New Year’s Eve 2017 in NYC guide
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 live jazz or Southern comforts, here are great options for your first meal of 2017.
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The best New Year's Day brunch
John Fraser’s Michelin-starred restaurant is popping bottles for its annual New Year’s Day brunch. Along with unlimited champagne, the celebration includes a three-course prix fixe: Choice of canapés (caviar croquante, truffle arancini), entrée (melted-leek frittata with taleggio fondue, seared halibut with sage-smashed parsnip) and dessert (cream-cheese panna cotta, pineapple sticky toffee pudding) for $72 a head.
On both Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2—you know, in case that holiday hangover is hitting you real hard—the Wythe Hotel restaurant is offering an a la carte brunch menu that includes items like eggs Benedict with caviar, hoppin' Johns and a fish board with an accompanying shot of aquavit.
There’s plenty on offer at this New Year’s brunch ($125 per adult, $75 per person under 21) to soak up that hangover: lobster mac-and-cheese, breakfast sandwiches and molten chocolate cake. And you know the drill—the only way to get rid of a hangover is to get working on another one, so fill up on champagne, Mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Ryan Hardy’s Italian-accented American kitchen will be offering a New Year’s Day brunch starting at 11:30am, featuring dishes such as quinoa pancakes with apricot and Pennsylvania maple, smoked steelhead trout with crème fraiche and rye, and poached eggs with buckwheat polenta and crispy duck skin.
It’s a New Year’s steal: get your choice of two courses—like butter-poached shrimp with Andouille sausage—and a drink for only $25 at this Southern-fried Nomad spot. The restaurant will also serve free black-eyed peas and cabbage to brunch revelers, as well as a $7 hair-of-the-dog Sazerac deal all day long.
The Nolita restaurant, which serves dishes from visiting chefs, will offer an a la carte brunch on New Year’s Day from 11am to 3pm, with dishes ranging from a Croque Monsieur made with smoked salmon and caviar to fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits and habanero honey.
Venue says: “New restaurant on the UES serving California-influenced food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between.”
This new California-inspired eatery on the Upper East Side will start your year off fresh with a New Year’s Day brunch from 8am to 4pm, offering health-conscious a la carte plates like squash toast with onion and Aleppo pepper, breakfast tacos with avocado puree and buttermilk chia pudding with marinated berries. Wash it all down with a kimchi Bloody Mary, made with house-made kimchi brine, raw garlic, roasted tomato and house-made hot sauce.
At this January 1st brunch, chef Luis Jaramillo will whip up offerings like Nutella babka French toast with deep-fried bananas and salted pistachios, a Bloody Mary-inspired seafood ceviche and a spicy sausage macaroni and cheese with broccoli rabe. On the drinks front, expect cocktails like It Was All a Dream, which sloshed Brugal Anejo with orange juice, house-made passion-fruit condensed milk and house-made, port-like mamajuana.
The speakeasy supper club hidden beneath Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem is welcoming the Vy Higginsen Choir for this New Year’s Day brunch. The choir will show off their impressive pipes while you enjoy dishes like chicken and waffles with Aleppo-spiked gravy and bourbon syrup, and hard-dough toast (West Indian white bread) with cornpread pudding, peach compote and coconut whipped cream.
Eduard Frauneder’s Noho restaurant is hosting a live jazz brunch starting at noon on New Year’s Day. Toss back $8 mimosas and $10 brunch cocktails like a Sigmund’s Spritz over plates of buttermilk pancakes with whipped sour cream, and sunny-side eggs with maple sausage and shiitake mushrooms.
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Sunday in Brooklyn
Contrary to what the name might suggest, Sunday in Brooklyn is open for brunch and dinner every day of the week. The rustic three-story space boasts an outdoor patio, marketplace, private dining room and rooftop garden. The brunch menu includes both lighter bites, like carrot bread with ginger cream cheese ($3) or avocado toast with preserved tomatoes, wheatgrass and sprouts ($9), and heartier fare, like an egg-sausage sandwich with potatoes, cheddar and gojuchang aioli ($11), malted pancakes like hazelnut-maple praline ($15) and a plate of smoked salmon, pastrami black cod, sour cream, pickled green tomatoes and sourdough ($23). Dinner also features the cod, alongside other small plates like wild mushroom rice grits with pumpkin ($12) and entrees such as a 30-day dry aged pork chop with sour mustard greens ($37). At either service, signature cocktails like Champagne Problems, with bubbly, orange, berries and mint, or Juanny Appleseed, with tequila, hot apple cider, brown butter and cinnamon, are available (both $12).
Venue says: “A neighborhood restaurant celebrating Sunday in Brooklyn by serving brunch and dinner daily and some of our favorite items for take away.”