Game-time food has become synonymous wings, mozzarella sticks, and onion rings. But, what about the foodies that want to watch the game while dining on something a bit more high-brow at a place that doesn't smell like last night's beer-laden crowd? Here's your the food snob's guide to restaurants on game day.
At Fonda restaurant in the East Village, cookbook author and renowned chef Roberto Santibanez serves up some of the tastiest authentic Mexican food in the city- no nachos here. Sit at the bar or one of the high-tops in front of the restaurant for the best view of the TV, and order their famous guacamole to start followed by the Enchiladas Suizas for your main. And, you'd be remiss to...miss dessert- the Tres Leches cake is killer!
Who needs a bucket of beer when you can have a martini? If you're jonesing for a more sophisticated atmosphere- think businessmen in suits- grab a seat at the Dylan Prime pub room. Here the cocktails are abundant and there is an expansive menu of steakhouse favorites served with specialty compound butters and sauces.
A go-to favorite for New Yorker’s is Union Square Hospitality Group’s Blue Smoke. Their BBQ is up there as some of the best you can find in NYC. Seats at the bar and in the front section of the room will give you the best view of the game. Get the moist Texas Beef Brisket or the Kansas City Spareribs to go with your Southern inspired drinks, like the Mint Julep or Lynchburg Lemonade.
In Hell’s Kitchen people flock to Pio Pio for their specialty, Peruvian chicken. But, you can also catch the game here. Watch at the 40-foot long marble bar where you can also enjoy traditional piscos and sangrias while you lick your plate of chicken clean.