Football season certainly makes it easy for New Yorkers and their crews to transition into fall activities. The official kickoff for the NFL season is coming up on September 5th, so gather the crowd and head to one of these city hotspots. This lineup of sports-friendly destinations ranges from pub-style bars to more upscale spots and offers everything from beer and shots to wine and cocktails. Here’s to another season of tossing the old pigskin!
All American-style Heartland Brewery locations will be showing the NFL games all season long, so come cheer on your favorite teams. All screens will be tuned into the games! A pioneer in the craft beer movement in New York City, Heartland Brewery traces its history back to 1995. While watching the games, enjoy sampling six classic brews and a wide range of seasonal beers. (Outside of football, Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday from 4 to 7pm; there are deals like $6 drinks, including select beer, wine, and cocktails, and $2 sliders.) Empire State Building: 350 Fifth Ave. (34th St.), 212-563-3433; Heartland Brewery & Chophouse | HB Burger: 127 W. 43rd St. (btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.), 646-366-0235, heartlandbrewery.com
Patrick’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Patrick’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar is a new classic from the creators of Tony’s DiNapoli. They're serving Pat LaFrieda burgers and USDA prime steaks alongside some of NYC’s best oysters, craft beers, and cocktails. TVs are tuned to NFL action. 259 W. 42nd St., 212-776-9100, patricksnyc.com
The Long Acre Tavern
The best sports bar in Times Square has tons of state-of-the-art audio/video TVs. While you're there, you'll also find classic American fare with a modern edge, including burgers, salads, sandwiches, filet mignon, and much more. The Long Acre Tavern also serves top quality beer and old-school cocktails. 146 W. 47th St., 646-649-3587, longacrenyc.com
The Ribbon on 44th
Check out the front room bar at Times Square newcomer The Ribbon for a vibrant scene and some NFL action. While you're there you can indulge in the famous Blue Ribbon fried chicken and/or devour a seafood tower, plus dig into spit-fired meats and popular dishes like Buffalo cauliflower. The elevated-casual vibe is perfect for an afternoon of football. 220 W. 44th St., 212-944-2474, 44.theribbonnyc.com
Boulton & Watt
Boulton & Watt's chicken sliders. Credit: Ryan Gleason.
When an at-home TV isn’t enough for the big game, head to Boulton & Watt. This Lower East Side locale boasts seven HD TVs, including one screen that's tucked away in a private VIP area. Everyone wins with Bouton & Watt’s Sunday NFL menu. It includes some snack faves from shareable sliders, tasty taquitos, and nachos. Drink specials will also be flowing. Many regulars opt for a cold beer and a Boulton’s signature burger with pickle backs made with the chef’s home-made pickle juice. Reservations are accepted. 5 Ave. A, 646-490-6004, boultonandwattnyc.com
Dave & Buster’s
Dave & Buster’s is a casual, super-fun destination for great American fare, signature drinks, and incredible football. Look for 22-oz. draft and specials every Thursday, Sunday, and Monday during football season. Enjoy massive HDTVs and “better than the stadium” viewing. 234 W. 42nd St., 3rd flr., 646-495-2015, daveandbusters.com
Park Avenue Tavern
Just blocks from the bustling Grand Central area, The Barrel Room at Park Avenue Tavern is an ideal NFL viewing destination for commuters, Midtown East locals, and tourists looking for a fun, sports-themed New York City experience. Retreat to The Barrel Room’s private lounge tucked beneath Park Avenue Tavern. Each of the lounge’s six booths comes with four in-table taps and a convenient view of one of three TV screens. All games will be played with sound. During Sunday games, enjoy a brunch entree and two hours of bottomless beer for just $40. Hardwood floors, exposed brick, and lots of photos up the ambiance. Reservations can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org. 99 Park Ave., parkavenuetavern.com
Credit: Tom Schaefer.
Those seeking another venue for catching the action of the big games should visit The Wilson, which will be showing all games on their swanky front patio on an 80” screen, or duck inside to catch the action on one of three big screen HD TVs. The restaurant will also be featuring wing specials all season long and $40 Bubbles & Buckets, which include either a bottle of bubbles or a bucket of 6 beers. Reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com. 132 W. 27th St., thewilsonnyc.com