WHERE TO WATCH: KENTUCKY DERBY / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of CNN

Image courtesy of CNN

A roundup of this year's hottest Derby Day destinations, as curated by our TOWN Fifth Avenue Attaché and resident race aficionado Steven Zangrillo.


KENTUCKY DERBY BRUNCH | A BENEFIT FOR CAMP LIGHTBULB AT TRIBECA GRAND HOTEL
Guests will don their derby best at the Tribeca Grand Hotel for an exceptional buffet brunch, paired with cocktails and music by DJ Farika. Proceeds will benefit Camp Lightbulb, a summer community that offers a supportive space for LGBTQ youth. Several grand raffle prizes will be offered including a weekend visit to Provincetown and Shelter Island.

2 Avenue of the Americas at Church Street

HORSE AROUND AT THE PLAZA | TODD ENGLISH FOOD HALL
Nothing says "Derby Day" quite like a mint julep. Luckily, the world-renowned mixologists at The Todd English Food Hall within the Plaza Hotel are more than equipped to oblige. Highlights include a signature race cocktail, a glass of wine paired with choice of entree, and a dessert. The race will be projected on a large screen in the venue for the ultimate viewing pleasure.

1 West 59th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

ARLINGTON CLUB
While the spectacle of the race is always important, Ralph Scamardella’s exquisite menu is the true star of the show. The restaurant will offer brunch, lunch and dinner menus ranging from classic fish preparations, prime steaks, and salads to a full raw bar.

1032 Lexington Avenue between 73rd and 74th Streets

STONE ROSE LOUNGE
Featuring breathtaking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle, Stone Rose Lounge delivers with chic, intimate digs and the ultimate in race day refreshments. Curated by Michael Lomonaco, carefully crafted signature cocktails will flow freely amidst passed bites. Show off those hats in the complimentary photo booth, complete with Kentucky Derby themed props.

10 Columbus Circle #4

21 CLUB
A true New York standby, 21 Club has perennially been a mecca for racing enthusiasts at each leg of the Triple Crown. Leading up to the race, guests will enjoy Woodford Reserve mint juleps, followed by an assortment of Chef Greeley’s Southern inspired light bites. The restaurant will feature a raffle, including a  grand prize dinner for two at 21 Club.

21 West 52nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues