Nadia Kurtz - June 12th, 2014
It’s that time again: every big screen is on, cheers are shaking every restaurant and bar, and everyone is taking advantage of the chance to eat and drink to celebrate the FIFA World Cup games taking place in Brazil. Whether it’s with a kickoff party or a month-long fiesta, restaurants and bars around the world are embracing Brazilian cuisine, drink, and music.
In New York City, Bavarian brewery and restaurant, Paulaner is featuring beer brewed on-site, an extensive menu of snacks, and a projector screen for all the games, while Circo is celebrating World Cup fever with outdoor viewings and special cocktails. The Summer Garden & Bar at the Rock Center Café is hosting a World Cup viewing party, where guests have a chance to meet the New York Red Bulls soccer team. And, starting June 13, games can be viewed live on the large outdoor TVs while enjoying a globally inspired menu and cocktails.
Watch the World Cup games live at Altamarea Group Restaurants’ Nicoletta, The Butterfly, Osteria Morini New York, Due Mari, Osteria Morini New Jersey, and Osteria Morini Washington, D.C., for a chance to win prizes and enjoy food and drink specials, including three specialty shandies (hibiscus, ginger, and lemon).
SUSHISAMBA is celebrating the games at all locations from June 12 to July 13 with samba dancers, DJs, international food and drink specials (like braised pork belly lettuce wraps and brigadeiros), and a chance to win a trip to Brazil.
Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, New York, kicks off the games in its Bar Room with a special snack and drink menu with items including mushroom mortadella, pecorino/garlic chive fries, and house-made liverwurst. Guests get their first glass of wine or beer for free when wearing team jerseys.
The Waldorf Astoria New York, The Villa by Barton G on Miami Beach, the Caribbean Biras Creek Resort, Rome Cavalieri in Rome, Italy, and The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida are all serving “Cocktails Around the Globe,” using tropical fruit juices that create the colors of the Brazilian flag, and naming the drinks after different players. Look for the World Cup cocktail served at Waldorf Astoria New York’s Peacock Alley during the games.
Botequim in New York City is hosting a World Cup Pop-Up, fabricated by chef/owner and Brazilian native Marco A. Moreira. The restaurant serves authentic Brazilian cuisine such as suckling pig a pururuca, and guests can enjoy cocktails such as a Passion Fruit Bellini incorporating Brazilian sparkling wine. The games are viewed across four TVs, and when games aren’t airing, Botequim will play Brazilian music videos.
Miami’s Toro Toro is presenting a watch party on Thursday, June 12 at 5 p.m. for the first game, with drinks half-price during the first half, and food half-price during the second.
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts offer Brazilian-themed menus and viewing lounges for the World Cup June 12 to July 13 at its different locations. A soccer-themed menu is offered at the Singapore hotel; Brazilian “TV” trays with Brazilian street food in Seattle; football-lovers’ lounges, foosball, snacks, and cocktails in Miami; an open-air lounge with pool decks at Cairo at Nile Plaza; and cocktails and an extended menu (bruschetta, gourmet grilled cheese, and spanakopita) at Wolfgang Puck’s lounge at Beverly Wilshire.