Wouldn't it be awesome to be a part of the Derby revelry in Kentucky? Hours in the warm sun and ladies donning hats while sipping on juleps... well, instead, you'll be here in the rain and 50 degree "spring." But don't miss out on the Derby celebrations just because you're in New York - visit one of this spots this Saturday, May 3rd for some high quality cocktails, televised Derby-dom and a socially acceptable reason to day drink at any age.
- The Royalton will host its annual Kentucky Derby party from 3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Here, guests will have good old fashioned fun with Derby-inspired games as well as compete for a prize by wearing their best hats (or buying the best one from The Hat Shop onsite). There will even be music by DJ Lily Vanili and group VIP table options that include snacks and cocktails. General admission tickets, include a Makers Mark one-hour open mint julep bar and passed derby snacks, are $35 per person. Purchase tickets here or email firstname.lastname@example.org (4 West 44th Street).
- At Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster Harlem, a Kentucky Derby viewing party will take place on Saturday, May 3rd at 2:00 PM, featuring $8 Bulleit Bourbon cocktails, including the classic Mint Julep. During the festivities, guests can purchase hats from Goorin Brothers, who will open a pop-up shop at the restaurant's takeout counter, "The Nook," for the day. Walk-ins are accepted, but table reservations can also be made online or by calling 212.792.9001 (310 Lenox Avenue at 125th Street).
- Center Bar will be serving a classic Mint Julep designed by Executive Chef and Restaurateur Michael Lomonaco. The libation, made from Makers Mark and muddled mint, is perfect for spring and will taste even better while staring out the window towards Central Park from its fourth floor Time Warner Center location. (10 Columbus Circle).
- Renowned party spot LAVO will have a special "Southern-style flaky biscuit" on the menu for their Derby Day brunch. Designed by Chef and Partner Ralph Scamardella, these yummy treats will be served warm with country gravy, poached eggs, and collard green salad, and will be accompanied by crispy bacon hash browns on the side. Call 212.750.5588 for more information or to book a table (39 East 58th Street).
- Bobby Flay's Bar Americain is celebrating the Derby with a classic (and mouthwatering) menu item. The Kentucky Hot Brown, the featured dish of the day this Saturday, is an egg-battered slice of Texas toast served with Mornay sauce, roasted turkey, bacon, cheddar cheese, parsley and a grilled tomato. Make a reservation on OpenTable or call 212.265.9700 (152 West 52nd Street).
- Harding's, the Flatiron hotspot that is quickly becoming a neighborhood favorite, has a vintage-looking American Flag hung on the wall - so of course, it must celebrate the Derby. Swing by to nosh on fried chicken and indulge on classic mint juleps anytime from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m, or make a reservation for a table ahead of time by calling 212.600.2105 (32 East 21st Street).