Don’t let that New Year’s Day hangover keep you hiding under the covers all day. That’s no way to ring in the first day of 2014! Soothe your headache and settle your stomach at one of these restaurants offering the best in New Year’s Day brunches and all around cures. By Sarah Shaker.
Extra Fancy will serve a special hangover recovery New Year’s Day Brunch from noon until 5:00 p.m. featuring the Fancy Bloody Caesar, complete with a lobster claw, clams, poached shrimp and a signature bloody mix. This is sure to soothe what ails you after spending the night before at their pre fixe five-course dinner with a Champagne toast, music and dancing.
After 12:00 p.m. on the first of the year, this midtown bistro will offer a tasting menu, including four courses of sharable sweet and savory dishes, a bottle of Seguras Viudas Cava and a variety of fresh juices to wake you up from your New Year’s Eve slumber. Brunch prices begin at $50 for parties of two and $85 for parties of four.
Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar at Mondrian SoHo
Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar at Mondrian SoHo will be serving their signature brunch menu with the additional of Buona Fortuna, braised lentils, cotechino, fried hen egg, shaved escarole salad with provolone on New Year’s Day. This coastal Italian cuisine is served within a beautiful 5,000-square-foot greenhouse resembling the famous Bobboli gardens in Florence. Isola Trattoria is also offering table packages with platters of assorted sampling dishes and live music on New Year’s Eve.
W New York - Union Square
W Union Square is taking the good ol’ hair-of-the-dog cure and blending it with the uber-popular juicing trend to reintroduce its annual Detox to Retox Hangover Menu. From January 1-31, try their exclusive cocktail and food pairing menu to get you refreshed for the New Year created with Organic Avenue juices. The Coco-Cooler is made with Organic Avenue’s 100% Organic Coconut Water, Sailor Jerry Original Spiced Rum, Pineapple juice and Vanilla bitters, pairing perfectly with the popular Sweet Potato Bravas made with honey, jalapeño, crumbled feta, avocado aioli. The Prince Harry mixes Stoli Orange Vodka, Canton Ginger Liqueur, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur and Organic Avenue’s Royal Red Juice (carrot, pear, pineapple, beet, orange, ginger, lemon) to sip with Yellowfin Tuna Tartare.
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For $29, enjoy Sotto’s popular Boozy Brunch with a pre-fixe menu and unlimited brunch cocktails on New Year’s Day. Along with unlimited brunch cocktails, dine on your choice of two tapas and one side plate or any wood fired pizza, like the delectable “Forager” pie with wild mushrooms, ricotta, chives and truffle oil. This go-to West Village brunch spot also offers one of our favorite DIY Prosecco Bars to stay social with various liqueurs, fresh fruit purees, garnishes and suggested recipes.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.