All posts by Matt Kabel

Fish Squished! URGENT Revised RSVP Process For Public House

Hello all 2,200 NYC Bills Fans!

What a game! I had hoped it would be a Josh/Fitz shootout and it sure was. I had read this morning that the on-field temperature would be 103 degrees, and think the defense just got winded in the second half. Injuries obviously hurt too. On the other hand, the offense looked rested after a poor 3rd quarter which is why they were able to capitalize in the 4th. Buffalo was the better team and proved it by scoring when they had to. Josh Allen with 417 yards and 4 touchdowns…damn!

I couldn’t join NYCBBB in the city this week, but went last week. I have only recently ventured out to attempt outdoor dining and I’ll be honest, I felt extremely safe watching the game at Public House. The tables are spread far apart, and they have a strict rule of wearing a mask every time you stand, whether to use the bathroom or cheer for a great play. One thing we implemented was “The Red Zone Mask”, where everybody would put their masks on when the Bills entered the red zone so you could jump up and cheer when warranted. Again, us Bills fans adapt and improvise!

Oh, and sorry for the lack of a weekly email. We were going back and forth with Public House this weekend on some updates to the RSVP process. We’ve agreed to the recommendations below which will be implemented starting TOMORROW. Please remember that the bar is trying to fill every seat to be profitable during this tough time to make this financially work. There is a huge rush for tables on Mondays with a long waiting list, but fans reducing seats or cancelling tables last minute at the end of the week is proving to be a challenge for the bar to remedy.

Again, any other year this wouldn’t be an issue, the bar could just slot people in wherever as they arrive. But with COVID it is a logistical nightmare due to restrictions. We ask that if you’re going to make reservations, it’s because you and your guests 100% intend to attend. Coordinate with your friends in advance and lock those plans in. We’re Bills fans, we can do this!

Also, please remember to respect all of the rules and keep it a safe environment for all your fellow fans.

That said, here are the updated RSVP rules:

1) Booking Headcount
There have been cases where people are booking larger tables on Monday, and then reducing headcount late in the week. As a result, Public House is scrambling to reorganize the seating chart and fill seats at the last minute.

Starting tomorrow, the number of guests a reservation signs for is the number of guests you are responsible for no matter what. It’s always better to book for less and add more as we get closer to the date / confirmation process if availability allows.

2) Cancellation
The original cancellation policy was 48 hours prior to kickoff, however there have been cases where tables are being canceled right at that moment and again, the bar is scrambling to fill those seats and they’re realizing it’s not enough time for them to accomplish it. A large table that was cancelled at the deadline in week one, and Public House was unable to fill it.

Starting tomorrow, the cancellation fee policies will be:
4+ Business Days : 0% cancellation fee
3+ (72+ Hours) Business Days: 25% cancellation fee of minimum
2 (48 hours) Business Days: 50% cancellation fee of minimum
1 business day of less (24 hours) 100% cancellation fee of minimum

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. Also, a reminder that the minimums you agree to when securing the reservation are mandatory, even if you leave the game early.

Sorry for the process-heavy email, we’re all navigating this new world together and trying to make things work for both parties so when this is all over, we can resume the massive crowds of Bills Mafia on 41st Street.

Happy to be back in OP this week, let’s go Buffalo!!

Matt “Talkin’ Proud and can’t believe Josh Allen’s stats are in line with the elite QBs of the last decade” Kabel

NJ Jets @ Bills, Follow The Rules

Hello all 2,200+ NYC Bills fans!

It is finally here, the 2020 season kicks off for the Bills this Sunday at 1pm as they host the NJ Jets in Orchard Park at…the stadium. Does anybody really care what it’s called anymore? Rich Stadium and The Ralph will always be acceptable to me.

Four years ago when the Bills hired McDermott (and then Beane), I said it would take three years for them to turn this team around, results would start to pay off in Year 4 and we’d be legit Super Bowl contenders in Year 5. So here we are, Year 4, and anything less than a playoff win would be a disappointment. You know the defense is going to be solid as always, they have a legit shot at being a top 5. The offense certainly improved on paper with the additions of Diggs and Moss, but as I said last season, everything will come down to Josh Allen. He showed flashes of brilliance last season, he needs to make those flashes more common this year and minimize stupid mistakes. He’s going in with the same Coordinator and playbook and most of his weapons intact, along with some shiny new ones. He HAS to elevate his game and show everyone he was worth the high draft pick three years ago.

