The holiday season is in full swing, and New Year’s Eve is right around the corner.
Whether you’ve got a night out with the girls planned or are staying in with your significant other, we bet you’ll be craving brunch on New Year’s Day. Make sure to start 2017 off right with a meal that’s worthy of being your first of the new year.
From a fancy pants brunch that requires your Sunday best to a laid-back meal where you can come as you are, we’ve highlighted our top picks for a New Year’s Day brunch below. Keep reading to see our favorite spots, and get ready to make your reservation.
The Wild Son
If you want to start 2017 out on a healthy note, hit up The Wild Son, where fresh juices and vegan dishes are plentiful. The gluten-free buckwheat pancakes are a must, as is the breakfast sandwich served with a sunny-side up egg, pulled braised bacon, avocado, tomato, and rosemary aioli on brioche. The Wild Son serves breakfast on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 53 Little W. 12th St.
Alternatively, if you need an unhealthy brunch to recover from your New Year’s Eve festivities, head to The Grayson. Dubbed the Best Hangover Brunch on our 2016 Best and Worst Brunches list, The Grayson has Bloody Marys that are a must-try after a late night, and the aptly named Hangover Burger, which is topped with a fried egg and a waffled hash brown bun. The Grayson serves brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 16 1st Ave. New York, NY
Pier A Harbor House
Kick off your 2017 with iconic views of the New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island at Pier A Harbor House. You’ll be able to knock the rust off from the night prior with two hours of bottomless brunch bevvies and a full buffet. For $48, you can feast on an impressive spread like seafood towers, sliders, fresh carved meat, and unique treats like cornflakes & coconut French toast. Pier A serves brunch beginning at 11 a.m. 22 Battery Place, New York, NY
If you’ve got friends or family visiting for New Year’s, take them to an impressive spot that’s great for entertaining out-of-towners. We suggest Sadelle’s, which features a menu that pays homage to the restaurant’s diner roots alongside fancier specialty items that’ll impress mom and dad. Don’t leave without ordering one of the bagel towers, which made it onto our Best Bites of 2016 list. Sadelle’s serves brunch Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 463 W. Broadway New York, NY
Rooftop brunches aren’t just for summertime. Start 2017 off with brunch with an amazing view at Haven Rooftop, located atop Sanctuary Hotel (The rooftop is covered and heated, so you can enjoy the view without freezing). You can even make this brunch a boozy one for just $20 more. As for the food, the brunch pizza is a must, the Times Square omelet is a fun homage to the nearby landmark, and the crab Benedict is a tasty twist on a brunch classic. Haven Rooftop serves brunch on Sundays from 12-3 p.m. 132 W. 47th St. New York, NY
Upper East Side
For a laid-back group brunch, head to Treadwell Park, where long, communal tables make it easy to dine with a ton of your closest friends. Cocktail lovers will be happy to know that Treadwell Park’s drink menu includes far more than your standard Bloody Mary and mimosa, and beer enthusiasts won’t be short on beverage options either. Comfort foods like the house-smoked beef brisket and fried eggs dish, which is made with cheddar, caramelized onions, BBQ sauce, hash browns, and spinach, and the mac and cheese with Gorgonzola, cheddar, and Asiago top our list of favorites here. The space also features ping pong tables and pinball machines in case you and your crew want to play a few games during your meal. Treadwell Park serves brunch on Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1125 1st Ave. New York, NY
Did your New Year’s Eve plans fall through, or did you have a quiet night in? Then go all-out on New Year’s Day with a fancy pants brunch at Zuma. Dress up and get ready to treat yourself at this exclusive, special occasion brunch spot, featuring a three-course Japanese meal with the option to add on bottomless drinks for an extra $55. This is the Saturday night version of brunch, so you won’t regret staying in on New Year’s Eve if you’ve got reservations at Zuma the following day. Brunch at Zuma is served Sunday beginning at 11:30 a.m. 261 Madison Ave. New York, NY
Sauce & Barrel
Nothing cures a hangover like pizza. Grab some brunch pies and cocktails at the newly opened Sauce & Barrel pizzeria bar. Sauce & Barrel’s chef hails from Eataly and Betony and makes his ‘za with a large, shiny red Italforni “Bull” oven, a first-of-its kind oven specifically made for pizza in the US. On New Year’s Day specifically, Sauce & Barrel will have Guanciale pizza with egg, fontina, and red pepper and baked eggs on special. New Year’s Day brunch runs from 12-7 p.m. 97 Washington Street, New York, NY
Rider is one of our go-to brunches in the ‘Burg so we’re pumped about their decadent New Year’s Day brunch spread. You can erase your sins from the night prior with lox fries, eggs Morty with riddled mortadella on an English muffin, and the ultimate hangover dish aptly named The Cure, a killer combination of crispy rice, duck confit, cilantro, hoisin, sriracha, and poached egg. Rider serves brunch from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. 80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY