May 25 2010

NYC Restaurants Are Catching World Cup Fever

Published by Andy at 11:22 am under Food & Drink Events

NYC is abuzz about the 2010 World Cup taking place in South Africa.  No other sporting event better showcases the city’s melting pot of international cultures and cuisines.  Being here with people from all over the world rooting for their home teams is probably the closest thing to experiencing the World Cup in person. In fact, some restaurants are going all out for the month-long tournament that begins June 11, opening their doors early for the games and offering special menus and food and drink deals. There’s a restaurant for every country’s fans.  Rootin’ for Spain?  Then head to Boqueria (53 W. 19th St. in Flatiron; 171 Spring St. in Soho) where they’re opening the doors at 9:30 am every game day for the 10 am games and showing all games on 2 large screens (the 7:30 am games will be shown at noon). They’ve even posted a full game schedule here.  During the first week’s 10 am games, Boqueria will be giving away free orders of your choice of churros & chocolate or bravas (crispy potatoes) & beer. They’ll also be serving an assortment of pastries and breakfast dishes like an egg and chorizo sandwich.  Double Crown (316 Bowery) will also be opening its doors at 9:30 am every game day and showing all games on 2 giant screens.  They will be offering a full menu with some signature items and some special World Cup dishes like crisp chicken wings, fish & chips, burger, and even a crispy skate sandwich. What we like best, though, is the DIY Bloody Mary Bar and pitchers of mojitos.

Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten (7 Rivington St.) will be showing all the games on 5 flat screens and a big screen projection.  Another biergarten option is Zum Schnieder in the way East Village (107 Ave. C) where they’re showing all the games.  Avenue C is gonna be rockin’ come June 13th when Germany takes on Australia. Just down the block, you know the crazy party crew at Sunburnt Cow (137 Ave C) will be boozin’ and ready to cheer on the Aussies. 

If you want to catch some host country spirit, then head to Braii South African BBQ & Grill (329 W. 51st St.) or Xai Xai Wine Bar (369 W. 51st St.) where they will be showing all the games and serving up some South African food and drink. 

Fans of Italy can head to Scuderia (257 6th Ave.) for the games on the big screen outside and some Peroni. 

We hear the staff at Hecho en Dumbo, the new, popular Mexican eatery on the Bowery (354 Bowery), are huge soccer fans.  You can bet it’s gonna be nuts there on June 11th when Mexico takes on host country South Africa.  In addition to screening all the games, they’ll be offering their full brunch menu (which is offered 7 days a week the rest of the year), a $10 lunch prix-fixe and drink specials. 

You can bet it’s gonna get raucous at Felix Restaurant & Bar in Soho (340 W. Broadway) where it feels like it’s the World Cup every weekend.

Brazil is the favorite and the favorite spot to cheer for Brazil while throwing back a couple of caipirinhas is SUSHISamba (87 7th Ave and 245 Park Ave.). They’ll also be having some giveaways and contests.

Don’t want to wait to watch the early 7:30 am games?  Head to Opia Restaurant & Lounge in Midtown East (130 E. 57th St.) on the way to work, where you can power through a breakfast and a match.

Nevada Smiths (74 3rd Ave) is an obvious venue for World Cup watching. For years, it’s been the most popular place in NYC to catch all the football action.  With the time-shifting, there’s often more drinking being done here before noon than in most bars all night.

Be their guest!  Beginning Friday, June 11th BR Guest Restaurants Bill’s Bar & Burger, Dos Caminos Soho, and Wildwood Barbeque will open 30 minutes before all morning World Cup matches. Each restaurant will be showing the games on all tv’s and projectors and will offer special morning menu items like a Classic Burger with a Fried Egg at Bill’s, Chicken & Waffles at Wildwood Barbeque, and a Breakfast Torta at Dos Caminos Soho.

Craft beer lovers have a place to catch all the action, too.  East Village Tavern (158 Ave C) will be showing all the games and offering $4 craft drafts, $3 Miller & Bud, $2 sliders and 25 cent wings.

It seems like it’s always a party at Cabrito (50 Carmine Street)!  These guys don’t even need an excuse to mix it up.  They even filled up the joint with sand for Cinco de Mayo.  Starting on June 11th and continuing throughout the duration of the tournament, Cabrito will be showing all games on their two conveniently located TVs behind the bar.  For the first game on June 11th, the restaurant will open its doors early at 10am and will serve a special Mexican breakfast in honor of the Mexico v. Russia match.  To keep everyone well lubricated, happy hour drink pricing at the bar will be in effect during all games.  The next day when the USA team goes up against England – and for any game the USA plays – the Crew will dole out free shots for every Yankee goal. 

