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Ten NYC spots to celebrate the Super Bowl without breaking the bank (mostly)

Catch Richard Sherman and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks as they battle the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2, at a variety of NYC venues.
Catch Richard Sherman and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks as they battle the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2, at a variety of NYC venues.
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According to reports, face-value tickets for February 2nd's Super Bowl XLVIII start at $500, and the average scalping price at resale sites like StubHub is around $3,500. Most of the "cheap" tickets were distributed to fans from out of state, and it's probably going to be freezing anyway. Add to that all the regulations restricting transportation access and tailgating, and really, wouldn't you rather celebrate New Jersey's first time hosting the Super Bowl in a more civilized manner here in NYC? Once you've traversed the Times Square "Super Bowl Boulevard" events, we've got you covered:

Añejo: The Tequila-focused Mexican eatery in Hell's Kitchen welcomes fans of the big game with open arms. Ticket holders receive a free glass of Don Julio 1942 tequila the entire week. "We're just a couple of blocks from Times Square and the West Side Highway," says owner/chef Angelo Sosa. "We wanted to do something special for visitors from Seattle, Denver and guests to our city in general." 668 10th Ave (at 47th St), 212.920.4770

Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten: East Village brew destination Loreley is celebrating game day with buckets of beer, wing specials, and ever-changing beer specials tied to the game's score. One brand of beer will represent the Seahawks, and another the Broncos. Each time there's a touchdown, that team's beer price drops by $1 a liter. You'll also find specials like 10 wings for $7 (25 for $15) with a variety of sauce and spice options. The regular menu is also available. 7 Rivington Street (between Bowery and Chrystie), 212.253.7077

Soul Super Bowl Party at Sylvia's: The Harlem soul food institution is hosting an entire weekend of Super Bowl-themed events, beginning Friday, January 31. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., enjoy live music while noshing on Southern-style fried chicken, catfish, grits and greens. On Saturday, February 1st, the party continues with a Brunch Special, featuring special red velvet waffles, stuffed French toast, BBQ shrimp with grits and bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary's. On the day of the big game, in addition to the regular Gospel Sunday, Sylvia will host a viewing party from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. You'll find a variety of wings and ribs, seafood baskets, drinks specials and music from DJ Ness Digi, along with trivia and prizes. 318 Lenox Ave (between 126th and 127th Sts), 212.996.0660

The 50 Yard Lounge: There are, literally, thousands of bars in New York City you can visit and watch the game on Sunday over a beer or cocktail. But there's also this quirky pop-up food and drink spot occupying Penn Plaza from january 29 through February 2. Featuring celebrity guest chefs like Marc Forgione and Alex Guarnaschelli and former and current NFL players (including Chris Carter and Joe Theismann) rallying the crowd, it's worth swinging over to this all day / all night / all inclusive event if you're checking out the many, many game-related activies Times Square is offering up. Wine, beer and cocktails from some of the country's best bartenders and sommeliers will be available, along with live music and DJs. NY Jets season ticket holders should also check out the Jets House at the lounge, the team's official hospitality venue for the game. Single day and multiple day passes, starting at $250 per person, available at One Penn Plaza between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Maya: Enjoy a $45 three-course fixed price meal at Maya and the other Richard Sandoval restaurants in the city (Zengo and Pampano) anytime between January 27th and February 2nd in celebration of Game Day. At the modern Mexican-themed Maya, you'll find a first course of ceviche rojo with mahi mahi, tamale Oaxaqueno (pulled pork, mole and crema fresca) or grilled calamari salad. For a second course, opt from Huitlacoche and wild mushroom enchilada, salmon a la Veracruzana, grilled hangar steak or chicken relleno. And for dessert, churros or flan. Tax, tip and alcohol are extra. 1191 1st Ave (between 64th and 65th Streets), 212.585.1818

Bounce Sporting Club: Bromantic social hub and sports bar Bounce was always going to be a significant Super Bowl destination, with its hugely popular bar food and big screen TVs everywhere you look. But on Game Day, you'll find a grand party at the bar's flagship Flatiron location, with music from DJ Reach and DJ M.O.S.. Bounce says you'll be partying alongside professional athletes and celebrities. In addition, the bar is sponsoring a Super Sunday Funday party at Highligh Ballroom, beginning at 4 p.m. on February 2nds. Music from Rick Wonder, Ross One and Vitale, and a live performance from DMC of the legendary rap group Run DMC. Want to see what you're getting into? Check out Bounce's promotional YouTube video. Tickets and information at or call 212.675.8007

Grand Central Terminal: A number of the restaurants and vendors inside the iconic Grand Central Terminal are offering up a wide variety of specials for the Big Game. Among them, a two-for-one pint of frozen custard offer at Shake Shake, accompanied with a logoed foam mini-football (while supplies last) and an intricately designed chocolate football (small for $14 and large for $48) at LiLac Chocolates. At Eli Zabar, you'll find cookies shaped like football players, referees and cheerleaders, while you can pick up a variety of prepared party platters at Pescatore and football-themed cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery. 89 E 42nd St

