A MetLife Stadium Gameday
MetLife Stadium is not the most aesthetically pleasing arena to watch football. Essentially it’s just a big metal infrastructure in a parking lot with the New York City skyline in the background. It’s built as a multi purpose stadium for concerts and shows, not just football and since it houses two teams, it’s hard to find something truly unique about it. That is until you start looking for something to eat.
New York is a melting pot, you can find any food from any part of the world on this small island and incorporating that into the game day experience is one of the things that MetLife Stadium has done right.
If you’re coming in from the train, veer right and hit the Bud Light Beer Garden before you head in. It’s a little known secret that the beers here are always $5! Pregame outside, get a few cheapies in and then get into your craft beers for $11 when you’re at your seat. You’ll be feeling good and won’t need to go back as much for the higher priced beers.
Like most stadiums, the more you pay for the tickets, the better food options you receive. As much as I hate to say it, its pretty inexpensive to buy club tickets on the resale market, opening up your world to a whole slew of food options. I suggest at least mezzanine club seats, solely for access to the filet mignon sandwich. Its $19 and worth every penny.
However, if you are anywhere else in the stadium, aside from the premium clubs, head to Nonna Fusco’s at the MetLife Central gate and get the rice balls. One of my friends eats them every single game, they are that good. I love extravagant food at games, but you can’t go wrong with a soft pretzel. At MetLife there are pretzel braids with so many more crevices for the salt to fall into, the braid is the way to go.
If the game gets a little boring and you’re looking for a pick me up, make your way to Bow Street Irish Whiskey Bar, its on the East side of the stadium on the 100 level concourse. It really feels like you’re sitting in a pub, except there’s an NFL game going on behind you!
So now its 4pm, the game is over, and you still want to party, right? It is the weekend after all, why should you let the Monday Blues creep in on you early? Take the train to Hoboken and keep the party rolling down by the water. Hoboken has more bars per square mile than any other city in the United States, so hop off the train, open your eyes and stumble into one! I would recommend walking to Sinatra Drive and going to either Wicked Wolf, the Ainsworth, or House of Que. The Ainsworth and House of Que have outdoor bars when its warm, and the Dubliner has a great rooftop for afternoon drinking.