What’s better than settling into your favorite neighborhood bar and settling down for a Sunday full of football? Actually going to a game. Whether you’re locally heading to root for the Jets or Giants or are headed for a longer ride away, be sure to check out these local Hoboken & JC spots for foodie-approved tailgating essentials.
1. Craft Beer
Departed Soles Brewing Company and 902 Brewing Co. produce freshly crafted beers (even offering 100% gluten-free options, too! Score). Fill up your growlers with locally-inspired brews, season brew (we’re looking at you, pumpkin beer), and all-around unique flavors. Craft cans more your thing? Grab ’em and go. Cheers!
2. Italian Subs
With accolades including, “Hoboken’s Best Hero” and “Top 3 Best Hero in the Country,” how could you not stock up on subs from Vito’s Deli?! Whether you opt for individual subs or “Super Footers” ranging from 2 – 6ft long that are just loaded with goodies, you can create your own sandwich options for the essential pre-game meal. With tons of meats, cheeses, grilled veggies, and toppings to choose from, just be sure to preorder your large-and-in-charge subs to have it ready to go in time for kick-off. See here for a guide to all Hoboken delis.
3. Pro Antipasti Platters
Preorder then grab-n-go the most gorgeous and delicious cold cut and antipasti platters you’ve ever seen from Fiore’s. This infamous Italian deli specializes in its freshly made mutz and roast beef sandwiches, but pair that on a platter with fresh cold cuts and veggies that are easy to pick on + perfectly crafted and you’ll be the MVP of your tailgate. (FYI – they’re closed on Sundays, so be sure to pick up the day before a Sunday game!)
4. Mouthwatering BBQ
BBQ and football just go together. With fall off the bone ribs, pulled pork, BBQ chicken, and brisket perfectly packed and portioned, you can order to-go BBQ to bring straight to the stadium at Jersey City’s Hamilton Pork. Select your favorite sides (like the jalapeno cheddar cornbread and the sweet potato mash) for down-south flavors and ‘fixins perfect for your parking lot party. A Hoboken favorite for BBQ is the new waterfront spot House of ‘Que — and you can also order to-go containers (above). Easy peasy!