After partying all night into 2013, you’ll need a solid brunch to get your carbo-fix, clear your head, and keep your tummy full. Make reservations or stop by these NYC restaurants serving the best brunches on New Year’s Day. By Sarah Shaker.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
And you thought an all-you-can-eat buffet was just for the ‘burbs? Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya is launching a new stuff-your-face menu just in time for the New Year! $29.50 gets you the unlimited buffet, including everything from sushi rolls to pancakes, and non-alcoholic drinks. For $39.50 you can also order from the a la carte menu. Boozy beverage options include Mimosa Service, as well as a list of cocktails. Kids under 12 get to can pig out for only $10.
What could be better than Italian food to nurse your New Year’s hangover? Executive Chef Michael Berardino’s Grilled Cheese oozing with parmigiano, speck, toma and besciamella and topped with an egg will start 2013 off right. On Tuesday, January 1st 11am to 4pm enjoy menu items like their Buttermilk Biscuit (with soft scrambled eggs, sausage gravy), Frittata (with broccoli rabe, potato and pecorino), Fettucine Rigate “alla carbonara” (with pancetta, pecorino, black pepper and egg) and Tagliatelle Bolognese (with parmigiano reggiano).
Spotted Pig veteran Nate Smith’s menu changes daily depending on what’s available at local markets, making for fresh and interesting meals at AllsWell. On New Year’s Day, stop by for brunch at this Williamsburg restaurant to ring in 2013. Start with their Chelsea Bun for a sticky sweet indulgence (and a possible hangover cure). Menu highlights include Flatbread with kale, ricotta and a fried egg, BBQ Lamb Sandwich (with shredded cabbage and picked onion) and Pancake with Pears and maple syrup.
Want a boozy brunch to continue your partying well into the New Year? Sons of Essex in the LES has got you covered with their New Year’s Day Brunch featuring unlimited mimosas from 1:00pm to 8:00pm on January 1st. The Mac N’ Cheese Omelette will soak up last night’s booze as you continue to imbibe, while the Lobster Benedict is the perfect New Year’s brunch splurge.
This New Orleans’s style restaurant in Astoria is a favorite among locals for hearty, spicy and all around delicious meals. They’ll be open for brunch on New Year’s Day, offering a complimentary glass of champagne with your meal to toast to 2013. Indulge in their Bananas Foster French Toast for a sweet start to the New Year or enjoy one of their spicy seafood dishes for a taste of French Quarter’s flavor in Queens.
Start off the New Year out at sea on Hornblower’s Infinity Yacht, which just underwent a $20 million renovation, and includes beautiful views of the NYC skyline and bottomless breakfast cocktails. For $57.50 a person, guests can enjoy a two-hour cruise, a boarding glass of champagne, buffet brunch, unlimited mimosas and bloody marys all to the tunes of an on board DJ!
Clinton Street Baking Co.
Indulge in Clinton Street Baking Co.’s popular blueberry, banana walnut or chocolate chunk pancakes. They’ll be open on New Years Eve Day from 8am to 4pm and 6pm to 11pm for those in need of a pancake prescription before they party into 2013 and will be open again on New Years’ Day from 9am – 5pm and 6pm to 11pm with their Everyday Menu for brunch. If sweet, fluffy pancakes aren’t your thing, don’t miss out on their Buttermilk Friend Chicken and Waffles for dinner, which made our list of the best chicken and waffles in the city.
Nestled in the Gramercy Park Hotel, Maialino will be open for brunch on New Year’s Day with their regular a la carte Brunch menu. Enjoy their Cacio e Pepe
(Soft Scrambled Eggs, Pecorino and Black Pepper) for what may be the most delicious simple egg dish you’ve tasted or for something a little heavier try the Porchetta (Roast Pork and Fried Egg Sandwich). Pasta dishes like their Malfatti al Maialino (Suckling Pig Ragu and Arugula) are available, as well as seafood and meat dishes for those looking for a heartier brunch.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.