The ads! The Harbaugh family! Beyonce! (We love her non-lipsynched rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the Superbowl press conference.) There’s even a football game. (We’re from Northern California, so Go Forty-Niners!)
Where do you want to be when the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco Forty-Niners clash on Sunday? We at Overnight New York suggest a New York City hotel bar geared up for the big event with soaring screens, buckets of wings, mountains of sliders and gallons of beer. Here’s how to transport yourself to the Big Easy in the Big Apple.
The sexy-stylish Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown opens its new Sanctuary Ultra Lounge on Sunday with a Super Bowl party. The room stats are impressive as Kaepernick’s or Flacco’s: 16 one-way mirrors that morph into 55-inch HDTVs at game time, a 110-inch projection screen and buttery leather banquettes with sleek oak tables. Super Bowl specials include 50-cent Buffalo wings, three appetizers for $45 and $25 buckets of Brooklyn Lager and Bud with complimentary truffle fries. Or spring for a $75 wristband and partake of the open bar and domestic beer from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Table packages also available.
The Sanctuary Hotel, 132 West 47th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues; 212 466-9000.
Is 30 by 16 feet big enough for ya? Those dazzling stats belong to Big Screen Plaza, the HD-format LED screen that beams into Humphreys, the laid-back restaurant and bar at the Eventi hotel. Yes, you can bundle up and watch outdoors on the plaza, but we’re in New York, not New Orleans. Stay warm in upbeat white-and-yellow digs with all-you-can-eat wings at halftime and drinks specials throughout the game.
Eventi, Sixth Avenue at 30th Street; 212 564.4567.
The congenial bar and restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park celebrates the Super Bowl with two screens and a special menu. Settle into a banquette or a table with a bucket of beer (Heineken or Brooklyn Pilsner), buffalo wings and cheese nachos ($65 for the works). Prefer to cheer, or drown your sorrows, in a suite? Packages including football food, Super Bowl decorations, a bucket of beer for four guests and a suite for the night for $775 ( call 917 790-2401 for reservations).
Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park, Two West Street. 212 344-0800.
Upstairs, the enclosed rooftop bar and restaurant at The Kimberly, doesn’t look like a sports bar, but it’s comfortable, stylish (tufted leather sofas, black leather fauteuls) and the Media Room is outfitted with big screens for the game. And if your team is tanking, you can gaze out the window at the Chrysler Building. Order up mini Kobe sliders, crispy baby artichokes, crab cakes, gamba a la plancha and that East Side football favorite, truffled mac and cheese — and wash it all down with $6 beers.
The Kimberly, 145 East 50th Street between Lexington and Third avenues. 212 702-1600.
The Marriott Marquis’ eighth floor is a sea of big screens. In other words, the Super Bowl is everywhere you look, whether the Broadway Lounge, the hotel’s sprawling bar, or the Crossroads American Kitchen and Bar, the hotel restaurant. For added entertainment, the window-lined lounge faces directly onto Times Square. This is the seventh Big Game party at the Marquis. Festivities include bars for building your own nachos and hot dogs, pizza and slider stations and wings tossed to order, desserts and more ($32 per person); Sam Adams, Heineken and Miller Lite are on draft ($6); and Big Game cocktails, like Touchdown Tea (Jack Daniel, fresh lemonade) and Goal Line Stand (Woodward Reserve Bourbon, Orange Bitters, Orange Twist), $14.95.
Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway between 45th and 46th streets. 212 704-8747.