Last Sunday the Dolphins lost a close game due to terrible offensive line play and some of the worst refereeing I have ever seen in an NFL game. It was amazingly frustrating and upsetting BUT despite this I still had a good time and I think most people watching at Slattery’s Midtown Pub did too. We have really built something special there and it makes the wins so much better and the losses almost manageable and I look forward to seeing everyone as much as I look forward to the actual football. Dolfans NYC is a really amazing thing and it looks like the word is getting out.
PhinPhinatic’s Paul Picken Jr. heard about our bar and took a several hour trip to our bar with his father in tow. He reached out to us before the game and said he wanted to do a story on us. It was great to meet him and he had a blast andÂ wrote up a great review of our fan club and our bar. Check out the article here and enjoy a few highlights below.
Until recently, I mistakenly believed that outside of heading to Florida, finding an amazingÂ Dolphins get together would be next to impossible. This past Sunday, despite a heartbreaking last minute loss by the Dolphins, I was proven drastically mistaken.Â I was shocked to see the sheer magnitude of their gatherings, and then noted that their Facebook group is approaching 1500 members and growing.Â This appeared to be a gathering that I had to see for myself to believe.
On football Sundays, the traditional Irish pub menu is tossed out in favor of a Dolfan specific menu with some great selections and catchy names relating to the Dolphins, featuring such items as the â€œSun Life Nachos,â€ â€œChicken A.B.L.Tannehill,â€ â€œMarino Mozzarella Sticks,â€ and more.Â After a quick talk with our waitress, Audrey, my father and I settled on a â€œStill Perfect Burgerâ€ and a â€œBrian Cox Buffalo Chicken Sandwichâ€ with â€œFirst Down Fries,â€Â all of which were amazingly delicious and were all very large portions.
Close to game time the place was nearly full of Dolfans, with more strolling in every minute.Â Every Dolfan that strolled in was warm and friendly, and gave the place a â€œCheers-likeâ€ vibe where everybody knows your name.Â I found out from Michelle that they have virtually taken over at least one section for the Dolphins at NY Jets game December 1st, with a list of 500 people that is still growing having purchased tickets and planning to attend.
The passion that Igor, Michelle and the other founding members of DolFans NYC have for the team is obvious to anyone that comes into contact with them.Â Within minutes of entering an event at Slatteryâ€™s, even the most casual of fans will immediately notice their love of the Dolphins and fellow fans from all walks of life. If youâ€™re ever in the NYC area, and are looking for a home to watch a Dolphins game, there is no better place than Slatteryâ€™s with this group to watch a gameÂ and I encourage you to do so.Â From the high fives after good plays, the sighs to the cheers, throughÂ the chants and heartache â€“ in this area, you will have an unmatched experience for watching the game.
And a bonus quote just because I am self absorbed and I like reading about myself…
Right before kickoff, the ringleader arrived.Â Clad in Zubaz Dolphins pants, a DolFans NYC denim motorcycle cut adorned with patches, pins and Dolphins swag over his DolFans NYC shirt,Â Igor entered.Â Throughout the game, he led the entire bar in their fully interactive participation in the dayâ€™s events.Â From leading the bar in every â€œDe-FENSEâ€¦ De-FENSE,â€ chant, to every â€œThat is good for another Dolphins FIRST DOWNâ€ cry, everyone looked to him to lead the way.Â The greatest and most entertaining audience participation moment comes with every Dolphins touchdown, as Igor climbs atop aÂ bar stool, standing head and shoulders above the crowd, and the Miami fight song comes over the PA system in the bar.Â There is nothing quite like hundreds of Dolfans singing that as one.Â Immediately following each DolFan rendition of the Dolphins fight song, deep in the heart of Jets territory, comes the following chant which can be heard loud and clear from the entire block â€“ â€œJ-E-T-S, SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS!â€