The Academy Awards have been called the Super Bowl for women, and while the R29 jury is still out on that, we can say with absolute certainty that Oscar Sunday is major cause for celebration. Sure, it may be tempting to stay on the couch with your local Chinese food delivery guy on speed dial, but this is an occasion that deserves to be feted — in a big way. We've polled all our favorite bars and restos in the city, and we chose the five bashes that we're adding to our Sunday social calendar. Some offer free booze, others boast giant screens, but they'll all be toasting Tinseltown in the utmost fashion. And the winner is...
If you're looking for a true Sunday Funday, this is your best bet. The Midtown East lounge will be turning its weekly bash into an Oscar-themed affair, with a live screening, accompanied by the requisite bottle service and dancing on tables. Take note: This party is black-tie only, so bring your A-game, style-wise.
Lavo, 39 East 58th Street (between Madison and Park avenues); 212-750-5588.
This West Village spot isn't just for sports anymore — starting at 5 p.m., there'll be free gourmet popcorn to munch on while you take in the red carpet. Judge the dresses to your heart's content, and then toast your favorite nominees with a glass of bubbly — on the house, of course.
The Windsor, 234 West 4th Street (at West 10th Street); 212-206-1208.
To take your Academy Awards night to a classier level, head straight to Epicerie Boulud. The swanky resto will be serving up hot and cold canapes, lobster rolls, and special Hollywood-themed sweets.
Epicurie Boulud, 1900 Broadway (at 64th Street); 212-595-0303.
Viewing overload is king at this Chelsea resto, with over 40 flat screens. The bar will be serving up major specials on vodka and champagne, so it sure beats watching in bed on your laptop.
The Ainsworth, 122 West 26th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues); 212-741-0645.
This bash boasts free drinks (if you dress up!), an Oscar pool with one awesome prize, and special themed bites for movies like Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Linings Playbook. But, the real draw is that the awards show will be broadcast commercial-free. Seriously.
Nighthawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue (between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue); Brooklyn; 718-384-3980.
Photo: Courtesy of ABC/Rick Rowell