583 Vanderbilt Ave., at Dean St., Prospect Heights; 718-857-5777
There are other sports bars, like Nevada Smith’s (“Where football is religion!”), that attract rowdy soccer fans for early-morning matches live from the Continent. But if you can’t stomach the thought (or smell) of a dingy dive at eight in the morning, there’s Woodwork, a month-old bar that marries the usual footie atmosphere with Brooklyn’s ever-spreading barnyard-chic aesthetic. Along with the three 50-inch HDTVs constantly tuned to soccer, there’s an enormous oak bar made of floorboards salvaged from a Massachusetts dairy farm, a long list of international beers, and a menu filled with grass-fed meats and locally farmed produce. That smell wafting from the kitchen on match-day mornings? Waffles with Nutella and Balthazar sticky buns.
Best Soccer Bar
From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).