New Rochelle running back Ray Rice and the Baltimore Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers for Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday in New Orleans, and when it comes to watching the game, the television, snacks and company you have at home sometimes just won't cut it. But with free wings, drink specials and HDTVs lining the walls, we've found bars and restaurants happy to provide the ultimate viewing experience in the Hudson Valley.
Dress to impress if you plan on viewing the Super Bowl at either of the South Side Inn's locations -- both venues, which boast 20 TVs apiece, will run a contest to determine the best-dressed fan (1927 Commerce St., Yorktown Heights, www.thesouthsidegrille.com/innyorktown.htm; 927 S. Lake Blvd., Mahopac, 845-621-8710, www.thesouthsidegrille.com/inn.htm). Other game day highlights include wing and pitcher specials, giveaways, and a raffle, in which each winner will win a free bar tab once a month for an entire calendar year.
Having just come off a win for "hottest wing" at this month's Hudson Valley Wing Bowl in Fishkill, the New York Firehouse Grille will be offering up a free buffet of the good stuff during the Super Bowl halftime show (50 Welcher Ave., Peekskill; 914-788-0808; www.nyfirehousegrille.com). Fans can wash it down with Bud and Bud Light specials: $3 pints, $8 pitchers and $15 tabletops, all while taking in the football action on 12 high-def televisions, including one with a 70-inch screen. There will also be giveaways, including shirts, key chains and gift certificates.
POUR HOUSE IN NYACK
For $55, you can sign up for the Pour House's open-bar party package, which includes access to the buffet and all-you-can-drink beer, wine and soda during the game (102 Main St., Nyack; 845-727-7687; www.nyackpourhouse.com). If you'd rather pay as you go, there will be specials on drinks ($75 for a bucket of 26 domestic beers; $100 for a bucket of 26 imports) and food, including a $24 table package that includes 20 wings, a basket of fries and a small bucket of domestic beers. The popular venue, which has 20 evenly distributed HDTVs, will also run a contest where one lucky winner will take home a 42-inch flat-screen of their own.
The Bridge View Tavern's Super Bowl Party kicks off at 5 p.m., about 90 minutes before game begins (226 Beekman Ave., Sleepy Hollow; 914-332-0078; www.bridgeviewtavern.com). For $15 per person, you can enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet with house-smoked chicken wings, mac and cheese, beef brisket, beer-braised bratwurst with sauerkraut, pulled pork and more; there will be drink specials, too. A couple of caveats: You must be 21 to attend, and the kitchen will stop serving nonbuffet orders after 4 p.m.
GROWLERS IN TUCKAHOE
At Growlers, dive into the free buffet of wings (until they run out), and pair them with $4 drafts made in or near the cities represented in the Super Bowl: San Francisco's Anchor Stream and Maryland's Flying Dog (25 Main St, Tuckahoe, New York; 914-793-0608; www.growlersbeerbistro.com). You can kick back and watch the game on one of Growlers' five big-screen TVs or on one of two walls where the game will be projected.
MORE AREA SPORTS BARS
Demeter's Tavern & Sports Bar: Find 16 TVs, including a 70-inch set, at this neighborly family operation opened in 1947. There are six brews on draft and about 30 in bottles. The menu includes burgers, salads, wings, sandwiches and the like. Info: 51 Old White Plains Rd., Tarrytown; 914-631-9679; demeterssportsbar.com
The Brazen Fox: 25 TVs plus a giant projection screen make this a great spot to watch the game on White Plains' tavern row. Info: 175 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains; 914-358-5911; thebrazenfox.com
Doubleday's: This classic looking Irish pub has a large open bar that features 13 televisions of varying sizes connected to DirecTV, cable, and satellite; another five TVs are in a room off to the side with communal tables. The bar carries eight beers on draft and more than a dozen in bottles. The menu is predictable, with little to distract you from the game. Info: 83 Main St., Dobbs Ferry; 914-494-5404; doubledaysdf.com
Sports Page Pub: This prototypical sports bar is best known for its genial owner, Bob Hyland, who played offensive lineman with the New York Giants and other teams from 1967 to 1977. It's a big open space that assaults the senses with 47 TVs and walls covered with sports photos and mementos. There are 20 beers on tap and about the same in bottles, often discounted during games. Info: 200 Hamilton Ave., White Plains; 914-437-8721; www.sportspagepub.com
With Bryan Miller