As summer turns to autumn, many an Ohioan’s mind turns to the sport of football. (There’s a reason the Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton.) This weekend marks the start of the NFL season, and like many other Ohio ex-pat football fans, you may be wondering where you can support Browns and Bengals instead of Jets and Giants. While there is probably no way to truly escape New York fans cheering on the hometown teams, there are several enclaves around the city for orange contingencies, be it orange and brown or orange and black. Continue Reading →
Today, the New York Giants are in Cincinnati to take on the Bengals at 1pm. It is the first time the two teams have met since 2008, when the Giants won 26-23. Although, the Giants are coming off a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, they are favored over the Bengals, who fell to 3-5 after losing to the Denver Broncos last week.
Although, with the Giants playing, it will no doubt be easy to find somewhere to watch the game, if you’re a Bengals fan, you’ll want to check out our guide on where to join other Cincy faithful. If you’re staying at home, you can view the game locally on the Fox network or listen to it on WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM.
Tonight, the Cincinnati Bengals will begin their season with an away game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens, who finished first in the AFC North Division last year, are favored to win over the Bengals, who finished third in the same division. The game, which begins at 7pm, will be broadcast on ESPN. However, if you feel like getting out of the house, as I mentioned last season, Phebe’s in the East Village is the place to be. They serve Cincinnati-style chilli, have beer specials, and play the Bengals fight song whenever the team scores a touchdown. Get there early, though, as a line to get in often forms when the Bengals play. If you are in Brooklyn, I’ve also heard that Cody’s American Grill (154 Court Street) in Cobble Hill is another watering hole popular with Bengals fans.
While it may be a shock to Columbus residents, Ohio football is more than just Buckeyes. There are, of course, two NFL teams, and to football fans from Cincinnati and Cleveland, that’s all that matters. If you are of the former and a Bengals fan, there is one place to go to watch the game in New York: Phebe’s. Phebe’s has been at 359 Bowery (near 4th Street) for four decades, but the location has been a watering hole of one name or another going back to the early 20th century. On Sundays, the tavern serves Cincy-style chili, and though I’m not sure if there’s spaghetti to go with it, there are $3 Budweisers. Tomorrow, the Bengals play the Tennessee Titans at 4:05.