Where to Watch the World Cup in NYC
When it comes to nationalities, New York City is the proverbial melting pot – a fact that is unmistakably clear during the World Cup.
The United States scooped up the largest number of World Cup tickets second to only Brazil, but if you can’t make it south for the festivities, you can still get in on the action.
Just pick from this list of Manhattan bars and restaurants whose homelands hold the most World Cup titles in history. From June 12 to July 13, they’ll be showing the games, so go grab a drink and rendezvous with these world champs. They’re sure to make good company.
Brazil – Many argue that Brazil has the best of everything, including the most beautiful supermodels and the largest collection of World Cup trophies (five) in the history of the game. With home-field advantage, the Seleção might make it six.
- Felix – Squeeze into this SoHo resto, where you may or may not end up standing on the bar, caipirinha in hand, rooting for the World Cup favorite. Get there early because it fills up fast. 340 W. Broadway, at Grand St.; 212-431-0021; felixnyc.com
- S.O.B.’s - If you want to get wild, carnival-style, head downtown to the famous Brazilian music club, where you can get your samba on to live percussionists while watching the games. 200 Varick St., at W. Houston St.; 212-243-4940; sobs.com
Italy – If the Azzurri win, they’ll be tied with Brazil for World Cup titles.
- Grotta Azzurra - There’s only one place to watch Italy shoot their way to the top (pardon the Godfather pun) and that’s Little Italy. Head to the historic trattoria Grotta Azzurra; it’s been around for every World Cup since 1930. 177 Mulberry St., at Broome St.; 212-925-8775; bluegrotta.com
Germany — Germany only has three wins, but they’ve made it to the finals more times than any other team.
- Zum Schneider – This Bavarian bar is not for the faint of heart. It’s like Oktoberfest with cleats, and a rowdy good time if you’re happy to catch World Cup fever. 109 Avenue C at 7th St.; 212-598-1098; zumschneider.com
Argentina & Uruguay – Argentina and Uruguay are tied with two titles each, which is befitting since they were the same country until the early 19th century.
- Novecento – Since Argentina has arguably the best player in the world, and maybe of all time – Lionel Messi – this Argentine SoHo hotspot will be packed with patriotic porteños. 343 W. Broadway, at Grand St.; 212-925-4706; novecento.com
Spain, France & England – These three European nations are all fighting to bring home their second golden statue.
- La Nacional – This down-home tapas restaurant will be rooting for a repeat of World Cup 2010 when Spain went home as victors. 239 W. 14th St., between Seventh and Eighth Aves.; 212-243-9308; lanacionaltapas.com
- La Opia – For an appropriately sophisticated French scene, sip Lillet at this Midtownhaunt. They’ll be showing every game.Renaissance Hotel, 130 E. 57th St., at Lexington Ave.; 212-688-3939; opiarestaurant.com
- Nevada Smiths – It’s a little unclear whether this hardcore soccer joint is British or Irish, but fans from all backgrounds unite at this house of worship where football is the reigning religion. 100 Third Ave., between 12th and 13th Sts.; 212-982-2591; nevadasmiths.net
Images courtesy of FIFA, Felix, Zum Schneider & Nevada Smiths
Written by Nora Walsh for Galavante.com