This year Australia Day falls on Friday, January 26th, 2018, and with the growing number of Aussie-owned establishments across the five boroughs and beyond, there are more ways than ever before to celebrate Australia Day in NYC. Scroll through our 4th annual Australia Day in NYC Guide for festivities researched by Tarley Jordan and Joanna Hishon. There is bound to be something near you! If you spot anything missing, let us know in the comments below.
If you are celebrating at school, home or work, check out these quirky #AustraliaDay games developed by the Australian Government.
Your Australia Day in NYC starts here…
Our parent organization, the American Australian Association is hosting the Australia Day Gala and Arts Awards in partnership with G’Day USA. To be held on Friday, Jan 26 for a 6:30pm start, this is a formal affair with a black tie dress code, and tickets are $1,000 (or $500 if you are under 35 years). Held at the beautiful Skylight Modern venue, your ticket includes passed canapés & open bar; chef created three-course dinner showcasing Australian food, Bird In Hand wine & sparkling rose, entertainment during the event, and an after party complete with more music, dancing and open bar.
Bar and restaurant The Australian is going all out with their ‘Australia Week’ line-up!
- Monday 22nd – Aussie movies from 5pm, Crocodile Dundee, The Castle, Lion
- Tuesday 23rd – Aussie movies from 5pm, Finding Nemo, Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
- Wednesday 24th – Wine, cheese and Aussie trivia from 8pm
- Thursday 25th – Aussies Got Talent open mic night from 7pm
- Friday 26th – Australia Day party with the Hottest 100 playing live from 8pm
- Saturday 27th – Australia Day part 2 with the Hottest 100 replay from 11:30am, and the Hottest 200 playing from 8pm
20 West 38th Street, between 5th & 6th Ave, New York
And if The Australian is bursting with revelers, head around the corner to Aussie-owned The Liberty NYC where you can enjoy some secret specials, just mention The Australian was full for mates rates.
Burke & Wills are offering an all Australian/all night Happy Hour at the bar with $5 Coopers Draft Beer & $5 Burke & Wills House Wine. Burke & Wills is also participating in Restaurant Week, which will be available on Australia Day. Check out their set menu here where you can score a 3-course lunch for $29 & dinner for $42.
226 W 79th St, nr Broadway, New York
Flinders Lane are hosting an ‘Aussie Barbie’ with some classic dishes as specials in addition to their regular Aussie-inspired menu. You can enjoy this, along with happy hour 5-7pm with great Australian wines, beer and Triple J’s Hottest 100! For more info, check out the New York menu and the Stamford, CT menu.
162 Avenue A, New York and 184 Summer St, Stamford
Two Hands at their Tribeca restaurant are hosting an Aussie Day Happy Hour with $5 beers & $15 burgers from 3PM till sold out. At both locations (Tribeca and Nolita), there will be $2 Flat Whites ALL DAY!
164 Mott St and 251 Church St, New York
If you live in Queens, the Thirsty Koala is your best bet. They will be open from 5PM – midnight on Jan 26. Happy hour goes from 5PM – 8PM with Coopers Pale Ale and Fosters Crown Lager On Tap. Their menu includes Aussie favourites including pies and sausage rolls, beer battered fish and chips, short-rib brisket burger with the lot, plus for the sweet tooth there will be lamingtons, pavlova, caramel slice, sticky date pudding and ANZAC biccies.
35-12 Ditmas Blvd, Astoria
Our Kiwi friends at DUB Pies have got your Australia Day needs covered at the office. They have a couple of hot drop-off catering delivery slots available for lunch on Jan 25th and Australia Day Jan 26th if want to share the love with your work mates. Minimum orders that day are set at $500 (great for feeding the office pies, sausage rolls and lamingtons). Send hot catering order requests to email@example.com. Of course you can also pop in and buy some pies too at their Brooklyn pie shop.
211 Prospect Park West, cnr 16th St, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
Dudley’s will be bringing back their famous Works Burger + Beer Combo for $12 all day. Wash that down with a $10 cocktails and get your groove on with a DJ that will spin tunes into the night. Follow their Instagram, @dudleysnyc, for updates and more info.
85 Orchard St, New York
The Craftsman on the UWS is holding an Australia Day party from at 6pm on Jan 26. They’re loading up the bar with Four’N Twenty pies and Coopers Ale and Stout. They’ll also have Masterfood’s tomato sauce on hand to top off that pie.
3155 Broadway at 125th St, New York
Throwing your own Australia Day party? Let Tuckshop Pies do all the hard yakka and order your pie and sausage rolls online. This is Tuckshop’s busiest time of year, so get in quick for regular-sized pies and rolls, party-sized pies and rolls, and even lamingtons!
Chelsea Market and 68 E 1st St, New York
Bluestone Lane will be having a full Australia Day. They will have meat pies, sausage rolls, lamingtons, caramel slice and of course Avo Smash, flat whites and Aussie Ice Lattes. They’re also running a quiz with the winners going into the draw to win a killer prize.
Multiple locations including New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey
Toby’s Estate will be offering up flat whites on the house to anyone who shows an Australian passport / ID in one of their six city-wide locations. Plus, they’ll make you feel at home with Australian tunes playing all day.
Get down to Hutch & Waldo Coffee for your lamington fix – they will be only 50c all day on Australia Day.
247 E 81st St, btwn 2nd & 3rd, New York
On Jan 26, Wattle Cafe in Murray Hill will have $2 flat whites all day, as well house-made Caramel slices. Given people often assume they are a “WAFFLE” cafe they plan to put an Aussie spin on classic American waffles with house-made lamington waffles, in addition to popular Tim Tam waffles. For those with a savory tooth, they will also have Four’N Twenty pies.
489 3rd Ave, btwn 33rd and 34th Sts, New York
Aussie restaurant Banter will be doing a yummy Aussie-themed 3-course set menu for $40 bucks per person (+ tax + tip). Picture this: starting with corn on the cob, lamb ribs or prawns & calamari, followed by chicken or eggplant parmy, and for dessert either lamington cake or pavlova. Wash that down with half-price espresso martinis ALL DAY and NIGHT. There are two sittings for dinner, 6.30pm – 8.30pm OR 8.30pm – close, so make your dinner reservation today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
169 Sullivan St, New York
COBS Bread Bakery at Stamford, CT, will be making a few good batches of Cheesymite scrolls on Friday for Australia Day. Yup, just like the ones from Baker’s Delight back home. Each scroll will go for US$3.75 each.
1057 High Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT
Over in Brooklyn, Abbotsford Road Coffee are also $2 small (8 oz.) Flat Whites all day to celebrate Australia Day, on Jan 26.
573-577 Sackett Street, Gowanus
If you’re in the mood for retail therapy, stop by Scanlan Theodore’s new store in SoHo. They will be celebrating Australia Day with the start of their end of season sale, where you can snag beautiful pieces for up to 50% off.
117 Prince St, New York
Research by Joanna Hishon and Tarley Jordan.
Image credit: AustraliaDay.org.au