While beer-sticky, two-TV sports bars are great for enjoying the company of men whose relationships were ruined by hockey, it's okay to occasionally crave more. For swankier digs and a boob tube set-up à la Billy Baldwin's Sliver penthouse, hit The Blue Seats.
Named for the Garden section where diehards booze and jeer, Blue Seats is -- for better or worse -- the LES' first high-end sports bar, lavished with 72 HD flat panels (ensuring you don't miss a moment of the next Knicks loss, or Joe Torre being racist). Bar seats and bistro tables'll get you nose-close to the action, but you can also convene the faithful in one of the leather booths encrusted with five flat panels w/ selectable sound, giving you godlike, Tony-Siragusa-muting powers. Wherever you sit, grub includes sustain-your-drinking staples (veal parm, cheesesteak sliders, etc), heartier entrées (including a double-cut pork chop), and raw bar fixin's (sorry, urine-glazed cashews).
If you're ashamed of your allegiances (go Devil Rays), Blue has two reservations-only screening rooms, The Dugout and The Skybox -- where you'll also isolate yourself from "fans" too cool for your weepy tales of girlfriends lost and watching the Islanders with Billy Baldwin.