There were a number of firsts for the Super Bowl XLVIII (an American football game) that was held on February 2nd 2014. It was the first Super Bowl in which two states (New York and New Jersey) played host. It was also the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors during a cold season. And for the first time in a long time, it was played on an artificial turf. But more importantly, because it was a highly anticipated event, The National Football League opened a Super Bowl-themed restaurant for the first time to celebrate it. The temporary restaurant started its operations on January 27th and continued to serve customers until dinnertime on February 1st.
Aptly and wittingly called Forty Ate, the restaurant was located at the Renaissance Times Square Hotel in New York City. The man behind its operations is no less than Danny Meyers, a renowned chef who owns some of New York’s best restaurants like Union Square Café.
Forty Ate featured memorabilia from previous games. The Super Bowl rings, all 47 of them, were also up for display. Not only were diners treated to a good view of Times Square but they also had the chance to dine with their idols.
The restaurant served lunch and dinner with a slight difference in the menu for both meals. Some dishes served at Forty Ate were:
Yellow fin Tuna Tartare with citrus, almonds, radish, and pumpernickel crisp
Brick-Pressed Cascun Farm Chicken with olive oil-rosemary potatoes, salsa verde
Roasted Beef Filet with cipollini onions, carrots, and cabernet sauce
“Gridiron” Burger with Vermont cheddar, caramelized onions, tomato jam, rosemary fries
Grilled Skirt Steak with potato purée, truffle shoestrings, watercress
Mac and Cheese Gratin with parmigiano crust
Quinoa Farro Salad with sweet potatoes, sunchokes, shallot-herb, and vinaigrette
Sweet Potato Fries
Warm Anjou Pear Brown Butter Cake with honey ice cream and bourbon caramel
Lemon Meringue Tart with vanilla-Olive Oil jam, mandarin sorbet, and gingerbread
Iron Skillet Apple Pie with NY State cheddar crust, walnut-brown sugar, ice cream