Love all of the excitement, camaraderie, food, drink and fun that comes along with the Superbowl but don't quite feel up to hosting a Superbowl party yourself?
A little bummed out by the idea of having to watch all of the pigskin action on your little 32" TV when it seems like everyone else will be watching on a 60 inch mega HD, 3D, plasma and whatever mega monster TV?
Then probably a trip to a sports bar on the big day is the right 'play' for you. If you will be in New York City there are a lot of them to choose from.
Here are some of our best picks for the best spot in NYC to catch Superbowl 50 (no Roman numeral this year as it would be just an L, which would be rather confusing) no matter what you usually look for in a good night out.
If You Want to Go High End: 40/40 Club
If you have money to burn and want a chance to catch a glimpse of a celebrity or two, then the Superbowl party at Jay-Z's 40/40 should be everything you could possibly want.
At the lowest end of the scale you can pay $150 for a 'standing room only' ticket or $400 to reserve a table for two, which will get you a premium view of the game in the specially constructed ‘stadium’, a game day platter for two featuring 40/40 favorites like buffalo catfish tenders, 40/40 tacos (with chicken or catfish) signature chicken wings, loaded 40/40 fries and more as well as a bottle of the premium liquor of your choice.
Prices head up from there according to the size of your party, all the way up to $10,000 to rent out Jay-Z's private lounge and make use of the executive chef to whip up whatever your heart desires.
And don't forget, as neither of the local teams did manage to make it to the playoffs, there's a very good chance you'll run into one or two of the players here.
The 40/40 Club is located at 6 W 25th St
If you like it rowdy: Treadwell Park
Prefer to be surrounded by a big, rowdy crowd in a similar way as you might if you actually had a golden ticket to the big game in Santa Clara?
Then Treadwell Park, a newly opened craft beer hall on the East Side is definitely a spot to consider.
With 20 craft beers on tap and some truly inventive (and slightly weird) cocktails on the menu, a ton of Superbowl snacks with a slightly German bent and unlimited free popcorn, Treadwell has a lot to offer.
The big game will be broadcast on several projection size TVs and Game Day table packages, with a guaranteed table, four hours of premium open bar with wings, sliders, franks in a blanket and chips and guacamole will cost you $40.
Standing room only spots are free and there will be ongoing beer specials all night.
Everyone will be issued free favors in the colors of the team they are supporting as well and if the half time show isn't to your liking you could always enjoy a free game of ping pong instead.
Treadwell Park is located at 1125 1st Avenue.
If You Want an Extra View - Haven Rooftop Garden
Located right in the middle of Times Square, Haven Garden boasts one of the best rooftop gardens in Manhattan, one filled with lush greenery, even in the winter, and offering a stunning view of all of the hustle and bustle below in a surprisingly sophisticated atmosphere.
For Superbowl Sunday, the garden will be fully enclosed and heated and a standard $32 admission ticket will get you two free beers and access to a discounted appetizer menu.
Step up to the $100 option and you'll enjoy a game long open bar, complimentary first half appetizers and 'preferred seating' in front of one of the eight huge TVs that will be broadcasting the game.
Yes, located right in the middle of Times Square
If You are On a Budget - Village Pourhouse
$49 for a four hour open bar with first half appetizers included in the heart of the East Village?
Sounds almost too good to be true but that is what is on offer for Superbowl 50 at the Village Pourhouse, a lively, pub style sports bar that has a casual, friendly atmosphere that is sure to be a little loud.
The Village Pourhouse is located at 64 3rd Ave