One food blogger from each region shares their city’s best cuisine for the perfect football buffet, and you can decide for yourself which side wins our “Super Food Faceoff!”
Widely considered to be a top food city in America, New York City offers a plethora of good eats from fine dining to quick bites. NYC-based food blogger Yvo Sin suggests her favorite hot spots for some football-themed grub.
On February 5th while millions across the country tune in to the Super Bowl and wonder who will win, here in NYC, there’s no question: GO BIG BLUE!!! Of course, while showing your NYC pride, where do real New Yorkers go to get their game day foods? Depends what you’re craving, of course!
For pizza, the favorites remain the same: Grimaldi’s, DiFara’s, Lombardi’s, Artichoke, Bleecker St. Pizza, and L&B Spumoni. Skip the crowds, though, and head to Nick’s in Forest Hills or Adrienne’s in the Financial District – with the same owners, they offer pizza with thin crusts, topped generously with fresh ingredients to make your mouth sing.
For wings, everyone can tell you their favorite place, and the opinions vary as much as the locations. Here are just a few of your options – Croxley’s, home of the famous 10c wing nights, has deliciously crisp, saucy wings (unless you ask for them ‘naked’) that will leave you wanting more, and they’re offering a special Super Bowl package as well (check website for details). 1849 also offers up a deliciously meaty wing, and should not be overlooked. Elsewhere around NYC – check out Canz for various Super Bowl specials as well. Bonus: all three are great places to watch the game, no clean up!
For nachos, Canz again makes a pretty mean plate of nachos. Legends Bar: The Ranger Texas BBQ also serves up a plate piled high with crisp nachos, cheese, beans, topped with your choice of protein – the pulled pork is a solid pick! Phebe’s serves up a platter overflowing with the good stuff, and has a giant projector screen to watch the game (though their team isn’t appearing!). Check out Bull Moose Saloon over in Hell’s Kitchen, too – multiple TVs all around, an upstairs area, and nachos that will knock your socks off.
For beer, Whole Foods on Bowery has an incredible selection of craft beers. Check out the Ginger Man, Rattle & Hum, Good Beer, The Filling Station, or 508 GastroBrewery they all offer growlers to go of some of the finest craft beers available in NYC. 508 actually brews their own, so be sure to check them out.
For burgers, another food that everyone can tell you where the best one is, you’ve got your standards like Shake Shack, Burger Joint, Donovan’s and Corner Bistro. Buck the trend and skip the lines to go to Brindle Room, home to one of the juiciest burgers with the best crust you’ll experience on a burger. (The fresh donuts for dessert really don’t hurt either.) For more game-oriented fun, hit up GO Burger on the Upper East Side – they’re offering two special burgers, one to represent each team: the Big Blue Burger and the Brady Bunch Burgah. Those who order their team’s burger during the first half will receive a free beer or cocktail if their team is up at the half, or if they order during the second half and the team wins – they will also win a free beer or cocktail. Show your team pride!
Whatever you choose to eat to celebrate game day, these are all excellent choices to get you started. GO BIG BLUE!!!
Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie. Though an avid Mets fan, she will root for any New York team that makes the playoffs of any sport. She spends her time wandering NY, looking for the next ‘best bite’ to fill her days and her tummy, and really enjoys sarcasm, sunny days, and alliteration. Follow her on Twitter for a lot of all three!