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Sports Stars Share Their NYC Faves

New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard and New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro share their favorite restaurants, shops and neighborhoods.

We know how competitive professional football players are, so we thought it would be fun to create a competition over who has the better “must visit” list for New York City shops, restaurants and neighborhoods. On your left: Devon Kennard, linebacker for the New York Giants; on your right, Jace Amaro, tight end for the New York Jets. Investigate these players’ go-tos, and then you can decide who scores higher!

Devon Kennard, New York Giants

Favorite Restaurants
If I am in the mood for sushi, my favorite place is Sushi Samba in the West Village. It has some of the freshest fish and best rolls I’ve ever had—not to mention, it’s a great date spot. Check out the tuna tataki small plate and edamame to start and then order an array of rolls. If I’m looking for a “New York slice,” I head to Arturo’s on Houston St. in Greenwich Village. New York is known for coal-oven pizza, and Arturo’s does not disappoint. My go-to is the classic mozzarella pizza, and then I add pepperoni. Last, but certainly not least, is STK, a great steak house in the city: There are locations both Downtown and in Midtown. I order the filet mignon and asparagus, and then, mac ’n’ cheese for the table to share.

Yellowtail at Sushi Samba
Yellowtail tiradito at Sushi Samba (courtesy Sushi Samba)

Favorite Shops
G-Star jeans in SoHo—they have the best jeans selection. Macy’s in Herald Square—I love the variety of clothes, I go in all the time. Niketown on E. 57th St.—this one is a classic. I’ve been wearing Nike for a long time, and this store does not disappoint Nike lovers.

Favorite Neighborhood
I really like the East Village. It’s a low-key place to hang out, not as mainstream as some other parts of the city and has an artsy vibe—not to mention unique restaurants, shops and nightlife!

Jace Amaro, New York Jets

Favorite Restaurants
For pizza, I go to Lombardi’s on Spring St. It has amazing brick-oven pizza and a laid-back ambience. I get the margarita pie with meatballs and pepperoni. For an upscale night, I really enjoy Philippe by Philippe Chow. I usually order the chicken satays, served on skewers with peanut sauce, the chicken fried rice and the crispy beef. For steak, it’s American Cut in TriBeCa. The filet mignon is classic, and the bread they serve is incredible. When I have a sweet tooth, I head to Billy’s Bakery in Chelsea.

Everything from cookies on up are good at Billy’s Bakery (©istock)

Favorite Shops
Acustom Apparel: The shop uses a body scan to create custom-tailored clothes. It has a “design bar” and can design pretty much anything. If you’re looking for a great suit, you also have to check out Suitsupply, which has a wide array of sizes (important for me) and does quick alterations. Tissot on Fifth Ave. makes some of my favorite watches, from the touch to classic selections. I also love checking out the new styles at Under Armour.

Favorite Neighborhoods
I love going to SoHo. I also like Chelsea: When I first came here, my agent took me to Stone Street Coffee Company there. Little did I know, it was actually a really cool lounge called Bathtub Gin. Bonus: The owner is a Jets fan!