The Kentucky Derby held on Saturday, May 4th is the first event of the three races that compose the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing. Although The Derby has long been known as the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” the excitment carries on throughout the day.
The next best thing to actually being at Churchill Downs is to share this thrilling moment with friends at one of the best Kentucky Derby parties in NYC. So get ready to lift a mint julep or a beer to the winning horse, as it is blanketed with roses after the race.
Here are five great places to watch the Kentucky Derby in New York City:
A great choice is Ben & Jack's Steakhouse in the Flatiron District. Ben & Jack’s will host a Kentucky Derby viewing party at the bar featuring drink specials from 4 pm to 8 pm. Glasses of house wine will be $7.95, pints of beer will be $5.45 and assorted cocktail specials.
Be sure to check out Ben & Jack’s full menu, especially their signature prime aged porterhouse steaks and the delish Canadian bacon.
Ben & Jack's Steakhouse is located at 255 Fifth Avenue, New York NY
Now that spring has arrived, you may want to watch the 139th Run for the Roses on the rooftop of the Roosevelt Hotel at the trendy Mad46 Lounge. Wear your favorite hats and best racetrack fashions to enter Mad46’s best dressed for the Derby contest.
Be sure to make a reservation if you want to sip mint juleps out of copper cups in true Kentucky Derby tradition. Nibble on small plates of Guinness grilled shrimp, Mag46 sliders or New England lobster rolls and enjoy the race at this popular NYC lounge.
Mad46 Lounge is located at 45 East 46th Street, New York, NY
www.mad46.com or Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a table. Must be over 21 years of age to be admitted. Enjoy!
If the Kentucky Derby experience is a full day experience for you then head to Brickyard Gastro Pub in midtown west. With nine giant screens, Brickyard is one of the best bars in New York City to watch the Kentucky Derby and all the other races held at Churchill Downs on May 4th.
Imbibe in $5 Mint Juleps all day and enjoy Brickyard’s Kentucky Derby themed appetizers and desserts as well as their traditional menu. Be sure to try the Derby Pie, a rich Pecan chocolate chip and Kentucky bourbon baked individual tart drizzled with butterscotch.
Dress in your Derby finest to win a $50 gift certificate. Make reservations early since this fun venue expects a large crowd.
Brickyard Gastropub is located at 785 9th Ave, (Bet 52nd & 53rd) New York, NY
If you prefer a more mellow viewing experience, the intimate Gramercy Park Bar is a great place to watch the 139th Kentucky Derby. Enjoy a mint julep or an excellent glass of wine from their surprising good wine list.
This cross between a wine and sports bar gets high marks from it cast of regulars for it’s great music, drinks and friendly staff.
Partake in some of the bar food including the grilled cheese and enjoy!
Gramercy Park Bar is located at 322 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003
If you heading to the Mini Manhattan across the river then this hidden treasure should be your Kentucky Derby choice in the new hot Long Island City.
S Prime steakhouse will air the race on multiple flat screen TVs, plus dole out Mint Julep cocktails ($12), half-priced beer and wine, and offer $1 oysters from 6 pm to 7 pm at the bar.
Must tries off of the new spring menu are dishes like Agave-braised Pork Belly with pickled Napa cabbage and Foie Gras with rhubarb compote and brioche French toast plus incredible steaks that are dry-aged on the premises. Wow, Long Island City is really growing up.
S Prime is located at 35-15 36th Street, Long Island City, NY
Roses to you and your horse!
RAISE YOUR SPIRITS AND GET THE DISH!