Get the frick outta here!  Rare Bar & Grill (152 West 26th St.) will be serving up all you can eat “Frickles”, aka their signature fried pickles, and $5 pints of draft beer during any Team USA World Cup game at the bar. 

Things are gonna get heated up for the Brits at Brick Lane Curry House (306 East 6th St.) where the staff will be wearing red UK team jerseys.   Beginning June 11th and running through July 11th, Brick Lane Curry House will be airing viewings of the matches, both live and repeats, throughout the day.  They’ll be offering British inspired cocktails including Black and Tans, Snake Bites and Irish Car Bombs for $8.  In addition, if you buy two Taj Mahals or Kingfishers you’ll get the third for free from 3pm-6pm.  Brick Lane will also be serving up a special FIFA inspired menu including Brick Lane Curry House’s Masala Chicken Lollipops, Kingfisher Fish Fingers, FIFA Chips with Vindaloo curry, Onion Bhajis (a British favorite), and legendary footballer Bobby Moore’s succulent Lamb Chops. Prices start at $5 and range up to $22 for combo platters for groups of six or more.

Paradou (8 Little West 12th St.) is really going the extra mile for the World Cup.  What they lack in televisions, they are making up for in prix-fixe menus.  They have created weekly menus representing the cuisine of all the continents participating in the World Cup. Sample cuisine from Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, North & South America. A different $35, 3-course prix fixe menu will be offered Sun – Wed every week for all 4 weeks of the World Cup!  Cause after the World is done watching the game, the World’s gotta eat.  Check out the weekly menus here.

Toloache (251 W. 50th St.) is opening at 9am on Friday for the World Cup Mexico vs. South Africa match @ 10am.  They will be serving what looks to be an amazing Mexican breakfast buffet. 

Fans of Italy will want to head to Trattoria Cinque (363 Greenwich St.), which will open as early as 10am every game day. They’ll be serving up various $5 World Cup-inspired cocktails as well as breakfast, antipasto and apertivo options for $5 each. And when Italy wins a game, guests receive $1 Peronis and Campari cocktails.

Catch all the games (and every Brazil game) at Esperanto (145 Ave C). Expect complimentary shots of cachaça whenever Brazil scores, $1-off beer during games and half-time shirt raffles.

The stock market–themed Exchange Bar & Grill (256 3rd Ave) in Gramercy is taking reservations for viewing parties of five or more that include breakfast or lunch and three drinks for $15 per person – an extra $5 per person wins you a free shot every time your team scores.

They’re opening the doors at Macao Trading Co. (311 Church St) at 7:30am every morning of the World Cup. Games are shown on a 10′x10′ movie screen at this Chinese-Portuguese in TriBeCa. Check out the FIFA special – a sandwich with beer, coffee or juice for $10, on top of $5 beer and $6 sandwich specials.

Ofrenda (113 7th Ave) in the W Village is serving up complimentary bar snacks with a drink purchase during all games. Happy hour starts at 10am with wine, sangria, Bloody Marys, margaritas and mimosas for $5 each and Mexican beers for $4.50. If Mexico wins, everyone gets a free round of beer and well drinks.

It’s Kegs n’ Eggs World Cup style at Stout (133 W. 33rd St).  Showing all the early games and when you buy any breakfast item you get $4 draft beers to wash it down with.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear about more restaurants that will be showing the games and offering specials.

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “NYC Restaurants Are Catching World Cup Fever”

  1. DJ Tacologicon 25 May 2010 at 12:33 pm

    East Village Tavern (10th & Ave. C) are showing all games, with volume on their 5 large flat screens, and serving brunch as well.

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  3. Pauloon 27 May 2010 at 11:31 am

    No mention of Nevada Smiths? For shame!

  4. joshon 27 May 2010 at 11:48 am

    Are there any that are showing in 3d?

  5. marionon 04 Jun 2010 at 4:14 pm

    on the upper west side pappardella (75th & columbus) will be showing the games and cheering italy with specialty food & beverage.

  6. Brandonon 07 Jun 2010 at 12:21 pm

    you forgot woodwork in Prospect Heights

  7. danon 11 Jun 2010 at 5:32 pm

    @paulo: nevada smith’s mentioned in the middle of the page.

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