Pop Burger Pop @ Pod: The newest location for Pop Burger, next to Midtown's quirky Pod Hotel, is offering a $65 game day event featuring unlimited draft beers, house wine, wings and sliders throughout the duration of the game. In addition to the flat screen TVs over the bar, if you arrive early enough, you may score a booth where you can watch the game at your table on an individually controlled flat screen. Choose from among 10 draft beers including crafty options like Captain Lawrence Winter Ale and Voodoo Pillzilla, and during halftime, hit the foosball tables. If you don't feel like dropping $65, the restaurant will be serving up buckets of Sol Beer and Amstel Light draft specials, along with raffle prizes throughout the night. 230 E 51st (St between 2nd and 3rd Aves), 646.277.2900 (reservations for five or more available),

The London NYC: If you're flush with money, but somehow missed out on a parking spot for your private jet (or just want to stay warm while watching the game), consider the luxury accommodation Super Bowl packages offered at the new London NYC hotel. There are several options, like a $15,000+ package for celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's private event space, accomodating up to 25 guests, and featuring a 60-inch plasma TV, plenty of game day eats and an open bar. Smaller groups may prefer options like the two-bedroom London Penthouse (up to 15 guests, $15,000+), with views across the NYC skyline or the London Residence Suite featuring an oversized plasma TV and Ramsay's football-inspired cuisine. Those on a tighter budget will find drink and dining specials at The London Bar and Gordon Ramsay at The London. 151 W 54th St call 212.468.8709 for game day package availability and rates.

Borgata Cocktail Specials: Feel like getting out of town and away from the crowds? Consider head to Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa, where you catch the game at several of the resort's bars and enoy a variety of themed cocktail specials as well. Hit up Long Bar, Gypsy Bar and B Bar from January 27 through February 2 to try the Orange Crush (vodka, triple sec, orange juice), Manning Margarita (featuring a splash of blue curacao), Beast Mode (spice rum, Coke, pinapple-starfruit juice, berry punch) or the Sherminator (creme de menthe, creme de cacao, vodka, cream). Renaissance Point, Atlantic City,

Staying home on Game Day but want to provide a unique take on wings for your guests? Check out this recipe from "Top Chef" judge Hugh Acheson for spiced rum-infused wings.

Morgan Original Spiced Rum Glazed Wings, Garlic Buttermilk Dressing, & Scallions
(from Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum)
(Serves 4)

  1. 3 pounds chicken wings
  2. 1 cup Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
  3. ½ cup sherry vinegar
  4. 1 tablespoon sea salt
  5. 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  6. ½ teaspoon chili flake
  7. 1 teaspoon corn starch
  8. 1 tablespoon warm water
  9. 3 tablespoons butter, cold
  10. 1 cup mayonnaise
  11. ½ cup buttermilk
  12. 1 lemon
  13. ½ shallot, peeled and minced
  14. 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  15. 2 tablespoons carrot fronds, finely chopped
  16. 3 tablespoon scallions, sliced very thin on a strong angle
  17. 1 bunch of baby carrots

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Heat a large cast-iron skillet in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse and pat the wings dry with paper towels, then separate the wings from the drumsticks and discard the tips. In a large mixing bowl, dress the wings with the sea salt and peanut oil. Add them to the cast-iron pan in 1 layer to assure even cooking and roast the wings for 20 minutes. Turn each wing and continue roasting for an additional 15 - 20 minutes.
For the glaze, add the Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum to a small saucepot and reduce over medium heat, about 10 minutes or until the liquid is reduce by half. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with the warm water and set it aside. Add the sherry vinegar and the chili flake to the rum and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low. Add the cornstarch slurry and stir the glaze until it becomes thick. Remove the glaze from the heat and add the cold butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until it is completely incorporated. Set the glaze aside for later use.
For the dressing, in a small mixing bowl, combine the mayo, buttermilk, and the zest and juice from 1 lemon. Mix together with a whisk until smooth and incorporated. Next add the shallot, garlic, carrot fronds and 1 tablespoon of the sliced scallions. Mix until combined and reserve.
To finish the wings, turn the oven to broil and crisp each side of the wing for about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Take them out of the oven and place them onto a plate lined with a paper towel to drain off any rendered fat. Place the wings in a mixing bowl and add the reserved glaze. Toss the wings in the glaze to thoroughly coat each one. To plate, sprinkle the wings with the remaining scallions and serve them with a bowl of the dressing and the carrots.


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FTC Disclaimer: The author sometimes receives product samples for review, which carry no cash value and cannot be re-sold, and sometimes attends press events such as lunches or cocktail parties, designed to promote a given product. The author is not paid by any alcohol manufacturer, retailer or distributor, or provided compensation apart from revenue from an assigning publishing company for editorial publication. Opinions are the author's own. By the way, you should be 21 or older to read this page. Author has received no comps or samples in connection with this article. On Super Bowl Sunday, he will be watching for the commercials, and to see how many times some commentator taking a poke at Richard Sherman for being the best part about the game.

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