Prune's Classic Bloody Mary
54 E 1st St., Lower East Side
Several things are necessary for humans to thrive in fall. These include but are not limited to: mittens, hip flasks, football and Bloody Mary’s. Prune’s take on the last item has become something of a Lower East Side legend. The lines that stretch along the sidewalk outside during peak brunch hours are worthy of a velvet rope and a bouncer sporting a headset. And, while the food is certainly part of what keeps the masses huddled in freezing weather for hours, the Mary’s are pretty damn spot-on. There are 10 recipes to choose from, listing liquors far beyond vodka, decorated with a whole cornucopia of garnishes. Each recipe uses Prune’s winning mix—a blend of Sacramento tomato juice, tart lemon, grated horseradish, and several other items Eater was unable to pry out of the tight-lipped bar staff. Brave the line. It’s worth it.