“Are you ready for some football?” is the call to arms for sports fans, but we — as always — are solely spurred by the siren cry of food. So instead of placing bets on the outcome of the actual game, we’re prepping for Super Bowl Sunday by handicapping catering packages instead; from Root n’ Bone’s fried chicken buckets, to a deli bundle courtesy of Katz’s.
Root & Bone: Do you feel like chicken tonight? This southern-fried East Village favorite has got you covered with a duo of party packs, featuring their acclaimed, sweet tea-brined, lemon zested fried bird, plus mac and cheese, biscuits and cole slaw, from $55-$180.
200 E 3rd St., (646) 682-7076
Mission Chinese: Danny Bowien’s perennially hip Chinese eatery is launching catering service just in time for Super Bowl Sunday. Every bit as extensive as their regular menu, options are sized to feed 8-10 and include Cold and Hot Appetizers (such as red cabbage salad, Shanghai lumpia, and the famously fiery Chongqing chicken wings), Mission Classics (mapo tofu and thrice-cooked bacon), a Rice Corner (salt cod or mushroom fried rice), Vegetables (stir fried celery and steamed broccoli shoots) and even a series of Set Meals, ranging from $235-380.
171 E Broadway, (212) 432-0311
The Dutch: Andrew Carmellini’s comparatively casual, all-American bistro is getting into the spirit of the Super Bowl, by devising a $150 takeout feast starring a fried chicken bucket (watch out, Root & Bone!), as well as a whole apple pie, and sides of baby lettuce salad with buttermilk dressing, chipotle-scallion cornbread and honey butter biscuits.
131 Sullivan St, (212) 677-6200
Katz’s Delicatessen: NYC seminal East Village deli is offering nationwide shipping on their Game Day Package, which includes their legendary pastrami and corned beef, pigs in a blanket, a whole salami and more for $175. And they’re even providing free two-day shipping for any last-minute orders!
205 E Houston St, (212) 254-2246
Rotisserie Georgette: The Upper East Side’s Rotisserie Georgette may have the trappings of a high-end restaurant. But at its core, it’s devoted to approachable, everyman eats like large format, spit-roasted proteins. So gear up for game day with above-average provisions, such as peppery paprikash wings, pomegranate glazed baby back ribs, banh-mi sliders, buffalo-spiced chicken, rotisserie potatoes, and bourbon, caramel and toasted pecan blondies for dessert; ordered a la carte, or as part of $189-200 packages.
14 E 60th St, (212) 390-8060
Empellon al Pastor: It’s taco time! Alex Stupak is the king of the Mexican party pack; so choose from a Roast Pork Dinner (augmented with black beans, chicharrones, salad, fried rice and tortillas for $250), an Al Pastor combo (your choice of two taco fillings and guacamole for $170), or full-on Super Bowl spreads fashioned for 10-25 people and priced from $250-545, comprising DIY tacos and guac, plus nachos, chicken wings and a duo of sides.
132 St Marks Pl, (646) 833-7039