GO TO THE GAME
It's no surprise that this big rivalry game is sold out, so head over to the NFL Ticket Exchange if you're looking for seats. For details on game day, including security information and public transportation options, see Met Life Stadium's website.
Professor Thom's (219 2nd Ave., New York; 212-260-9480; www.professorthoms.com) and Rose Hill Tavern (337 Third Ave.; 212-779-9701; www.rosehillnyc.com) are two well-known Patriots bars. You can also join the NYC Fans of New England Patriots for a big two-day celebration. Together with their official bar,Tir na nOg Times Square (315 W. 39th St.; (212) 760-0072; www.tirnanognyc.com), they are inviting all visiting Patriots fans to join them on Saturday night for a welcome party. Then on Sunday, the group is hosting a pre-game breakfast (aptly called The Brady Brunch with a menu of $12 items), game watch and post-game holiday party. You can find more details on their Facebook page.
'Tis the season for end-of-year lists, including many focused on New York's food scene. First on the New York Times' Top Restaurants of 2015 is Mexican eatery Cosme (25 E. 21st St.; 212-913-9659; www.cosmenyc.com). Their duck carnitas also made the newspaper's list of top restaurant dishes in the Big Apple. If you're a fan of interesting architecture and modern Italian, though, check out Santina (820 Washington St.; 212-254-3000; www.santinanyc.com), which free daily amNewYork ranked among the best. In the mood for a burger and fries instead? Eater has you covered with its picks for the best new hamburgers of 2015. French bistroLa Gamelle(241 Bowery; 212-388-0052; www.lagamellenyc.com), craft burger joint Black Tap (529 Broome St.; 917-639-3089; www.blacktapnyc.com) and American restaurant Virginia's (647 E. 11th St.; 212-658-0182; www.virginiasnyc.com) all made the cut.
The options are a little more limited around MetLife Stadium, but if you're looking for a decent pizza, tryThe New Park Tavern(250 Park Ave., East Rutherford; 201-939-9445),* Frazzoli's* (317 Union Ave., Rutherford; 201-729-0707; www.ferazzolikitchen) or Vesta (64 Hoboken Road, East Rutherford; 201-939-6012; www.vestapizzeria.com). For upscale dining in the area, eat at* Caé Matisse *167 Park Ave., Rutherford; 201-935-2995; www.cafematisse.com) named one of the best meals of the year by NJ.com.
If game day is your priority and you want to be close to MetLife Stadium, then book a room at the Clarion Hotel Empire Meadowlands (2 Harmon Plaza, Secaucus; 201-348-6900; www.choicehotels.com) orHampton Inn Carlstadt (304 Paterson Plank Road, Carlstadt; 201-935-8025; www.hamptoninn.com), both located less than 2 miles from the stadium. Prefer to be in Manhattan but on a budget? Check out midtown's Yotel (570 10th Ave.; 646-449-7700; www.yotel.com), which is known for its small but chic rooms. In addition to putting you right in the center of the city, the hotel offers a terrace, gym and 24/7 concierge service. Or, splurge and stay in the luxurious* ibrary Hotel* (299 Madison Ave.; 212-983-400; www.libraryhotel.com), rated as one of the best New York City accommodations on TripAdvisor. This boutique hotel offers complimentary breakfast and evening wine and cheese receptions, plus a reading room filled with hundreds of books.
Ah, New York at the holidays. Take advantage of the season's offerings by going ice skating at Bryant Park's Winter Village (www.wintervillage.org), which is home to the city's only free rink. You can also opt for classic New York City at Rockefeller Center (www.therinkatrockcenter.com). And if you love the glow of holiday lights, join a NYC VP sightseeing tour (www.nyctrip.com) taking in the most famous holiday displays around the Big Apple.
If you're not really feeling festive, though, comedian Sandra Bernhard of "Roseanne" fame has got your back with her annual anti-holiday-season shows at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St.;212-539-8778; www.publictheater.org). "There will be singing, cursing, storytelling and the usual sass from this inimitable performanatrix," promises nycgo.com. Or, trade stars atop Christmas trees for Star Wars with a visit to Discovery Time Square(226 West 44th St.; 866-987-9692; www.discoverytsx.com). The museum is currently hosting the exhibit "Star Wars and the Power of Costume," featuring 70 costumes collected from six different films.
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