Starting Thursday, people all over the world will gather in the glow of TV screens to witness the beauty of soccer played at the highest possible level--the World Cup.
They will sit (and jump up and down and yell and maybe even weep a little) and enjoy gulps of cold beer. You can do this, too! And you should. Preferably at one of these winning spots to catch a match or spend an entire afternoon with friends:
① Join fans rooting for England as they fill up Jones Wood Foundry in Yorkville. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., find grilled salmon, burgers, steak and calamari with salad ($26, includes unlimited refills). You can even take a quick screen break (if you must) and eat outside.
② Reserve a table at Austrian East Village gem Edi & the Wolf (or try your luck walking in) and get a glorious piece of pork schnitzel sandwiched in brioche with aioli, avocado and tomato confit, plus a pilsner to wash it down ($15).
③ The only thing distracting you from the large screens visible from all corners of the room at Boqueria in Soho will be the small plates--tapas like lamb skewers with salsa verde ($9)--and fruity beer-based sangria ($10 a glass; $38 a pitcher).
④ If you're feeling super spendy, consider reserving a whole table outside in the sunshine at The Standard, High Line's Biergarten (starts at $400 for eight people) in Chelsea and ordering pint after pint of what's on tap.
⑤ At Woodwork in Prospect Heights, the beer-and-shot special ($6) runs all day long, even during the 1:30 p.m. matches. Sandwiches, from chorizo, peppers and onions to the Cubano, are $10.
No matter where you go to be a part of this epic international tournament, remember World Cup rules apply: Until Sunday, July 13--the day of the heartbreaking final--it is never, ever too early in the day for a frozen Caipirinha.
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