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The best places for New Year’s Day brunch in NYC

New Year’s Day brunch in NYC is here to help you work off that champagne-fueled hangover with celebratory food and drink


You're exhausted: You watched the Times Square ball drop, took in the beautiful New Year’s Eve fireworks and now have the ultimate New Year’s Day hangover—what better way, then, to ring in the first day of the year with New Year’s Day brunch in NYC? Whether you want yours sweet or savory or both, these holiday specials and kits available for takeout and delivery are great options for your first meal of 2020,

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Best New Year’s Day brunch

  • Italian
  • Soho
  • price 3 of 4

If the only effort you want to expend on January 1st is reheating something, this New Year’s Day Breakfast Kit from Delicious Hospitality Group is the one for you. Available for pick-up at Legacy Records or $50 delivery throughout all five boroughs on December 30th, the kit includes fried chicken with buttermilk waffles, everything bagels, and house-cured wild trout with smoked cream cheese.

Price: $150 for four people

Best way to start 2021: A winter mimosa kit (prosecco, blood orange, beet and carrot), available to add on for $50

  • Contemporary American
  • Meatpacking District
  • price 3 of 4

If your final night of 2020 proved as eventful as the rest of the year, you’re going to need some help recovering come 1/1/21. Opt for the New Year’s Recovery Brunch from this American bistro at the Gansevoort, available for takeout or outdoor dining. The prix fixe includes main dishes like banana-berry pancakes and French toast with caramelized apples, along with shareables including breakfast pastries and a bacon basket.

Price: $45

Best way to start 2021: A sausage-egg-and-cheese breakfast burger

  • American
  • Williamsburg

In this for-two "Bring Brunch Home" kit, you'll find everything you need to kick off the first meal of 2021 right: Housemade everything bagels, cage-free eggs (uncooked), house-cured smoked salmon, Berkshire bacon, truffled fingerling potatoes, a mixed green salad, ready-to-brew East One Coffee, and more. Boozy add-ons include a $35 DIY mimosa kit and a $48 Bloody Mary kit. 

Price: $45

Best way to start 2021: Housemade condiments like hot sauce, cream cheese, and apple jam.

  • French
  • Lenox Hill
  • price 3 of 4

If you want New Year's Eve dinner and New Year's Day brunch taken care of all in one go, Daniel Boulud's got you covered. Along with festive canapes and an indulgent dinner for four, the New Year's Feast à la DANIEL includes morning-after brunch, with dishes like pâté en croûte, smoked salmon, a selection of French cheeses, and more. Wine pairings, caviar, black truffles, macarons, and Jamón Ibérico can be added on. 

Price: $2,200

Best way to start 2021: A gooey Moelleux au Chocolat

  • Italian
  • Bushwick
  • price 2 of 4

This modern Italian outfit is offering three options for New Year's Day brunch, each serving four and available for pick-up on December 31st between noon and 6pm: The Breakfast of Champions box, which revolves around baked goods (cinnamon buns, coffee cake); the Late Riser, with more lunchy items like hot honey fried chicken and cornbread; and the aptly titled I'm Never Drinking Again kit, with health boosters like overnight oats, fresh fruit, and green smoothies. 

Price: $40 per person for Breakfast of Champions, $60 per person for the other packages

Best way to start 2021: Honey butter biscuits

  • Contemporary American
  • Prospect Heights
  • price 2 of 4

The "Feel Better Soon" holiday kit from this Brooklyn restaurant-provisioner might have been created for those dealing with a cough or cold, but it has just what you need to fight over that first dreaded hangover of the year: Chicken bone broth, salted oat crunch, kabocha squash soup, roasted rosemary potatoes, turmeric tonic, immunity elixirs, and more. 

Price: $150

Best way to start 2021: Not feeling like you're going to die from alcohol consumption


7. L'Avenue at Saks

The Parisian dining room at the Saks Firth Avenue flagship may be closed, but they’re keeping the quarantined party going with their at-home meal kits, available for pickup or delivery (below 153rd Street). For New Year’s Day, partake in their “Holiday Lunch” option, which includes entrees like miso salmon and curry chicken, or their “Champagne & Caviar” package, which comes with Caviar Oscietre Royal, duck foie gras, beef filet and, of course, bubbly. 

 $200 for Holiday Lunch, $600 for Champagne & Caviar

Best way to start 2021: Pumpkin pie with caramel mascarpone and sugared cranberries

  • Global
  • Nolita
  • price 2 of 4

New Year’s just isn’t complete without bubbly—thankfully, Mary Attea’s Michelin-starred restaurant is offering some sparkling right along with brunch. The KRUG X MR holiday brunch package includes for-two dishes like tortilla española with trout roe and creme fraiche, a winter citrus salad with yogurt and fennel pollen, and house-made brioche rolls with butter and jam, all paired with a 375ml bottle of Krug Grand Cuvée.

Price: $190

Best way to start 2021: With a champagne toast, duh. 


9. o.d.o

In Japan, the first three years of the new year are spent eating osechi, an elaborate dish meant to symbolize luck and fortune. Try the tradition for yourself with this special holiday offering from this Flatiron kaiseki. The osechi box, offered for preorder on December 29th and pick-up or delivery on the 31st between noon and 9pm, included dishes like grilled spiny lobster with uni hollandaise, wild yellowtail teriyaki with yuzu citrus, and grilled king salmon marinated in spicy mayo. 

Price: $180

Best way to start 2021: With better luck than 2020. 

  • Delis
  • Lower East Side
  • price 2 of 4

Get a taste of classic New York from the cafe arm of the heralded lox emporium. The hangover-ready New York Brunch kit serves six people with half a dozen assorted bagels, a pound of Nova smoked salmon, a pound of cream cheese, a pound of coffee, and a chocolate babka.

Price: $140

Best way to start 2021: If you're still needing a hair of the dog after all that, there's a separate Mimosa Kit for $29.

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