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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

By Bao Ong and Time Out contributors

You're exhausted: You’ve lived it up at the New Year’s Eve parties, taken 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, here are great options for your first meal of 2020.

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Best New Year’s Day brunch

1. Fish Cheeks

Restaurants Thai Noho

The Thai-inspired seafood menu will be available a la carte on New Year’s Day, but you may want to opt for one of the chef’s selection sharing menus to take full advantage of all the dynamic dishes, from a zesty pomelo salad to fragrant coconut crab curry.

Best way to start 2020: Coconut crab curry
Price: A la carte or chef's selection menu

2. Emmy Squared

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Restaurants Pizza Williamsburg

Too much Champagne the night before? Soak it all up with Emmy Square’s pies or the special Truffle Tots available through January 5th.

Best way to start 2020: Truffle tots
Price: A la carte

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

3. Bubby’s

Restaurants American Tribeca

Alongside its brunch regulars like fluffy sour-cream pancakes and buttermilk biscuits, the comfort-food spot will have its breakfast usuals of eggs benedict, huevos rancheros and omelets.

Best way to start 2020: Sour-cream pancakes
Price: A la carte

4. Charlie Bird

Restaurants Italian Soho

Sipping wine out of a luxurious Zalto stem is an activity typical of more formal surroundings, but at Charlie Bird, you swirl a smoky Rodano chianti riserva while nodding your head to the Notorious B.I.G. 

Best way to start 20209: Poached egg with polenta, tropea onion and hazelnuts
Price: A la carte


5. La Pecora Bianca

Restaurants Italian Flatiron

It’s hard not to be taken with the many charms of La Pecora Bianca. Like that leisurely Provençal bistro, Pecora’s window-flanked dining room draws from the countryside, this time Italy’s small-town farmhouses and rural kitchens: Mint-green chairs snuggle up to wood-plank tables and walls are garnished with hand-painted tiles. 

Best way to start 2020: Lemon ricotta pancakes
Price: A la carte

Photograph: Courtesy Catch

6. Catch

Restaurants Seafood Meatpacking District

Catch is throwing a 20s themed New Year’s Eve party the night before but if you return for brunch, you can feast on a globally-inspired seafood menu.

Best way to start 2020: Salmon belly carpaccio
Price: A la carte

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Magic Hour

7. Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Moxy Times Square

Bars Cocktail bars Midtown West

Most rooftop bars rely on their expansive vistas to woo the crowds, noting the sky-high vantage as the main attraction. For Magic Hour, the spot from TAO Group that crowns the Moxy Times Square hotel, its view of midtown and the Empire State Building is just a footnote. The team plays up the idea of an “urban amusement park” in its palatial 10,000-square-foot space.

Best way to start 2019: Super Stack Pancakes
Price: A la carte
Hours: 11:30am—3:30pm

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