While the local media ramps up for four months of Jets vs Giants Superbowl predictions, divisional rivals can find solace at these team-friendly watering holes; safe havens for chants or, in the case of Philly, barfing on one another.
Philadelphi-awesome: Shorty's 576 9th Ave, btw 41st and 42nd; Hell's Kitchen; 212.967.3055 Eagles faithful can hit up Hell's Kitchen to watch the birds on numerous flatscreens and enjoy "all the great flavors from Philadelphia", including hoagies (on rolls baked in Philly and shipped directly), roast pork/provolone/broccoli rabe sandos, and Wiz Sliders. The 22-strong tap list of course features Yuengling, but there's also Goose Island 312, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, and the Great Divide Samurai, also Scott Fujita's nickname thanks to his locker room peace keeping. You know your Akers-ing for one wit wiz
Hog Wild: Hill Country 30 W 26th St, btw 6th and Broadway; Flatiron; 212.255.4544 Split between the management's Texas and Maryland roots, the BBQ behemoth trades in Saturday's Longhorn jerseys for the maroon and gold, dropping every 'Skins game on the enormous projection screen downstairs and serving drink specials ($2 shots, $3 PBRs...) and top-notch slabs of Texas-style brisket, beef ribs, and beyond, though if you're reporting to Shanahan anytime soon, Mc-nabbing too much isn't really Haynes-worth it. It's like having a backyard...and BBQ skills
The Cowboy Way: Stone Creek Bar & Lounge 140 East 27th St, btw 3rd and Lex; Murray Hill; 212.532.1037 Born quite earnestly when the owner saw the local Cowboy fanclub needed a home, this leather banquetted, wood-stump table topped joint hits fans of Big D with a $15 pitcher special ($2 more lands a plate wings), plus fare from cheese-smothered Hot Fries to Buffalo chicken dip -- a cheddar-topped blend of hot sauce & cream cheese baked with shredded chicken, also what they'd call Marion Barber when he runs out of bounds...if he ever did. Pop your cowboy collar and head down to where everything's bigger
Finsanity: Third & Long 523 3rd Ave, nr 35th; Murray Hill; 212.447.5711 Game time triggers $4 domestic pints and a $20 bar tab for the "most colorful Dolphins fan", a tradition started when the owner decided to accommodate "a couple of cute blondes" who walked in looking for a place to watch the game without getting harassed, but ended up at a bar anyways. Don your isotoners and grab a brew
Buffaloaded: Kelly's 12 Ave A, btw 1st and 2nd St; East Village; 212.388.1464 A place where everyone seems to be a Buffalonian (including the enormous bartender who wildly flips off opposing players), this EV spot dedicates at least two screens to every game and allows delivery/carry-in eats to soak up Northern-border deals like Labatt Blue tallboys, Molson bottles, and kamikaze-inspired Blue Shots, appropriate as Bills fans don't have much to live for this season. True story: they have chicks in Frank Reich jerseys
Patriot Games: Brinkley's Pub & Kitchen 406 Broome St, btw Centre and Lafayette; Soho; 212.680.5600 Break away from Professorial Sox joints and head to this LES gastropub (co-owned by two Boston-bred brothers/Middlesex Academy o-line stalwarts) featuring more refined game fare -- brioche-bun'd lobster clubs, pulled pork sliders, three cheese mac -- and game day growlers of Genesee Cream Ale, because given the Pats defense you'll need something stronger than a (Matt) Light. Tom Brady was here one time