This season is clearly going to have its challenges, especially in Buffalo where the players literally feed off of the crowd. How will they not only handle a silent stadium, but opposing fans in other stadiums like Miami? Will having no pre-season games help or hurt? Can the NFL keep COVID off the sidelines? It’s going to be a fluid season I’m sure.

That said, all the outdoor seating for the game at Public House were filled almost immediately this week. The bar has been working hard getting things set up, if you haven’t seen the video we posted on social media, they have a huge projector setup outside and are adding multiple TVs. Like anything, I’m sure there will be a learning curve so I ask for everybody’s patience and understanding.

Most of all like my daughter used to say, you “Gotta follow the rules.” PLEASE DO NOT DO ANYTHING TO JEOPARDIZE THE EXPERIENCE FOR US THIS SEASON. It only takes one photo of people not wearing masks or social distancing to ruin everybody’s good time. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re visited by the SLA this Sunday, and there are undercover folks out there looking to take bars down. Don’t forget that we’re a bunch of Bills fans in Jets/Giants territory, we have a target on our backs. Be on your best behavior.

Please, follow all the rules set forth by the Public House staff. Wear a mask when not seated at your table. Respect social distancing and your fellow fans. Be on time. Show respect for everyone.

Also, there is a chance of rain this Sunday. We’re Bills fans, this is where I tell you to “D Up”, bring a pancho or something to wear just in case. You will not be permitted inside to avoid the rain. Just like a game at The Ralph you suck it up, and you drink your beer. Also, please arrive at your requested timeslot so the bar can most easily accommodate you.

Any questions or concerns let us know. Otherwise, I’m fired up to see a bunch of you on Sunday at noon. With indoor dining coming to NYC on September 30th, the bar will be offering additional seating inside seating starting in October for those interested. Details to come, and don’t forget RSVPs open up for next week on Monday at 11am.

Let’s go Buffalo!!!!!

Matt “Talkin’ Proud and fired up for some Bills football at Public House this Sunday” Kabel

Bills Games at Public House, Reservation Process!

Hello all 2,200+ NYC Bills fans!

I hope this email finds everyone safe and healthy. There’s a lot I want to say, but I have some important news to share and want to make sure I don’t overburden this email. Let’s just say I am so fired up for this season and to have a bit of normalcy return in these crazy times we’re in. I’ll write more next week, so onto the big stuff…

If you’re not aware, Public House temporarily shut their doors back in March with many other Manhattan restaurants and has remained closed until now. I even walked by it this week and was sad to see it boarded up. All offseason I’ve kept an open dialogue with the team there, and am excited to share that the restaurant WILL reopen next week and show Buffalo Bills games this season! Below are the details on how we will make that happen, however I feel very strongly that context needs to be added and I ask you to read the next few paragraphs and take them to heart.

Public House is only reopening for Buffalo Bills and Notre Dame football games. They are also going to try opening 1-2 other days in hopes they can attract some business. Anybody who has been there knows they are located in a heavily commercial district, which unfortunately is pretty desolate nowadays. They are taking on all of the risk, and are putting a not-so-insignificant financial investment behind it to make this happen. Why? Because they love us Bills fans and like us, they want to have some normalcy back and get some people back to work. For any of you who attended a game there last year, you know as well as I do that the bar is the perfect long-term location for our group. They are as excited as we are for this.

That said, they’ve currently secured city approval for 80-100 outdoor seating slots. They’re erecting a huge patio that will allow for social distance seating, including outdoor TVs. They are hiring security to ensure all social distancing guidelines are met, and to handle any other crowd control outside. They are adamant about following all NYS laws, guidelines and safety regulations, which we 100% approve of.

