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The City's Best Bars For Spotting Athletes

by juliet izon | October 24, 2014 | Food & Drink

The city’s highest-scoring sports bars for athletes—and those who love them.

1 - The City's Best Bars For Spotting Athletes
Ainsworth Park's jalapeno-infused Hellfire cocktail.

Ainsworth Park
Why go: A whopping 65 televisions means you’ll always have a good view of the game.
What to order: The menu by chef Stephen Yen features everything from juicy burgers to a Thai kale salad. Cocktails include the addictive Eighteen 88: rosemary-infused Belvedere with Moet, lemon juice, and agave.
Who goes: Stylish young professionals who work on Park Avenue South.
Athletes in the crowd: Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, and Michael Strahan. 111 E. 18th St., 212-673-2467

Why go
: Bounce is equal parts bar, restaurant, and social club.
Best nights: The venue is known for its “Sunday Funday”: a day-to-night party likened to a Las Vegas extravaganza.
What to order: The signature Trophy Wife, made with Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, Domaine de Canton, and Champagne.
Athletes in the crowd: Giants and Jets, including Jason Pierre-Paul, Willie Colon, and Jacoby Ford. 55 W. 21st St., 212-675-8007

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FC Gotham
Why go
: A sports bar disguised as a speakeasy, this Meatpacking venue offers craft cocktails with more than 30 TVs primed for game day.
What to order: Dry-rubbed wings are the most popular nosh. Guests can also order a bucket of bottled cocktails to go.
Best nights: Tuesday night brings out country music enthusiasts, while Sunday is popular during football season.
Athletes in the crowd: Carmelo Anthony, Reggie Bush, and J.R. Smith. 409 W. 13th St., 212-255-5344

40/40 Club
Why go
: This luxury sports lounge, named for a rare baseball achievement (40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in one season) is owned by Jay-Z and partner Juan Perez. There are full-service bars and private and VIP rooms aplenty in this 12,000-squarefoot space.
Best nights: Weekends are popular, but any major sporting event packs in the fans.
What to order: Armand de Brignac Champagne is the bubbles of choice, while the snacks include 40/40’s signature wings and empanadas.
Athletes in the crowd: Victor Cruz, Kevin Durant, and C.C. Sabathia. 6 W. 25th St., 212-832-4040

Michael Jordan’s The Steakhouse
Why go
: The massive oval bar in Grand Central Station overlooks the terminal and its famed clock.
Best nights: Midweek evenings are popular for commuters and tourists alike.
What to order: The classics, like martinis and Manhattans.
Athletes in the crowd: Yankee and Red Sox players. And, if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll catch the namesake himself. Grand Central Terminal, 23 Vanderbilt Ave., 212-655-2300

Warren 77
Why go
: This Tribeca spot might as well be the unofficial clubhouse of off-duty New York Rangers, but it’s also known as one of the best soccer bars in the city.
What to order: The kitchen churns out great bar food, like loaded nachos, fried chicken sliders, and turkey clubs. Signature cocktails include such innovative combos as the Lower West Side: gin, St-Germain, basil, and cucumber.
Athletes in the crowd: Henrik Lundqvist, Brad Richards, and Rick Nash. 77 Warren St., 212-227-8994

The Windsor
Why go
: Known for drawing an international crowd, thanks to the English-style décor, the Windsor makes sure you won’t miss your game, equipping each booth with its own HD television.
What to order: The honey-Sriracha wings are award-winning; wash them down with cocktails that have cheeky Brit names like Sloney Poney and The Half Windsor.
Athletes in the crowd: Matt Harvey, the Manning brothers, and Alex Rodriguez. 234 W. Fourth St., 212-206-1208

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