7 Spots for Spending New Year's Day BrunchBy Scott Kearnan
December 27, 2013
We've already offered up a handy guide on which restaurants are hosting extra-special New Year's Eve parties. But what to do the morning after, when you're bleary-eyed and cursed with a pounding headache? Here are a few brunches that will help you sop up the champagne and get you back on your feet for 2014.
Café Fleuri. Even if you didn't crash upstairs after the night's festivities, the Langham Hotel will be welcoming all guests for its New Year's Day "Recovery Brunch" from 11:30 AM-2 PM. The all-you-can-eat extravaganza ($73 per adult; $36 for children) features a menu with tantalizing "Eye Openers" like fire roasted sweet peppers and deviled eggs (pictured); healthy "Resolution" offerings like smoked maple cured salmon and a sushi station; plenty of carved meats and carb-loaded pasta dishes and, of course, some traditional breakfast fare like made-to-order omelets and crispy Belgian waffles (617-451-1900).
Craigie on Main. Repeat after us: 2014 is going to be your lucky year. Now roll the proverbial dice at Craigie's New Year's Day "Lucky Brunch." For $50, you'll feast on chef Tony Maws' menu that includes options like crispy pork jowl schnitzel with black truffle-pig foot jus, duck confit and duck sausage hash, and a Fancy Pants New Year's Deli Plate that boasts smoked sea troutt, sturgeon rillettes, caviar and more. Best of all: two tables chosen at random between the 11 AM-2:30 PM brunch hours will have their entire bill comp'd. Feeling lucky? (617-497-5511)
City Landing. According to the powers responsible for assigning food and beverage "holidays," January 1 happens to be Bloody Mary Day. (Which makes sense, since hair of the dog never hurts the recovery process.) So the Atlantic Wharf restaurant under chef Bill Brodsky will be offering "Of Bloody & Bacon," a special brunch menu replete with Bloody Mary variations and pork-centric plates. For the former, you'll find spicy tomato juice-based sips like the Down South (Tito’s Handmade Vodka spruced with A-1 sauce, Franks Red Hot, beef jerky, pork rind and a Slim Jim), and Caliente (house infused jalapeño vodka with horseradish, Sriracha and pickled jalapeño). Then chow down shrimp n' grits with linguica sausage, pork belly benedict or a brunch pizza topped with pesto, scrambled eggs and house made bacon (617-725-0305).
Grasshopper. Resolving to go vegan — or at least cut down on meat intake? The animal-free Allston favorite will have serve up a family-style "New Year's Day Banquet" with seatings at 12:30 PM and 3 PM. It's just $14.25 for the family-style heaping of five appetizers (from veggie-stuffed steamed dumplings to fried yellow bean cakes) and six entrees, including curry coconut vermicelli noodles and the Grasshopper Supreme: skinless eggplant served with asparagus, spinach and Portobello mushroom in a chili basil sauce. Plus soup, salad and dessert (617-254-8883).
Olde Magoun's Saloon. You probably blew a small fortune on New Year's Eve celebrations. So keep it casual with the always-solid cheap eats from this Somerville pub. The special Hangover Buffet, available from 10 AM-4 PM, is just $14 for a spread of whiskey-soaked French toast, pulled pork hash and mac n' cheese with kielbasa (617-776-2600).
Top of the Hub. Start at the top: literally. Kick off 2014 with brunch on the 52nd floor of Prudential Tower from 12-4 PM accompanied by sweeping views and a soundtrack of live jazz. The menu includes smoked trout bruschetta, lobster vol au-vent and challah French toast with strawberry-basil compote and cinnamon streusel; it's $40 per person, $24 for children (617-536-1775).
West Bridge. Keep the party going with the Kendall Square gem's second annual "Drunch" from 12-4 PM. Chef Matt Gaudet brings the culinary creations, like a "beer & bacon biscuit" (with sunny side egg and gravy) and pear pancakes with maple bourbon egg syrup; mixologist Josh Taylor pours the cocktails. For the best of both worlds, opt for the carving station package ($36), which pairs lamb and honey glazed pork roast with a choice of four sides and a shot (617-945-0221).