NYC’s Best New Year's Day Brunches 2018

Everything you need to cure those post-NYE blues
December 20, 2017
by Meredith Heil

Every New Yorker knows that New Year’s Eve is one of the city’s busiest nights out on the town. But running around from house parties to champagne bars to late can take its toll on even the toughest of Big Apple-dwellers. Luckily, we found 13 stellar brunch destinations guaranteed to take you from bleary eyed to bushy tailed the next morning (or, let’s face it, early afternoon).

Courtesy of Empire Diner

Empire Diner

This iconic – and recently revamped – West Chelsea landmark’s a la carte New Year’s Day brunch features unique Bloody Mary riffs and caviar specials, including the ability to add caviar to any dish, until 4PM.

210 10th Ave.; 212-335-2277

HandCraft Kitchen & Cocktails

Let this industrial-chic Flatiron gastropub cure what ails you with a complementary Bloody Mary paired with hearty a la carte offerings like French toast egg sandwiches, pulled-pork and polenta eggs Benedict or the aptly named "Hangover Plate,” a heaping platter of eggs, sausage and hand-cut fries smothered in cheese, spicy meat sauce, chopped onions, mustard and ketchup.

367 3rd Ave.; 212-689-3000

Courtesy of Bua


It might not yet be warm enough to enjoy this hipster-friendly East Village pub’s sprawling patio, but that doesn’t mean you can’t don your best sunglasses and avenge your hangover with an $11 Bua Breakfast Sandwich (bacon, eggs, cheese, hash browns, scallions and special sauce) while sipping your way through brunch happy hour ($2 off drafts, $8 select cocktails and $18 house wine carafes from 12PM to 4PM).

122 Saint Marks Pl.; 212-979-6276


Thirsty? Head to this beloved Greenwich Village cocktail bar and Italian trattoria for a $10 All Day Bloody Mary (normally $14), a top shelf concoction made of Aylesbury Duck vodka, Ricard pastis, house Bloody Mary mix and green and red Tabasco sauce. For eats, an a la carte brunch menu will be available from 10AM to 4PM.

79-81 Macdougal St.; 212-982-5275

Bedford & Co.

NYD diners can get in on this tony Midtown spot’s $29 prix fixe from 11AM to 4PM, with options ranging from buttermilk rye pancakes to salsa verde-topped “green eggs and porchetta,” not to mention tableside bottomless mimosas (AKA an entire bottle of champagne and three fresh-squeezed juices to mix at your leisure).

118 E. 40th St.; 212-634-4040

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Wilfie & Nell

Rustically style and dimly lit, this West Village cocktail den comes equipped with a slew of inventive morning-appropriate tipples like the zingy Breakfast Negroni (Campari, Carpano antica, lime, grapefruit) and ultra refreshing Breakfast Cocktail (Tito's, lime, orange marmalade). To boot, your first two ring in at just $7 a pop when ordered alongside a hearty UK-influenced meal.

228 West 4th St.; 212-242-2990

Dos Caminos

This colorful tableserve Mexican mini-chain is unleashing the beast this year with two hours of unlimited cocktails for just $18 from 11:30AM to 4PM. Because when it comes to New Year’s Day brunching, four margaritas are definitely better than one.

475 West Broadway; 212-277-4300
825 3rd Ave.; 212-336-5400
675 Hudson St.; 212-699-2400

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Rosa Mexicano

Those raising a salt-rimmed glass to the año nuevo between 11:30AM and 3PM inside any of this elevated Mexican cantina’s four NYC outposts will find a complimentary skillet of piping hot cornbread topped with agave-lime butter, sauteed peppers and onions and cilantro waiting for them at their table.

61 Columbus Ave.; 212-977-7700
1063 1st Ave.; 212-753-7407
41 Murray St.; 212-849-2885
9 East 18th St.; 212-533-3350

Flip Sigi

This NYD, Jean-George vet Jordan Andino’s animated Filipino taco joint is dishing up the weekend-only favorite Plan B-Rito, an overstuffed combo of eggs, ham, bacon, Longanisa sausage, potatoes and cheese, as well as debuting his exciting new addition, Flip Adobo Ramen.

525 Hudson St.; 917-639-3262
1752 2nd Ave.; 646-559-1280

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Greenwich Grille

Inside his stylish new West Village bistro, Celebrity chef Harold Moore is kicking off the New Year by doling out free pecan-spiked cinnamon sticky buns alongside an extended menu of American brunch classics (think: Hoppin’ John, California breakfast burritos, 7-grain oatmeal with roasted brussels, squash and poached eggs).

33 Greenwich Ave.; 646-609-3615

Miss Lily’s

This vibrant Caribbean café’s two downtown locations challenge adventurous brunchers to an epic all-you-can-eat jerk chicken, pork and corn feast this New Years Day, accompanied by mainstays like fried fish sandwiches topped with scorching scotch bonnet mayo and coconut pancakes.

132 West Houston St.; 646-588-5375
109 Avenue A; 212-812-1482

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Camperdown Elm

This cozy Park Slope go-to, normally shuttered on Mondays, will greet the new year with an extra special pop-up brunch, served either a la carte or in the form of their celebrated five-course tasting experience.

441 Seventh Ave. Brooklyn; 347-294-4786


These modern Mexican kitchens are welcoming 2018 with a $29 prix fixe brunch which counts breakfast comforts like savory chicken chilaquiles and blueberry corn pancakes among its selections. Note: The Tribeca location’s menu includes bottomless mimosas, sangria or Bloody Marys, while Hell’s Kitchen diners are limited to three of their choosing.

668 10th Ave.; 212-920-4770
301 Church St.; 212-920-6270

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