By Terry Trucco
The ads! The half-time show! Madonna! We love football (Go Giants), but it’s not the only reason to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday.
Where do you want to be when the Giants and the Patriots go helmet to helmet? We suggest a hotel bar that’s geared up for the big showdown. We found six — three in midtown and three downtown — where you can settle in with a pitcher of beer and a bucket of wings and drink in the early February festivities, be it the game, the sideshow or both, on a big screen (or two, or 17).
Fitz’s Bar at the Fitzpatrick Manhattan is a lively sports-loving Irish bar that ups its game each year for the Super Bowl. Expect $5 draft beer and football nibbles like hot dogs and wings. Better still, complimentary appetizers are passed around at half time. The dark, cozy bar, always friendly, cleaned up nicely following a 2008 renovation. Three screens will be tuned to the game.
Fitzpatrick Manhattan, 687 Lexington between 56th and 57th Streets. 212 355-0100.
Upstairs, the enclosed rooftop bar and restaurant at the Kimberly Hotel, doesn’t look like a sports bar, but it’s comfortable, stylish (tufted leather sofas, black leather fauteuls) and outfitted with three screens for the game. And if your team is tanking, you can gaze out the window at the Chrysler Building. $60 covers all the beer and cocktails you can drink as well as tax and gratuities. Nibbles include spicy chicken wings, arugula and goat cheese salad, duck cigars, crab cakes, Kobe sliders, pulled pork sliders, french fries, chips with guacamole and that East Side football favorite, truffled mac and cheese.
The Kimberly, 145 East 50th Street between Lexington and Third avenues. 212 702-1600.
The Broadway Lounge, the Marriott Marquis’s sprawling eighth-floor bar, gets the prize for the most screens in midtown – 12 on the wall and a 10-foot screen unfurled for the big game. For added entertainment, the window-lined lounge faces directly onto Times Square. This is the sixth Super Bowl party at the Marquis, but this year the newly renovated lounge looks extra sporty. The $45 per person fee buys an all-you-can-eat football buffet of beef sliders, pizza, mac and cheese wings and build-your-own hot dogs. Drinks are extra, but draft beer costs $5. Reservations required.
Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway between 45th and 46th streets. 212 398-1900 x 8747.
The congenial bar and restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park celebrates the Super Bowl with two screens, a special menu and bi-partisan brews (the Brooklyn Pilsner bucket or the Samuel Adams bucket – three beers for $15). Settle in to a banquette or a table with a la carte football treats like wings, sliders, nachos, chili with cornbread, Kung Pao calamari and stuffed baked potatoes. Prefer to cheer, or drown your sorrows, in a suite? Packages including football food, Super Bowl decorationsm a bucket of beer for four guests and a suite for the night start at $775.
Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park, Two West Street. 212 344-0800.
With 17 screens, 85 West at the Marriott New York Downtown qualifies as a serious sports bar. They’ll all be tuned to the Super Bowl (no Downton Abbey here.) An $18 all-you-can-eat hot wings menu and $5 draft beers head the big-game offerings, but you can also order sushi. And if the game’s a dud, there’s a pool table.
Marriott New York Downtown, 85 West Street at Albany Street. 212 385-4900.
Prefer to watch the game in a screening room? The Tribeca Grand’s sleek subterranean theater usually shows free movies on Sunday nights, but hey, the Super Bowl is special. Stop by and sustain yourself with unlimited football grub ($30), including nachos, wings, chips and guacamole, beer pitchers ($20) and a bucket of five ($30).
Tribeca Grand, 2 Avenue of the Americas. 212 519-6600.