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5 Places to Watch the World Cup in New York City

Soccer, or, excuse us, football fans rejoice, the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil on June 12, 2014. To celebrate, restaurants and bars all across New York City are churning out special eats, devising innovative takes on the caipirinha (Brazil’s national cocktail) and screening each and every game. The first match is between the home country and Croatia at 5pm, and from there you can find one to four games almost every day until July 13. With that, here are five places in New York City to to watch the World Cup 2014 and cheer your team to victory.


Where to watch the World Cup 2014 in New York City

Pedestrians walk past a bar advertising live viewing of the World Cup soccer tournament in New York City (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Rock Center Cafe and Summer Garden & Bar
This may be one of the few places in the city to see every game outside, thanks to the numerous large-screen televisions situated around the courtyard of this alfresco bar. No matter where you sit, you can cheer on your favorite teams and order from chef Antonio Prontelli’s special World Cup menu, which feature chicken tacos in honor of Mexico, arancini for Italy, grilled shrimp for Brazil, and steak skewers for Argentina. The staff has also created tasty takes on the caipirinha using kiwi, strawberries and cucumber.  To make this every-four-years event even more exciting, on June 12, the New York Red Bulls kick off the festivities with a special appearance. 20 W. 50th St., 212-332-7621,

Italian fans will want to head to this roomy Flatiron restaurant for the big Italy game on June 14, where they will be serving pitchers of Peroni and Moretti beers alongside delicious Nepoli-style pizzas at the 125-seat bar. It’s a good way to catch a few matches without being in a sports bar setting; plus, the food will have you cheering just as much as the game. Try the signature pie with baby artichokes, burrata, zucchini and basil or the devilish option with black truffles. 19 E. 26th St., 212-265-5959,

Pop at the Pod Hotel
Midtown East folk should head to the neighborhood’s newest gastropub next to the Pod Hotel to catch the games and down a few cocktails. Each special drink comes made with Leblon cachaça, including the Lady in Red, which has blood orange soda and lime juice, the Funky Monkey made with green chartreuse, honey and lime, and naturally, a classic caipirinha. Stop by on Italian game days and score Peroni drafts for $7 and buckets for $30, which go perfectly with smoked mussels in a bacon-tomato cream sauce or the fresh fried mozzarella sticks with homemade marinara sauce. 230 E. 51st St., 212-355-0300,

Baby’s All Right
Instead of the usual sound of indy bands, for the duration the World Cup this artsy Williamsburg music venue and restaurant will sing with the sound of “gooooooooooooal” and the cheers of eager fans. To make it even more fun, the bar will have special cocktails to match who is playing, for example shandies for England, palm-wine spritzers for Nigeria and of course, caipirinhas for Brazil. They serve food too, and though the menu remains small, they make a mean burger, grilled cheese, a Cuban sandwich packed with tobacco and hickory-smoked pork butt, and a whole lot of hearty, innovative salads. 146 Broadway, 718-599-5800,

World Cup Pop-Up at Botequim
Get a taste of Brazil when you stop by this month-long pop up in the East Village by chef Marco Moreira. Not only does Moreira hail from the host country, but all the food will have a Brazilian-beach-fare bent to it including freshly grilled shrimp and Brazilian sausages. You will find plenty of cachaça cocktails like their special açaí and guarana-based caipirinha or the house-infused cachaça bloody mary with malagueta pepper. As for the game, they have four large screens to watch the action, and in between the lull, Brazilian music videos will air to keep guests pumped up. 132 4th Ave., 212-432-1324,

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