New York bars and restaurants look for every possible reason to party, and Oscar Night is no exception. So instead of spending this coming Sunday with a bowl of popcorn on your couch, consider passing the evening in style at the city’s classiest Academy Awards celebrations — from a sit-down dinner and screening at Bowery Meat Company to a nominee-inspired spread at Williamsburg’s movie theater-cum-eatery, dubbed Nitehawk.
Bowery Meat Company: In celebration of the 88th Academy Awards, Bowery Meat Company will roll out the red carpet for their first annual Oscars Viewing Party. Chefs Josh Capon and Paul DiBari will offer a festive three-course menu in the private, 35-seat dining room, where for $75 per person (or $95 with wine pairings), guests will be able to watch the ceremony on a flat screen, while enjoying favorite restaurant dishes such as Zucchini Carpaccio, Broiled Oysters, Grilled Ribeye and Skuna Bay Salmon, as well as New York Cheesecake and S’mores Sundaes for dessert.
9 East 1st St., (212) 460-5255
Gotham West Market: The Oscar broadcast will air on two large projection screens in Gotham West Market’s communal dining spaces. Guests can enjoy dinner, drinks and desserts from the food hall’s nine culinary operators, such as Ivan Ramen, The Cannibal and Choza Taqueria, as well as a few specials like Oyster Happy Hour at El Colmado (featuring $1 East Coast and $3 West Coast bivalves, along with $5 glasses of cava per every half dozen oysters), and a just-for-Oscar night ice cream flavor from Ample Hills; we’re talking a cream cheese vanilla base with pieces of One Girl Cookie’s red velvet cake.
600 11th Ave., (212) 582-7940
Salvation Taco: To celebrate the awards ceremony, patrons can partake in a ballot contest for the chance to win gift cards for movie tickets, as well as a return trip to Salvation Taco. They’ll also be able to munch on festive specials, such as the “Popcorn & Champagne Split;” with Nicolas Feuillatte “One Four” Brut Champagne and spiced popcorn, although the everyday menu features equally fun eats, such as Red and Green Chorizo Handpies, Confit Chicken Sopes, and Mexican Sticky Rice Tamales with pibil-rubbed pork.
145 East 30th St., (212) 865-5800
Syndicated: Bushwick’s brand new restaurant, bar and independent movie theater will air the Oscars live and serve two Academy Awards-themed cocktails for the big night, including “And the Winner Is” (made with cognac, bitters, maraschino liqueur and prosecco), and the “Black Tie Optional;” a play on the classic Gibson with Bombay White Label gin and Dolin dry vermouth, garnished with a white cocktail onion and a black olive. Oscar nominated films will also take center stage during the week prior to the ceremony, beginning February 23rd with screenings of The Martian, Amy, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Mad Max: Fury Road.
40 Bogart St., (718) 386-3399
Nitehawk Cinemas: Not to be outdone by the new movie theater-cum-restaurant on the block, the O.G, Nitehawk, is throwing their own, all-out Oscar bash. Save yourself a seat to the ceremony with a $30 food and beverage voucher, to go towards nominee-inspired creations such as an “Irish Catholic Coffee” from Spotlight, the secret Russian dressing-sauced “Spielburger” from Bridge of Spies and the “Huggable Hangers” from Joy; Marinated Hanger Steak, served with pico de gallo, white corn tortillas and lime. There will also be fun and games throughout the broadcast, with swag bags courtesy of event partner, Nylon magazine.
136 Metropolitan Ave., (718) 782-8370
Brooklyn Winery: There’s no cover or tickets required to Brooklyn Winery’s sixth annual Oscar night viewing party, although you will have unlimited access to their fantastic vino (such as a barrel-fermented Riesling from the Finger Lakes, a Cabernet Sauvignon Rose from California and a Red blend from Long Island’s North Fork), as well as craft beer and small plates, including Duck Pate with cherries, house-cured Salmon Gravlax, and Fried Buttermilk Chicken with molasses and sweet plantains.
213 N 8th St., (347) 763-1506