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Events and Restaurant Deals for Super Bowl Week

By Heidi Patalano | January 28, 2014 9:29am
 Super Bowl events and deals are all over the city this week.
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MIDTOWN — You may not have scored a pair of tickets to this year's Super Bowl on Sunday, but you can still partake in the party as restaurants, museums and performance spaces all over the city offer events to get the celebratory spirit going early.

Far from the huge corporate bashes filling Times Squares and elsewhere, a collection of the city's small restaurants are offering special take-out packages to help fill your own viewing party with a bacchanal of fried foods. Or, if you prefer to spend your Super Bowl festivities more actively, there are sports-themed events at the city's museums and performance halls. To help you score big, DNAinfo New York has rounded up the best restaurant deals along with events planned in honor of the big event:

Learn to be an NFL Official

It’s never too early to turn your child into a budding sports fanatic and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is happy to help with the task. With a play obstacle course, a special instant-replay booth and an arts-and-crafts area where kids can design their own referee flags, puppets and NFL coins, the museum has loads of interactive fun for the little ones. The exhibit remains open until Feb. 28.

Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at the Theater at Madison Square Garden

On the Friday before the Super Bowl at 7:30 p.m. at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Patti LaBelle, Mary Mary, Tamela Mann and the NFL Players Choir will sing in tribute to the upcoming game. NFL Players and celebrity guests are expected to appear. Tickets are $100 and up.

Taste of the NFL at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

Every year this charitable organization hosts a party with a number of celebrity chefs each representing an NFL team. Their concoctions, specially conceived for the event, will be served to party-goers at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on Saturday night. Proceeds go to local food banks and those in every other NFL city. For ticketing info, click here.

Touchdown at Bronx Terminal Market

Former New York Giants Running Back Ottis Anderson will be on hand to sign autographs and say hello between 1 and 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Bronx Terminal Market. From noon to 3 p.m., the area will host a free throwing clinic by local college football players as well as other activities.

#PEPCITY in Bryant Park

Pepsico will throw a three-day bash in Bryant Park, starting Thursday and ending Saturday, with free public events taking place from 2 to 6 p.m. each day. A dome built in the park will host free ticketed concerts at 8 p.m. each night. Local celebrity chefs David Burke, Marc Forgione and Michael Psilakis will create special menu items that will be offered at eight stations in the dome. Throughout each day, scenes from several Broadway musicals will be performed.

Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square

Starting Wednesday, the NFL’s Super Bowl Boulevard — stretching from 34th to 47th streets on Broadway — will offer a number of exhibits and attractions. Register in advance here or on-site to gain free access to the NFL Network, ESPN and FOX broadcast sets, a toboggan ride (with a $5 suggested donation per ride) and the Vince Lombardi Trophy display. Sponsors like McDonald’s and Papa Johns will have free snacks on hand at select times.

Time Warner Cable Studio at W. 14th Street

The cable giant welcomes its customers to register online for a series of free events to take place at a temporary studio space at 440 West 14th St. Special fan experiences include opportunities to explore the set of the new Starz series “Black Sails” and film a segment on the Sports Center set.

Madden NFL at the Museum of the Moving Image

As DNAinfo previously reported, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria is currently showing the “Madden NFL” exhibit, in which patrons can play several iterations of the game and trace its history and impact on the way live sports are shot and broadcast today.

Gridiron Greats at the Met

Even the Met is getting in on football fever. Currently on exhibit at the museum is the vintage football card collection of Jefferson R. Burdick, a Syracuse electrician who collected 303,000 cards until 1963.

Restaurant Deals for the Super Bowl
Whether you want to enter the fray of a viewing party at a bar or you’re looking for a special package of restaurant-prepared goodies to pick up for your Super Bowl house party, a number of Manhattan establishments are happy to accommodate your needs.

Restaurant: Blaue Gans
139 Duane St.
Neighborhood: Tribeca
For: Viewing Party
The Deal: The all-day event includes a live DJ from 2-4 p.m., German draft beer specials, hot wings and a special Touchdown Sandwich.

Restaurant: Distilled
211 West Broadway
Neighborhood: Tribeca
For: tailgate package
The Deal: For $65 get two dozen wings, blue cheese, pickled celery and carrots and wet wipes. Orders must be place by noon on Friday and will be available for pick up on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Restaurant: Whiskey Park
100 Central Park South
Neighborhood: Midtown
For: Viewing Party
The Deal: “Tailgate Around the Five Boroughs” party will feature sandwiches from vendors in each of the five boroughs. Guests can enjoy a sampling of three sandwiches with a side salad for $15. Special football-themed cocktails will be available for $14.

Restaurant: Taquitoria
168 Ludlow St.
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
For: tailgate package
The Deal: For $75 and a $5 delivery charge, receive 40 buffalo chicken taquitos with blue cheese dressing, extra buffalo sauce, pickled carrot and celery chips and house-made Pancho sauce.

Restaurant: Favela Cubana
543 LaGuardia Pl.
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
For: viewing party
The Deal: Enjoy Cuban and Brazilian cocktails and appetizers for $6 each from 4 p.m. until closing on game day.

Restaurant: Ribalta
48 E. 12th St.
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
For: viewing party
The Deal: Watch the game on this pizzeria’s giant 16-foot screen and enjoy foot-long hero sandwiches for $15 and limoncella-marinated chicken wings for $8.

Restaurant: Empire Steak House
237 W. 54th St.
Neighborhood: Midtown
For: viewing party
The Deal: Watch the game while noshing on an Empire Super Steak Bowl — a 20-ounce steak bowl carved into the shape of a football.

Restaurant: Tres Carnes
688 6th Ave.
Neighborhood: Flatiron
For: tailgate package
The Deal: With 24 hours notice and a 15-person minimum ($16 per person), Tres Carnes will set up a buffet that includes your choice of fillings, a rice option, beans and two flour wraps per person and all the salsa and toppings you need.