The New York Giants are the team for the blue-collar, industrious worker who understands what it means to pound the pavement in New York City. The Mara family that owns the Giants is traditional and no-nonsense - as you would expect from an organization that fielded Eli Manning for 16 seasons and then drafted Daniel Jones. But it is the emphasis on grittiness and work ethic that makes the Giants a reflection of their city.
New York is synonymous with “unique.” From the people to the food to the museums, the city has a little bit of everything. People never wait to cross the street and a single metro card is all it takes to go anywhere within the five boroughs. Though MetLife Stadium is actually located in East Rutherford, NJ, it houses the diverse people of New York every Sunday when everyone comes together to cheer on the Giants.
What to Eat
Redd’s is THE destination for Giants fans on game days. Not only do they offer an extensive menu, with everything from cheddar bratwurst, to pasta and pizza, to a German classic, wiener schnitzel, and they have a solid beer selection as well. Best of all, they offer a park and ride service to MetLife Stadium. You can pre-pay for the park and ride program on their website.
This upscale option in Rutherford, New Jersey, is located in a historic building that used to be a horse and buggy firehouse. Now it’s a fine dining establishment decorated with impressionist art and featuring a gorgeous garden seating area. Their four-course tasting menu is $115 per person, and includes options like smoked swordfish loin carpaccio, a spicy panko crusted crab cake with cheddar-glazed shrimp, peppered beef short ribs, and a key lime tart topped with coconut vanilla creme and blackberries for dessert. Reservations are required.
Biggest tourist attraction
You’ve seen it on television every New Year’s Eve as the ball drops and we all count down the seconds to the new year. But that experience pales in comparison to actually witnessing Times Square in all of its bustling glory. For some added fun, check out the Broadway Up Close walking tour, which is about a half-mile in length and is $37 for adults and $32 for children under 12.
Under the radar attraction
The 9/11 Museum and Memorial
Everyone remembers the heartbreak and horror of Sept. 11, 2001. Now you can pay your respects to the fallen and the first responders who tried so valiantly to save them by visiting the 9/11 Museum and Memorial. Take a self-guided tour of the museum, which features first-person accounts of the events of that day, multimedia exhibits that add context, and memorials to the people who lost their lives in this tragic attack.
Game day experience
There is plenty of parking at MetLife but you can pay for certain types of parking passes that will allow you to park closer to the stadium. The lots towards the back (think D, E, F) are much closer to the exit which becomes crucial when trying to get back on the Jersey Turnpike after the game ends. As far as tailgating goes, grills are allowed but no open fires. Cars are only supposed to take up one spot but that rule is generally not enforced. For non-drivers, Secaucus is the train stop to know. Fans commuting from in or around the city will all travel through Secaucus, which stops right at MetLife Stadium. There is not a lot of food around the stadium - MetLife kind of exists on its own - so definitely come prepared to tailgate with plenty to eat and drink!