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
Coconut rice porridge at Blake Lane
Photograph: Noah Fecks
By Christina Izzo and Alyson Penn |

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 with a side of shaved truffles or Southern comforts, here are great options for your first meal of 2018.

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Best New Year’s Day brunch

Miss Lily's
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Restaurants, Jamaican

Miss Lily’s

icon-location-pin Greenwich Village

Both locations of the fun-loving Caribbean café will offer a la carte and an all-you-can-eat jerk chicken, pork and corn brunch on New Year’s Day starting at 11am. Fill up on jerk pork-belly hash with sunny-side eggs, battered-fish sandwiches with Scotch-bonnet mayo and coconut pancakes with fresh berries.

Best way to start 2018: All-you-can-eat Jerkfest
Price: $25 for all-you-can-eat
Hours: 11am—4:30pm

Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails
Restaurants, American

Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails

icon-location-pin Kips Bay

This craft cocktail and beer gastropub in Murray Hill will be serving brunch all-day long on New Year's day with options like a French toast egg sandwich, a pulled-pork and polenta eggs benedict and a "hangover plate."

Best way to start 2018: Complimentary bloody Mary or juice 
Price: A la carte
Hours: 11:30am—6pm

Blake Lane
Photograph: Courtesy Noah Fecks
Restaurants, Californian

Blake Lane

icon-location-pin Upper East Side

This California-inspired eatery on the Upper East Side will start your year off fresh with a New Year’s Day brunch, offering hearty a la carte plates like egg tacos and pancakes with mascarpone. Wash it all down with a kimchi Bloody Mary, made with house-made kimchi brine, raw garlic, roasted tomato and house-made hot sauce.

Best way to start 2018: Brassica bowl with a fried egg
Price: A la carte
Hours: 8am—5pm

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 2018: Sour-cream pancakes
Price: A la carte
Hours: 8am—11am

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria
Restaurants, Italian

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

icon-location-pin East Village

Strictly speaking, the mash-up of restaurant and retail food shop makes sense. You pop in to browse, and you stick around for a meal. Il Buco’s casual offshoot—one part winecentric restaurant (Vineria), one part gourmet food pantry (Alimentari)—pulls off the combo elegantly. This New Year's the restaurant will serve its usual brunch menu, with ball-out specials like caviar, champagne and salmon.

Best way to start 2018: Caviar
Price: A la carte
Hours: 11am—3:30pm

Dos Caminos Soho
Photograph: Courtesy Dos Caminos
Restaurants, Mexican

Dos Caminos

icon-location-pin Meatpacking District

All NYC locations of the trendy-yet-reliable Mexican eatery will be open for brunch on New Year's Day. Even better, they'll be serving hair of the dog specials of unlimited cocktails for two hours to cure your raging midnight hangover.

Best way to start 2018: Unlimited margaritas, bloody Marys and sangria
Price: $18 for two hours
Hours: 11:30am—4pm

Photograph: Courtesy Clancey
Restaurants, American


icon-location-pin Lower East Side

Sometimes you just want a good cocktail and something wrapped in bacon on a toothpick. Clancey serves up upgraded versions of gastropub staples along with cleverly named cocktails in the Lower East Side. Brunch will be the usual with drink specials such as $7 bloody Marys and mimosas and $10 cocktails.

Best way to start 2018: $20 mimosa carafes
Price: Varies
Hours: 11am—6pm

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 this year, it recently re-opened as full-on Italian restaurant. The brunch menu from chef Joshua Pinsky includes Italian-ish dishes like pappardelle with spicy beef and mint and lumache with tomato, chili and breadcrumbs.

Best way to start 2018: Crispy garlic-knot-spiced potatoes
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, a corner trattoria from Claudette owner Mark Barak in the historic St. James building. 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, copper bundt pans and soft-hued sheep-patterned wallpaper. 

Best way to start 2018: Truffles on eggs and franciacorta
Price: Three-course $60; four-course $85
Hours: 10am—4pm

Tavern 62
Photograph: Courtesy Tavern 62

Tavern 62 by David Burke

icon-location-pin Lenox Hill

Tavern 62 by David Burke is a modern American tavern, situated in New York City’s Upper East Side offering an all-day menu with contemporary American plates. 

Best way to start 2018: Pretzel-crusted crab cake benedict 
Price: $49 three-course prix fixe
Hours: 11am—4pm

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