With football season ramping up, its sports season here in New York. Not surprisingly, many restaurants and bars in Westchester County are aglow with giant mounted TVs -- 10, 20, 30 or more. If you want to feel like you're actually at the game (or you forgot your glasses), some even supplement the TVs with nearly life-size projector screens. Regular season pro football is broadcast on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays, and its advisable to arrive well before kickoff if you want a seat.
Below is a roundup of some of the region's better -- by no means all -- sports-friendly restaurants. On game days you'll often find discounts on food and drink. Although you shouldn't expect a sophisticated meal, most of these places do a respectable job.
Bridge View Tavern
You can see the Tappan Zee Bridge from this rollicking little tavern, which after work is crammed with young suits and dehydrated locals (226 Beekman Ave., Sleepy Hollow; 914-332-0078; bridgeviewtavern.com).
The bar is small and narrow, although traffic flows steadily so you can usually find stool. Six TVs grace the bar; five are in the dining room.
Eighteen beers are available on tap. If that isn't enough, you can order a growler, a 64-ounce container of beer that you can lug home and return for refills.
Demeter's Tavern & Sports Bar
Located off Route 119 on a semi-residential street, this neighborly spot is small on the scale of sports mania venues (51 Old White Plains Rd., Tarrytown; 914-631-9679; demeterssportsbar.com). It's been a family operation since 1947 and it feels that way ... except when the Giants are playing.
"On Sundays, if you are not here by 11:30 it can get pretty tight," a bartender admonished.
There are 16 TVs, including three behind the bar. And if you want to feel as if you are actually in the game, check out the 70-inch set on the far side of the room. Six brews are on draft, about 30 in bottles. Happy hour is Monday to Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
You don't really need to see a menu. There are burgers, salads, wings, sandwiches and the like. I'm told by a Jets fan that the porterhouse steak is good, as is the New York strip steak.
This fine old family-run roadhouse, under the current ownership since 1971, has a U-shaped wooden bar where locals gather to discuss local stuff and, at this time of year, watch the Yankees on three overhead TVs (440 Rte. 22, Purdys; 914-277-4424; theblazerpub.com).
"This is a Yankees bar," announced a regular as I claimed a stool. "If you are not a Yankee, don't tell us."
There are eight beers on draft and a dozen in bottles, all at good prices. Discounts are offered for select food and drink options during big sporting events. The kitchen is known for its award-winning chili and spherical burgers (you need the jaws of a crocodile to get your mouth around them). The pub accepts cash only.
This oversized pub on White Plains' tavern row is among the best looking and comfortable of the lot (175 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains; 914-358-5911; thebrazenfox.com). Outside is a small patio with several tables and red umbrellas (but no TVs). The interior looks older than it is, with a well-worn tile floor, roomy leather banquettes, faux distressed mirrors and a big wraparound marble bar.
Twenty-five TVs follow you wherever you go. There is also a giant projection screen.
Situated in the middle of Dobbs Ferry, this classic looking Irish pub has a large open bar that features 13 televisions of varying sizes connected to direct TV, cable, and satellite, which is standard for these places (83 Main St., Dobbs Ferry; 914-494-5404; doubledaysdf.com). In a room off to the side you can park at long communal tables and gaze at an additional five TVs.
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. On Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. they knock $2 off the price of libations.
This isn't really a sports spot. There are only two large TVs perched over the bar, but they're visible from virtually everywhere in the restaurant (8 W. Main St., Elmsford; 914-592-9849; petessaloon.com). Five others are strategically mounted throughout the step-up dining area.
Where Pete's excels is the food, which is quite good. The menu carries the usual tavern fare: "make your own" hamburgers, soups and salads, ribs, steaks and 10 preparations of chicken.
The upscale tavern ambience is congenial, the open dining room comfortable and drinks are generous. On weekends there's live music.
Every evening the handsome bar is filled with a gregarious assembly of regulars. Bartenders know everyone, and sometimes their children's names.
The Woodlawn Heights section of the Bronx is a tiny residential area abutting Van Cortlandt Park East. But with all of the Irish flags and pubs, it might well be Dublin. One of the largest and best Irish restaurants in the area is Rory Dolan's, a place that combines the best of a dining tavern -- with white tablecloth service in certain areas -- and a sports bar (soccer is the preferred game) (890 McLean Ave., Yonkers; 914-776-2946; rorydolans.com). Over the bar is an enormous flat screen TV as well as 32 scattered about, including in the dining rooms.
The food, including the recommended Irish smoked salmon plate and the "fresh turkey platter" with dressing and cranberry sauce, is better than average. The chicken potpie is restorative as well.
There are specials on drinks and food that vary depending on the day. On Friday you can get a pint of Foster's for $4; Budweiser and some domestic beers are $3.
To get a real taste of Gaelic New York, take a stroll along nearby Katonah Avenue.
Sports Page Pub
Situated in a hideous looking cement-and-glass ground-level mall, 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 (200 Hamilton Ave., White Plains; 914-437-8721; sportspagepub.com). It's a big open space that assaults the senses with 47 TVs -- "Actually it's forty eight," said a hostess, "If you count the one at the front door." Walls are covered with sports photos and mementos.
If you're hungry by the seventh-inning stretch, try the smoked meats and chicken. There are 20 beers on tap and about the same in bottles. On game nights certain beers and food are discounted.