Public House cannot legally offer all-you-can-drink specials in the current climate. Therefore, the bar will be offering beer/cocktail specials and will have a football food menu. Due to the investment they are putting in, every seat will require a minimum $65 spend (+ tax/tip) per person. I know that will rankle some out there used to our previous specials, and trust me when I say I get it knowing these are tough times for many. However, I also know the bar is assuming all the risk in this, is putting people back to work and we are helping out a small business, in turn giving us fans a chance to watch what should be a damn good football team this season together on our local turf. I’m yielding to them on this one, they’ve had a tough year and I want to see this work out for everyone involved.

As for how reservations will be handled:

  • There is a minimum $65/person spending requirement per person (plus tip)
  • There is a minimum of 4 people per table, and a max of 10 (per NYS law)
  • Registrations will open up the Monday PRIOR to each game starting at 11:00AM (EST)
    • **THAT MEANS THIS MONDAY, LABOR DAY, FOR THE OPENER!
  • All reservations inquiries must be made through email via BuffaloBillsPHNYC@table95.com, after which you will receive an automated confirmation email that it’s been received
  • Reservations will be taken on first come, first served basis. A member of the Public House staff will reach out if you’re one of the first on the list.
    • You will be sent a credit card authorization form that you must complete and return along with all guest details (please complete and send in ASAP) in order to secure your table
    • After sending in the form you will receive an email confirming your reservation with further instructions for gameday
    • There is a $10/head (plus tax) cancelation fee if done within 48 hours of the game
      • This will ensure the bar has 2 days mimimum to fill your spot
  • ALL guests must be 21+ over
  • ALL social distancing guidelines will be enforced by security and PH staff
    • Facemasks must be worn when entering/leaving the patio
    • Fans must remain seated during the duration of the game
    • Facemasks must be worn when entering/leaving and while in the restaurant while using restrooms

As with everything nowadays, things can change in a minute’s notice. We will do our best to keep you updated, and we have no idea what city/state regulations will be implemented or changed in the coming weeks. There’s always the chance of games being cancelled or rescheduled. I ask that everyone be patient and work with us this season to make this as enjoyable as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out.

For those planning to RSVP on Monday, may the odds be ever in your favor!

Be safe, and GO BILLS!!!

Matt “talkin’ proud and can’t believe I’m gonna be back at Public House next week” Kabel

Bills Want OUR Members to be on Live NFL Draft Broadcast!

Hello all 2,200 NYC Bills Fans,

We hope this email finds all of you healthy and safe, wherever you are. First off, just remember that we’re all in this together, so if there’s anything you need, please let us know.

Second off, can I just say how much I love the Stefon Diggs trade? I mean, we needed a solid #1 receiver and we got one of the best ones that is going into his prime and has 4 years left on his deal. I usually HATE trading our top picks for drafts, but I agree with Beane that this is the one year that investing in a known commodity over a draft pick makes total sense.

Speaking of the NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have reached out to us with an exclusive and pretty damn amazing opportunity. As you’ve probably heard, the entire Draft will be done digitally via webcams. The NFL is going to feature live feeds of fans watching the draft from around the country during the national broadcast that will be watched by millions of Americans.

Knowing how hard our city has been hit by COVID19, the Buffalo Bills are inviting our members to be their live representatives to the nation! They are looking or 15 members for Friday night, and 5 for Saturday night. Below are all of the details/requirements. PLEASE READ ALL DETAILS. If you want a spot and can abide by everything listed, please send me an email ASAP at mattkabel@gmail.com with the requested details/photo and I will add you to the list. Just let me know which day you can partake.

ALL RESPONSES MUST BE IN TO ME BY 10AM FRIDAY, APRIL 17th. You will receive more details if chosen.

DAY 1 (Thursday, April 23)

  • Note: Though we currently don’t have a pick on Day 1, there is always a chance we may trade up. Additionally, the league has said that they will try to get teams without a pick on Day 1 on to the broadcast at some point. The league cannot promise, however, that every person and every club will make it on the broadcast, but they will do their best to make it happen.
  • 15 Bills Backers willing to watch the entire broadcast (starting 60 minutes prior), in front of their computer tablet or phone from 7 – 11:30 p.m. ET
    • First name, last name, email address, phone number and headshot for each by noon on Friday, April 17th.
  • These fans must also be available for a dress rehearsal with the league on Tuesday, April 21st. Timing is still being finalized on this, but I will share it as soon as possible.
  • The fans must wear team gear the entire time.
  • The fans must have a valid email address and internet access.
  • The fans must follow CDC social distancing rules.

