Undoubtedly, New Yorkers should be able to land a piled-high Bloody Mary at any time of the week—day or night.
These are seven of New York City’s favorite hangouts, from legendary Dante in Greenwich Village to funky Hunky Dory in Crown Heights, presenting house-made Bloody Marys, Marias, and “Dianas” all day long. Recharge with friends, neighbors, and colleagues now, all day, every day.
Dante, Greenwich Village
With over 100 years of antiquity and awards, Dante celebrates the traditional way of community in New York City – by gathering with others over modern Italian plates and world-class drinks in the century-old space at any given time. The cafe remains true to the Italian heritage while inspired by global ingredients, which New Yorkers have learned to love and seek out day after day. Think Negroni, better yet, the All Day Bloody Mary.
Built-in a fennel salt-rimmed highball, the All Day Bloody Mary is a tall blend of peppered Aylesbury Duck vodka, anise-flavored Ricard, freshly pressed ‘Mary Mix,’ and two dashes of red and green Tabasco sauce; garnished with a skewer of pepperoncini, cherry tomato, and cornichon, plus one cucumber stick and grated horseradish. The Mary Mix is a mash-up of garden-grown tomatoes, carrots, fennel, red bell pepper, cucumber, lemon, and celery; prepared one day in advance and left to soak overnight.
The Jones, NoHo
Last year, NoHo’s long-standing Great Jones Cafe shuttered after 35 years of business. Just months ago, acclaimed West Village restaurateur Gabriel Stulman (Fairfax, Fedora, Jeffery’s) occupied the cozy space, opening The Jones. Stulman recognized the guest’s loyalty and was adamant about retaining the storied cafe for the relaxed neighborhood.
Already serving breakfast and lunch, The Jones recently debuted both brunch and dinner menus, finally turning the sun-drenching cafe into a true all-day meeting place. Guests can indulge in Chef Jack Harris’ light, seafood and vegetable-focused fare, as well as a robust natural wine selection; few draft cocktails, and mocktails for the health-conscious—hence Virgin Mary #45, a marriage of tomato and lemon juices, plus Worcestershire, chipotle Tabasco, and steak sauces. A splash of Chef’s pickling liquid, twist of ground black pepper, and pinches of celery salt, smoked paprika, and garlic powder. Available to spike, too.
Egg Shop, Nolita & Williamsburg
Egg Shop is a bright, minimal cafe boasting “brunch vibes only,” but actually, it’s open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. It focuses on everything egg, like creative sandwiches, healthy bowls, and fancy Benedicts. The locally-sourced dishes are perfectly paired with fresh juices, easy-to-drink cocktails, and a short selection of organic and biodynamic wines.
Being the “nutritional morning beverage” it is, Egg Shop’s Bloody Mary is filled to the bacon salt brim with tomato juice and served classic, spicy, or heavy on the house-made hot sauce. Choice of bourbon, tequila, or vodka for an extra boost. Guests should pick up the namesake cookbook (and hot sauce) to recreate the restaurant’s tomato-based cocktail at home.
Bubby’s, Meatpacking District & Tribeca
Bubby’s is dedicated to defending the American table, starting with long-standing lore of thoughtful ingredient sourcing. More than just a pie place, Bubby’s works with various purveyors, near and far, to create a flavorful food-scape for guests.
Just like its famed fried chicken and “world-famous” pancakes plate (with boozy bourbon maple syrup), Bubby’s Bloody Mary is available every day of the week, from morning to night. It’s a cool glass of vodka-soaked, tomato-vegetable juice (tomato, carrot, cucumber, red pepper, and celery), and pickle brine.
Virgil’s Real Barbecue, Times Square
Virgil’s Real Barbecue takes the all-day Bloody Mary to another level by adding finger-licking favorites. The Big Bloody Bull Rider combines Austin-rooted Tito’s vodka, tomato juice, and Virgil’s spicy ‘que sauce; outfitted with jalapeño stuffed olives, celery stalks, and homemade beef jerky. Guests also have the option to load up their pint glass with a giant skewer of crispy bacon, sliced Texas beef brisket, barbecue chicken wings, and grilled shrimp for an additional fee (and free meal). Over-the-top garnishes aside, there is a reason the iconic brunch beverage is a classic.
Taqueria Diana, Hell’s Kitchen & Williamsburg
Even though Taqueria Diana folds tasty tacos, it’s more connected to the Californian bent burrito and stiff mezcal drinks at select New York City locations.
Sometimes, like a pile of nachos, it’s best to start with the classic Bloody Mary recipe and work toward a particular preference—perhaps extra hot sauce or three celery stalks to snack on. The Bloody Diana, though, scratches that method and merges smoky Vida Mezcal, “jugo de tomate,” lime, escabeche, or pickled jalapeño, red-ripe morita chile (much like a chipotle pepper), horseradish, and Worcestershire into a mason jug. Let the pungency settle the stomach.
Hunky Dory, Crown Heights
Last February, celebrated bartender and eco-activist, Claire Sprouse debuted Hunky Dory to the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn. The laidback local serves up clean, crave-able food and fun cocktails with a keen focus on low waste. In the kitchen, Chef Kristyn Brewer features cheeky options like Smashed Cukes (cucumbers buried under everything-bagel spices) while Sprouse presents flavorful cocktails with four or less fresh ingredients—a ‘less is more’ approach. Collaboratively, they cross-utilize ingredients to produce eco-friendly offerings.
Leave it to this Bloody Mary variant to be called Fix Me for a reason – complete with carrot juice, Aleppo chile, vegetable broth (also a menu item), pickling juice, lemon, and choice of booze. Best enjoyed under the sun-drenching skylight.