There may not have been any Jews on the field at this past weekend’s Super Bowl XLVIII, but there were plenty in the stands.
Aside from Jewish fans in from Denver and Seattle, this was the first Super Bowl to take place in metropolitan New York (East Rutherford, NJ), home to the largest concentration of Jews in the country. And with hundreds of thousands of visitors, there was a big appetite for Jewish food.
Metlife Stadium, host of this year’s Super Bowl, has many kosher and Jewish-inspired dining options during the regular season, when it is home to both the New York Jets and New York Giants, like corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, knishes, and that old Coney Island favorite, Nathan’s hot dogs.
During the big game, kosher-observant fans could dine on everything from Hebrew National hot dogs from vendors to sushi, stuffed cabbage, and potato latkes in sit-down areas. The kosher catering was provided by Strictly Kosher (Vaad Harabonim of Queens) and Noah’s Ark (Star-K). Noah’s Ark operates a popular kosher restaurant in nearby Teaneck, NJ, and recently shuttered another location on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
However, all that convenience and good food came at a price: a kosher hot dog with chips was $11, or $13 for chicken wings. A knish seemed like a bargain at $6. (But with ticket prices soaring well over $1000, the concessions might have seemed reasonable to attendees.)
Fans were chowing down on Jewish favorites outside the stadium as well. A Colorado NBC-affiliate caught up with Broncos fans at New York’s Carnegie Deli, saying the famous Jewish-style restaurant was filled with diners wearing orange and blue.
“This is awesome! This is the biggest sandwich I’ve ever seen!” said one excited Denver fan, examining the towers of cured meat on rye.