Whether you’re ringing in 2014 from a hotel ballroom, a Meatpacking club, or a cozy staycation at home, New Year’s Day brunch is one of both necessity and excess. It is likely the first meal that you will consume in the New Year ($1 pizza from the street corner doesn’t count) so it would behoove you to set the tone for the following 365 days with a delicious and decadent dish or two. New Year’s Day brunch is ideal for nursing a champagne headache and catching up on last night’s antics and gossip, so eat your hearts out Bitches.
From hair of the dog bottomless deals to more formal and festive fetes, here are our picks for New Year’s Day brunch in the Big Apple.
Coffee is the ultimate Bitch fuel and we loved the European-style full coffee service at Ken & Cook. Brunch will be served at 11 a.m. with a $30 bottomless option including an entrée. Insider’s tip: we recommend making a reservation as this popular Nolita restaurant will fill up quickly. Read the Bitches’ review.
Satisfying Soul Food Brunch
We, and the James Beard Foundation, think that Bubby’s has some of the best pancakes in town and named it as the Best Overall NYC Brunch in our Best Brunches of 2013 review. You can get your flapjack fix at either Bubby’s TriBeCa or newly opened High Line locations during regular breakfast hours. Read the Bitches’ review.
Raucous Party Brunch
Keep the party going at Poco in the East Village where you can indulge in an entrée and bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys or sangria for a mere $26.95, cash only! In our upcoming review, we found that the restaurant was extremely accommodating for large, rowdy groups.
Girlfriends and Gay BFF Brunch
If you want to lick your New Year’s Eve wounds in the calm and cozy ambiance of a precious cottage, you’re in luck! Penelope in Murray Hill is open for brunch from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Read the Bitches’ review.
Covert Celeb Sighting Brunch
Celebrity sightings are not rare at this trendy NoHo eatery as we highlight in our upcoming review. The Smile makes a killer cocktail with house-made infusions, which is perfect for those on the New Year’s Day mend. The regular brunch menu will be offered beginning at 10 a.m.
Hip Hotel Brunch
If you happen to be after-partying at the chic James Hotel in SoHo, stick around for brunch. The French toast and crab cake pretzel appetizer at David Burke Kitchen have as much flavor as as the celebrity chef’s namesake. The brunch menu will be available all day starting at 11 a.m. Read the Bitches’ review.
Compensating for Your NYE Brunch
Maybe your New Years Eve didn’t turn out as glamorous as you’d hoped, and you ended up on the couch with takeout. New day, new year. Make up for it in the Lower East Side at Essex’s trendy brunch and toast your new exciting self with three cocktails, included with their $24.95 impressive brunch special. The party begins at 11 AM.
Continuation of Last Night Brunch
If you had an epic and overindulgent celebration and you’re emerging from the depths of a time-warped rave club in time for a satisfying nightcap before you sleep off your day, we recommend you head to Lavo. Just kidding! Swing by Ess-a-Bagel in either Midtown East or the East Village and get a few life-saving everything bagels with mounds of cream cheese and go home. Enjoy your brunch in a no judgment zone, on the couch, with the shortest walk possible to bed.
Back on Track Brunch
If you want to wake up and pretend to be a real, healthy person on New Year’s Day, focus your attention on Back Forty in the East Village, where “housemade” and “organic” adorn the menu. You will feel more hopeful about your resolutions as you relish fresh doughnuts, maple baked granola and soft scrambled eggs with whipped ricotta. The atmosphere is as appealing as your brand spanking new 2014 calendar. Brunch will be served from 12-6 p.m.
Good Girlfriend Brunch
If you dragged your boyfriend to a NYE plan that in no way appealed to him, but in every way appealed to you (and your six girlfriends), earn some kudos in the New Year and offer to brunch at Wildwood Barbeque in Flatiron. This BBQ joint features live sports games and great quality wings, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Drink on, Bitches. Paradou, situated in the heart of Meatpacking, offers unlimited champagne cocktails with the choice of one Provencal brunch entree for a reasonable $29, beginning at 11 a.m. This might just be one of the best boozy brunch gigs in the city, complemented by a tamer scene than your typical West 14th establishments, but still ridden with entertaining scenesters.
For our bourgeois readers who want an excuse to get gussied up in the New Year, focus your attention on Maialino in the Gramercy Hotel. Offering a classy ambiance and delicious Italian staples like a porchetta egg sandwich, it’s the sure choice for a brunch full of elegance. Reservations are disappearing rapidly, so call (212) 777-2410 ASAP.
Get Out of Dodge Brunch
If you couldn’t resist an alcohol-induced appearance on some sort of stage last night and you woke up ridden with regret, we suggest you escape the city for a recovery brunch in the quiet and anxiety-free streets of Williamsburg. The fancy hipsters at Reynards will likely not have played witness to your dougies and shuffles, and this gem of a brunch spot offers a beautiful, light-filled atmosphere in the swanky Wythe Hotel. Brunch begins at 11 a.m., walk-ins only.
If you want your brunch to be unusually engaging, head to Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, where you can scarf down a 10 inch buttermilk pancake and fried chicken over spares and strikes. Offering a full brunch menu and bowling from 2-6 p.m. with no cover, gather a group of your fun friends and commit your day to the lanes!