If ever there was a day for a Bloody Mary—perhaps the platonic ideal of a beverage for brunch or the hair of dog—it was January 1. Here’s where to go. By Jessica Allen.
Amigos, in Morningside Heights, offers Alex Garcia’s take on Mexican food, including made-to-order papaya and mint guacamole, adobo short rib tacos, and burritos. On New Year’s Day (and as part of its regular brunch menu), the restaurant offers all-you-can-drink Bloody Marys for just $9.95. If that’s not enough, try a fishbowl—an actual fishbowl!!!—minus the goldfish, and filled with a house special rum-and-pineapple punch.
Good Enough to Eat
Since 1981, Good Enough to Eat has served its American comfort food from a, well, comfortable space on the Upper West Side. The G.E.T.E. Bloody Mary is utterly customizable. Choose from such vodka as Crop Tomato, Belvedere, Ketel One, or Absolut Pepper, add garnishes like olives stuffed with bleu cheese, a slab of thick cut, double-smoked, sugar-cured bacon, or a skewer of jalapenos or pepperoncini, and drink up.
King Cole Bar
Could there be a more perfect place to belly up for a Bloody Mary than this bar, which claims to have invented the drink, or at least introduced it to American palates? In 1934, King Cole Bar began serving the “Red Snapper,” a mix of tomato juice, vodka, salt, pepper, lemon, and Worcestershire sauce, similar to what was being served in Parisian restaurants. (“Bloody Mary” was considered too vulgar a name for such an elegant institution.) Today, the bartenders still rely on the original recipe.
The three NYC locations of the Lobster Joint all seek to take you from the city’s urban environs to the quiet shores of New England—by way of lobster. Indulge your craving for the crustacean, or your northeast fantasy, with a Connecticut lobster roll, bowl of clam chowder, or fish and chips. Then be sure to get a Lobster Claw Bloody Mary, which includes a pickle, celery, olives, and a very real, very juicy lobster claw.
What better way to ring in the New Year than a hangover brunch? Those pesky resolutions can wait another day as you sate your cravings at MexiBBQ. Festivities run from 12 to 4 pm on January 1, and include mimosas, 48 draft beers, margaritas, or Bloody Marys. Technically, here it’s called a “Santa Maria,” and it’s made with Don Amato silver Mezcal and housemade Bloody Mary mix. This Mexican restaurant, with locations in Astoria and on the Upper East Side, is also B.Y.O.T. (bring your own Tylenol).