By Terry Trucco
It’s hours until Super Bowl XLVIX, and questions abound. Will Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman show up on the field or at the maternity ward if his girlfriend goes into labor? Will Katy Perry recruit yet another guest star at half time? Will they deflate the balls?
And where do you want to be when all is revealed?
Last year, when Super Bowl XLVIII unfurled across the Hudson it was hard to find a hotel bar that wasn’t awash in beer and wings. With no home field advantage and no home team in the mix things are more laid back this year. But these three hotels are suiting up for Sunday’s action.
Catch it on the Big Screen. Humphrey, the Eventi’s sprawling restaurant and bar, faces the monster 30-by-16-foot screen at Big Screen Plaza, lower Midtown’s spacious public terrace. Sure you can watch outdoors for free if you like sitting in 30-degree wind and (maybe) snow. Or you can cozy up in a Humphrey banquette. Wolf down Kobe sliders, wood-fired pizza and house-made Buffalo wings while watching the Big Screen action (the sound will be piped in). Order beer by the bucket. Cocktails, too (well, not by the bucket). And wear a jersey. There’s talk of a free round if your team wins. Reservations advised.
Eventi, 851 Avenue of the Americas at 31st Street, 212 564-4567.
See it under the High Line. Positioned directly below the Line the Standard’s Biergarten feels as big as a football field and gets just as noisy. Watch the game on two massive screens and tuck into tailgate chow and the house specialty, beer. And maybe you’ll get lucky. Prizes are awarded every quarter. Viewing kicks off at 5 p.m. Reservations advised.
Standard High Line, 848 Washington Street, 212 645.4100.
Kick it over the Empire State Building. Well, not really, but if the action lags console yourself with the view. The Spyglass Bar atop the Archer Hotel in the Garment District gazes point blank at New York City’s one-time tallest building. David Burke Kitchen’s one-day Super Bowl menu (think wings) offers game-day sustenance, and the beer flows, along with craft cocktails. Catch the game at the bar in the main room or the lounge in the rear (no ESB views but lots of buttery club chairs).
Archer Hotel, 45 West 38th Street, 212 719-4100.