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King Cole Bar's Red Snapper
King Cole Bar's Red Snapper
Paul Crispin Quitoriano

10 of New York's Best Bloody Marys

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King Cole Bar's Red Snapper
| Paul Crispin Quitoriano

At its essence, a bloody mary is a mix of tomato juice and vodka. Still, in the time since its creation in the early 1920s in Paris, the classic cocktail has spawned countless spinoffs that include everything from a slab of bacon and kale puree, to versions that don't even have vodka. In this map, we tried to remain true to the classic (we even included the first ever stateside bloody). Here now are eleven restaurants and bars offering this classic tomato-based drink.

[Restaurants are listed by geography: South to north in Manhattan, north to south in Brooklyn]

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Mother's Ruin

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The long list of ingredients that go into a Mother’s Ruin bloody include Sriracha, horseradish, Old Bay, Cholula, celery seed, and Worcestershire. Unlike other bloodys on the list, the super-spicy creation is available every day of the week.

Sadelle's

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The secret (some say) to the bloody mary at this Soho restaurant is the pickle juice. It joins other mix-ins like tomato juice, horseradish, salt, and pepper. It’s garnished with cornichons, celery, and cherry tomatoes.

The bloody marys at this East Village mainstay, of which there are 11, span a variety of spirits and flavor profiles. Here, options include the Southwest which combines anejo tequila, tomato juice, and chipotle peppers; the Chicago Matchbox which features housemade lemon vodka; and the Green Lake, which is a classic bloody mary spiked with wasabi and served with beef jerky.

Saxon + Parole

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This award-winning Noho restaurant/bar with an equestrian theme offers a do-it-yourself bloody mary bar during brunch. Options include a Bloody Caesar which comes with infused aquavit, a clam/tomato juice concoction, dill, and a freshly shucked oyster to garnish. There’s a more classic option served with pickles, and a Bloody Maria, too.

Cookshop

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Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer's Cookshop in Chelsea serves five different bloody mary options including a Kale Mary which is essentially a classic served with kale puree. There is also a tried and true bloody mary, and a BLT Mary made with bacon-infused vodka.

King Cole Bar

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This legendary Midtown bar inside The St. Regis serves an equally famous bloody mary. Dubbed the Red Snapper, it’s said to be the first-ever stateside bloody mary, created in 1934. The recipe is simply one ounce of vodka, and 11 ounces of a house bloody made with lemon and tomato juices, Worcestershire, Tabasco, and seasonings.

Russ & Daughters Cafe

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The family-owned cafe offers four different bloody mary options including one made with Caraway-infused vodka that is served with rye croutons and pickled vegetables. A spicier option is the smoked pepper-infused mary served with a smoked slat rim.

The Brooklyn Star

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Instead of a traditional bloody mary, The Brooklyn Star serves a Bloody Bull as its lone tomato-based cocktail. The drink is a blend of Tito’s, housemade bloody mix, beef broth, and pickled beans.

Sunday In Brooklyn

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This Williamsburg newcomer is serving a riff on a bloody mary thanks to friend and cocktail czar, Thomas Waugh. The Sunday, Bloody Sunday cocktail is a blend of mezcal, homemade hot sauce, and a house bloody mix. For $2, you can add a shortie of the Champagne of beers, Miller High Life.

Buttermilk Channel

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This Southern-inspired Carroll Gardens restaurant offers three spins on a bloody mary in addition to the classic. The Star of the Sea (pictured), comes with celery and peppercorn-infused vodka and is served with an oyster. There is also a version made with whiskey that is topped with stout.

Mother's Ruin

The long list of ingredients that go into a Mother’s Ruin bloody include Sriracha, horseradish, Old Bay, Cholula, celery seed, and Worcestershire. Unlike other bloodys on the list, the super-spicy creation is available every day of the week.

Sadelle's

The secret (some say) to the bloody mary at this Soho restaurant is the pickle juice. It joins other mix-ins like tomato juice, horseradish, salt, and pepper. It’s garnished with cornichons, celery, and cherry tomatoes.

Prune

The bloody marys at this East Village mainstay, of which there are 11, span a variety of spirits and flavor profiles. Here, options include the Southwest which combines anejo tequila, tomato juice, and chipotle peppers; the Chicago Matchbox which features housemade lemon vodka; and the Green Lake, which is a classic bloody mary spiked with wasabi and served with beef jerky.

Saxon + Parole

This award-winning Noho restaurant/bar with an equestrian theme offers a do-it-yourself bloody mary bar during brunch. Options include a Bloody Caesar which comes with infused aquavit, a clam/tomato juice concoction, dill, and a freshly shucked oyster to garnish. There’s a more classic option served with pickles, and a Bloody Maria, too.

Cookshop

Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer's Cookshop in Chelsea serves five different bloody mary options including a Kale Mary which is essentially a classic served with kale puree. There is also a tried and true bloody mary, and a BLT Mary made with bacon-infused vodka.

King Cole Bar

This legendary Midtown bar inside The St. Regis serves an equally famous bloody mary. Dubbed the Red Snapper, it’s said to be the first-ever stateside bloody mary, created in 1934. The recipe is simply one ounce of vodka, and 11 ounces of a house bloody made with lemon and tomato juices, Worcestershire, Tabasco, and seasonings.

Russ & Daughters Cafe

The family-owned cafe offers four different bloody mary options including one made with Caraway-infused vodka that is served with rye croutons and pickled vegetables. A spicier option is the smoked pepper-infused mary served with a smoked slat rim.

The Brooklyn Star

Instead of a traditional bloody mary, The Brooklyn Star serves a Bloody Bull as its lone tomato-based cocktail. The drink is a blend of Tito’s, housemade bloody mix, beef broth, and pickled beans.

Sunday In Brooklyn

This Williamsburg newcomer is serving a riff on a bloody mary thanks to friend and cocktail czar, Thomas Waugh. The Sunday, Bloody Sunday cocktail is a blend of mezcal, homemade hot sauce, and a house bloody mix. For $2, you can add a shortie of the Champagne of beers, Miller High Life.

Buttermilk Channel

This Southern-inspired Carroll Gardens restaurant offers three spins on a bloody mary in addition to the classic. The Star of the Sea (pictured), comes with celery and peppercorn-infused vodka and is served with an oyster. There is also a version made with whiskey that is topped with stout.

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