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Icebox Cafe - mimosas
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The best New Year's Day brunch in Miami

The best New Year’s Day brunch in Miami offers tasty hangover cures like pancakes, cheeseburgers and lots o' mimosas

By Virginia Gil
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How to make sure your year gets off to a great start? You begin the year with New Year’s Day brunch in Miami. There’s no better way to cope with the aftermath of a night spent partying than with eggs, bacon and other essential Miami brunch foods. So, if dancing the night away at one of the best Miami bars is in the plans, make sure New Year’s Day brunch in Miami is also on the schedule. Hangover cures and hair-of-the-dog cocktails await at our top picks. 

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Best New Year’s Day brunch in Miami

Icebox Cafe brunch
Photograph: Courtesy Icebox Cafe

1. Icebox Cafe

Restaurants Tea rooms South Beach

Icebox makes Friday feel like a Sunday. Drop by the restaurant’s Sunset Harbour and Hallandale Beach locations for all-day brunch—think avocado toast and eggs Benedict, plus the requisite bottomless mimosas. It wouldn’t be brunch without them. 

American Social brunch
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2. American Social

Restaurants American Brickell

Head to the Brickell restaurant for brunch along the Miami River. If the steak and eggs, French toast and avo toast on the menu don’t cure your hangover, the flowing mimosas will. Hair of the dog, anyone? 

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Caja Caliente brunch
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3. Caja Caliente

Restaurants Cuban Little Gables

The Coral Gables Cuban restaurant is going all out for its first brunch of the year. Expect live music, flowing drinks (mimosas, sangria—you name it) and Caja Caliente’s irresistible daytime selection—from tacos and tamales topped with a fried egg to chef Mika’s delicious guava pancakes.

Eating House
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Brenda Benoît

4. Eating House

Restaurants Contemporary American Little Gables

Brunch and Eating House are practically synonymous—you can’t go to the Coral Gables restaurant and not order a stack of its famous Cap’n Crunch pancakes. But there’s more in store on New Year’s Day, including specials like strawberry cheesecake french toast, dirt cup pancakes (!) and a burger made with beef short rib and topped with truffle aioli. Your diet can wait ‘til the second.

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Phuc Yea sancocho
Photograph: Courtesy Phuc Yea

5. Phuc Yea

Restaurants Vietnamese Little Haiti / Lemon City

This New Year’s Day, trust in the transformative powers of sancocho pho—the Colombian kitchen-sink soup meets the soul-warming short rib pho broth of Vietnam. It’s just the combo you need to bring you back from your first hangover of 2020. Expect other liquids to slow at brunch too, like frozen palomas and tropical mimosas, both of which are available in unlimited quantities. 

Lido Bayside Grill at The Standard, Miami Beach
Photograph: Chris Carter

6. Lido Bayside Grill at the Standard Spa, Miami Beach

Restaurants Mediterranean Belle Isle

Let the Biscayne Bay breeze and Lido’s hair of the dog cocktails bring you back to life this New Year’s Day. The outdoor restaurant is offering vodka- and tequila-based Bloody Marys to stay as well as to go, plus something called a Hangover Hot Brown, featuring Texas toast, smoked turkey, cheese sauce, thick-cut bacon and a fried egg. Depending on how your night went, you might want to order two of both.

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Sherwoods Bistro & Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Sherwoods Bistro & Bar

7. Sherwoods Bistro & Bar

Restaurants American creative Little River

Settle in outdoors or find yourself a seat in one of its oversized booths—Sherwoods is serving brunch on New Year’s Day and you’re going to want to be there a while. You’ll need time to savor the eggs Benedict, and the french toast and the signature duck hash and eggs. Stay long enough and watch brunch turn into happy hour (5 to 7pm). It’s a win-win.

Jaguar Restaurant
Photograph: Courtesy Jaguar Restaurant

8. Jaguar

Restaurants Seafood Coconut Grove

Talk about timing. The buzzy Coconut Grove restaurant kicks off the year with the debut of its new brunch menu, featuring a variety of egg dishes (get them as huevos rancheros, huevos estrellados, churrasco a caballo and more) and a bottomless drink special that includes bellinis and mimosas ‘til 3pm.

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Le Chick
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9. Le Chick

Restaurants American Wynwood

Hangover cures and craft cocktails await at Le Chick in Wynwood. You’ll find plenty of miracle eats, from bacon-y things to sweet things to the restaurant’s signature fried chicken served atop a crispy waffle. And if you didn’t have enough to drink the night before, you will on New Year’s Day: bottomless mimosas and unlimited frozen margaritas are on deck all day.

Fuego y Mar at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
Photograph: The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

10. Fuego y Mar at Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

The poolside restaurant gives you the jolt you need to kickstart your day. Its $65 recovery breakfast is packed with nourishing items, such as fresh juice and veggie shots, as well as treat-yourself dishes like waffles and cheeseburgers.

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Pisco y Nazca
Photograph: Courtesy Pisco y Nazca

11. Pisco y Nazca

Restaurants Peruvian Kendall

Stop in at both Pisco y Nazca locations (Doral and Kendall) for classic Peruvian dishes and bottom sangria for an extra 18 bucks. First time at the restaurant? Try the customer favorites, like empanadas de ají de gallina, chaufa de pollo and the lomo saltado sandwich.

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