Dining Options for Watching the Game

LAS VEGAS (MainStreet) -- There's nothing like a cool fall day and a football game complete with tailgate party. With the first month of NFL Football behind us, TravelsinTaste has compiled some of the more entertaining options for those whose game-watching is done inside, albeit with just as much great food and fun.

Whether you're in a gambling state of mind in Sin City or are in New York needing to be back on Wall Street on Monday, here are some tasty options:

In Vegas Executive Chef Kim Canteenwalla of Society Cafe Encore at Encore has created the ultimate football-centric menu with his new tailgate menu. Available Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and any time an NFL game is airing, the menu not only includes great food selections from Society's kitchen at great prices, but two-for-one select beers and well cocktails. The menu is broken down into sections with such names as the "Field Goal" and "Touchdown" and includes such new-fangled twists on old favorites as "mac'n cheese bites" with truffle dipping sauce, "lollipop" chicken wings buffalo style with blue cheese dipping sauce and a pepperoni flatbread.
The Park Avenue Tavern has New York City's first self-service draft beer system.

For another tailgating atmosphere try Rick Moonen's rm seafood inside Mandalay Bay, which offers a "Bottomless Brunch" on Saturday and Sunday geared toward football fans. Starting at 10 a.m., $30 gets guests all they can eat from a selection of Rick's a la carte options, including the RM Burger, Moon 'N Doggie and Eggs Benedict RM Style. To wash it down are $4 drink specials including the RM Bloody Mary, mimosa and drafts of Stella Artois and Asahi. "I love football, especially the New York Giants, as I grew up watching them play when I was a kid," Moonen said. "I wanted to recreate that tailgating atmosphere at my restaurant by offering a great selection of game-day grub and drink specials for all the football fans spending the weekend in Vegas."

If only a burger and beer will hit the spot, Holsteins at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is your place. The burger concept, emphasizing fresh, natural and organic ingredients, offers $3 16-ounce house draft beers all day Sunday. On Mondays they have a special "get lit" promotion with a $3 16-ounce house draft and Jagermeister girls giving away free swag.

If it is a celebrity chef's cuisine you crave, Lagasse's Stadium at the Palazzo is for you. Here one can dine on Emeril Lagasse's signature fare, such as Emeril's New Orleans-style crab cakes and barbecue ribs, while watching the game from stadium seating, luxury boxes and patio dining on more than 100 high-definition televisions, including the 9-by-16-foot main television. You can also use "pocket casino" devices to place bets. New for game day is a beer bucket special -- five beers for $25, including Coors Light, Miller Lite, Miller Genuine Draft and Blue Moon.

For wings there is only one place in New York: artisanal hot dog restaurant Bark Hot Dogs in Brooklyn, now serving acclaimed buffalo wings in addition to smoked lard-butter basted dogs and top-notch burgers. Organic and locally sourced, the wings are doused with a traditional homemade buffalo sauce and served with Bark's blue cheese dressing. Chef-owners Josh Sharkey and Brandon Gillis are classically trained, having worked at restaurants such as Tabla, Aureole and Cafe Gray. Their experience is reflected in their approach to fast-casual fare; they source from local purveyors and built their restaurant with sustainable products. They even compost.

"We're a big fan of wings and know that they are a great item to pair with watching a football game. Just as we approach the rest of our menu, we put a lot of attention to detail and in sourcing with the wings, and it shows in the finished product," Sharkey says.

If you'd prefer to be your own bartender, Park Avenue Tavern is the perfect place to watch a game. New York City's first self-service draft beer system, Table Tender, allows customers to pour their own pint tableside while watching his consumption on an attached screen. It is available in five strategically placed, reservable booths around the barrel room. Cheers!

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