This year’s Academy Awards offer an added element of suspense: will they announce the correct Best Picture winner on the first try?
If you want to be with a crowd when that happens — and for all the tears, theatrics, dresses and quips from Jimmy Kimmel unfolding beforehand — these New York City hotels are serving up drinks, big screens and a party atmosphere for Hollywood’s March 4 celebration airing at 8 p.m. Popcorn, too, if you’re lucky.
The Charlie Palmer lounge at The Knick oozes glamour, a welcome quality for Oscar watching in Times Square (this ain’t The Deuce). In addition to screening the big show, the atmospheric Knickerbocker Hotel lounge will unveil a new signature cocktail, the Golden Pear (turmeric, raicilla, pear brandy, blood orange, and lime).
The Knickerbocker Hotel, SE corner 42nd Street and Broadway; 212 204-4983
With four screens and a new menu of classic American small plates made for sharing, T45, the upbeat casual bar and restaurant on the ground floor of Hyatt Centric Times Square is ideal for Oscar night groups. Sip a newly minted Oscar cocktail: The Asset (Vodka, lemon juice, Blue Curaçao, Crème de Pampelmousse coupe with lemon wheel garnish) or The Godfather (Amaretto, Dewar’s Scotch over ice). And tuck into special Oscar nibbles, including calamari, a Mediterranean dip platter and a trio of sliders (porcetta, meatball and crab cake).
Hyatt Centric Times Square, 135 West 45th Street 646 364 1234
It’s become a West 57th Street tradition: Sunday marks the 4th annual Oscar Viewing Party at The Roof at the Viceroy Central Park New York. Look for Oscar-themed cocktails including Get Out (Hennessey, honey and lime juice), The Shape of Water (Titos, Cointreau, white cranberry juice and simple syrup) and The Post (Basil Hayden, Aperol and Antica) as well as small plate nibbles and free popcorn. Bonus: vote your Oscar predictions before the show and maybe win a prize. Double bonus: when the big show drags, drink in the lights of Manhattan from the 29th floor. Festivities start at 7 p.m.
The Viceroy Central Park New York, 120 West 57th Street; 212 707-8008
With a 99-seat screening room boasting 3-D capabilities and luscious orange leather seats, SoHo’s Crosby Street Hotel shows recent movies every Sunday night accompanied by a three-course dinner in the Crosby Bar ($55) or a cocktail and bar nibbles ($35). This Sunday they skip the movie and screen the Oscars with free popcorn, starting with the warm-up at 6:30 p.m. Reservations required.
The Crosby Street Hotel, 79 Crosby Street; 212 226-6400
A Midtown fraternal twin to the Crosby Street Hotel, the Whitby Hotel boasts an even larger screening room with 130 orange leather chairs. Their Sunday tradition is to show movies at 4 p.m. (best picture nominee Our Finest Hour airs this Sunday) preceded by brunch, a three-course lunch or afternoon tea ($55). But they’ll also screen the Academy Awards, starting at 6:30 p.m. Reservations required.
The Whitby, 18 West 56th Street; 212 586-5656