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Where to Watch the Kentucky Derby in New York CIty

By Patty Lee
May 1, 2014

The horses are fast and the races are short, but you can keep partying long after the greatest two minutes in sports are over this Saturday — just hit up one of these hot Derby Day bashes.

Maison Premiere: The folks at this throwback cocktail and oyster den will broadcast the race live on their antique radio. Chef Lisa Giffen puts her spin on traditional race-day dishes like the Kentucky Hot Brown and Benedictine dip, while barkeeps dole out frosty mint juleps in classic pewter cups. (2-8PM; 347-335-0446)

Sweetwater Social: Toss on your fanciest hat or seersucker suit and take part in a derby fashion show-down at Tim Cooper and Justin Noel’s subterranean dive. Bartenders will pour bourbon flights, a Derby Day punch and — of course — mint juleps. (2-7PM; 212-253-7467)

21 ClubThe iconic midtown speakeasy is throwing a bash to match its jockey-themed decor. Along with a bourbon and rum-splashed punch, newly-installed chef Sylvain Delpique will serve Kentucky-inspired bites such as cornmeal fried oysters and mini pecan pies. (3:30-5:30PM; 212-582-7200)

Blue Smoke: Both outposts of Danny Meyers’ popular barbecue house will celebrate with live viewings and free juleps for guests sporting festive hats or attire. (212-447-7733)

Distilled: Beverage director Benjamin Wood gets in the racing spirit with three drinks specials. Watch the horses take off while sipping on a classic mint julep, brown derby or the Derby Shrub, which mixes chamomile-steeped bourbon with amaro bitters, apricot shrub and mint. (3-8PM; 212-601-9514)

Red Rooster HarlemMarcus Samuelsson teams up with haute milliners Goorin Brothers to sell their finest toppers at his uptown eatery. Along with hats, guests can purchase mint juleps and $7 Bulleit bourbon cocktails. (5PM; 212-792-9001)

Stone Rose LoungeSip mint julep flights and classed up Southern eats — like lobster-truffle mac and cheese — at this stylish lounge overlooking Central Park. Ladies in derby hats will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling rose. (Noon; 212-823-9770)

Rochelle’sShow up at this Lower East Side hotspot before 5PM to take advantage of their early bird special: $8 Old Forester mint juleps. (2PM; 212-673-2400)

Brickyard: Catch the race on nine giant flatscreen televisions while sipping one of 24 beers on tap. The race-themed menu also boasts mint juleps, chocolate pecan pie, mini hot browns and Kentucky burgoo. Like in years past, the winner of the hat contest goes home with a $50 gift card. (212-767-0077)

Royalton: Down as many Maker’s Mark mint juleps as you can during the one-hour open bar. The $35 ticket also includes Southern snacks, games and music from DJ Lily Vanili. (3:30-8PM; 212-869-4400)

Places Mentioned

Maison Premiere

Bar • Williamsburg

Atmo.25 Decor25 Service18 CostE
Sweetwater Social

Lounge • Greenwich Village

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21 Club


Food23 Decor25 Service25 Cost$81
Blue Smoke

Barbecue • Battery Park City

Food21 Decor18 Service20 Cost$44
Blue Smoke

Barbecue • Kips Bay

Food21 Decor18 Service20 Cost$44
Red Rooster Harlem

American • Harlem

Food22 Decor22 Service21 Cost$54

American • TriBeCa

Food23 Decor20 Service22 Cost$48
Stone Rose Lounge

Lounge • Midtown

Atmo.22 Decor22 Service18 CostVE
Leave Rochelle Out Of It

Bar • Lower East Side

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