What do we love about Wild Card weekend? Saturday night NFL games, of course! Here are a few of our favorite sports bars where you can cheer on your favorite teams on their journey to New York’s Super Bowl!
Pour House, Nyack
With a name like the Pour House, you know there’s got to be good beer. And there are 12 taps, pouring beer from six microbreweries (including Defiant from Pearl River) — plus an additional 12 more taps on the way. The restaurant has a little bit of everything from Nyack, says Ryan Spicer, who owns the restaurant with Heidi Spicer and Sean Spicer. There’s a pool room, a dart room, 15 flat screen TVs and 20 tables. Add mahogany bar and bar stools, and black-and-white photos and you’ve really got something for everyone. The menu reflects that too, with a build-your-own-burger option. You choose your protein — Angus beef, chicken, salmon or vegetable — then your sauce, toppings and additions. “Like Five Guys,” says Ryan, “But more restaurant-style.” There are also salads, appetizers and entrees, too.
Go: 102 Main St., Nyack. 845-727-POUR (7687).
Spectator’s, New Rochelle
Think this place is only for college kids? Think again. This is a true neighborhood joint that draws football fans and patrons of all ages. Stocked with surround sound, giant screens, and a special stadium-style seating arrangement, this is as close as it gets to actually being at the game — and has the energy to match.
Go: 219 North Ave., 914-636-9522.
Beechmont Tavern, New Rochelle and White Plains
A Westchester favorite that’s big on the sports theme, with photos and pennants devoted to Iona athletes as well as walls of photos of all the New York teams. There are large TV screens in the bar and dining areas, and the menu hits all the usual pub fare, such as beer-battered onion rings and chili cheese dogs. Bonus: a second location in White Plains (though it’s not open on Mondays).
Go: 750 North Ave., New Rochelle, 914-636-9533; 213 E. Post Road, White Plains, 914-358-4433 (closed Mondays). www.beechmonttavern.com
Smokehouse Tailgate Grill, New Rochelle
Got a game-day crowd? Plenty of options here for taking out or eating in-house with a group. A cool twist here: you can call ahead to reserve a bar seat, high-top table, booth or big take-out order. Be sure to order the famous chili, which is made with both sausage and bacon.
Go: 606 North Ave., 914-813-8686, www.smokehousechili.com
The Sports Page, White Plains
Owner and former New York Giant Bob Hyland has wall-to-wall memorabilia, and with TVs lining the entire bar, no one misses a thing. This is the place to go for wings, beer and a classic game-day experience.
Go: 200 Hamilton Ave., 914-437-8721, www.sportspagepub.com.
New York Firehouse Grille, Peekskill
Wings, wings, and more wings. More than 40 flavors to try while watching the game on 12 large screens. The brisket and slow-cooked ribs are popular. (There’s a new smoker in the kitchen that runs constantly.) There are also 12 beer taps, and the owners are committed to supporting firemen and women, EMT/paramedics, policemen and women, teachers and members of active military by giving them a 10 percent discount.
Go: 63 Welcher Ave., 914-788-0808, www.newyorkfirehousegrille.com
Buffalo Wild Wings, New Rochelle, White Plains, West Nyack and Port Chester
With 20 different sauces and seasonings to choose from, there is something to satisfy everyone. And with more than 30 televisions in each location, you’re sure to have a great view of the game.
Go: 33 LeCount Place, New Rochelle, 914-637-9453; 1 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, 914-385-9453; 44 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, 914-690-9453; 4640 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack 845-480-7344; www.buffalowildwings.com.
Hurricane Wings, Hartsdale
Head here for a tropical beach-shack feel with a U-shaped tiki bar in the back and views of the televisions from almost every booth or table. Mix and match more than 30 sauces and order either boneless or regular wings. There are also entrees and salads, and don’t miss the Parmesan garlic fries.
Go: 149-51 S. Central Park Ave., 914-397-9464, http://hurricanewings.com.
Yard House, Yonkers and West Nyack
The heart of the restaurant is a giant U-shaped bar with more than 130 beers on tap. The menu features everything from small bites to steak and seafood.
Go: Ridge Hill, 237 Market St., Yonkers 914-375-9273. www.yardhouse.com.
Fulgum’s Bar & Grill, Montrose
The 70-inch television in the back is as big as a movie screen! Fulgum’s is in a 116-year-old former church and schoolhouse, and the tin-roofed bar takes up nearly the entire restaurant. There are seven flat-screen TVs, so everyone can find a view of the field.
Go: 2151 Albany Post Road, 914-737-0172. Facebook.com/fulgumsbar