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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 Christina Izzo and Alyson Penn |
Photograph: Courtesy Bubby's

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 2019.

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Best New Year’s Day brunch

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Restaurants, American


icon-location-pin 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 2019: Sour-cream pancakes
Price: A la carte
Hours: 8am—11pm

Momofuku Nishi
Restaurants, Contemporary Asian

Momofuku Nishi

icon-location-pin Chelsea

The early food-blog hype machine dubbed Nishi—David Chang’s first full-service entry to New York’s Momofuku empire in a half decade—as an Italian-Korean hybrid...but that didn't quite work. After briefly shuttering, it re-opened as full-on Italian restaurant.

Best way to start 2019: Italian Dip with smoked brisket, jus and giardiniera
Price: A la carte
Hours: Noon—3pm

<p>La Pecora Bianca</p>
Restaurants, Italian

La Pecora Bianca

icon-location-pin 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 2019: Nutella French Toast
Price: A la carte
Hours: 11am—4pm

Charlie Bird
Restaurants, Italian

Charlie Bird

icon-location-pin Soho

Sipping wine out of a $60 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 2019: Poached egg with polenta, tropea onion and hazelnuts
Price: A la carte
Hours: Noon–4pm

<p>Sunchoke Vada at Rahi</p>
Restaurants, Indian


icon-location-pin West Village

Consider it yet another spin in NYC’s revolving-door restaurant scene: When Tapestry shuttered in March in the West Village, owner Roni Mazumdar was quick to put another modern Indian restaurant in its place. The restaurateur tapped Junoon alum Chintan Pandya to reinterpret regional Indian food with local New York ingredients. 

Best way to start 2019: Rajma with Indian cornbread
Price: A la carte
Hours: noon—10pm


Bò Cà Phê

icon-location-pin Nolita

For Bò Cà Phê, home is that crowded dining enclave known as Soho’s Petrosino Square. Its menu centers around Vietnamese rice noodle salads, or bò bún, as they’re referred to in French, a near-perfect dish for the health obsessed.

Best way to start 2019: Egg banh mi, an omelette in a baguette with vache ki rit, pickled diakon, carrot, cucumber, jalapeño, and cilantro
Price: A la carte
Hours: 9:30am—midnight

<p>Lobster at Sauvage</p>
Restaurants, Contemporary American


icon-location-pin Greenpoint

You can have a good meal at this Greenpoint follow-up to Maison Premiere, named after the French word for "wild," especially with its expert team in the kitchen. The handsome dining room includes potted ferns, handblown glass chandeliers and plenty of French walnut.

Best way to start 2019: Steak and eggs frites with skirt steak, garlic aioli and fried eggs
Price: A la carte
Hours: Opens at noon

Restaurants, Contemporary American

Sons of Essex

icon-location-pin Lower East Side

Fans of boozy brunch will want to try out Sons of Essex. It has a speakeasy vibe, thanks to the deli counter out front: skip the sandwich and walk right by to enter the bar and restaurant. 

Best way to start 2019: Lemon ricotta pancakes
Price: A la carte or prix fixe for $30
Hours: Opens at 11am

Legacy Records
Photograph: Courtesy Robyn Lehr
Restaurants, Italian

Legacy Records

icon-location-pin Hell's Kitchen

Charlie Bird vets are behind this uber swanky restaurant, café and bar inside a former recording studio in Hudson Yards.

Best way to start 2019: Charred avocado with rye, mint and aceto balsamico
Price: A la carte
Hours: Starts at 11:30am

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Magic Hour
Bars, Cocktail bars

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Moxy Times Square

icon-location-pin 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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