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Where to watch the World Cup

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.

Jones Wood Foundry 401 E 76th St. New York NY 10021 212-249-2700 Edi & the Wolf 102 Avenue C New York NY 10009 212-598-1040 Boqueria 171 Spring St. New York NY 10012 212-343-4255 The Standard, High Line Biergarten 848 Washington St. New York NY 10014 877-550-4646 Woodwork 583 Vanderbilt Ave. Brooklyn NY 11238 718-857-5777

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