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10 Essential Bloody Marys in NYC

By Kelly Dobkin  |  March 24, 2014

What would brunch be without its go-to drink, the Bloody Mary? Sweet, spicy, tangy and salty - it's the perfect hangover cure, appetite starter and day-drinking cocktail around. Below, we've come up with a list of 10 must-try NYC iterations of the drink that are essential to any Bloody Mary lover. Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments. 

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    James

    This charming Prospect Heights American is a neighborhood favorite for good reason, and they also make a garden-fresh version of a Bloody Mary during brunch (garnished with seasonal veggies). Their version features tomato juice, vodka, orange juice, Tabasco, horseradish, garlic cloves, Worchestershire sauce, basil, and fresh black pepper and is garnished with pickled veggies - baby carrots, radishes, asparagus ($9).

    605 Carlton Ave., Brooklyn; 718-942-4255

  • B&B Winepub

    Chef Josh Capon is known for his burgers - melding together just the right amount of salt, fat and acid on items like his famous Bash burger. He's mastering the same flavor balancing act on the Bloody Marys he's serving down at this SoHo eatery, B&B Winepub. In fact, the joint has an entire Bloody Mary menu that features variations on the drink including Queen's Mary with gin, muddled cucumber, fresh ginger and sage; BBQ Bloody Bourbon with house barrel-aged bourbon, ancho chile bbq sauce and blue cheese and their tranditional Bloody Mary with vodka, horseradish and tomato juice ($10 for all).

    25 W. Houston St.; 212-334-7320

  • King Cole Bar

    Have the Bloody Mary in the place that it was born. The King Cole Bar in the St. Regis Hotel was given a spruce up, which is reason enough to stop by for a visit.  Despite the fresh new look, history is still alive on the beverage list. Just note: you'll have to look for a drink called the "Red Snapper" - when the bar debuted the drink way back in 1934, the beverage's bloody moniker was deemed too vulgar. And tasting the original is going to cost you - $25 to be exact.

    2 E. 55th St.; 212-753-4500

  • Estela

    The just-launched brunch program at this SoHo hotspot is still getting its legs. But the newcomer does put an interesting take on the Bloody Mary - incorporating fish sauce, Sara’s hot sauce and a citrus salt rim ($14).

    47 E. Houston St.; 212-219-7693

  • Prune

    Brunch mainstay Prune is known for its bloodies, particularly its Chicago Matchbox variation, which contains homemade lemon vodka, pickled Brussels sprouts, baby white turnips, caperberries, green beans and radishes ($12). Some would argue that this is the best Bloody in the city - perhaps those notorious Sunday brunch waits outside are all on account of these?

    54 E. First St.; 212-677-6221

  • Char No. 4

    The run-of-the-mill Bloody Mary gets a kick in the pants with the addition of bourbon and Chipotle spice over at Cobble Hill's whiskey-soaked, Char No. 4. The whole thing is topped off with a pickle instead of celery and is a steal at $8.

    196 Smith St.; Brooklyn; 718-643-2106

  • The Spotted Pig

    April Bloomfield's classic West Village eatery does a mean Bloody Mary of its own and is a favorite of locals and Pig fans alike. But diners beware - this is one of the more horseradish-laden versions around. It's made with house-infused jalapeño-and-black-pepper vodka, tomato juice, a generous amount of grated horseradish, and a celery salt rim, and is garnished with pickles and an olive ($13).

    314 W. 11th St.; 212-620-0393

  • The Dutch

    Andrew Carmellini's SoHo brunch destination The Dutch adds a little meat to the equation to spice things up. Their classic Bloody features Russian Standard vodka, chipotle, and smoked paprika salt, and is garnished with house pickles and chorizo ($13).

    131 Sullivan St.; 212-677-6200

  • Colicchio & Sons

    For an inventive take on the classic, stop by Tom Colicchio's namesake restaurant in West Chelsea for the Bloody Verde. This spicy, green version of a Bloody contains tomatillos, green tomatoes, jalapeños, fresno chile, cilantro, green Tabasco, A1 sauce, celery seed and horseradish snow ($14).

    85 10th Ave.; 212-400-6699

  • Northern Spy Food Co.

    While by no means a traditional Bloody Mary, this brunch staple mixes things up by adding sake to the mix. Their bloody contains sake and Piri-Piri peppers, and is topped with pickled green beans for a tangy kick ($9).

    511 E. 12th St.; 212-228-5100