He’s leaving Big Cheese for the Big Apple.
On Monday, it was announced that the Green Bay Packers would trade quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets.
The big news means Gang Green’s Super Bowl odds are much improved, while Rodgers will soon have a much wider range of venues for his active love life.
“Compared to Wisconsin, you’re going to have a great time in New York City,” Tom Martignetti, co-owner of the East Pole fashion outlet, told The Post.
Rodgers frequented the bustling restaurant in the summer of 2017 with then-24-year-old soccer player Marie Margolius.
She is one of the many high-profile ladies Rodgers has been linked to over the years.
“It makes Pete Davidson look positively demure,” said Rob Shuter, host of the “Naughty But Nice” podcast.
Margolius was preceded by a date with Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kelly Rohrbach, a three-year relationship with actress Olivia Munn and a shorter stint with “Gossip Girl” star Jessica Szohr.
Rodgers was in a serious relationship with race car driver Danica Patrick, even buying a $28 million Malibu property with her.
They vanished in 2020 and, the following year, it was taken over by actress Shailene Woodley. The duo shocked fans in early 2021 when they announced their engagement, but then called it off the following year.
A-Rodg is currently rumored to be dating model Mallory Edens, 26, the daughter of Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens.
Playing for the Jets will bring Rodgers closer to Edens, a born-and-raised New Yorker who ran at Princeton, and give him a chance to explore some of his other passions.
He is something of a foodie, often mentioning his favorite restaurants and having a sweet tooth, and a seeker, having made headlines for various New Age and spiritual pursuits.
Here we offer a guide to your new hometown and its surroundings.
The QB is known to sport a crystal and fossil amulet necklace and was recently spotted shopping at the wonderful Topanga Rocks crystal store in Los Angeles. To rock the East Coast, you need to visit Namaste Bookstore (2 W. 14th St., Union Square; Namastebookshop.com), which offers various crystals and tarot cards, along with shelves and shelves of books on Eastern and Eastern themes. western philosophies.
If he misses the Midwest, Rodgers can always visit Kettle of Fish (59 Christopher St., West Village; Kettleoffishnyc.com), a Green Bay fan bar where he appeared in 2020 and helped raise money during the pandemic.
Or, if you’re feeling nostalgic for your college days at Cal, you can enjoy a cold drink with your fellow Golden Bears at Shaffer’s Bar (151 Eighth Ave., Chelsea; Shaffersnyc.com).
For more highbrow pursuits, Rodgers, who was a successful contestant and host on “Jeopardy!” — You could visit Gaf West (401 W. 48th, Midtown; GafWest.com), which is known for its lively trivia night.
Famed private investigator Bo Dietl has had the No. 1 Thursday table at Rao’s (455 E. 114th St., East Harlem; Raosrestaurants.com) for decades, and has already offered to take Rodgers to the legendary spot, where Peyton Manning he celebrated his second Super Bowl with his brother Eli at this legendary venue in 2016. “You can’t get King Rao’s dumplings in Green Bay,” Dietl boasts.
A sample from Wisconsin
After being surrounded by literal cheese heads for so many seasons, Rodgers might be craving some dairy. The famed Murray’s Cheese Shop (254 Bleecker St.; Murrayscheese.com) offers several gourmet Wisconsin cheeses, from Marieke Gouda to Bleu Mont bandaged cheddar.
Rodgers is a movie buff who regularly quotes “The Princess Bride” and loves “The Big Lebowski,” Keanu Reeves, and Quentin Tarantino. He and Edens might want to check out Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn (various locations; Nitehawkcinema.com), which shows both classic movies and new blockbusters. Further afield, he could be heading to Tarrytown in September, when “The Princess Bride” star Cary Elwes will host a special screening.
A healing retreat
Rodgers met the Dalai Lama and enjoyed a Buddhist-style blackout retreat, so he was able to head to Menla, an “authentic Tibetan mind and body healing arts and sciences” retreat and spa in the Catskills (375 Pantherkill Road, Phoenicia; Menla.org) headed by Robert Thurman, Uma’s father.
Rodgers and Edens were often seen sitting courtside at Milwaukee Bucks games, but Edens has actually been a huge Knicks fan for a long time. His family had season tickets to Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza, Midtown) years before he bought the Bucks and, during his senior year at Trevor Day School on the Upper West Side in 2014, Edens reportedly attended around 15 to 20 Knicks games.
peace in the city
New York City continues to import the West Coast woo-woo that Rodgers is so fond of. This includes Remedy Place (2 W. 21st St. FRNT 1, Flatiron, RemedyPlace.com), a wellness-focused social club that first opened in West Hollywood and recently arrived in New York City. His offerings include cryotherapy for couples, an ice bath studio, and an infrared sauna. Sounds like a very romantic date spot.
During an interview last month, Rodgers revealed his fondness for Green Bay Indian food, specifically, India Bhavan. Fortunately, Indian food is having a moment in New York City, thanks to the critically lauded Unapologetic Foods restaurant group. His Dhamaka spot at Essex Market (119 Delancey St.; Dhamaka.NYC) is known for its chicken pulao and hard reserve, while his South Indian cuisine at Semma (60 Greenwich Avenue; Semma.nyc) has earned a Michelin star.
meat and potatoes
Rodgers reportedly spends Friday nights at Chives, a New American restaurant in Suamico, Wisconsin, whose owner called the quarterback a “steak and chips guy.” You’ll have plenty of iconic steakhouses to explore here, including Brooklyn’s Peter Luger (178 Broadway; 718 387-7400), Porter House (10 Columbus Circle), Keens (72 W. 36th St.; Keens.com), and Sparks Steak House (210 E. 46th St.; SparksSteakhouse.com). The latter’s mob murder story will satisfy his love of trivia along with his craving for steak.
The owner of Chives also said that Rodgers always asks for patatas bravas. He can get his fix of the Spanish potato dish downtown at Tomino (192 Grand Street; TominoNYC.com) or at La Barra at Mercado Little Spain (10 Hudson Yards; LittleSpain.com).
Rodgers’ recorded handicap is an impressive 3 and he won the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. If he’s up for a round, he’ll be at his home at New Jersey’s Somerset Hills Country Club (180 Mine Mount Road, Bernardsville; SomersetCC.org), where he can take on member Eli Manning. Bonus: He’s only 25 minutes from the Jets’ practice facility.
Every real estate agent in the tri-state area is trying to track down Rodgers right now. It’s unclear where he will call home, but most of his teammates choose to live in the Garden State due to his proximity to the practice facility and stadium. But Rodgers, who is reportedly slated to make $60 million in 2023, can certainly afford a flashy apartment on the West Side — and a driver to take him across the river.
Rodgers has been open about dabbling in psychedelics: He said taking ayahuasca helped him “see how to unconditionally love” himself, so he might want to head to the Hamptons for ketamine therapy at Hampton Insight (61 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Suite C , D, E, Southampton, HamptonInsight.com) or Hampton Therapy (60 Montauk Highway, Suite 1, East Moriches, Hamptontherapy.com). Afterward, the beach-loving California native can spend some time on the sand.