Miniature Ham Biscuits from Yura on Madison
Yura's crumbly cheddar biscuits are spread with maple-mustard butter and stacked with tendrils of ham for pretty irresistible bite-sized snacks. (Way more fun than cupcakes.) Here's the only problem with these little guys: you can easily put back a tray at a time.
Dinosaur BBQ: Wings
Defonte's: Roast Beef Heroes
There are any number of super-pricey Super Bowl-sized heroes around town, but I'd just pick up a few monsters from Defonte's. You can't go wrong with a classic: roast beef, lean but incredibly juicy, piled on terrific crusty seeded Italian bread—crusty and thick enough to soak up the jus ladled on top. It's layered with house-made mozzarella and gets a bit of salty extra weight from paper-thin slices of fried eggplant. Pick up a few, cut 'em in quarters, and stuff your guests full.
Sullivan Street Bakery: DIY-Pizza Bianca Hero
I once called this the best Super Bowl hero ever,, and I stand by that statement. Order a six-foot long pizza bianca from the Sullivan Street Bakery. I like to snack on it plain, without any filling. The sea salt, olive oil, and fresh rosemary sprigs lend the puffy bread plenty of flavor. Or—even though this is a pain in the neck—buy a pound of good sliced prosciutto de Parma, a pound of fresh mozzarella, and basil. Cut this sucker in half through the belly, layer on the mozz, broil 'til it melts, then drizzle with good olive oil and top with the meat and basil. It's so seriously tasty, you will moan with pleasure after each bite.
Spanikopita from Poseidon Bakery
Cheap and delicious, the spanikopita from Poseidon Bakery is made with super-flaky hand-rolled filo dough, and enough spinach that you might almost believe it's healthy. Great food for a crowd.
Poseidon Bakery: 629 9th Avenue, New York NY 10036 (map); 212-757-6173
Torrisi Italian Specialties: Sandwiches
The good men at Torrisi make what might be my favorite sandwiches in New York right now, so if there's anywhere I'd send you for special Super Bowl sandwiches, it'd be here. They're selling 2.5-ft sandwiches in the $35-40 range. Believe me, no matter how many you order, they will disappear.
NY Pizza Suprema: Grandma Pizza
There's nothing wrong with delivery pizza from any of New York's fine establishments, like Motorino; but they cool so quickly you just end up reheating all game. Slightly more suited to room temperature eating are the huge square pies from places like NY Pizza Suprema. This "Grandma pie" is basically a Sicilian that goes crust, cheese, sauce, instead of crust, sauce, cheese. The sauce is a little sweet, but trust us, it works.
Momofuku Ssäm Bar: Super Bowl Bo Ssäm
If you're throwing a blowout, money-no-object Super Bowl bash, it'd be hard to do better than the bo ssäm (slow roasted pork shoulder) from David Chang's Momofuku Ssäm Bar. The fall-apart fatty meat is best pulled off with a fork and wrapped up in the bibb lettuce they give you, with ginger scallion sauce and barbecue sauce for dipping. It's $350, serves 8 to 10, and comes with Momofuku's nachos, macaroni salad with chorizo, winter veggies, and salted caramel and macadamia nut rice krispie treats from Momfouku Milk Bar. Warning: your guests may pay more attention to this pig skin (ha, ha) than the one onscreen.
Rack and Soul: Fried Chicken
I'm still a huge fan of the fried chicken at Rack and Soul. Crisp and crunchy on the outside, it comes out of those pans miraculously free of grease. Even the breasts are tender and juicy.
Pig's Head at Fatty 'Cue
At Fatty 'Cue, the best dish we tried was the pig's head; the simultaneously crunchy and moist pig meat practically exploded with flavor and didn't even need all the nifty condiments or accompaniments it came with. If your football friends are adventurous types, you kinda can't beat a whole pig's head. It's served with baby bok choy, spicy curry, fish palm, and bao.