Sunday on Long Island: Just like the rest of the country, there's football-watching going on in almost every bar, restaurant and living room.
Recognizing that football, perhaps more than any other sport, is best enjoyed with a crowd, here are some Long Island spots that work to make game day extra interesting.
You see it as soon as you walk in: 10 massive projection screens (some in hi-def) among several other monitors being watched by crowds of men and women who are busy sipping on $2 domestic beer while cheering, rooting and otherwise enjoying both the games and the always lively scene.
The 60 TVs lined up in double rows around the bar at might make you feel like you walked into an ESPN newsroom. The sports pub serves the usual bar food fare - and the game-day crowd is among the most energetic around.
More than 20 television screens practically line a wall leading to a giant projection screen that's erected for NFL games. But the crowd here doesn't get by on the viewing alone. Sustenance comes by way of $5 "Jets" sliders and $8 "Giants" steak sandwiches. There's also 2-for-1 wings and deals on pitchers and buckets of beer.
Don't bother counting the screens at Changing Times, because there's literally a TV everywhere you look. Expect 25-cent wings and $8.50 pitchers of beer.
TAKE IT TO YOUR TABLE
Booths at this popular Bay Shore spot are equipped with their own televisions and sound, meaning it's not necessary to loiter in the bar area and hope the game you really want to see is being shown somewhere within view. Note to self for next year: Finley's Football Club, $20 membership, comes with a free order of wings every Sunday during the 17-week season.
With 15 42-inch TVs plastered around the building, it's easy to catch your favorite squad playing. Here, too, you can tune into the game of your choice right at the table.
Far from busy Merrick Road, gridiron fans congregate at this bar near the water to enjoy the big game (once the most popular one is chosen, that is) on a big screen over the bar.
Football isn't the only appeal at Halftime Pub. Regulars come down to play pigskin behind the bar or shoot a little pool between breaks.
This cozy wood-and-brick barbecue stop engages football fanatics with 10-cent wings, $10 buckets of Pabst Blue Ribbon and $5 pitchers of Coors on every game day.