The biggest night of the year for movie stars not yet blighted by scandal and the people who love to rip them on Twitter is upon us -- the 90th Annual Academy Awards! Before you consider spending another Oscar Sunday on your sofa, remember the madness from last year’s big Best Picture reveal. Boomers can keep their moonwalk broadcasts. This generation will forever ask, "Where were you when Moonlight won Best Picture?"
The Best Picture race will, as usual, come down to incredibly beautiful people in horrific romantic relationships, incredibly beautiful teens who feel feelings, or the newspaper one. In any event, these are our picks for where you should watch the Oscars depending on your Best Picture pick. Plus one for those of you who went to film school and can’t shut up about it.
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59 West 44th Street Believe it or not, Times Square is much more than a destination for aspiring hip-hop stars to thrust their mixtapes at you and demand $5. This glittery hellhole is actually named for our beloved newspaper, The New York Times, who along with The Washington Post changed the face of journalism with the publication of the Pentagon Papers in the early 1970s. #RealNews, y’all. The Algonquin, in particular, has a history closely tied to the local media -- it was the meeting spot of the famed “Round Table,” a group of journalists and creatives who would get together for regular lunches in the 1920s to tell jokes and shoot the shit. Channel that vibe with your own group of geniuses as you cheer for Queen of the Universe, Meryl Streep to take home yet another golden statuette.
259 West Fourth Street Oh, to be young and not quite in love, but think you might be because your frame of reference is limited and your horny-mones are raging. The name of this West Village hotspot pays tribute to olive oil rather than sexuality, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t the perfect place to recount your teenage years and wish that Greta Gerwig had been around to direct them. For an intimate view of the show, sidle up to the bar and order an extra un-virgin cocktail and sigh, because who among us has not had their heart broken by Timothée Chalamet this year?
5 Spring Street "Sweet" and "vicious" are two words that not only describe Allison Williams' character, Rose, but the conflicting-yet-complementary tones of this satirical horror. I’m scared, but I’m laughing? He loves her, but she’s evil? “Colorblind” white liberals can be as damaging as outright racists? The day can be saved by a TSA agent??? Consider all the ways Jordan Peele’s film made you feel and channel that energy into hollering for every damn one of Get Out’s nominations, frozen margarita in hand. Blind art dealers will jones for this uniquely decorated space, and as we’re steering clear from hypnosis for the time being, let it be noted that smokers are able to light up in the venue’s backyard, judgment-free.
7509 Third Avenue, Brooklyn While it’s been a good many years since a war has raged on New York soil, we are still surrounded by folks who have served and risked their lives for our safety. Root for one of the Academy’s underdog choices along with New York’s Bravest at Bay Ridge’s Salty Dog, a bar and restaurant fashioned after a classic firehouse. Named in a nod to firefighters and sailors -- the latter making up many of the characters in this film -- Salty Dog typically screens sporting events, but they’ll tune into the Oscars on Sunday. For fun, see how many of the regulars can identify Harry Styles.
45 East 28th Street You couldn’t scout a more on-the-nose location for supporting a Winston Churchill-themed movie than a Winston Churchill-themed bar. The near defeat of the British Empire may have been the darkest hour for the English during WWII, but be prepared to experience the Lit(est) Hour come Sunday, thanks to the tavern’s impressive list of craft beers and whiskeys. Even better? They’ll be serving a traditional Sunday roast -- roast beef, leg of lamb and Yorkshire pudding will make for a most tasty, if unusual, viewing party meal.
317 Columbia Street, Brooklyn There’s nowhere better suited to an ultimate The Shape of Water experience than the beautiful Red Hook waterfront. Take the bus or ferry (and watch the raindrops dance) to this subway-free neighborhood where all species are welcome. View the Awards at Jalopy, which, like Elisa’s apartment, shares a space with a theater. Afterward, sidestep any potential spies from Brighton Beach before jumping into the Gowanus Canal to find an amphibian god lover of your own.
