What to Do Pre-Game and Post-Game in New York City for Super Bowl XLVIII
Whether you’re a diehard football or a part-time, channel surfing fan there is nothing quite like tuning in for the gridiron glory that is the Super Bowl. Whether your home team makes it to the big dance, or you just enjoy watching the season’s best of the best play, sitting on the sides and watching the big game is an event that must be experienced to be believed.
Regardless of your team’s position in the NFL playoff picture, the 2014 Super Bowl will be one for the record books. Literally. This will be the first championship game to be played outdoors in a cold weather environment—at the MetLife Stadium, to be specific. Part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex and situated in the cold swamplands of Northern New Jersey, MetLife Stadium is just a stone’s throw away from the most exciting city in the world.
If you are planning an NYC Super Bowl adventure and are looking for some fun pre- and post-game activities, CityPASS has you covered. Since this year’s Super Bowl committee has banned tailgating before the game, you might need a few ideas for how to spend the hours leading up to and following the big game. After all, if you’re in the Big Apple, you might as well see the sights!
Lady Liberty and Ellis Island
If you find yourself amidst the urban jungle for this year’s Super Bowl celebration and want to experience our country’s history without having to brave the NYC streets, we have the perfect attraction for you. Jump on the Statue Cruises ferry from either the Battery Park or Liberty State Park departure points to experience the beauty and history that stands tall within the New York Harbor. The ferry will take you to Liberty Island, where you can explore the island grounds with the included audio tour and experience up-close and personal views of the Statue of Liberty.
The ferry also makes a stop on Ellis Island, where visitors can also explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, viewing snippets of our country’s rich past and taking a deeper look at the journey of millions of people who made their way to the new world and were greeted by Lady Liberty.
Top of the Rock
If you’re itching to see the city from above, you can’t miss the view from the observation deck at Top of the Rock. Sitting 70 stories above the chaos and excitement that the city offers, you can enjoy 360-degree panoramic views from indoor and outdoor decks. This Art-Deco skyscraper is said to be a must-do when visiting Gotham and offers incredible photo opportunities. When the streets become a bit too hectic and you need a breather from the frigid temperatures, jump the elevator to the Top of the Rock to experience NYC from a lofty perspective.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Before you indulge in pigskin action, cold-crisp beers, and your Super Bowl feast, you may be interested in experiencing a few of the other finer things in life, such as the incredible art selection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, affectionately known as ‘The Met’. The museum is home to over 2 million works of art on display, spanning more than 5,000 years, and has a reputation as one of the world’s most visually pleasing museums. If you have an appreciation for a wide variety of artistic expression and a few hours to spend, make sure you visit The Met for some inspiration.
If you’re looking for a place to watch the big game and don’t have a Super Bowl ticket handy, you’ve still got some fun options. NYC is jam-packed with great sports bars and restaurants; it’s just a matter of picking the perfect one to tickle your beer-drinking, wing-craving, football-watching fancy. Here are a few that we recommend:
Bar 515: Located at 515 3rd Ave. in the heart of NYC’s East Side lies an exciting sports bar known for its panoramic plasma screen views and Zen-like atmosphere. Bar 515’s relaxed ambiance can calm down even the most die-hard sports fanatics. Better yet, the joint takes bar food to a completely new level with upscale dishes such as Portuguese octopus, mini buffalo chicken sliders, and burgers marinated in your favorite kind of beer.
Legends Bar & Grill: Situated a few miles outside the city in Queens at 7104 35th Ave., Legends is an old-fashioned sports bar that will satisfy any hungry football fan. Comparable to your favorite local dive bar, the food on tap includes short ribs, pulled pork, and multiple variations of the always-necessary chicken wings.
Johnny Utah’s: Just blocks from Radio City Music Hall (25 West 51st St.) and the hustle and bustle of Midtown sits a bar with tasty pub food, great craft beers and even better excitement. Complete with a mechanical bull to let out any of your in-game anger, Johnny Utah’s is the perfect spacious spot for you and friends to gather and watch the big game.
40/40 Club: If you’re craving a uniquely New York, slightly upscale Super Bowl bar experience, Jay-Z’s 40/40 club may fit the bill. Situated in the heart of the Flatiron District at 6 West 25th St., the 40/40 club will certainly elevate your Super Bowl experience by providing a chic, yet enjoyable, atmosphere with great food and a primo selection of beers.
Although Super Bowl XLVIII may be the highlight of your adventure to the big apple, let CityPASS help you see the other amazing attractions in NYC!