There are only two things that can cure a NYE hangover: binge-watching ’90s cartoons and a decadent New Year's Day brunch. And Austin has that last one in spades. While some of the best restaurants in Austin are closed on January 1, others are saving lives everywhere and staying open to serve the most delicious brunches in town, from benedicts topped with Austin's best BBQ to pancakes piled high. Roll out of bed, put on your sweatpants (we believe in you) and rehash the previous night at one of our picks for the top New Year's Day brunches in the city.
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New Year's Day brunch
Head to downtown favorite La Condesa for an à la carte brunch spread, including a Homer Simpson brioche donut topped with raspberry glaze, lime and sprinkles; short rib enchiladas; chilaquiles and plenty of margaritas to nurse that hangover. Brunch runs from 11am to 3pm, and you can make reservations at 512-499-0300 or email@example.com.
Already a top Austin brunch spot, Freedmen's is taking their game up a notch with a special BBQ and Bubbles Brunch on New Year's Day from 11am to 3pm. Try the 1.5-pound beef rib benedict and bottle of Mumm for $95 (which serves 2-4 guests), or order from their regular brunch menu. Special sparkling cocktails will also be available; make your reservations at 512-434-0334 or online.
All of Cover 3's locations will be offering their full brunch menu normally reserved for weekend service. From 11am to 10pm, you'll be able to nosh on eggs commodore, migas, chilaquiles, stuffed brioche French toast and more. The bubbles and Bloody Mary bar will also be open, in case you need a hair-of-the-dog.
Looking to go luxe on NYD? Start your year off with Jeffrey's brunch, which is available for a cool $85 per person ($40 for the kiddos). You'll get it all: a pastry cart, a seafood tower, a buffet stacked with prime rib and potato pancakes, kitchen items that include omelets and pancakes and almond french toast, and desserts like dark chocolate torte and linzer cookies. Brunch begins at 10am; be sure to make reservations at 512-477-5584.
While Chicon will be closed for dinner on New Year's Day, they will be open for brunch from 10am to 2pm. Order plates of migas and brioche monkey bread, along with whipped feta benedicts, cheddar grits and charred avocado toast. To keep the party going, sip on $2 mimosas and toast to 2018.
Whether you're going to the W's New Year's Eve party or just want to show up for brunch, you're in good hands: the ticketed Hangover Brunch is the stuff 2018 dreams are made of. For $25, cleanse your body with all-you-can-eat pancakes and Tito's Handmade Vodka Bloody Mary and mimosa bars. The feast goes down from 11am to 1pm at Living Room Bar at the W.
Are biscuits calling your name after a night of revelry? Cannon + Belle has you covered with a Blues Brunch featuring live music from 10am to 2pm. Dine on biscuits, crab cake benedicts, sweet potato pork belly hash and more. Reservations can be made at 512-493-4900 or online.
Contigo is opening their doors on January 1 for a brunch feast, offered from 11am to 3pm. You'll definitely want to order their incredible breakfast burger, along with sweet potato mushroom hash, quiche, apple butter donuts and English muffins. Make a reservation here or call 512-614-2260.
Following a New Year's Eve smokeout at Banger's, the Rainey Street beer and sausage haven will be offering their usual brunch with a special on beans and greens: black-eyed peas, collard greens, ham hocks and cornbread (black-eyed peas are considered to bring luck in the New Year). Stop by for brunch from 11am to 4pm.