Goal and the City

By: Juan Mesa

The entrance to FC Gotham brings to mind the images of professional footballers going into the locker rooms at halftime. You walk down some stairs, you enter a tunnel, you keep walking... Except that there’s no bare locker room at the end of it. You’re entering a deluxe soccer clubhouse in the middle of the Meatpacking District: leather sofas, bookshelves, spacious dining tables and dozens of screens to not miss a single play of the beautiful game.

The food? As diverse as the roster of a UEFA team. Chef David Díaz has managed to twist the classical sports-bar menu by bringing in elements from Latin America (pernil-and-tostones sliders, chicharrones de pollo), Europe (Parisian truffle gnocchi, croque monsieur), Asia (Thai-chili wings). And good ole ’Merica? Try burgers, pancakes and something called Tommy & The Rippers (two beef hot dogs fried until they “rip”).

The cocktail menu includes a few eye-popping options, like the Sharapova (champagne, vodka and strawberries) or the Azteca Stadium Sunrise (tequila, lime, grapefruit and jalapeño-hibiscus syrup). But when you’re celebrating your team’s championship you may actually go for The Immaculate Reception, a vodka-based drink that comes in a fishbowl ($250).

Now you know where to find us during World Cup matches.

LOGISTICS: Open Tue-Sun, FC Gotham, 409 W 13th St (between 9th and Washington), New York, 212-255-5344

Juan Mesa is a freelance writer based in New York City. He covers soccer and Latin music. When he's not writing, you can find him watching soccer games, talking about soccer or collecting soccer memorabilia. To relax, he plays house music vinyls.