Plan a kick-ass Super Bowl bash with Time Out’s list of the tastiest Super Bowl food: From fried chicken to tacos, there’s no shortage of lip-smacking options to keep everyone satisfied as you cheer on your favorite team and argue over prop bets. Beer guzzlers, we have you covered too with our recommendations on where to get the best brewskies. Everyone ready now? Let's go!
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Best Super Bowl food and beer
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This Queens suds house has around 26 taps available for growler fills ($18–$25), covering a gamut of offbeat brews from New York, the rest of the United States (brewers like Stillwater and Founders) and beyond. • 718-937-7494, alewifenyc.com
Need to please both brew snobs and PBR swillers at your bash? Owner Ted Kenny stocks plenty of game-day staples (like Bud) along with hops-head favorites by Evil Twin and Speakeasy. The staff will help you narrow it down from the approximately 20 growler fills ($18–$32) and 700-plus globe-spanning bottle options.• 212-254-4677, tophops.com
April Bloomfield’s answer to six-foot-long subs? Large-format tacos. The oversize Mexican staples feed 8 to 12, and include three varieties: brisket barbacoa with house-made salsa, braised lamb shoulder with cucumber pico de gallo, and slow-roasted pork shoulder with charred pineapple. This Super Bowl special ($200) also includes spicy beer nuts and chili-cheese nachos, pumpkin tres leches cake, and homemade margarita or michelada mix with chili salt and lime— as Tom Haverford would say, you’re covered on apps and ’zerts. • 212-865-5800, salvationtaco.com
Feed a crowd with crispy chicken wings (30–120 pieces, $40–$168) in your choice of three sauces: spicy Mexican buffalo; lime and pequin chile; or sweet and sour, which gets a kick from cider vinegar. Though the game-day favorite is a onetime special, you can get a taste of the refined South of the Border joint’s year-round fare with a to-go portion of the house-made guacamole ($35–$95); the largest size sates 16.• 212-937-4245, hechoendumbo.com. Order at least two days in advance.
Solidify your status as a champ host by serving grub from this sleek Mexican joint: Its Super Bowl menu includes short-rib or mushroom empanadas (each $3), an open-faced quesadilla topped with chicken, steak or shrimp ($10–$16), and your choice of seven tacos, made al pastor, with charred octopus or with spit-roasted pork (each $4). And don’t forget small bites, such as Mexican street corn, sweet plantains and refried beans (each $12), that are good for nibbling during those long commercial breaks. • 212-645-0193, eltoroblanconyc.com
If nachos are your preferred football-watching snack, chow down on this Southern spot’s loaded version, smothered in house-made refried beans, guacamole, pickled jalapeños, cheddar, and smoked and pulled pork. The Cardinal’s package ($90) also includes 12 pieces of brined and fried chicken, and a rack of wet or dry heritage ribs that have been slow-smoked for five hours. Round out a party platter with any four sides from the regular menu, with options like corn pudding, fried green tomatoes and deviled eggs. • 212-995-8600, cardinalnyc.com
Best Super Bowl food
The Brooklyn sandwich minichain is prepping oversize, six-foot-long versions of some of its signature handheld edibles. For traditionalists, there’s a dressed-up Italian sub, stuffed with cured meats, three cheeses and the shop’s “CSG” spread, while veggie-loving partyers can savor the Uncle Chucky, piled with roasted cauliflower, mushroom spread, kale and beer-pickled onions. The shop is also offering small bites like buffalo wings ($12/dozen), house-made pimiento cheese ($6) and French onion dip ($6). 485 Court St between Huntington and Nelson Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-722-7229) • 116 Sullivan St between Conover and Van Brunt Sts (347-529-5603) • 600 11th Av between W 44th and W 45th Sts (212-582-7946) • courtstreetgrocers.com
For the big game, this Queens BBQ joint is focusing on grilled chicken wings to go: Order anywhere from 30 to 200 ($28–$160), served with sauces such as TK and TK. (If you’re feeling brave, try the Millionaire’s sauce, an extremely rich combo of foie gras and butter.) Items from the regular menu, including house-cured pastrami ($24/lb) and burnt ends ($14.50/platter) are also available. • 347-617-1120, johnbrownseriousbbq.com
Set out a spread fit for both your bubbe and your football-obsessed pals with a to-go pack from this nouveau Jewish delicatessen. Mile End will offer a supersized version of its signature dish: cured and smoked brisket (two pounds!), mustard and sliced rye, along with sides of coleslaw and sour pickles, all for $85. If that’s not quite enough to feed the crowd, items from the regular menu will also be available. 97A Hoyt St between Atlantic Ave and Pacific St, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-852-7510) • 53 Bond St between Bowery and Lafayette St (212-529-2990) • mileenddeli.com
For an alternative to the standard subs-and-chips party fare, try the famed bo ssäm package ($350) from David Chang’s always-popular East Village restaurant. Slow-roasted pork shoulder is served with a host of condiments (kimchi, Korean BBQ sauce) and lettuce cups for wrapping. Touchdown-dance-worthy snacks, such as confited-chicken-wing buns and chili-cheese nachos, accompany the joint’s namesake dish, while the two dozen Milk Bar cake truffles (in pretzel and chocolate malt) probably won’t make it to halftime. • 212-254-3500, momofuku.com
Look no further than this Williamsburg fried-chicken joint for a Southern-inflected game-day feast. Snag 16-piece buckets ($35) of fried chicken, and platters of jalapeño poppers, mini chicken biscuits and hot wings ($25), and be sure to save room for stick-to-your-ribs beef chili with homemade cornbread ($16/qt). • 347-529-6090, piesnthighs.com
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This Cobble Hill brew emporium has kegs of varying sizes (full, half, quarter, sixtel; $55–$100), with 15–20 varieties on offer. The shop sources product from farther-flung beer makers, and you can also order a keg from a wide variety of brewers (must be done three days in advance). • 718-875-0226, americanbeerbuzz.com
Prepare for a Boogie Down bash at this pub, with 16 taps and one cask for growler pours ($16–$34). Bronx Pale Ale is a staple, and the oft-rotating beer menu is typically divided among New York joints (Greenport Harbor), American craft brewers (Flying Dog) and the occasional European offering. • 718-601-0204, bronxalehouse.com
For sheer breadth and depth of to-go selection, you can’t beat this midtown pub. It boasts 70 growler options ($20–$40), including rare brews and oddball styles, so you’ll find something to satisfy every taste. If you want to rep one of the Super Bowl contenders, there’s a good chance you’ll find bottles from Denver or Seattle among the 150-plus options. • 212-532-3740, gingerman-ny.com