79 Pearl Street Beleaguered Chief Willoughby could have counted himself lucky that at least Mildred Hayes erected her billboards on back roads rather than on Route 66 -- the Main Street of America that runs through Missouri and seven other states. New Yorkers can get a taste of the fictional Ebbing via this FiDi smokehouse, whose pairings of BBQ favorites and boozy slushies would be a perfect fit in the Show-Me State. Molotov cocktails are not on the menu.
218 West 35th Street This Garment District bar serves up cocktails as carefully crafted as a House of Woodcock gown. Clean, geometric lines appoint Thread’s gingerly lit bar in the heart of New York City’s fashion center. Order the Termination Point, a tequila cocktail made with Casamigos reposado, Aperol, St. Germain, agave and lime -- no poison mushrooms, we promise. This ominously monikered cocktail could have been named for another film, but it’s actually a sewing term -- the place where two seam lines end.
352 West 44th Street Few viewing opportunities make as much sense for a Call Me by Your Name diehard than a massive, family-style Italian dinner. Mangiare on pasta while sobbing over Sufjan Stevens’ performance and answering trivia questions to win free drinks. Must order: their signature cocktail, the Etcetera Etcetera. It’s made with, among other ingredients, peach liqueur. It’ll make you feel as sexy as Elio, with none of the embarrassment if someone spots you drinking it.
308 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn Bitter that The Florida Project wasn’t nominated? Or rather, that obscure foreign film that everyone needs to see but likely won’t because Hollywood is trash? If you’re going to find anyone who cares, it’ll likely be at this Williamsburg micro-cinema and bar. Get there early (doors open at 5:30pm) to show your dedication and drown your sorrows during their Oscar Night drinking games. Trust us, everyone definitely wants to hear about how your senior film project could have changed the game, if only you had gotten funding.
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Jenny Hart is a Brooklyn-based writer, cat mom, and karaoke enthusiast. Follow her on Instagram at @jennyjhart.
There are a million reasons to drink in New York -- birthdays, brunches, Bumble dates, bachelor parties, just because -- and a million places to drink. With an innovative cocktail scene and breweries in every borough, New Yorkers really know how to booze. Drinking makes work functions a little more fun, dates a little more attractive, and life a little bit...easier.
But between all those bloodies and $5 shot-and-a-beer happy hours, sometimes you need to take a break. Whether you’re on a month-long cleanse or just totally hungover from last night, here are some good reasons and some great places to teetotal in New York when you need to find other things to do.
Meet The Eateries Reimagining the Northeast’s Most Iconic Dishes
It’s safe to say we know what a good meal looks like. So we’ve partnered with Coca-Cola to pair their timeless beverage with new twists on regional dishes -- a perfect chance to recognize the innovators who find the essence of beloved standards. The chefs below keep what everyone loves about localfare, while developing it into something new -- a true expression of how a society develops, and how it’s reflected in the meals we enjoy. And with a bottle of Coca-Cola, it’s a pairing of two American classics.
It takes guts to put a new spin on a classic, no matter where you are. But it takes serious guts to do it in the Northeast, home to some of the most passionate food debates in the country. Pat’s or Geno’s? The best slice in Manhattan? Should a lobster roll be made with mayo or butter? Simply put, this can be hostile territory. But these 10 eateries didn’t hold back. Instead, they reimagined regional specialities in ways so creative, a few sparked debates of their own. Check out their stories below and start mapping out your road trip; you’re going to want to taste these invigorated icons.
New York City is as much a sports town as it is anything else. We have more baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and hockey teams to cheer for than anywhere else in the country. We are also a city of transplants, meaning fandom is fractured beyond even our city’s disparate Yankees and Mets -- you may someday come across a Phillies or Red Sox fan.
Our sports bars are like beer-soaked houses of worship, where self-selected communities join in holy acrimony toward similarly devoted self-selected communities who have the audacity to support multi-million dollar athletic franchises from other regions. Sure, you could throw a stone in Midtown and hit dozens of nearly identical, 500-person capacity, over-air conditioned Irish pub-plus-sports-bar complexes that trade in serviceable wings and $6 Bud Lights. But this is sports we’re talking about. Shouldn’t the quality of your bar reflect the quality of your team? These are the NYC sports bars to try when you really want your team to win.