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Where Every Type of Fan Should Watch the Super Bowl in NYC

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It may come as a surprise, but this year’s Super Bowl is a Patriots-free affair. Instead, this Sunday, February 2, sports fans will gather to see the San Francisco 49ers face off against the Kansas City Chiefs. Each team’s hometown is pretty far afield from NYC, but there are still plenty of places where you can watch the game in the five boroughs.

Because the Super Bowl is as much an eating and drinking extravaganza as it is an opportunity to see expensive commercials and football, we’ve rounded up the best bars where you can enjoy all the requisite wings and beer with a little something extra, like DJ sets, food and drink specials, drag shows, games, dancing and camaraderie. Here is everywhere you can catch the Chiefs and the 49ers in NYC this weekend.

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For fans of the chicken wing, plain and simple: 773 Lounge

Ditmas Park
The Super Bowl is, if nothing else, an excuse to gorge yourself on Buffalo wings. 773 Lounge’s faithful recreation of the Western New York staple are truly some of the best in the city. So settle in at this charming, homey Brooklyn neighborhood spot and savor every moment of the game and every morsel of wing.

For fans of TOO MANY WINGS: Humboldt & Jackson 

East Williamsburg
Sure, a few wings are good. But what’s better than a few wings? That’s right, entirely too many wings. Quaint, comfortable East Williamsburg’s Humboldt & Jackson is offering all-you-can-eat wings and guaranteed seating during the game for $20. And if that wasn’t enough, at halftime they’ll hold a wing-eating contest. Imagine, Shakira and J-Lo on in the background while you “Jenny From the Block” your arteries with chicken, or eat so many wings that you wind up “On The Floor.”

For fans of traditional New York hot dogs: Mustang Harry’s

Midtown
Located a stone’s throw from Madison Square Garden, Mustang Harry’s gets a lot right about the traditional sports bar experience: there’s plenty of room to accommodate big groups, they have a whole bunch of big-screen TVs (and audio in the bathrooms!), and they’ve got the kind of bar food you need for the Big Game. This year, they’re featuring a forgotten New York City classic, hot dogs from Feltman’s, the original Coney Island dog dating back to 1867. Wash it down with $5 Bud or Bud Light for a truly super experience.

Courtesy of Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge
Courtesy of Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge
Courtesy of Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge

For fans of the high life: Monarch Rooftop

Herald Square
The Super Bowl is traditionally a more down and dirty affair; sports fans huddled over plates of chicken wings slugging cheap domestic beer in sports bars. But that’s not for everyone. The Monarch Rooftop, a glass-encased penthouse, offers views of the Empire State Building as well as views of the sports. For $25 you get access to the space to watch the game on five giant projector screens as well as an open beer and wine bar for an hour before the game. Or, for the real high rollers, pay $340 for a table and get a game day food platter as well as a couple beers for each person in your party.

For fans who like their sports with a side of drag, games and dancing: The Stonewall Inn

Greenwich Village
One of the most iconic bars in New York City, The Stonewall Inn isn’t really known for its sports. But its Super Bowl celebration is a super Sunday Funday. It’s $8 to enter beginning at 4pm, and the five-hour party includes drag shows, dancing, and games, all hosted by Miss Laila Gulabi.

For fans of all games, big and small: Break Bar

Astoria
Super Bowl Sunday is one of those annual events that can struggle to meet expectations (think New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, doing anything else during SantaCon). Break Bar and Billiards in Astoria has so many activities that even if the game is a bust, you’ll still find your fun. Choose from giant Jenga, giant Connect Four, pool and ping pong tables, shuffleboard and board games. Whatever your activity of choice is, they’ve got it. So if you need a distraction from the Big Game, a small game may be the right answer.

Courtesy of John Brown Smokehouse
Courtesy of John Brown Smokehouse
Courtesy of John Brown Smokehouse

For fans of the Kansas City Chiefs: John Brown Smokehouse

Long Island City
Two things are true this Super Bowl: The Tomahawk Chop is bad and needs to go away and the Chiefs are the most exciting team in football right now. If you’re a Chiefs fan, savor this moment, because it may not happen for another 50 years. Be around like-minded fans at this KC-style spot and enjoy a buffet of delicious BBQ while you cheer your boys on. But get there early, you won’t be the only one with the idea. Also, pro tip: John Brown Smokehouse has a second, nearby location called Mothership Meat Company that will be able to accommodate even more Chiefs fans.

For fans of showing off their culinary chops: Q.E.D. Astoria

Astoria
The Super Bowl is obviously a celebration of eating, but where are the options for folks who love cooking? Q.E.D., a performance and event space in Astoria, will host a chili cookoff in honor of the big game. For $10, you can enter your delicious concoction into the running with other amateur chefs. And just for showing up and paying the $7 cover, you get to, well, eat chili! Comedians will quip their way through the the first half of the game, so there will actually be some humor, as opposed to the awful attempts at lols made by GoDaddy’s ad team.

Michael Tulipan
Michael Tulipan
Michael Tulipan

For fans who prefer cider to beer: Brooklyn Cider House

Bushwick
2019 was another year where we did everything in our power to avoid drinking beer, even switching to hard seltzer. For 2020, let’s get back to the basics of beer avoidance with the humble hard cider. Brooklyn Cider House, one of the first cideries in the city, will celebrate the big game with a host of deals to entice apple lovers of all stripes. With dollar chicken wings in three flavors, $29 pitchers of cider, and $11 three-cider flights, you can enjoy the big game without downing a dozen light beers and having to spend half the night in the bathroom line.

Courtesy of Wilson Lives!
Courtesy of Wilson Lives!
Courtesy of Wilson Lives!

For fans of the chill day party vibe: Wilson Lives!

Williamsburg
A newcomer to the dancey dive bar scene, Williamsburg’s Wilson Lives! (located in the old Dardy Bar space) will offer a more energetic alternative to the average Super Bowl bar experience. Expect $7 beer and shot combos, $2 hot dogs, $9 paninis, multiple screens, and DJ sets before and after the game.

For fans of finding that special someone: Windfall

Bryant Park
The Super Bowl can be a fun, communal experience shared by friends and lovers alike. But for those who don’t particularly care about the game, and don’t have an S.O. to snuggle up with on the couch for the show, it can be kind of isolating. Windfall will host a matchmaking event where singles can come together, play ice-breaking games, and maybe meet The One. And, of course, the game will also be on in the background so you can check the score if you have to.

Courtesy of Finnerty's
Courtesy of Finnerty’s
Courtesy of Finnerty’s

For fans of the San Francisco 49ers: Finnerty’s

East Village
Congrats Niners, you made it this far! And any fan base that boasts Huey Lewis and E-40 can’t be all bad, right? During the Super Bowl, you’re going to want to be around other Bay Area diehards, so go to Finnerty’s, NYC’s unofficial home of all things NorCal.
 
Because of massive demand (hundreds of people were purportedly turned away for the NFC championship), you’ll have to buy tickets in advance ($100), and some ticket tiers include an open bar package ($250). Finnerty’s will also be raffle off five pieces of top-tier Niners memorabilia throughout the game, with a potential sixth piece if the Niners win.Sign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.

Erik Helin is a Thrillist contributor. 

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Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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