What with the announcement of the James Beard semifinalists yesterday, and the Oscar’s coming up this Sunday, we’re definitely in the award season spirit! But considering we likely won’t get to attend the JBA’s this year (since they’ve up and moved to Chicago), we’re going to content ourselves with an all-out celebration of the Academy Awards instead — and you can too, with this guide to fun, food-fueled restaurant events!
John Dory Oyster Bar: This classy seafood eatery in the Ace Hotel is actually bringing in large screen TV’s for their Oscars viewing party. To flesh out the theme of “Old Hollywood in New York,” they’ll offer celebratory bar snacks, Hollywood Punch, $75 magnums of Cava, three varieties of Manhattans, oysters, a raw bar, and craveable shellfish dishes from renowned chef, April Bloomfield. www.thejohndory.com
Rosemary’s: Celebrate the Oscars with beer & bubbles at the beautiful, West Village boite, Rosemary’s. Patrons will be able to watch the live show, fill out ballots, participate in trivia games and win great prizes, all while enjoying seasonal Italian dishes from chef Wade Moises, such as Beets with dandelion and hazelnuts, Octopus Salami with Sicilian jardinière, Fig and Prosciutto Foccacia, and Cavatelli with butternut squash. rosemarysnyc.com
SRO Pizza Speakeasy: Originally created as a test kitchen for World-Champion Pizzaiolo, Giulio Adriani, the SRO Pizza Speakeasy will take over Adriani’s brand new Espoleta space for one night only. In addition to watching the Academy Awards broadcast on large projector screens, guests will enjoy a special three-course tasting menu for $38, including a choice of appetizer, pizza (including Adriani’s famous fried Montanara) and dessert, as well as beverage pairings. www.espoletanyc.com
Gotham West Market: The hot, Hell’s Kitchen hub, Gotham West Market, will be airing the Oscars on the two large projection screens on the North and South ends of the communal dining spaces. Guests can enjoy dinner, drinks and desserts from the food hall’s eight incredible vendors (such as Ivan Ramen, El Colmado, Choza Taqueria and The Cannibal), while filling out ballots in order to compete for a Gotham West gift card. www.gothamwestmarket.com
Nitehawk Cinema: New York’s original first-run independent movie house with in-seat table-service, Nitehawk Cinema will offer a special 2015 Oscar menu to enjoy along with the ceremony, inspired by five of the nominated films. Look for the “Want Another Queso?” Nachos from Boyhood, Enigma beer from the Imitation Game, Hot and Crispy Chicken Wings alá Birdman, the “Double-Thyme Sling” cocktail from Whiplash, and “The Universe in a (Wal)Nutshell” inspired by The Theory of Everything; Nutella-filled brown butter crepes topped with candied walnuts. www.nitehawkcinema.com
Louro: Never one to turn down a good theme, chef David Santos is offering a three-course, multiple option, Oscar-inspired menu at Louro, for only $45. Appetizers include an ode to Birdman — Roasted Piri Quail with frisee salad and a poached quail egg — as well as his culinary interpretation of The Theory of Everything; Garlic Soup with Perpetual Stew (a months-long fermentation mash-up of milk-fed pork stock, shellfish, kindai kampachi and vegetables). And movie-inspired entrees include Grand Budapest Hotel Potato Pierogis with housemade sauerkraut and Imitation Game Roasted Celery Root Steak with black truffle and arugula, followed by Wild Blueberry Sorbet with sumac pudding and oat crumble for dessert. www.louronyc.com