DAY 2 (Friday, April 24):

  • 5 Bills Backers willing to watch the entire broadcast (starting 60 minutes prior), in front of their computer, tablet or phone from 6 – 11:30 p.m. ET
    • First name, last name, email address, phone number and headshot for each by noon on Friday, April 17th.
  • These fans must be available for a dress rehearsal with the league on Wednesday, April 22nd. Timing is still being finalized on this, but I will share it as soon as possible.
  • The fans must wear team gear the entire time.
  • The fans must have a valid email address and internet access.
  • The fans must follow CDC social distancing rules.

Matt “Talkin’ Proud and In This With All of You” Kabel

End of Season, Fired Up, Public House Remaining Games/Beer Pong Tourney

Hello all 2,200+ NYC Bills fans!

I’m just gonna come out and say it. I AM FIRED UP FOR NEXT SEASON. I’m not going to spend any time focusing on the Texans game, other than to thank the 400+ of you who showed up to watch it with us at Public House. There were clearly some bumps getting folks in which we’ll work through for next year, but other than that it was an awesome time outside of the loss.

Overall I’m ecstatic with the move to Public House. The venue is awesome, the staff were awesome, the management are awesome, the wings are awesome and it’s closer to Grand Central. I can’t thank them enough for taking us in this year. 

That said, 2020 is gonna be lit. As I posted all season, this was a good Bills team who I didn’t even have expectations of making the playoffs, saying it would be a building year towards being legit contenders next season. Securing a spot in the playoffs with two games to go exceeded my expectations. #mindblown

Anybody who bumped into me after the game could see me smiling ear-to-ear (I think some of you wanted to punch me). Listen, Josh Allen came a LONG way. Still has a way to go but the dude is 23 and you know damn well is gonna come prepared to kick ass in Training Camp. Almost the entire roster will be back. We’re $90 million under the cap and Beane has nailed the majority of his draft picks. The Patriots are no longer invincible, the Jets organization is a bit of a mess, and the Dolphins are going full-rebuild.

I mean, did you see Dion Dawkins article today:  https://www.theplayerstribune.com/articles/dion-dawkins-buffalo-bills-mafia

This team is close. They’re hungry, and they want revenge in 2020. The time is now, and the Bills are set to make a true deep-playoff run in the fall. So let’s enjoy this offseason knowing fall is gonna be off the hook.

Public House had a couple announcements they wanted us to share:

REMAINING GAMES
We will be offering the $40 and $55 specials for all the games leading up to the Super Bowl. We will also be offering a $60 premium open bar and unlimited wings for the Super Bowl. If Bills fans come in with their Bills gear, we’ll give them a free shot on us!

BEER PONG TOURNEY – SABRES TICKETS
Also, 3pm on Saturday the 18th, we will hosting a beer pong tournament.

  • First place will get 2 tickets to the Sabres/Rangers game! It’ll be in the Bud Light suite which comes with unlimited beer and food.
  • Second place, 1 hour open bar for the team and 10 of their friends to be booked on a later date.
  • Third place, unlimited wine dinner for 2 on Wednesdays. 

We’ll be in touch soon about Sabres game and offseason events. Until then, let’s go Buffalo!!!

Matt “Talkin proud and fired up for the fall!” Kabel

Bills @ Texans, Standing Game!

Hello all 2,200 NYC Bills Fans!

If you can believe it, tomorrow is only the SECOND Bills playoff game we’ve hosted in 17 years of the current NYC Buffalo Bills Backers (thanks Russ Brandon) and the first one at our new home. Public House says their phones have been ringing off the hook all week with Bills fans confirming the game will be on, with even some fans traveling here from Buffalo to watch it! We’re expecting a big crowd, so are making appropriate changes to get as many Bills fans in without sacrificing service. if you didn’t read the email I sent earlier in the week please do so now by clicking HERE.

