Perhaps the best place to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa is at the World Cup itself (that’s why New York City hopes to score the event in 2018 or 2022), but NYC isn’t far behind. After all, New Yorkers speak 200 languages, and more than a third of City residents are foreign-born—a perfect recipe for international football (as it’s called everywhere but in the United States) fever. Even tourists who travel to NYC during the event won’t be left out.
Pubs throughout the five boroughs become miniature stadiums on game days throughout June and July—for example, 11th Street Bar, home to the Liverpool Supporters Club, closes ranks around the British national team. Testaccio in Long Island City is the place to root for Italy (none other than team member Francesco Totti has raved about the place), while Zum Schneider regulars shout for Germany’s side. At Mr. Dennehy’s, patrons receive a free shot every time Thierry Henry—an Ireland soccer nemesis and, perhaps, future New York Red Bull—handles the ball (meaning with his hands only, and not if he becomes the goalkeeper). And Nevada Smith’s, which shows nearly 100 matches each week year-round, is even louder and more boisterous during the World Cup. Meanwhile, small eateries around the five boroughs, especially in famous ethnic neighborhoods like Mexican enclave Sunset Park and the Koreatown in Flushing, are sure to buzz with excitement over the world’s biggest sporting event—just get off the subway and follow the cheers.
Opia Restaurant & Lounge in Midtown East gives diners the opportunity to enjoy fine French fare while watching the World Cup on big screens, and Bedford-Stuvyesant’s Black Swan has declared itself the neighborhood’s official World Cup headquarters, where craft beer and jerk chicken can help viewers forget that there is no Caribbean nation in this year’s tournament. If the joy of soccer makes you want to sing, just head to the July 11 OkayAfrica concert at Celebrate Brooklyn!—featuring The Roots and Talib Kweli—which celebrates the first-ever World Cup on African soil.
Finally, if you’re a fan of savings as well as soccer, you’ll be glad to know that many NYC & Company members are offering special World Cup food and drink deals all tournament long.
Check below for more fantastic places to watch the World Cup in New York City. They’re just a few of the many football-obsessed outposts where fans love to share pitchers and cheer their heroes on the pitch.