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Stanley Cup Playoffs

We will be staying at the Kimberly - midtown east next week. Monday night is an open night. My husband wanted to go to the game, even though he is a diehard Bruins fan and former season ticket holder. He begged, he pleaded - well for 20 seconds. I told him I didn't want to go and was he serious?

A quick look online got me our answer. Tickets rival superbowl tickets and are record breaking prices.

A single ticket is going for a couple of grand. Hell no!

So where to watch the game? Could be any hood really via train or cab.
I mean for that money, do they have a tv in the kitchen of Per Se?

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  1. They do have a TV in the kitchen at Per Se, (last time I had the tour anyway) and it was tuned to the kitchen at The French Laundry.

    There will be a million places to watch the game.. but the food is morelikely deep fried than cooked sous vide... dipping sauces more likely than herbed foams...
    That said... (I know sports bars on UWS best) I plan to enjoy the games for a few nights from a licensed establishment... Blondies on W79th, The Emerald Inn on W 72nd (food is better than you'd expect) In midtown east a mid tier sushi place - Tenzan does have good TV's behinds the bar

      1. Thank you both for some suggestions. I was planning on Tony night at the hotel, so didn't want to have game night at the hotel too. Who knows? Maybe we'll find some fun Tony parties to crash?

        1. Are you looking for a Rangers bar, sports bar with sound, etc....?

          Describe the atmosphere your husband is looking for and if it needs to be near the hotel.

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          1. re: MVNYC

            Thank you. Honestly I have no idea. If he can figure out a way to get a ticket, I'm happy to cozy in in our suite or take a stroll. 22 years of marriage, you just kind of roll with it.

            For me, I guess if he doesn't get a ticket and we head out, a place that you can stroll up belly to the bar at a decent food centric establishment that has tv's and a friendly vibe. Could that/I be any more vague? Watching a pivotal game, I'd rather eat at the bar or a high top rather then a table. A place that will have hockey fans engaged, but not necessarily overtaking the room?

            He will likely not get a ticket, and we will stroll and happen upon something.

            I appreciate all ideas and the time to express them.

            1. re: Bellachefa

              Well I doubt that he's getting a ticket. If you want to head near the Garden to watch, Stout has plenty of TV's and is fairly large. The Flying Puck will definitely have the sound and is very close but they play the sound way too loud and I am not noise averse.

              Near your hotel there are a large number of bars on second avenue though they generally skew younger.

              Rattle N Hum is a craft beer bar (if the hubby is into that) on 33rd that has a projection screen in the back.

          2. BAR COSTAL! ! !

            http://www.yelp.com/biz/bar-coastal-n...

            http://barcoastal.com/Bar_Coastal/Bar...

            take the M15 bus straight up First Ave.
            Get off at 79th St....walk to 78th St.

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            1. re: pbjluver

              thank you for the suggestion
              ticket prices are getting national attention

              1. re: Bellachefa

                the hockey tix prices are ridiculous!!!!

                http://www.stubhub.com/new-york-range...

                CRAZY!

                Best to watch it on tv than sit up in the nose-bleed 4th tier

                1. re: pbjluver

                  But that's the great thing about hockey, you can be up in the nosebleeds and still enjoy the game. You get to see plays being set up, etc., that you miss closer to the ice. I've sat in seats right up against the glass and in the nosebleeds and enjoyed both, for different reasons

                  1. re: ttoommyy

                    Agree completely though I am not paying those prices for any seat.

                    1. re: MVNYC

                      I was talking more during the regular season. I have only ever paid a very high price for SC finals tickets back in 2003, game 7. :)