Royal Wedding Fever! Last Minute NYC Viewing Parties & More
Crikey! There’s less than 24-hours until the Royal Wedding and you still don’t know where you're going to watch it? Don’t worry, if you’re in NYC, there are plenty of places where you can witness Meghan Markle walk down the aisle (preferable with a Markletini in hand - for you, not Meghan). Whether you’re in the mood for a full scale British breakfast or a simple Pimm’s Cup, here are five places where you can toast to the newly minted Mountbatten-Windsors. Yes, coverage starts early (at 7 a.m.) but its going to be bloody brilliant. 💙🇬🇧🇺🇸❤️
Lillie’s Victorian Establishment
249 W. 49th St.
New York, NY 10019
Lillie’s Victorian Establishment is pulling out all the stops for the royal wedding. Sip on a variety of cocktails ranging from the Heathrow Tonic (Earl Grey infused gin, tonic, and lemon) to the Veil of Roses (London Dry gin, Lillet rose, sparkling wine, and fresh lavender). Of course, you can always raise a glass to the happy couple with a traditional Pimm’s Cup (Pimm’s, mint, orange, strawberries, and cucumber). Try a Beef Wellington Duxelles Mushroom Compote Puff Pastry or get your sweet tooth fix with their decadent Lemon Meringue Tartlette - they'll also be serving their own version of Lemon Elderflower Wedding Cake! Stop in on May 19th dressed in Royal Wedding attire and enjoy a complimentary cocktail before hitting up the selfie station with Harry and Meghan photos.
Parker & Quinn
64 W. 39th St.
New York, NY 10018
I have to say that the viewing party at Parker & Quinn might be my personal favorite. Mainly because they’ll be broadcasting HBO’s The Royal Wedding Live With Cord and Tish! (aka Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon doing live coverage of the wedding which is going to be pure gold). Did anyone see their coverage of The Rose Parade back on Amazon? This duo really is a gem. So don’t miss out! Especially because they’ll be serving up plenty of royal cocktails like Pimm’s #6 (Hendrick’s Gin, Pimm’s, ginger, cucumber, Cointreau, mint, and fruit), The Duchess (barrel-aged blend of botanist gin, Cointreau, cranberry, lime), and a traditional Red Snapper (gin Bloody mary). Don’t feel like waking up at the crack of dawn to watch the ceremony? No worries. They’ll be serving these signature cocktails all day long.
234 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
Fans who can’t make it to the actual Royal Wedding can head to Madame Tussauds for a viewing party with the second best option: Harry and Meghan’s wax counterparts. This bottomless brunch includes breakfast, Walkers Shortbread, Twinings Tea, and a variety of sparkling wines from One Hope. Guests can also expect special appearances from cast members of “Say Yes To The Dress” so come dressed to impress. The first 100 guests will also receive custom cage bridal veils courtesy of Kleinfeld Bridal. Selfies with the blushing bride are highly encouraged! Tickets range from $25-$45 and the party begins bright and early at 6:30 a.m. Book your table here.
The Palm Court at The Plaza
Fifth Ave. at Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
It doesn't get more posh than a Royal Wedding viewing party at The Plaza. Make reservations at The Palm Court from 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and take advantage of a their very special Royal brunch & tea service. Yes, it’ll cost you a pretty penny - $150 - but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, right? The champagne will be flowing along with mimosas and Bellinis. Come dressed in your best attire as a few surprise guests may also pop up. There’s even a contest for “Best Fascinator” in the room! Another, slightly cheaper offering is The Royal Tea option ($105), where guests can take part in a traditional British tea service. Come hungry because the menu includes Roasted Prime Rib Sandwich with a miniature Yorkshire pudding, a Sherry Trifle, and a Traditional Wedding Fruitcake. Nosh on The Plaza’s version of Megan’s favorite salad, a Tuna Nicoise Canape, or opt for a roast chicken “BLT” in honor of Prince Harry’s marriage proposal over a roast chicken. Wash it all down with The Royal Fizz Cocktail, a special cocktail made with Boodles Gin, Earl Grey tea, lemon juice, agave nectar, egg white, orange bitters, and Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Cheers!
Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC
18 Ninth Ave.
New York, NY 10014
The Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC is hosting a viewing party with all the British fixings! Set your alarms because starting at 7 a.m., you can dine as the Brits do at the hotel's downstairs eatery, The Chester. Fill up on eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, Heinz beans, fried bread, potato, broiled tomato, toast and jam, and English Strongbow Rose Cider. Of course, there will be tea, too (courtesy of Harney & Sons - including limited edition Royal Wedding special brew). The whole meal only costs $29. Additional cocktails like The Markletini and Prince Cup will cost you an extra $9 but that’s still a great deal in the meatpacking district. There will even be crowns and other fun surprises for you to enjoy - and don’t forget to pick up the Gansevoort’s “Guide to a British Weekend in NYC.” The best part? They also have a special “Get Royal” package for the girl who wants to be a princess for the day. Available all weekend long!
Still can't entice you to get out of bed before 8am on a Saturday? Well, here are the cocktail recipes from The Chester in case you're feeling festive.
The Markletini Recipe:
1 oz Belvedere Ginger Zest Vodka
1/4 oz Cedilla Acai Liqueur
1Ž4 oz Parfait Amour Liqueur
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
Splash Chandon Rose
Prince Cup Recipe:
1 1/2 cups Pimm's No. 1
1 navel orange, cut crosswise into thin slices
1 lemon, cut crosswise into thin slices
3/4 cup firmly packed mint leaves and tender stems
1 1/2 cups 10 Barrel Cucumber Beer
1 cucumber, cut lengthwise into 8 wedges
About 3 cups ice
1 apple, quartered, cored, and cut into thin slices
How to Make It: In a large pitcher, combine the Pimm's, the orange and lemon slices, and the mint. Chill for about 10 minutes. Add cucumber wedges in the glass Top off with Cucumber Beer when ready to serve