The New York Giants are bound for the big game! New Yorkers (and New Jerseyans) will be supporting Big Blue this year (and hopefully celebrating at the end of the evening). If you need a place (or ideas) to celebrate, look no further:
Hecho en Dumbo: On Super Bowl Sunday Salón Hecho will be projecting the game on their 13′ screen and serving up the Mexican football-watching fare. What’s that? Street hot dogs, alitas de pollo (chicken wings – sweet and sour, lemon, and spicy), and my favorite unhealthy treat – chicharrónes. Hecho en Dumbo’s own Chef Danny Mena will be going up against Chef Bill Dorrler (Osteria Morini) and Chef Einat Admony (Balaboosta) on the NFL Channel’s pre-game cookoff judged by Chef Marc Forgione of Iron Chef fame and Linebacker and TV host Dhani Jones. Should be an exciting evening. 356 Bowery Doors open at 4pm.
The Tea Set Bistro: We had to have one place where non-football (Gasp!) lovers could go. Sunday, February 5th, they are offering a special champagne-filled afternoon Tea ($40 per person) until 8pm. It will include a two-tiered tea tray filled with a trio of sandwiches, assorted pastries and macaroons paired with a unique flight of three tea-infused champagne cocktails. I may love football, but tea infused with bubbly definitely piques my interest.
New York Central: In honor of the Giants, Executive Chef Christian Ragano is preparing a special game-day menu, available from 2pm – 11pm on February 5, which will feature tailgating favorites such as cornerback chili and beer cheese blitz. They will also have wings with “Caveman” Blue cheese. For resos call (646) 213-6865
Earl’s Court™ Big Game Giveaway: If you’re planning to celebrate at home but don’t feel like cooking, this is for you. From January 25th to February 2nd, Earl’s will be raffling off a catered party for 15 people. It will be delivered right to the winner’s door (in Manhattan) on Super Bowl Sunday. Don’t be sad if you’re outside Manhattan. If you win, you can pick up their spread at Earl’s. To enter, check out their website. 90 John Street.
Go Burger: Giants fans can sink their teeth into the Big Blue Burger ($14) with Maytag blue cheese, bone marrow shallot jam topped with sea salt and black pepper potato chips. New England loyalists can enjoy the Brady Bunch Burgah ($14) with maple glazed double smoked bacon, Vermont cheddar, Boston lager mustard, Boston lettuce and Old Spice seasoned tobacco onions. Fans of the winning team will get a free beer or cocktail. I guess Giants fans will be having a free beer that night. For resos call 212-988-9882.
Sons of Essex: A great place if you just don’t want to worry about anything but the game. For $75 you can enjoy unlimited food and beers. On the menu are Chinese five spice pork belly sliders, guss’ LES fried pickles, mac n cheese balls (these are right up my alley), hephard’s pie empanadas and of course wings. For resos email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 674-7100. 133 Essex Street, NYC.
Nuchas: Maybe you’re hosting instead of headed out into the wild on Super Bowl Sunday. If so, do something different. You know clean-up will be a pain the next day. Why not have some empanadas delivered? Nuchas offers them in variety of dough options (classic, spinach, rosemary, turmeric) and fillings such as traditional Argentine (with Pat Lafrieda ground beef), all natural slow braised short rib (Creekstone farms), spicy chipotle chicken, jambalaya and (for those vegan friends) a Shiitake curry empanada. A box of 12 fresh baked empanadas in an assortment of flavors comes straight to the door for $30. Delivery is available from 34th St to 54th St from 6th Avenueto 8th Avenue. To order call (347) 688-8440
Dinosaur BBQ: Anyone w ho has been following this blog knows I love Dinosaur BBQ. I’ve been to all their locations, so it should be no wonder it made this list. They are offering a Super Bowl party package for groups of either 6 or 12, available for take-out or delivery. it includes racks of Dino’s ribs, chicken wings, and celery and blue cheese dip. It even comes with plates, utensils, napkins, extra sauce, and wet naps. An additional selection of a la carte items such as cornbread, slaw, and more of Dino’s meats are available as well. To order, call the restaurant (asap) at (212) 694-1777.
An Nhau: Maybe you’re not a traditionalist…you want something a bit more exotic. Move away from the traditional wings, chips and dips. Instead of shrimp cocktail, try imperial Shrimp wrapped in rice paper, replace pigs in a blanket with spring or summer rolls filled with shrimp or pork, try baby back ribs marinated in Vietnamese spices. An Nhau will also have some nice vegetarian options. Give the restaurant a call for more info at (718) 384-0028.
Neely’s BBQ Parlor: is offering a Super Bowl menu which includes pulled beer can
chicken sliders (with white barbecue sauce and Neely’s pig skins, housemade bbq potato chips with caramelized smoked onion dip ($5) and Coney Island style hot dogs topped with Pat’s Brisket and beer chili with NY sharp cheddar cheese (2 for $10). For reservations call 212-832-1551.