So I will be in NYC with my girlfriend on Sept 1st and I am basically trying to decide where to watch the game. I was at Professor Thoms for the Sugar Bowl last year, and while it was fun it was also insanely packed and at times hard to get a clear view of the tv. Also, the gf is not football fan so getting her to show up an hour or two early with me and then also sit through the game will be tough.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a good place to catch the game where I will be able to show up maybe 30-45 minutes in advance, get a seat at the bar or a table with a good view of the tv and have a good time (hopefully with some fellow Michigan fans)? I know I could just go to Applebees or something and watch the game undisturbed, but that won't be a ton of fun. I am looking for a place that will be fun and have a good crowd, but not be quite as insanely crowded as Professor Thoms.