So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that we think about food all the time. And honestly, the only reason the Super Bowl is on our radar at all is because it’s a brilliant opportunity to lounge in front of the television, and indulge in an endless array of unapologetically fatty snacks. We’re simply not content to draw the line at Chicken Wings, Chili and Doritos, which is why we’ve rounded up some of the most over-the-top tailgate specials in town, from a whole pig roast at DBGB to a fried chicken feast at Root & Bone.
Root & Bone: Here’s an opportunity to get your hands on Root & Bone’s infamous Fried Chicken (widely considered to be one of the best new birds in the city), without waiting hours for a table. Choose from a seriously lengthy list of nine different party packages, including Biscuits, Southern-style sides, entrees like Shrimp and Grits, and yes, that fantastic Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken, or just go with a number of a la carte options, such as buckets of Crispy Wings or Drumsticks, gallons of Lemonade, a whole Carrot Cake, or a sticky wheel of Chocolate Hazelnut Pie. www.rootnbone.com
DBGB Kitchen & Bar: While you might not expect refined French maestro, Daniel Boulud, to give a second thought to the Super Bowl, he’s done our all-American holiday one or two better with this no-holds-barred takeaway spread. Sure, you’ll have to cough up $595 for Boulud’s expansive “Halftime Whole Hog” special, but no matter how your team fares, there’s no way you’ll lose with a whole farm-raised Suckling Pig stuffed with Swiss Chard, served with Fingerling Potatoes, Chicharones, Brussels Sprouts, a Vegetable Tart, a signature DB Salad, three pints of housemade Ice Cream, and two dozen Cookies. You’ll never be content with Jalapeno Poppers again. www.dbgb.com
Momofuku Noodle Bar: David Chang’s flagship eatery, Momofuku Noodle Bar, has been open for 11 years now, but it hasn’t gotten any easier to snag a seat. So whether or not you care two figs about football, Super Bowl Sunday is the perfect time to bypass that crazy waitlist. For the tune of $250, you can have Momofuku cater an at-home banquet for 8-10 people, including Korean-style Fried Chicken Wings, Nugget Potatoes, Ginger Scallion Noodles, Chilled Spicy Noodles, Kimchi, Pickles, and Mulled Apple Cider. Touchdown! momofuku.com
Uncle Boons: Add a little Southeast Asian flair to your Super Bowl spread by picking up your game day eats from Thai sensation, Uncle Boons. Good for parties of six or more, the $150 package ($25 for each additional guest), includes two Spiced Fried Chickens, Pork Dumplings, Rice, Mango Salad, and —bonus! — an envelope of exotic Tamarind Margarita mix. Sure beats Bud Light. www.uncleboons.com
BOOMwich: From the owner of out-of-the-box pizza shop, PeteZaaz, this equally quirky new sandwich shop is offering great deals on game day hoagies. Feed 5-6 football fans for only $65 (or 10-12 for $125), on creations such as the “Dr. Cubano,” with Dr. Pepper-roasted pork butt, country ham, provolone and pickles, plus one large salad, like Roasted Autumn Veggie, and two sides, including 4X Cheesy Mac, Smoked Purple Potato Salad, or creamy House Slaw. www.boomwich.com
Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue: Barbecue is practically synonymous with tailgating. But assuming you won’t be lugging a grill to Arizona this year, let the top-notch Brooklyn pitmasters at Fletcher’s smoke your Super Bowl meats for you. Available for 1-10 people, each package comes with three proteins (choose from Wings, Brisket, Chopped Pork, Rib Tips, or even Frito Pie), and two sides, including Beans, Coleslaw, Fridge Pickles, Mac & Cheese, or fantastically smoky Collard Greens. www.fletchersbklyn.com