Governor Chris Christie said that Redd's Restaurant & Bar is the "Times Squares of New Jersey," and its ubiquitous high-definition TVs and lively tailgating festivities support the comparison. Down the block from MetLife Stadium and the IZOD Center, Redd's supplies pints to those watching games on TV, stopping in to chow down on sesame-crusted chicken teriyaki, or trekking to the stadium for live sports and music. Onsite shuttle service speeds fans off to games at MetLife Stadium without the hassle of walking or asking an offensive lineman for a piggyback ride. Upstairs, a 2,000-square-foot balcony looks out on MetLife Stadium.
After working at bars and wine shops for 10 years, certified beverage professional Amanda Ladd wanted to find another outlet for her inner wine enthusiast. The result was Synesthesia NYC, a company that hosts socially wired beer, wine-, and sake-tasting classes. Ladd herself teaches the classes at 123 Burger Shot Beer.
The restaurant keeps the ordering simple: $1 burgers, $2 shots, and $3 beers. The burgers are made with Black Angus beef, and come with a minimum of three per order. Of course, a few sides might tempt patrons to veer off the 1-2-3 course, such as heaping plates of fried mac and cheese wedges or pigs in a blanket made with Cajun-style mini franks. Domestic and imported beers include Heineken, Blue Moon, Stella, and Yuengling, while the shots get a little more creative– from orange tic-tacs to creamsicles.
Sutton Place is a casual dining establishment boasting a large menu packed with innovative American dishes. Commence consumption with the twisted Kung Pao calamari ($13), a plate of affectionate face-licking chicken wings ($10), or delicately dine on the vegetable napolean ($11), a medley of balsamic-roasted portobello mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. Specialty dishes include a Caribbean-spiced mahi-mahi ($22), served with shrimp and pineapple fried rice and intoxicated with a dark-rum piña-colada sauce, and a skirt steak with shrimp scampi ($26). Meatberg mongers will want to evaluate the caliber of the Kobe beef burger ($16), dressed in Jack Daniel's barbecue sauce and playing off the acerbic wit of house-cured pickles and pickled onions. The manually mischievous, however, can keep idle hands too busy to set fire to anything by filling them with the pulled Carolina pork sandwich ($9), the turkey club ($11), or the roasted portobello and vegetable wrap ($10). An extensive wine list and full bar menu is also available.
The cooks at 1Republik plate a menu of upscale New American pub fare as bartenders decant more than 40 brews on tap. Starters such as the truffle oil-laced tater tots or the grilled prawns warm up out-of-practice dining teams, readying dormant tongues for entrees such as the seared sea salmon or the potato-flanked strip steak. Chicken pot pie layers root vegetables and chicken velouté into a flaky puff pastry, providing a savory alternative to standard Americana pies filled with apples or bits of the Patriot Act. Duos and foursomes are also entitled to a round of draft beers or house wines.
Slinger's Sports Restaurant's head chef, Nick Tokarski, presides over an eclectic menu of casual and upscale fare, filling mouths in a convivial atmosphere illumined by 11 high-definition TVs. For appetizers, dining companions divvy up a dozen steamed littleneck clams simmered with roasted garlic, bacon, and white wine, or prime palates with the zesty Sichuan sauce coating Ray’s spicy shrimp. Built upon a homemade flatbread foundation, the Chef’s pie pizza pairs melty cheeses with tomato sauce, wild mushrooms, red onions, and fresh basil, fostering an ideal avenue for flaunting your outfit’s built-in bib. Dre's burger stacks 8 ounces of Black Angus with guacamole and chipotle mayo and tames tongues with a flavor lasso made of jalapeños and jack and cheddar cheeses. At the Mac Bar, noshers craft macaroni masterpieces from three cheesy styles and a cornucopia of varied toppings, from hard-boiled eggs to meatballs to blackened shrimp.
You don't have to empty your pockets to get into the Village Pourhouse. With today's Groupon, you get a two-hour long beer-tasting class, featuring beers from selected breweries for just $15 (a $25 value). Beer-tasting classes are scheduled for the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Because classes are limited to 65 people, Village Pourhouse will add more Wednesday classes to meet demands if the current schedule fills up. Feature breweries rotate each month: