Eat and Drink Your guide to Kentucky Derby parties in NYC Eleven Madison Park hosts its annual Kentucky Derby party. Photo Credit: Eleven Madison Park By MEREDITH DELISO Updated April 28, 2015 6:10 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email It’s time to don your Derby finest. This Saturday, the most exciting two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby, goes down, with mint juleps and seersucker aplenty. Whether you’re all about the steeds or just in it for the best hat contest, here’s your guide on where to party and watch the races in NYC. Festive attire encouraged. 21 Club To eat: Southern bar bites including fried oysters, shrimp & grits and mini hot brownsTo drink: Classic Maker’s Mark mint julepsContest: Best dressed wins dinner for two at 21Extras: Take Instas in front of the mini jockeys adorning 21.Admission: $65 (includes two drinks, food, tax and gratuity)Info: 3:30-5:30 p.m.; 21 W. 52nd St., 212-582-7200 The Bell House To drink: $7 Dickel and $10 Bulleit JulepsContest: Derby Hat Contest at 5 p.m., Best Dressed Man Contest at 5:30 p.m.Extras: Music from Smokey’s Round-Up and rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home”Admission: $10Info: 2 p.m.;149 Seventh St., Gowanus, 718-643-6510 Maison Premiere To eat: Oysters, full dinner menu starting at 5 p.m.To drink: Specialty cocktails like the Barber of SevilleContest: Prizes for best-dressedExtras: Live music and radio broadcast of the raceAdmission: First come, first servedInfo: 2-8 p.m.; 298 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, 347-335-0466 Stone Rose Lounge To eat: Derby-inspired bites by Porter House New York.To drink: Specialty mint juleps, plus free rosé for ladies in Derby-style hatsContest: NoneExtras: Photobooth with Derby props such as jockey hats, mint juleps and rosesAdmission: Reservations recommendedInfo: Noon; 10 Columbus Circle Fourth Fl., 212-823-9770 Pounds & Ounces To eat: Regular menu, plus a special mint julep torteTo drink: Woodford Reserve Bourbon’s Perfect Mint Julep and the Jack Daniels’ Pub Ice Tea, served on tapContest: Derby Day Hat Contest. To win the $500 prize, take a picture at Pounds & Ounces and post on Instagram with the hashtags #POderbyhat and #poundsandounces by 6 p.m.Extras: Music from Roxy CottontailAdmission: Open to publicInfo: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; 160 Eighth Ave., 646-449-8150 Eleven Madison Park To eat: Fried chicken and oystersTo drink: Woodford Reserve bourbon cocktailsContest: Best dressed woman wins a custom-made derby hat and man a made-to-measure suitExtras: Live music from The Crooners, The Defibulators and The Brain Cloud, cigars, silent auctionAdmission: $225 (waitlist)Info: 3-7 p.m.; 11 Madison Ave., 212-889-0905, madenicenyc.com Manhattan Cricket Club To eat: Bar snacks, including oystersTo drink: The new Run for Your Money mint julep cocktail by Greg Seider, served on tapContest: Best Hat wins dinner for two at Burke & WillsAdmission: First come, first servedInfo: 2-7 p.m.; 226 W. 79th St., 646-823-9252 BLT Bar & Grille To eat: Derby-themed bitesTo drink: $10 cocktails include classic juleps, Pimm’s Cups, Moscow Mules, Arnold Palmers and the Lawrenceburg Cooler with Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon, honey, lemon, grapefruit and Angostura bitters; $5 draft beersContest: None Extras: Live music from the CitiGrass bluegrass bandAdmission: $25 (includes 2 drinks and food)Info: 4-7 p.m.; 123 Washington St., 646-826-8666 Cooper’s Craft & Kitchen To eat: Pub menu staples such as sliders and wingsTo drink: $10 mint julepsContest: $100 prize voucher for best dressed Extras: The race will be shown on all TV screensAdmission: Open to the publicInfo: 169 Eighth Ave., 646-661-7711 Bounce Sporting Club To eat: Bar bites like fried mac & cheese and pigs in a pretzelTo drink: $5 shots of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, $10 Jack Daniel’s Fire Juleps, $13 Dead Heat cocktails and specialty Mint Julep Table Service Kits.Contest: NoneExtras: Learn how to safely saber bottles of Mumm Sparkling Wine just in time to celebrate the contender’s race to the finish line.Admission: Open to the publicInfo: Noon; 55 W. 21st St., 212-675-8007 Billet & Bellows To drink: $8 Mint Juleps and $8 Peach Mint JulepsContest: None Extras: The Jazzingaro "gypsy jazz" trio will play bluegrass and jazz all afternoonAdmission: Open to the publicInfo: 3 p.m.; 177 Grand St., Williamsburg, billetandbellows.com Char No. 4 To eat: Kentucky Hot Brown with house-smoked ham, turkey and bacon served over French toast and topped with mornay sauce and a fried egg To drink: $8 Barrel-Aged Mint JulepsContest: NoneExtras: For every julep you order you'll get a ticket with the name of one of the horses in the race. Anyone with the ticket of the winning horse will win a half bottle of bourbon. Race will be broadcast on the radio. Admission: Open to the publicInfo: 10 a.m. to race time; 196 Smith St., Cobble Hill, 718-643-2106 By MEREDITH DELISO Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.