In summary:

  • No stools/chairs/tables tomorrow – This is a standing game as it would be at any playoff game in Buffalo!
  • All booths have been sold out
  • $55 bracelet purchase is REQUIRED (includes beer/popular spirits, house wine, wings)
    • Kids enter free
  • There will be added bars and wing stations
  • Sabres game will be televised starting at 1pm – $4 Blues/Molsons
  • If you want a good spot, get there EARLY

Being our first playoff game at Public House please bear with everyone, we’ll be sure to implement any learning towards the next playoff game (the following week).

See you tomorrow!

LET’S GO BUFFALO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Matt “Talkin’ Proud & Can’t believe tomorrow is the playoffs!” Kabel

PLAYOFFS!! Important Public House Changes for Saturday!

Hello all 2,200+ NYC Bills Fans!

I apologize for not emailing last week, I was actually running around in Western New York and attended both the Sabres and Jets games.  I’m currently enjoying a good snowfall with friends down at a cabin in Cattaraugus an hour south of Buffalo as I write this.

It’s officially PLAYOFF WEEK! The Bills will head down to Houston to take on the Texans this Saturday at 4:15pm, and it’s going to be a wild one! Being a playoff game, we’re going to make some changes to ensure we can get everybody into Public House to enjoy the game with your fellow NYC Buffalo Bills Backers. To be clear, these changes were requested by us (your NYCBBB staff) and not by the bar as we want to make sure we can create a fun experience for as many Bills fans as possible. Seeing a lot of fans not able to get in for the Patriots game sucked, so want to avoid that.

For the Jets game at New Era Field, the entire stadium stood for the whole (meaningless monsoon) game. When I asked the folks in our section about that, they said they’d been standing for every Bills game this season. During our last (and only) playoff game at McFadden’s two years ago, we jokingly deemed it “a standing game!” and we all stood for it. This is a YUGE game!

That said, this week at Public House we’re going to make some changes (and simplify things) to accommodate the big crowds and improve service so everybody can enjoy the game together and folks don’t get stuck outside:

  1. There will be a MANDATORY $55 special purchase upon entry, which includes open bar and unlimited wings. This will simplify things and allow for faster service. Kids will be free, and we’ll do our best to accommodate those families with youngsters in the back room where they can sit. If you’re planning on attending with young kids, I’d call Public House in advance and discuss with them.
  2. All movable seats/stools/tables in the restaurant will be removed, which will become standing room only. Booths will still be seated as always with wait staff serving and are already sold out!
  3. Public House will staff up and additional satellite bars (serving both beer and popular spirits) and wing buffet stations will be added throughout venue to accommodate everyone in addition to the main bar.
  4. The Sabres game has been moved to 1pm before the Bills play, and WILL be televised at Public House with the usual $4 Blue/Molson pint specials. #onebuffalo
  5. Starting at 3:15pm, everyone in the bar MUST purchase a wristband for the specials or will be asked to leave. So if you’re planning on getting there early to get a prime spot, as I know many will, we just want you to be aware.

We’ll send another email out at the end of the week, but we and the bar are both getting a lot of questions so wanted to address them as soon as possible.

Enjoy your New Year’s Eve tonight, be safe and then be ready to watch the first NFL game of 2020 – Our Buffalo Bills in the NFL Playoffs!!!

Matt “Talkin’ Proud and fired up for Saturday!!” Kabel

#ONEBUFFALO Day, Sabres/Kings, Bills/Pats, Let’s Do This!

Hello all 2,200 NYC Bills fans!

We won it and now we’re in it! The Bills locked in their playoff spot with a hard-fought win over the Steelers last weekend. I consider this the biggest win by the team in 20 years, Dallas isn’t a very good team but the Steelers are extremely well coached and it was on their turf in primetime.

That said, the Bills have a little unfinished business to take care of tomorrow. They should have beaten the Patriots earlier in the season, and firmly believe we would have if not for a cheap shot that took out Josh Allen. Buffalo still has a chance to win the division, and the first step would be a win in Foxboro. Hell, the whole country is rooting for us to take them down. There’s a part of me that wouldn’t be heartbroken over a loss, it would allow us to rest our starters next weekend. However, the bigger part of me wants this win and to go into the playoffs with the momentum.

