Goal and the CityBy: 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