How Will You Celebrate the Super Bowl?
Where to watch, what to eat and how to make the most of Game Day.
Can you believe Super Bowl XLVII is only a few days away?
The San Francisco 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, with coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. If the Ravens win, it will be their first Super Bowl victory since 2000. But don't count on their chances: The 49ers have gone without a Super Bowl win for 18 years, but they are the only team in the NFL to appear in more than one Super Bowl and never lose.
So now the only question is, where will you go to watch the big game? Maybe you have your plans set in stone already, or maybe you want to try something new this year. Either way, we have some ideas for you to make the most of Super Bowl 2013--and with Super Bowl 2014 set to take place in the Meadowlands, it's not too late to start making plans for next year.
In East Hanover and Florham Park, most locals agree the place to be is Miami Mike's on Route 10. The sports bar has tables, bar space and lounge chairs, all available for the game, not to mention a full bar and restaurant to keep you happy and content during the game. The Hamilton Park Hotel is another option, with a lounge with multiple television monitors, plus chairs and foosball and pool tables.
In Madison, 54 On Main usually draws a large audience for big sports events, but should you arrive too late to find a seat, Poor Herbie's has televisions at the bar perfect for watching the game, and a wide selection of draught beers available.
If you and your friends plan to imbibe, traveling by train is a good option. Prospect Tavern in Madison and Charley's Aunt in Chatham are both a short walk from the train stations in the two towns. Both have a casual bar area, delicious food and an easy way to get home without driving.
If you plan to throw your own Super Bowl party, you can find plenty of tips and advice from around the Internet. Here are just a few to help get you started:
- Setting up: Before the guests arrive, you want to make sure the stage is set for a successful night. There are plenty of decorations and supplies available at Party City. Foxnews.com suggests you ensure that there is enough seating for everybody. If you have multiple televisions, make sure they are all tuned to the game, in case you have spill over to other rooms or if people are more into the action and others just want the broadcast as a backdrop to conversations.
- Food, glorious food: After the quality of the television screen, the menu is probably the most important aspect of the party. The easy way out would probably involve buying some chips and dip from Kings, Stop & Shop or ShopRite and ordering pizza from one of the many local joints, such as Arminio's or Romanelli's. The Godfather has delivery available and seating with TV monitors, depending on whether you want to watch the game in the local hotspot or enjoy their cuisine in the comfort of your own home. Nonna's and Florham Park Pizza are also options for delivery on Super Bowl Sunday. If you want to get a little more creative, there's plenty of recipes online to browse. Punchbowl.com has numerous recipes, from cupcakes to fried mac and cheese, and even ideas for Super Bowl games to play before—or during—the game. FoodNetwork.com has a collection of recipes for wings and tips, plus other appetizers such as guacamole and potato skins. And if you're worried about already backing out of your New Year's resolution to lose weight, Huffingtonpost.com has some healthy alternatives, including zucchini fries and turkey burgers.
- Killing time: Most Super Bowl parties have plenty of guests who are there more for the atmosphere and less for the actual game. Punchbowl.com has some ways you can keep them entertained without disrupting the flow of the party. Suggestions include rating the commercials and collecting a pool for whoever can correctly predict the next play.
And no matter where you're spending the Super Bowl, Patch encourages you to be responsible. Alcohol is sure to flow freely Sunday, so make sure there are enough designated drivers to get everyone home safely. If you have a couch, a spare room or even some floor space, invite your guests to stay over and sleep it off.
Patch wishes you a happy Super Bowl Sunday!