Can’t Make The Trip: Five Weekly Parties That Make You Feel Like You’re At A Giants Game
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No matter what’s going on with Bradshaw’s foot injury, the one thing Giants fans can count on is that this Sunday’s game will be intense. If you can’t get to the stadium and help Big Blue eradicate rookie fever, no worries. RG3 can be booed just as effectively from any of these fan-packed weekly parties.
1495 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10075
Come early and come hungry. Giants fans start lining up outside of this UES institution hours before kick-off. There are no reservations and it’s first come, first served. Bar-Coastal’s claim to fame is its seating. The game can be seen clearly and without obstruction from every single seat in the bar. The food is something to brag about, too. Known for its atomic hot and medium wings, everything served up here is fresh, not frozen with the fan’s health in mind.
Miami Mike’s Sports Zone
130 Route 10 (Next to the Ramada Inn)
East Hanover, NJ 07936
A favorite of Big Blue’s North Jersey tailgating community, Miami Mike’s is an excitement-packed environment, featuring 52 HD-TVs and big screens, as well as stereo sound and a luxury box. Giants game specials include $3.50 Bud Light drafts and deliciously prepared bar food, game-day platters and salads to keep fans grazing and cheering all day long. Don’t be surprised if you run into OJ Anderson or Rodney Hampton hanging at the bar when they’re not otherwise engaged. The place packs in early so bring your pom-poms and your love for Pierre-Paul to this Morris County club when you can’t get to MetLife Stadium.
866 Route 206
Shamong, NJ 08088
Fifth-generation-owned Pic-A-Lilli Inn goes blue on game day, converting one full room into a Giants fan zone. A 10-foot screen and HD projector keeps South Jersey’s most diehard tailgaters happily rooting for their team. The Pic is known for killer crab soup, buffalo wings that melt in your mouth and buffalo chicken egg rolls. The 4 p.m. games are kicked off with an outdoor bonfire.
200 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
“Game days here are ridiculous!” according to 200 Fifth’s uber-server and Giants fan, Coleman. Brooklyn’s best sports bar features 10 42-inch TVs in the front lobby, 38 32-inch TVs in the bar and one abnormally large, 72-incher in the back. Enthusiastic Giants fans feast on comfort food all day long, from breakfast nachos in the morning to truffle blue-cheese fries and red velvet cake at game time. Another fan fave is the old wooden bar, featuring 39 varieties of Brooklyn beer.
The Garden @ Studio Square NYC
35-33 36th St., 4th Floor
Long Island City, NY 11106
A fan’s paradise in Queens, The Garden features 50 TVs in the bar plus one huge 12-foot screen in the garden. The $25 specials on pitchers of beer and awesome spicy wings keep R-train-riding Giants fans happy on game day. Raffles for tickets to the December 9th Giants game take place every Giants-game Sunday. Winners are also invited to Studio Square’s exclusive tailgate bash at MetLife Stadium that will be hosted on that day.
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Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.