5 Points Of Linterest
It’s impossible to escape Lin-sanity in New York City, or anywhere in the sports world for that matter. And while the temperature may have cooled off slightly on the Jeremy Lin phenomenon, the price of admission for a Knicks home game certainly has not. Just a few seasons ago, $8 could get you a seat in the upper deck at MSG; now, you may need a small bank loan to catch the action in person. But there’s no reason to miss out on the Knicks’ (hopeful) run to the playoffs. Here are 5 hotspots in NYC to watch some b-ball with all the others in the Lin-sane Asylum.
1. Warren 77 (77 Warren Street, between Greenwich & West Broadway)
When a New York sports star is a partner in a NYC sports bar, chances are, it’s got to be good. And in this case, former NY Ranger Sean Avery shoots and scores. With a cool, vintage vibe and wide selection of games (both video & board), this is not your ordinary sports bar.
2. The Windsor (234 W. 4th Street, at W. 10th Street)
An upscale sports bar for the preppy, former Upper East Siders who want to go somewhere a bit nicer than, let’s say, Dorrian’s. There are a handful of booths with their own personal flat-screens, available to parties of 6 or more. With English influences in both decor and menu, Windsor also draws an international crowd looking to take in games, but no NY team will ever be preempted for the other kind of football.
3. Downtown Galway Hooker (133 7th Avenue, at W. 18th Street)
Three floors and plenty of flat-screens, the “Downtown Hooker” can be the ultimate place to watch whatever sport is in season (although Sunday football can get a bit crowded). If you want to escape the crowds, try the third floor; there’s less flat-screen per square inch, but you might get some elbow room. Expect to find classic bar fare, no seat required.
4. The Ainsworth (122 W. 26th Street, between 6th & 7th Aves.)
With ample space and TVs in sight at all time, this Chelsea sports bar is a popular space for groups to watch a game…and girls to scope out guys. Call ahead to reserve a table – the prices are fairly reasonable but make no mistake about it, this is no dive bar.
5. The Stumble Inn (1454 2nd Avenue, at E. 76th Street)
Stumble over to this UES frat house, where you can eat, drink, watch the game and play beer pong all at the same time. With some of the best daily drink specials in the city, you’re likely to stumble out of there with minimal collateral damage to your wallet.
Your couch, now that MSG Networks is back for Time Warner customers.
March 8, 2012