Rather than munching Tostitos on your couch, head to one of the city’s finest sports bars to watch the game where the champagne overflows, HD flat screens abound and world famous DJs more than account for not seeing Katy Perry live.
Bounce Sporting Club
Parting the heavy curtains hanging in the entryway at Bounce Sporting Club reveal a massive, wood-walled room full of leather banqueted booths against one wall, a long back-lit bar against the other, and plenty of standing room in between. The usual fare of gastronomic wonders is expected — yellow fin tuna tempura bites, lobster roll sliders, truffle mac ‘n’ cheese. When the DJ starts to play during commercial breaks, you’ll see that this place was named for a reason. (21st St. nr. 6th Ave.)
It’s all smoke and mirrors at the 40/40 Club. Named after the baseball term for an achievement only accomplished by four players in history — hitting 40 homeruns and stealing 40 bases in a single season. If its name indicates anything, the 40/40 is all about the numbers: 12,000 square feet, 30 flat screens, four video walls and an 18-foot tall champagne tower. The food is more low-key, with signature sliders, southern fried chicken and platters of mini desserts. (25th St. at Broadway)
The Royal is the sports-minded brainchild of a group of nightlife-savvy owners who also direct SoHo spots Greenhouse and W.i.P. This sports bar is similarly lavish with leather banquets, 43 screens and bouncers in front to keep the crowd in check. The menu offers a range of dishes from hand-twisted pretzels to tuna tacos to breakfast sandwiches served all night. Bottle service is de rigueur at the tables but the bar is plenty big otherwise if you prefer to sip on house cocktails or buckets of beer. (4th Ave. at 13th St.)
If fears of claustrophobia haunt your visions of a bar on game day, the Windsor Gansevoort Park is a bar after your own heart. Book ahead here; Super Bowl guests require either an invitation or reservation. Table minimums won’t appeal to the frugal but some might say that the luxury of having a flat screen at every table is priceless (not to mention four larger flat screens on the walls). Special Super Bowl menus in the past have offered gourmet appetizers such as Guinness battered fish and chips, for example. If you can drag yourself from your personal TV during commercial breaks, sports memorabilia showcases with signed sportswear from the likes of Derek Jeter give a good reason to get up and stretch your legs. (Park Ave. at 29th St.)