The Jets and Giants may not have even sniffed the playoffs this year, but New York loves a spectacle, providing plenty of incentive to get out with friends and enjoy Super Bowl 2015.
XLIX kicks off Sunday, February 1, and you’ll find big names like Geno Smith (the Jets’ QB, at least as of press time) hosting Super Bowl parties at classed-up sports bars like FC Gotham, complete with a live DJ (in classic Meatpacking fashion). You can embrace the mayhem with a visit to Slate in the Flatiron, which boasts 50 big screens and a mechanical bull for polishing your patriotic bona fides.
Nearby Bounce Sporting Club will let you choose between New England sour (vodka with maple and grapefruit) or Seattle brew crew (vodka and coffee) cocktail allegiances, with a bold-face name or two likely in the house.
Elevate your tailgating with a trip to Louro, the West Village charmer, which is offering unlimited food on a menu that nods to both Pats (sausage rolls topped with clam chowder sauce) and Seahawks (coffee-cured salmon). To watch the game on an epic scale, hit up Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, which will have New England and Seattle brews to accompany the screening. Hate football? Not to worry — the Puppy Bowl is on in Nitehawk’s lobby.
Get the kids into the spirit of the season with a jaunt to the first annual Winter Carnival at Bank of America Winter Village on Friday, January 30, and Saturday the 31st. Little ones can check out ice golf, skating, and curling, culminating in a well-earned cup of hot chocolate. There’s also a kids’ “silent disco” on Saturday, with the rink providing headphones and DJs to create a surreal scene of silent dancing. Adults get their own silent disco that night, and a summer-themed skate night Friday, because the sultry weather can’t be that far off, right? Right?
A nice hot bowl of soup is another great way to embrace winter. Get in the competitive spirit with a pre-Super Bowl 2015 throwdown at Littlefield in Gowanus. You’ll get to vote on the winner of the Brooklyn Soup Takedown after touring your way through the best bowls that local home cooks have to offer (Given the weather, it’s probably best not to come craving gazpacho).
Stimulate your sense of both sight and sound on Friday, January 30, when the Met drops a live jazz soundtrack. Fifteen different groups will be performing an identical set list (Stompin’ at the Savoy, Night & Day, and Take the A Train are some highlights) for the annual Jazz & Colors fest, filling 15 museum galleries. The musicians will remind you that jazz is an art form, too.