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Hometown Bar-B-Que  

Sunday Night
The Big Game—if you’re not actually going to be at the Big Game …

“There’s a hidden sports bar called Bleecker Heights Tavern (296 Bleecker St., nr. Seventh Ave. S.; 212-675-6157). It’s not a goofy speakeasy—like, you don’t have to knock on the door and give a password—but part of the fun is that you have to know it’s there. It’s upstairs from Five Guys Burgers. You can look out the windows onto Bleecker Street and see all the sports fans ­being insane.” —Raúl ­Esparza, actor

“The Whiskey ­Brooklyn (44 Berry St., nr. N. 11th St., Williamsburg; 718-387-8444) is the perfect kind of sports bar. Go and bug the bartender named Griffin: He makes delicious picklebacks and has a real laid-back attitude; you can talk to him about The Fast and the Furious, which often plays there. The D.J. is also really good—he spins late-nineties R&B and pop. You can run up and be like, ‘Oh my gosh, can you please play Mya, “Case of the Ex”?’ and he’ll usually play it.” —Jessica Williams, Daily Show correspondent

“A classic New York sports bar is Malachy’s (103 W. 72nd St., nr. ­Columbus Ave.; 212-874-4268). It’s not a hip dive bar, it’s just a dive bar—a dive bar that plays sports. It’s one of the few remaining old-school drinking establishments in New York City.” —Michael Chernus, actor

“Kettle of Fish (59 Christopher St., nr. ­Seventh Ave. S.; 212-414-2278) will probably be packed during the Super Bowl. They have TVs all lined up around the bar, a back area with a big TV, and couches. It’s a really friendly place; I’ve never had anybody be mean to me there. And it has arcade games like Ms. Pac-Man, so you can take a breather from the game and go play.” —Jess Weixler, actress

“The most important thing you need in a sports bar is lots of TVs. This place Bounce (55 W. 21st St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-675-8007) has them all over. Wherever you turn, there’s another TV. Plus the food is good and the service is great, so you really can’t go wrong.” —Deron ­Williams, Brooklyn Nets point guard

I like a sports bar that doesn’t feel like a sports bar. Warren 77 (77 Warren St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-227-8994) has a nice atmosphere, but it’s still a perfect setup to check out the game.” —Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers goalie

… And a halftime break for dinner.

“My favorite local restaurant, Locanda Vini e Olii (129 Gates Ave., at Cambridge Pl., Clinton Hill; 718-622-9202), is in a landmarked turn-of-the-century drugstore. Go for an antipasti course of crostini di pesce followed by the sage pappardelle with braised duck. But first take a seat at the counter and put yourself in the hands of bartender Daniel Kent for one pre-dinner specialty cocktail.” —Jonathan Butler, Brooklyn Flea co-founder

“We’re obsessed with Hometown Bar-B-Que (454 Van Brunt St., nr. Reed St., Red Hook; 347-294-4644). It’s just slabs of meat that the owner cooks right outside the door. And they have an amazing bourbon selection. You almost feel like you’ve been transported to Texas.” —Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, designers

“The roast chicken at Barbuto (775 Washington St., at 12th St.; 212-924-9700) is phenomenal. For dessert, they have chocolate pudding, and in the spring, butterscotch pudding. If you get both of those, you don’t even need the chicken. Just have the butterscotch first, then a glass of Champagne, and then the chocolate.” —Joel Grey, actor

“If you don’t eat enough vegetables, go to Westville (210 W. 10th St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-741-7971) and order the four market sides—you get four sides for $15. The way they’re cooked, they taste like candy. There are three Westvilles, but I go to the one in the West Village. They do Brussels sprouts, kale, sautéed cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts with Parmesan cheese—none of it sounds nearly as delicious as it actually tastes.” —Halley Feiffer, actress and playwright

“Raoul’s has been in Soho since the seventies (180 Prince St., nr. Sullivan St.; 212-966-3518). The crowd’s changed a little, but it used to be a hard-core regular place, where I think every single person got steak au poivre and fries. That’s the only thing I’ve ever had there. It’s really good.” —Rafael de Cárdenas, architect and designer

Additional reporting by Abby Schreiber and Arianna Davis


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