Hoboken resident and quarterback Eli Manning will lead the New York Giants into Indianapolis on Sunday for a chance to win his second Super Bowl ring, and the fourth in New York Giants history. Unless you’re willing to shell out thousands of dollars to see it in person, the big question is: Where will you watch the big game?
The Reporter has compiled a list of top spots in Hoboken and Jersey City where you can watch the Giants take on the New England Patriots on Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
At Wicked Wolf (120 Sinatra Dr.), a consistent Giants hotspot, fans are urged to arrive early, and will be rewarded if they do. From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wicked Wolf will offer $3 pints of Bud Light, and then $15 Bud Light towers and buckets all day, as well as .50 wings. But if you don’t want to fight the crowd and bump shoulders with hundreds of other fans, the Wicked Wolf is also offering deals on wings to go, including: buy 20 wings, get 10 free; buy 40 wings, get 20 free; and buy 60 wings, get 30 free.
On First Street at the Shannon (106 First St.), the first 100 fans will be offered “free spirit towels.” Super Bowl Sunday at the Shannon will also have “predict the play” raffles with prizes. The Shannon will also have “lots of giveaways and plenty of drink specials.” And, if you enjoy listening to Avicii and other dance music after a football game, the Shannon is also hosting “Hoboken’s hottest dance party after the game.”
Where will you watch the big game?
At Willie McBride’s (616 Grand St.), football fans will be treated to $2 beer specials such as Coors Light, Miller Lite, and Yuengling, and $5 baskets of wings. Reserve a table by calling (201) 610-1522 and enter to win a chance at a three-hour open bar for you and 10 friends. McBride’s will also feature expensive prizes and giveaways, including an electronic fireplace, and more.
A new place to watch the Super Bowl this year is The Tilted Kilt (800 Jackson St.). Along with their traditional pub fare come unique Irish dishes. And don’t worry; they have plenty of beer. The newest addition to the west side of the city is filled with televisions and great food. For more information on their specials, call (201) 714-4040.
Patriots bar, and more
If you can’t stand Big Blue and are rooting for the Patriots, check out McSwiggans (110 First St.), which is the official Pats bar in Hoboken. Also, if you’re looking for other non-Giants fans, Texas Arizona (76 River St.) has become a popular hangout for fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mulligan’s Bar (159 First St.) is the home of Philadelphia Eagles fans in Hoboken.
Many other bars are also hosting parties in Hoboken and Jersey City. They often fill up way before kickoff, so call to see if your favorite establishment takes reservations. If not, plan to arrive early.
In downtown Jersey City
At O’Connells Bar and Grill (111 Montgomery St.) the Super Bowl will be on all of the televisions (with volume), along with happy hour specials on food and drinks all night.
Michael Anthony’s (502 Washington Blvd.) is offering a variety of packages for the Super Bowl. A pigskin package, which includes food for the game, costs $25 per person. A tailgate package, which includes food, beer, and wine for the entire game, is $55 per person. The bar is also offering a skybox package, which is for parties of 25-50 people. The skybox package includes a private section with multiple televisions, a private bar, and a private buffet. For more information about the packages and to make reservations, call (201) 798-1798.
The recently reopened PJ Ryan’s (292 Barrow St.) often draws a large crowd of New York Giants fans. The bar has seven, 56 inch high definition televisions. Bar specials include $3 Yuengling, Coors Light, and Bud Light drafts, all day on Super Bowl Sunday. PJ Ryan’s is also expecting shot specials after Giants touchdowns or field goals, as well as a champagne toast.
Specials to order for home
But if you’re looking to stay in and watch the game at home, the area is home to many delicious Italian delis, and almost all of them will be catering on Super Bowl Sunday.
Luca Brasi’s (100 Park Ave., Hoboken) offers everything from large platters of chicken fingers ($60) and Buffalo wings ($65), to six-foot ham, salami, and mozzarella sandwiches ($85). Caterings options include pastas, salads, entrees, large heroes, cold cuts by the pound, salads by the pound, and cheeses. For more information, call Luca Brasi’s at (201) 217-9960.
At Losurdo Bros. Tony’s Italian Bakery and Deli (410 Second St., Hoboken), the deli is offering a $99 special for Super Bowl Sunday. The special includes a six-foot hero (ham, salami, provolone) and six pounds of assorted salads and pickles. For more information, call (201) 659-4766.
Biggie’s (318 Madison St., Hoboken) and Super Buy Rite (575 Manila Ave., Jersey City) are also top spots for those looking to watch the Giants and Patriots battle it out from home.
Hoboken also is the home of many famous delis including M&P Biancamano (1116 Washington St.), Vito’s Deli (806 Washington St.), and Fiore’s Deli (414 Adams St.). For more information about those delis (or your favorite), check out their websites and give them a call.
Enjoy the game, wherever you decide to watch Super Bowl XLVI.
Ray Smith may be reached at RSmith@hudsonreporter.com