October football is in full swing, and Sunday is filled with exciting matchups. Celebrate each touch down – or drown your sorrows after every butt fumble – at these city bars and restaurants hosting NFL viewing parties, drink specials and an exciting atmosphere for pigskin fanatics. By Sarah Shaker.
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Hudson Common becomes “Hudson Stadium” in the fall. Tailgating in the outdoor adjoining space begins Saturdays and Sundays at 12pm and will feature fun games in addition to both common and uncommon tailgating foods, like wings in Buffalo, Carolina BBQ and Habanero or more outrageous flavors like Chicken & Waffle, Chicken Parm and Kung Pao. There will be three large projection screens and nine flat screen televisions to view all NFL and college football games between Hudson Stadium and Hudson Common. Other can’t miss tailgating menu items include Hot Italian Sausage and Peppers, Chipotle Lime Chicken Tacos and Shredded Pork Cheesesteak with aged provolone, broccoli rabe and burnt garlic.
For prime game viewing with awesome food in Brooklyn, park yourself at Pork Slope. This neighborhood bar has two 42” and one 60” televisions to catch all the action. While Chef Dale Talde may be a Chicago bears fan, co-owners David Massoni and John Bush both root for New York football teams. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a $5 beer and shot special, a cheeseburger or a Mother Porker with cheddarwurst, griddled onions, fried egg, bacon, pickled jalapenos and mustard.
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
Known as a post-grad hangout for former frat brothers and college sports fans, it’s no suprise Brother Jimmy’s BBQ is trying their hardest to make their venue the ultimate football destination. All five of their city locations will have the NFL Network will playing on 40+ HDTVs. We’ve shared our love for their unlimited specials before, so on Sundays make sure to pig out at the All-You-Can-Eat Rib Fest with two sides, cornbread and your choice of Bud or Bud Light Draft for $27.95. On Mondays take advantage of All-You-Can-Eat Wings and Rib Tips with Bud or Bud Light Draft for $19.95. There will also be College Football game day specials on Saturdays as well with specific alumni groups associated with each location to cheer alongside.
Prefer a swanky football viewing? Throughout the season The Royal in Union Square will be showing games on several screens where traditional sports bar meets the sophistication of a late night lounge with a high quality menu. Relax on the large leather banquettes in the rear of the space for comfort while cheering on your team at one of the 40 plus LED televisions. Try the Tuna Tartare with Sesame Crisp or go for bar food with a high-end twist like Mac N Cheese with Aged Parmesan Truffle Oil.
Take advantage of The 40/40 Club’s “Open Beers & Wings” for $40 per person during all Thursday, Sunday and Monday NFL Football games. The long list of beer specials include Bud, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Coors Light, Amstel Light, Corona, Guinness, Heineken, Sam Adams, Sam Adams Light and Stella Artois. For your viewing pleasure there are 15 55’’ LED Flat Screen TVs, 2 46’’ LED Flat Screen TVs and 6 165’’ Video Walls suspended over the main floor bar and private rooms are available to throw your own Jay Z approved football bash.
Katch Brewery & Grill
Pull up a bar stool at the recently opened Katch for the ultimate game-watching experience in Astoria with 63 flat screen TV’s. Take in the last few days of summer weather by kicking back in the “Kourtyard,” adorned with TV’s and picnic tables for football game viewing outdoors. Pair your brews with plates from their long list of bar appetizers like Katch Disco Fries topped with mozzarella, garlic aioli, basil aioli, red pepper aioli and a side of gravy.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.