Seven Stylish NYC Hotel Bars for Watching the 2019 Oscars with Cocktails and a Crowd

OscarFor the first time in over three decades, the Academy Awards won’t have a host when ABC broadcasts the show this Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m. Sounds like anything can happen. What better time to drink in the annual display of theatrics, tears and dresses with cocktails and a crowd?

These New York hotel bars are serving up drinks, big screens, a party atmosphere, even prizes. Popcorn, too, if you’re lucky.

 

 

 

 

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So Long John Dory, Hello Milk Bar: April Bloomfield’s Stylish Oyster Bar at the Ace Hotel Will Close February 23

We don’t report every hotel restaurant opening and closing. But this week’s news that the John Dory Oyster Bar at the Ace Hotel would close on February 23 was noteworthy — and not just because we love their kedgeree.

This was our favorite restaurant at the Ace. Though it supposedly was designed as a tribute to New York’s oyster bar history,  it reminded us of something out of London’s East End — or the raw bar at Bibendum. Part of it was the fish tank globes and the building’s original 1904 tile floor. But mostly it was food like the kedgeree, a rich, delicate mass of boiled rice, smoked haddock, parsley and ribbons of scrambled egg that deftly updated a hoary old British cliche. Read more

Three NYC Hotel Bars Where You Can Catch Super Bowl LIII

It’s early February, time for the New England Patriots’ annual trip to the Super Bowl. (All best wishes to the Los Angeles Rams, making their first appearance since losing to the Patriots in 2002).

Super Bowl III unfurls February 3 at Atlanta’s two-year-old Mercedes Benz Stadium. If you love being in a crowd when you watch the big game, critique the ads and listen to Maroon 5, we found three New York City hotel bars standing ready. They’re loaded up with beer, burgers, big screens and wings.

As for us, we can’t wait to hear a Pip-free Gladys Knight, daughter of Atlanta, belt out the Star Spangled Banner. Bring it on!

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Ace it! New York’s Best Hotels If You’re Going to the U.S. Open

 

With Wimbledon 2018 in the books, our tennis thoughts bounce to hard surfaces and the best hotels if you’re going to the U.S. Open.

So long, strawberries. Hello, hot dogs!

The 50th annual U.S. Open unfurls from August 27 through September 9.

In theory, you can stay at any hotel in New York City and get yourself to the sprawling Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens (the easiest, and cheapest, way is to catch the 7 subway train at Grand Central Station for Mets-Willets Point Station). But these hotels, for wildly different reasons, put a special spin on New York’s biggest tennis event. Read more

Dig in! These NYC Hotels Serve Up Deals on Meals During Summer Restaurant Week 2018

If you haven’t booked a table yet for Summer Restaurant Week 2018, no problem. This summer the twice-yearly prix fixe meal deal runs through August 17, making it more of a restaurant month than week. Read more

Four Hotel Rooftops Where You Can Still Find a Spot to Watch the Macy’s Fireworks Show

We’ll take the works!

Macy’s unleashes their patented July 4 ode to the rockets’ red glare, aka the Macy’s Fireworks Showtonight from a fleet of barges floating in the East River between 22nd and 42nd streets. That make Fireworks 2018 a three-borough spectacular, with viewing opportunities throughout much of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, provided there’s nothing tall to obstruct your view (good luck). Read more

Coming Soon: New Owners for The Plaza Hotel; What Will They Get for $600 Million?

If all goes as expected, The Plaza Hotel — overnight home to Christian Dior, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Beatles, backdrop to movies like North by Northwest and Crocodile Dundee and playground for the impish Eloise — is about to change hands once again for an eye-popping $600 million. It’s just not clear who the new owner will be. Read more

Three Hotels Where You’ll See Top Dogs from the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Old English Sheepdog

Best in Show 1914, Champion Slumber, Old English Sheepdog (Westminster Kennel Club photo)

It’s dream time for dog lovers. On February 12 and 13, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show unfurls, and the world’s top dogs descend upon the city.

You can buy a ticket to the big show at Madison Square Garden. Or you can save your money, hang out in the lobby of a hotel that caters to show dogs (and their minders) and watch a parade of exquisitely groomed world class animals bound for the show (and if they’re lucky, glory). Coincidentally on purpose, the three hotels anointed by the Kennel Club as Gold Class Partners are a short walk from the Garden. Dog watching couldn’t be easier.  Read more