While in Greenwich Village, we enjoyed an amazing dinner at Commerce Restaurant.
As with many places in New York, the building at 50 Commerce Street was once a beloved speakeasy during Prohibition. The historic site is now an upscale, contemporary restaurant. It’s beautifully appointed and has been renovated to include several murals, a 1941 Brunswick bar, and black walnut tables and chestnut booths.
The contemporary American menu has Italian, French and Asian accents.
I ordered the brussels sprouts salad to start, followed by the short rib ravioli and birthday cake for dessert.
Of course, I had to inquire about their Bloody Mary. Our waiter, Ben (who was awesome, by the way—Happy Birthday!), seemed a little hesitant as he informed me that it was “a little like gazpacho” since it was made from scratch.
This may have turned off some folks, but for me, this made me more anxious to try it.
And it. Was. Fabulous!
Many of the other establishments I visited on this East Coast swing were based on recommendations for a great Bloody. Our visit to Commerce was based on a recommendation for a great dining experience—my favorite Bloody Mary (so far) in New York was discovered where I least expected it.
Mix: Made from scratch, like down to the tomatoes scratch.
Chaser: No (spoiler alert—none of the NYC bars offered a chaser)
Fixin’s: One olive, one lime.
I highly recommend visiting Commerce when you’re in New York. Beautiful restaurant, fantastic food and a terrific experience all around. And yes, give the Bloody a try!