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5 Tailgating Tips For NFL Football Season In NYC

2011 AFC Championship: New York Jets v Pittsburgh Steelers
Fans of the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers pose for a photo as they tailgate. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Football season has kicked off, which means it is time for tailgating season. Whether people are cheering the Giants or Jets to victory, the fun starts with some pregame food and drinks. Football fans can guarantee an unforgettable tailgate with these must have items.

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Tailgaters understand one of the essential items is a grill, and Primus recently launched their new Onja, which is ideal for the football season. The compact two-burner stove packs up with a carrying strap and includes an oak lid that doubles as a cutting board. Primus also offers the Tupike, which is a two-burner stove with a custom non-stick griddle plate. While it is also compact, the Tupike boasts fold out legs to adjust the height.

Schaller and Weber
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Schaller & Weber

1654 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10028

Since its opening in 1937, Schaller & Weber has become masters of charcuterie. Offering various cold cuts, smoked meats and sausages, they are the place to go for tailgating food. Whether people cooking for a large group or a few friends, the Grill Pack is guaranteed to become a touchdown. Filled with different sausages and bratwurst, the Grill Pack includes cooked bratwurst, chickens brats, andouille sausage, bacon cheddar Brats, mustard and sauerkraut.

Katz' Deli
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Katz's Delicatessen

205 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002

Since 1888, Katz's Delicatessen has become a destination in the Lower East Side. Known for their mouthwatering sandwiches, people can place a catering order that they can bring for tailgating at the Meadowlands. Whether people enjoy their signature Katz's Pastrami hot sandwich, Reuben sandwich or Katz's corned beef sandwich, they can devour them while getting ready to watch Giants or Jets.

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Brother Jimmy's BBQ

Multiple Locations

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One of New York's popular barbecue joints makes tailgating unforgettable and easy with their catering service. Whether people are heading to watch the Giants or Jets, people can order some of their signature dishes, including Northern Ribs and Sliced Brisket. With four locations in Manhattan, they are conveniently located for easy pickup or they can deliver to you before heading to the game.

Cold Keeper
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ColdKeeper Tumbler

There is another gadget to add to a tailgating check list, and it is the ColdKeeper Tumbler. Warm beer or drinks will never be an issue again with their latest personal cooler. Combining the features of a koozie and a coaster into one accessory, this tailgate necessity is stainless steel and double-walled vacuum insulated -- keeping drinks cold for up to ten hours. The ColdKeeper tumbler is designed so that there's no condensation -- meaning no more wet hands.

John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.

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