Thursday, September 20, 2012

Yankees-Mets: Who Has the Best Place to Grab a Brew and Watch the Game?

This is a guest column from Becky W. about places to go watch Yankees and Mets games in the NYC area. 

The rivalry between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets has been one of the fiercest in baseball since interleague play began in 1997. Many people enjoy watching a game with fans of their team. Both teams have their own bars and restaurants that their fans can visit to be in the presence of other fans during the game. Here is a list of some of the more prominent hangouts for Yankees and Mets fans:


The Pine Restaurant

Located at 37-10 114th St. in Queens, it is attached to the Holiday Inn. Many of the Met players have been known to eat here before and after games. It specializes in Italian food that is served in large portions. Entrees are on the inexpensive side, priced at $10-$30. Beers are between $4.00-$5.50.


Located at 18 W 33rd St in Midtown, this Irish bar has a museum quality baseball display, including 1,800 autographed balls and 300 bobbleheads. They also have a plethora of ticket stubs and jerseys on display.

Roosevelt Sports Bar

Located at 133-45 Roosevelt Ave. in Flushing, it is just a ten minute walk from Citi Field. A generous buyback policy of roughly every third drink being free makes Roosevelt Sports Bar a place where you get some bang for your buck. The bar is equipped with a large number of plasma TVs.


Stan's Sports Bar

Located at 836 River Avenue in the Bronx, Stan's is just a short walk from Yankee Stadium. The walls are covered with Yankee memorabilia, spanning the many decades of the team's existence. In fact, the owners had so much leftover memorabilia they use self storage in New York to keep it safe from marauders and pests.

If you can't get tickets to a game and you still want a real Yankee experience, this is the place to go.

Black Bear Bar & Grill

Located at 205 Washington St. in Hoboken, it has two floors, containing 50 flat screen TVs. Happy hour starts before games, when appetizers and drinks are half price. However, it would be wise to get there early. Lines usually stretch outside the bar just prior to the start of a game.

Teddy's Bar & Grill

Located at 96 Berry St. in Brooklyn, this cozy joint has a nice collection of memorabilia, as well as $1 beers during Happy Hour. This place has been known to serve free beers for every home run the Yankees hit.

Taking in a baseball game in a packed sports bar or restaurant can be a fun experience. It doesn't matter if you root for the Yankees or the Mets, there are many fun places to choose from to enjoy a cold beer with fans and watch the game.

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