And…I just hate the Patriots.

Saturday is #OneBuffalo day at Public House. First, we’ll air the Kings/Sabres game at 1pm along with $4 pints of Blue and Molson. Following that, the Bills/Pats game will be aired at 4:30pm with the usual specials. It’s the perfect day to come into Manhattan to see the sights, do some shopping, catch our Buffalo teams in action and have a great time.

If we don’t see you tomorrow, we wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday…

AND LET’S GO BUFFALO!!!

Matt “Talkin’ Proud and hoping for a Christmas miracle!” Kabel

Bills @ Steelers Sunday Night, Updated Specials

Hello all 2,200+ NYC Bills Fans!

We had a packed house at Public House for last weekend’s game against the Ravens, a game that was totally winnable if not for a poor first half showing by Josh Allen and some dropped passes. However, the stars aligned on Sunday night to put the Bills in a “Win it and they’re in it” playoff scenario over the final three games.

The Patriots game in Gillette will be a tough one. I, for one, am terrified of the Jets game at season’s end. I was at the Bills/Steelers game back in 2005 when all the Bills had to do was beat the Steelers’ backups to get into the playoffs, and they blew it. My heart can’t take three weeks of this, so hope they take care of business against the Steelers yet again some 14 years later this weekend. The Bills should win this game, and typically win the games they’re supposed to.

The game was flexed to a national primetime 8:20pm kickoff this Sunday Night. Specials start at 7:20pm and will run through the end of the 4th quarter.

Speaking of specials, Public House has notified us of some mandatory changes that have been made to the weekly specials in order to make them compliant with the latest legalities. All the specials need to be paired with food for social responsibility, so those specials without food will no longer be offered.

On top of that, a breakfast food must be offered with the specials to be in line with other brunch offerings in NYC. So in addition to wings, there will be something “breakfasty” offered. Apparently, wings don’t count as breakfast food here in the Big Apple.

Yes folks, this is the city/state we live in.

UPCOMING SABRES GAMES BEING SHOWN AT PUBLIC HOUSE
Saturday, 1pm – Islanders
Tuesday, 7pm – Maple Leafs
Thursday, 7pm – Flyers

LET’S GO BUFFALO!!!

Matt “Talkin’ proud and am too old for night games” Kabel

Ravens @ Bills, (!!!!)

Hello all 2,200+ NYC Bills Fan!

I’m sure everybody has a great story about watching that Dallas game on Thanksgiving. Mine was watching it surrounded by Jets fan in-laws while my wife played the Shout! song on her phone after touchdowns. It was awesome.

There were around 100 Bills fans at Public House for the Thanksgiving game, all the seats downstairs were filled at the bar and in the dining room. From the videos I saw, it was an awesome time! Thanks to all the staff who were willing to spend the day with those die-hard fans!

This weekend’s game is yuuuuuge. The Bills welcome the powerhouse Baltimore Ravens to Orchard Park this Sunday with huge playoff implications. I’ve heard many mentions of a potential division lead, but I’m more in the “can’t we just focus on actually getting into the playoffs first?” camp. Regardless of where you stand on that, we can all agree that winning this game would be the biggest win in over 20 years. Even a close loss would solidify the Bills as a legit playoff contender.

Josh Allen vs Lamar Jackson is can’t-miss football.
Come on down to Public House this Sunday for the yuuuge game. Kickoff is at 1pm, you know the drill by now.

UPCOMING GAMES
If you haven’t heard, the Bills/Steelers game next week has been flexed to 8:20pm. It WILL be aired at Public House, we’ll have details shortly.

Also, the Patriots game the following week is now at 4:30, with a Sabres game right before. That will be #OneBuffalo Day at Public House!

UPCOMING SABRES GAMES (who appear to be turning things around)

  • Saturday, 4pm – Canucks
  • Sunday, 8pm – Oilers
  • Tuesday, 7:30pm – Blues
  • Thursday, 7pm – Predators

LET’S GO BUFFALO!!!!!

Matt “Talkin’ proud and fired up for Sunday” Kabel