City Pulse

By PK Greenfield

Super Bowl XLVIII is on February 2, 2014 and everyone in New York is gearing up for an action-packed week of parties, places and things to do leading up to the big day. Though watching the game from the comfort of your couch or hotel may be an enticing option, we think this list of the hottest venues and events around the city will make you want to get out and get your game on.

Through February 2nd, The 50 Yard Lounge, the premier VIP destination for food, drink and football, will hold festivities with some of New York City’s celebrity chefs and athletes including Marc Forgione, Joe Theismann, Doug Flutie, Alex Guarnaschelli and more.

Conveniently located at One Penn Plaza, next to Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, the pop-up lounge will spread over 15,000 square feet with heated roof decks, tented plazas and restaurants.

This is also the official hospitality venue for The New York Jets where fans, season ticket holders and VIPs will rub elbows in the “Jets House.”

There is limited space available so reserve early.

Check for updates and buy tickets at http://www.50YardLounge.com.

La Brochette, an upscale kosher steakhouse and sushi bar on 39th Street, is inviting football fans to join them in celebrating the game at their first-ever Kosher Super Bowl Party. Game day specials will include a selection of brochettes ranging from beef, kafta, veal and lamb served with a variety of sauces and a prime-meat sampler.

Plus, they’re offering a Superbowl selection of HE’BREW beer brought in especially for the game, which they’ll be playing on the many flat screen 55’’ TVs throughout the restaurant.

For more information about Super Bowl specials at La Brochette or to make a reservation, call 212.972.2200 or visit http://www.labrochetteny.com.

Feeling a little pre-game stress? How about a deep tissue massage or couples spa treatment? Guerlain Spa in the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel has invigorating spa packages for both men and women, including a customized “Winter Warm-up” treatment, an 80-minute Hot Stone Massage, and their Hydrotherapy Signature Soak.

If game day leaves you disappointed or sad, just imagine how refreshing a spa visit will be.
Get more information and book your appointment here: http://www.guerlainspas.com.

The London, located in midtown, is offering “The Ultimate Super Bowl Viewing Experience”; you can watch the game with up to 25 off your football-fan friends and family in the hotel’s spacious penthouse.

The space will be transformed into a football fanatics haven with comfortable lounge chairs, 60-inch Plasma TV, state-of-the-art sound system and Gordon Ramsay’s culinary team in your private kitchen — a tailgate party in the lap of luxury with an inspired menu.
If your team is losing, you can always take in the breathtaking view of Central Park.

Discover your options by visiting: http://www.thelondonnyc.com.

Many parents will be bringing their kids to the game. If you need stimulation and fun activities beyond your hotel, check out Dave and Buster’s Times Square — this over-the-top arcade/restaurant offers vintage and the latest games plus American fare.

However, if your family goes rogue, my pick is Pole Position Raceway. This Jersey indoor electric racing facility is just a hop over the Hudson River. Your gang will have an afternoon of competition, high energy and laughs. There are competitive races so strap on your helmet, buckle up and win a trophy.

Check it out: http://www.polepositionraceway.com/jersey-city/

Whether you’re in town for a visit, or just looking for a new way to celebrate the year’s biggest game, we hope these tips will help you enjoy the Super Bowl with NYC’s finest. Hike!

Originally published January 2014
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