Whether you plan on spending New Year’s Eve dancing ’til dawn or curled up on the couch in sweatpants watching Dexter, you’ll still wake up hungry on January 1st. Instead of heading to your local bodega for a greasy breakfast burrito, why not kick off 2015 in style with a long, leisurely brunch. Got a friend who is gluten-free and another who is vegan? Not to fear! Haute Living has rounded up the city’s best breakfast spots that offer a selection of savory specialities and sweet treats that are sure to please everyone in your inner circle.
339 Greenwich Street
This NYC favorite has locations all over the city, but on New Year’s Day when crowds are at their prime, we recommend heading to the Tribeca location. The food—like lemon & ricotta pancakes and spinach & goat cheese omelets—is just as good, but chances are, it will be less packed than the prime Central Park outpost. Head still hurting from a long night of debauchery? Skip the mimosa and order a glass of the signature Four Flowers juice featuring fresh oranges, pineapples, bananas, and pomegranates. It’s so delicious you won’t even miss the bubbly.
143 Division Street
If the thought of yet another sceney spot makes you want to scream, avoid the meatpacking district and head to this charming neighborhood joint in the Lower East Side. Offering healthy choices like quinoa porridge made with almond milk, bananas, blackberries, dates, coconut, pecans, and honey, and acai bowls topped with fresh fruit and homemade granola, you’ll feel so energized after eating that you’ll want to jet off to SoulCycle.
956 Second Avenue
Dining with a large group of pals but still want an amazing meal? Skip the small downtown restaurants and head to The Smith’s new midtown location. Featuring an expansive dining area and oversized windows, it’s roomy enough to accommodate bigger parties, yet boasts the same neighborhood vibe as its East Village counterpart. Even better, most entrees—like savory steak and eggs or sweet buttermilk waffles—come with a free bloody mary, bellini, apple champagne cocktail, or passion punch.
Beauty & Essex
146 Essex Street
Want to keep the party going… while still enjoying a side of decadent vanilla beignnets? Then head to this downtown eatery for an A-list meal with an A-list ambiance to boot. Featuring sleek leather couches and sparkly chandeliers, we can’t think of a more decadent way to enjoy red velvet waffles.
120 Hudson Street
Looking for a place where you can wash your smoked salmon platter down with a slice of homemade Michigan sour cherry pie? Then visit this Tribeca stable, where meat dishes are plentiful (the menu even tells you where the animals are butchered), but there’s still plenty of options for picky vegetarians. Choose from sweet sourdough pancakes or roasted pear & endive salad, but be sure to save room for the all-star buttermilk biscuits smeared with organic butter and jam.