Nothing is more intimidating than feeling like an outsider. Like you don’t belong.
And if you’re an Eagles fan in New York City, you might sometimes feel excluded, mocked, or even hated.
Although the greater New York City area is home to a plethora of Eagles fans — unsurprising considering the city’s proximity to Philadelphia –– it can still be hard to spot green-and-white jerseys (no, not the Jets kind) in a place that claims the New York Giants and Jets.
But don’t fret, Birds fans.
Whether you want to scream “Fly Eagles Fly” at the top of your lungs or have a hankering for a citywide and a cheesesteak while watching some football, this guide is for you.
Here are some of the best places in and near New York City to catch an Eagles game.
Wogie’s is one of the oldest –– and arguably most popular –– Eagles bars in New York. Founded in 2004, the restaurant has locations in Greenwich Village and near Wall Street, but the Village location is more popular on game days.
The menu includes two Philadelphia staples: a cheesesteak and “The Don,” an Italian roast pork sandwich. The most popular cocktail is the “76ers Spritzer,” a blend of Aperol, Campari, Prosecco, and a dash of grapefruit juice. On Sundays, Wogie’s has a Tullamore Dew & Draft Beer combo special for $14 (the Wogie’s equivalent of a Citywide.) The bar comes by it honestly: Co-owner Aaron Hoffman is a Kimberton, Chester County, native.
What makes Wogie’s stand out from other self-proclaimed Philadelphia-themed bars in New York is the bread. Wogie’s makes its own cheesesteak rolls, pizza dough, pretzels, and cinnamon rolls in the basement of its Village location (and sends fresh bread to the Wall Street location a few times a day).
On most game days, there’s a crowd of about 40 to 50 who watch the action outside, where eight televisions and picnic-style tables surround the exterior of the bar.
Wogie’s takes reservations (email@example.com and by phone) for any size party and delivers on Uber Eats and DoorDash. The bar is two blocks from the Christopher Street metro station and a 15-minute walk from Union Square, where most NYC metro lines stop.
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A seafood bar might not be at the top of your football bar list. Yet, tucked in Manhattan’s East Village, Bait & Hook has become a haven for Eagles fans. It’s easy to find: Just look for the Eagles flag soaring above the restaurant’s sign. Or the “Fly Eagles Fly” slogan written in chalk on the sidewalk. If that’s not enough, the phrase “Come Have a Drink, PA style” might also tip you off.
Co-owner Murshed “MD” Ahmed says that the bar became Eagles-centric by popular demand. While they didn’t grow up in Pennsylvania, Ahmed, co-owner Juber Hoque, and their bar employees were all Eagles fans. After a few years, Bait & Hook began decorating the bar with Eagles memorabilia and broadcasting, on full volume, just the Eagles games on Sundays. And word spread.
While the menu is mostly seafood from Monday through Saturday, on game days, the bar has a separate menu for fans. Beer-marinated wings, chicken tacos, and cheesesteaks are popular Sunday food items, while $25 pitchers, $45 domestic beer towers, and $7 Jameson shots highlight the drink specials. And if the Eagles win, everyone gets a free shot: The bartender lines up all the fans and gives them a pour, typically Midori Melon liqueur (which is, of course, green), on the house.
Bait & Hook is a short walk from Union Square and uses all of the delivery services. The bar takes reservations for any size by phone.
Although Mulligan’s is not in New York, it’s just over the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J. The bar, owned by Irish-born Paul Dawson, shows European soccer games Monday through Saturday and NFL games on Sunday.
And Mulligan’s has been the official meeting spot of the Philadelphia Eagles Club of Hoboken since 2007. So on any given Sunday, around 50 to 60 diehard Eagles fans flock to the back of the bar, led by club president Sean Iaquinto. (Before the pandemic, the number was close to 300, says Iaquinto.) Group members call themselves the unofficial “Embassy of Philadelphia,” united by football, Philly ties, and, of course, a Wawa infatuation.
On game days, Mulligan’s brings in soft pretzels straight from the Philadelphia Pretzel Factory, free for everyone at the bar, so long as they are there to watch –– and cheer for –– the Birds. Along with cheesesteaks, the bar also sells $3 pints and $10 pitchers of Bud Light and Yuengling.
Mulligan’s takes reservations for any size (firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone) and has a private party room for small and large gatherings, an outdoor patio, and a pool room. While the bar doesn’t deliver, it does offer takeout.
The bar is accessible by the PATH train and is a 10-minute walk from the Hoboken PATH Station.