The horses will be running at the Kentucky Derby on May 3, and New Yorkers will be hosting (and attending) events to celebrate the race. Courtesy of city website Gothamist, here are a few places around midtown Manhattan where fans can sip a mint julep and watch the ponies run.
32 East 21st Street, 212-600-2105
Visitors to this Flatiron restaurant should plan to dress up. We hear the race will be screened live on a brick wall, and the menu will include fried chicken and hot browns. The party begins at 3 p.m. and goes through the races until 7 p.m.
21 West 52nd Street; (212) 582-7200
From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Chef Delpique will serve Mini Hot Browns, Bourbon Ham on Biscuits and Pecan Pie as well as a '21' Triple Crown cocktail made with bourbon, rum, sherry mixed with orange, cranberry and mint and a dash of bitters.
Stone Rose Lounge
Time Warner Center, 4th Floor, (212) 823-9769
Those who are uninterested in watching the races can look out over Columbus Circle and Central Park. This is another place for dressing up: We hear ladies wearing a Derby-style hat will get complimentary glasses of sparking Rose. The festivities begin at noon, and we hear there will be "a Southern jazz soundtrack."