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No matter who you’re rooting for during Super Bowl 53 this Sunday, you’ll still want good food and drinks and a fun atmosphere for watching the game. Many of the top barbecue joints in the NYC metro area will be open during “the big game” and offering specials.
Here are your top choices for Super Bowl viewing on Sunday in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and New Jersey:
Blue Smoke (Manhattan)
Both Blue Smoke locations (in Flatiron and Battery Park City) will be playing the Super Bowl. Each location will have two TVs and a screen projector to show the game. No food specials outside of “buckets” of their amazing smoked chicken wings with Alabama white sauce. You can also get large-order delivery for the game as long as the order is placed before Friday end of day.
Daddy O’s (Staten Island)
Daddy O’s is one of the most natural places for BBQ and the game, given that it's a sports bar. They will have the game on and offer up a special all-smoked food buffet and an open bar for just $50 per person. They’ll also have giveaways, prizes, and raffles going during the game. They have two 180-inch HD projectors and 30 60-inch TVs, so you’ll have a great view no matter where you sit.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (Brooklyn and Manhattan)
Dino Bar-B-Que’s Brooklyn location will offer $5 beer specials and playing the game on all six of its TVs throughout the restaurant with the sound on. The Harlem location will be showing the game on its four TVs that are in the cocktail area, but no food or drink specials will be available.
Hamilton Pork (Jersey City)
Hamilton Pork isn’t big on sporting events, but they do have two TVs at the bar with the sound on if you want to chill and watch the big game there.
Hill Country Barbecue Market (Manhattan)
Hill Country in Flatiron is a huge football restaurant (hello Texas!) and will appropriately doing a lot for the Super Bowl. They will have wing specials, party-sized nacho specials, and offering happy hour pricing on drinks all day. They have four TVs at the upstairs bar and will have a 120-inch projector screen that will be set up in the main dining room.
Hometown Bar-B-Que (Brooklyn)
Hometown is another place that’s not big on showing sports, but they are making an exception for the Super Bowl. It is the only game of the year that will have the sound turned on. They will have two projectors set up and two TVs turned on. Sadly no food specials, but on the other hand, everything is good there.
House of 'Que (Hoboken and Weehawken)
House of 'Que’s two New Jersey locations will be showing the Super Bowl and offering some cool specials: $5 for all draft beers, $1 shots for touchdowns, $2 shots for other scores, and you can get a free appetizer at halftime if you reserve a table for 6 or more. The Hoboken location will have 32 TVs playing the game, plus one projector and one large TV on each side of the room. The Weehawken location (which is brand new!) will have 3 huge TVs and 30 regular TVs set up throughout the joint.
John Brown Smokehouse (Queens)
John Brown is the best place to watch Kansas City Chiefs games in the city, but they will still be showing the Super Bowl even without the Chiefs in it. (I’m still sad about that.) They have three TVs, so be early if you want a good view. They will have delicious pecan-smoked wings for $1.25 each during the game.
Mable’s Smokehouse (Brooklyn)
Mable’s in Williamsburg will have the Super Bowl on with the sound on and they are offering a a Shiner pitcher and dozen wings special for $25 during the game. They have two TVs, so get there early if you want a good view.
Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue (Brooklyn)
Morgan’s has three TVs in the bar and they will all be showing the game. The special of the day will be half off on their great chicken wings, but you must sit at the bar to get it.
Pig Beach (Brooklyn)
Pig Beach will be having a massive Super Bowl party in Brooklyn. There’s no cover and they will be doing big specials, including two themed food options. For the Rams, there’s lamb barbacoa tacos and for the Patriots, there’s Smoked Pork Chowdah. On top of that, there will be a whole hog, dollar wings, $20 Miller Lightbuckets, $5 pulled pork sandwiches, $12 nachos, and a $10 Michter’s Rye cocktail. Pig Beach has 14 TVs and 2 big screen projectors so you can watch from all over the restaurant.
Queens Bully (Queens)
Queens Bully in Forest Hills will be fully embracing the Super Bowl with a party. There will be lots food options including the “Trash Can Nachos” from Chopped champion Melvin "Boots" Johnson. Reservations will be required to get a table and there's a $65 minimum spend per guest. More info can be found at Queens Bully’s Super Bowl Eventbrite page.
Randall’s Barbecue (Manhattan)
Randall’s is having a Super Bowl “tailgate party” with smoked tri tip steak for the Rams and smoked lobster rolls for the Patriots. On top of that, there will be a whole smoked hog and other tailgating food like nachos, house-made buffalo chicken sausage, wings, and chili. There will be $5 pints and $5 beer and shot specials. They have two TVs and will be playing the game with sound.
I personally will be rooting for the Rams to win on Sunday because I’m not a fan of dynasty teams. But more than anything, I’ll be rooting for a high-scoring competitive game and great food. Have a great weekend everyone!
Founder, NYC BBQ
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Here are the top BBQ and food stories in New York area this week:
The very good Korea-meets-Texas barbecue joint Kimchi Smoke, based in Westwood, New Jersey, will soon be opening a new location inside H Mart in Little Ferry. The new location is called Kimchi Smoke KTX.
The Blue Smoke location in Flatiron is now back open after being closed for part of January. The restaurant closed to move lunch to counter service and to implement “no tipping” for lunch, dinner, the bar, and at The Jazz Standard downstairs.
Three new locations of New York-based chain Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue are set to open in Long Island in the next year. “When I came back to New York, the New York barbecue scene was just kind of burgeoning,” Jason Wotman, the restaurateur who will lead the new franchised locations, said. “But some places have started opening, and there are a lot of good barbecue options in New York City. “But it hadn’t extended to Long Island.”
Here are the top BBQ (and related) food events coming soon to the New York metro area:
February 1: The Smorgasburg x VICE Night Market 2019 returns to Williamsburg and it will take place every other Friday night. It features food vendors like Brooklyn’s Carnal (read more about Carnal here), as well as a wide selection of drinks and live music. Get free tickets here.
February 1: Enjoy a wide selection of whiskeys and spirits TONIGHT at the Jersey City Whiskey and Spirits Festival, held at the Harborside Atrium. It will include beautiful skyline views, live music, games, and food for purchase. Buy tickets here.
February 2: Get warmed up in Brooklyn with unlimited seasonal craft beers, spiked drinks, and delicious food at the NYC Winter Warmer, held at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Food vendors include Memphis Seoul, Empanada Papa, Brooklyn Baked & Fried, Angry Archie’s, and more. Buy tickets here.
March 9: Indulge in all the things you’re supposed to have in moderation at the Brooklyn Chocolate, Wine & Whiskey Festival at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. Enjoy free craft chocolate and liquor samples and much more. Buy tickets here.
March 23: Go wild on mac ‘n’ cheese at the Hoboken Mac & Cheese Festival just across the river in New Jersey. More than 10 vendors will be there, including House of 'Que and The Ainsworth. Buy tickets here.
April 13 & 14: Enjoy hot sauce samples from makers all over the world at the 7th annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. On top of samples, beer and BBQ will be available for purchase and there will be spicy food eating competitions to watch as well. Buy tickets here.