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Babu Ji
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The 11 prettiest brunch cocktails in NYC

These tasty top-of-the-morning tipples served at brunch put the usual Bloody Mary's and mimosas to shame

By Alyson Penn

If a morning cocktail is doing its job, then you could be eating soggy eggs with burnt toast and still think it's the best brunch in NYC. This roundup of boozy brunch cocktails across the city includes perky fruity concoctions and riffs on sunrise favorites like Bloody Mary’s and Irish coffees that pair perfectly with belly-warming stacks of buttery pancakes or a granola-filled chia bowls. Either way, you'll be brunch-drunk in love.

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Babu Ji Bloody at Babu Ji
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3. Babu Ji Bloody at Babu Ji

Restaurants Indian Greenwich Village

There have been stranger things than this green-and-red Bloody Mary float with a Demogorgon-inspired garnish of cucumber, green chili and an orchid. $11

Very Berry Light at RedFarm
Photograph: Matt Taylor-Gross

4. Very Berry Light at RedFarm

Restaurants Chinese West Village

This low-ABV cocktail has enough dashes of Italian liqueur, white wine vinegar, blackberries and raspberries to transport you to an Italian wine bar (at a Chinese restaurant). $15

Bourbon Hurricane at Maysville
Photograph: Courtesy Danielle Adams of Becca PR

6. Bourbon Hurricane at Maysville

Restaurants Soul and southern American Flatiron

Take it (big) easy in the morning with this riff on the NOLA favorite, which switches up the usual rum for bourbon and adds a sweet mix of passion fruit puree, hibiscus-strawberry syrup and orange juice. $14

Bull Clammer at Sweet Afton
Photograph: Mike Di Tota

9. Bull Clammer at Sweet Afton

Bars Beer bars Astoria

This brackish quaff’s Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces satiate those savory Bloody Mary cravings, but the Bull Clammer packs even more of a puckering punch, thanks to its hearty combo of beef au jus, fresh dill and smoked salt. $9

Brunch Punch at Pondicheri
Photograph: Julie Keselman

10. Brunch Punch at Pondicheri

Restaurants Indian Flatiron

Drinking this large-format punch is the new team sport: Your group can declare yourselves winners if y’all finish the heady mix of bourbon, brandy, saffron, honey syrup and fresh-squeezed orange juice. $44 (serves 4–6).



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