Bitch Biz: NYC Summer Passports and Bitches Who Brunch are partners. While this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we did receive Passports to enjoy!
It’s officially New York Cocktail Week; cheers, Bitches! We love a creative craft cocktail and are excited to travel all over the city with our new NYC Summer Good Cocktail Passports.
Mid-day cocktails are half of fun of brunching. Whether you’re on Team Bloody or Mimosa, here’s our round up of our favorite brunch cocktails in the city.
Best Bloody Mary: Montmartre, the first French restaurant in the Little Wisco empire, has a variety of Bloodys and the unique Bloody Caesar hit the spot. It contained vodka, oyster, and shrimp and was spicy with a trace of ocean flavors. 158 8th Ave, New York, NY (Chelsea)
Best Mimosa: Miss Lily’s, a Jamaican joint with locations in Greenwich Village and the East Village, has a great affordable bottomless deal on top of some of the best jerk chicken in the city. The One Love champagne cocktail combined bubbles and passion fruit for a unique take on a mimosa that wasn’t too sweet. 132 W Houston St, New York, NY (Greenwich Village); 109 Avenue A, New York, NY (East Village)
Sangria Fiesta: Baracca in the West Village has a standout bottomless deal, with eight or more rotating varieties of sangria at any given moment. The classic rioja was our favorite followed by the Valencia, which featured rose, citrus oil, vodka, grapefruit juice, and ginger. 81 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY (West Village)
Smoky and Sweet: We’ve been dying to try Tijuana Picnic in the Lower East Side, which recently launched a brunch menu. The cocktail menu boasts a variety of interesting flavor combinations inspired by a Mexican palate with plenty of chiles, smoked salt, and lime. Try a cocktail for yourself using the Good Cocktail Passport. 151 Essex St, New York, NY (Lower East Side)
Bottomless Brunch Punch: Randolph Beer makes it easy to get your “day sway” on with its refreshing Brunch Punch, vodka mixed with strawberries, cucumbers, and a hint of lemon. You’ll receive all you can drink punch with an entree for $35 on the weekends. We recommend the pulled pork hash or shrimp and grits to complement the bottomless bevvies. Its sister restaurant, Randolph Brooklyn, is also featured in the Summer Good Cocktail Passport! 343 Broome St, New York, NY (Little Italy)
Cheap Cocktail Brunch: NYC living isn’t cheap so we appreciate a good deal when we can find one. No where else in the city have we came close to topping the cheap brunch deal at Hotel Chantelle…get your drink on for less than $1 a pop! Choose between the Strawberry Lime Rickey and Easy Passage cocktails and imbibe to live jazz music atop a lovely roof. 92 Ludlow St. New York, NY (Lower East Side)
“Healthy” Cocktails: Alcohol is good for you when mixed with kale, right? We love the kale martinis at Chalk Point Kitchen. The blend of fresh green juice masks the taste of alcohol, which makes this drink dangerously easy to polish off, and makes you feel a little healthier about your indulgence. 527 Broome St. New York, NY (SoHo)
Frozen Drinks: Sometimes you just crave a frozen drink. We enjoyed the “frozen drink of the day” on Red Rooster’s brunch menu, which happened to be a refreshing boozy pink lemonade. Pair your drink with some epic shrimp and grits or savory fried chicken and your weekend is off to a great start. 310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY (Harlem)
Tequila Drunk Brunch: The margaritas at ABC Cocina are an old happy hour favorite, so we were delighted to see them offered during brunch as well. It’s a pricier brunch, but expect high quality, unique bites and sips. 38 East 19th St, New York, NY (Flatiron)
Fancy Pub Drinks: Murray Hill is unfortunately a bit of a bar and restaurant wasteland so the charming Whitman & Bloom is a very welcome addition to the neighborhood. The cocktail menu has a plethora of fresh herbs and housemade ingredients to accompany American brunch staples. Don’t forget to bring your Good Cocktail Passport for a free drink. 384 3rd Ave, New York, NY (Murray Hill)
A Little Something Extra: We were surprised by the beer chaser bonus that accompanied the Bloody Marys at Joseph Leonard, a Bitch-approved Gabe Stulman establishment. The Bloody Mary No 20 was unique in itself with cilantro-infused vodka. 170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY (West Village)
Get the NYC Summer Good Cocktails Passport! For $37, you get 21 free cocktails from restaurants and bars across the city, including the likes of Bell Book & Candle, Bonnie Vee, Evelyn, and Sweetwater Social. You can use the Passport on any day, at any time, from July 1 through September 7.