New Years Eve is a time of champagne and glittered party hats, so naturally, the day after – a.k.a. the calm after the storm – is the ultimate brunch day: hearty meals and hangover cures galore! These hot spots around New York City offer some of the best new brunch specials around, with Bloody Mary happy hours and fresh organic burgers, these venues’ meals are a must to start the new year off right.
Maite in Bushwick, a seasonal New American restaurant with Colombian, Basque and Italian influences, will celebrate New Year’s Day by serving their first ever brunch (11 am – 5 pm), complete with strong Colombian beer, sparkling Spanish holiday cider, and a side of typical Latin American Cumbia music. Maite will also be serving their innovative specials made by Chef/Partner Ella Schmidt (formerly of well-known restaurant Il Buco as well as of Craft and Al Di La).This American restaurant with strong Latin influences is a brand new addition to the streets of Brooklyn, yet it has already earned a series of raves, including one from New York Magazine’s Underground Gourmet. The restaurant which until now has only served dinner, will be revealing their brunch menu this New Years Day, boasting holiday hangover cure dishes from Chef Ella’s native Colombia, like Puchero, a classic soup made with potatoes, yucca and green plantains in a savory broth with delicious meats like beef, pork and chicken.
Other dishes include Maite’s beloved Burger made with an organic rib patty and topped with locally sourced mozzarella and a soft-boiled egg that’s lightly battered and fried, served on a bun slathered in an aioli spiked with mustard seeds and pickles. As if that wasn’t enough there is also the Duck Egg atop a thick Colombian-style arepa filled with tangy melted gouda and surrounded by manteca, a Spanish sauce made from butter, lard and smoked paprika, which gives the sauce a bright orange color.
Can you find any reason not to visit Maite? We didn’t think so. The New Year’s Day Brunch Celebration in Williamsburg’s Grand Ferry Tavern begins January 1st with an exclusive Oyster Happy Hour offering three rare varietiesof oysters as well as half-priced wine bottles until close. In typical post-New-Years-Eve manner, Grand Ferry Tavern also serves a terrific hangover cure including All-Day Bloody Mary with Solveig Gin made by Far North Spirits in Minnesota – a spirits company known for its hands-on ‘field to glass’ distilling model – with tomato juice, fresh citrus, pickles, Worcestershire sauce and spices. If that doesn’t cure you we don’t know what will! The Richardson, Grand Ferry Tavern’s sister bar will also celebrate New Year’s Day with a noon to four am brunch offering half-priced wine bottles all day and night. In addition, both The Richardson and Grand Ferry Tavern will serve the Pork Loin & Sauerkraut “Good Luck” Special, a New Year’s Day tradition in co-owner Joel Lee Kulp’s native land, Pennsylvania.
The Irvington, a Mediterranean inspired menu of New American cuisine located in NYC’s Union Square, brings us a glorious New Year’s Day Brunch from 8am to 3pm serving diner-style classics with an eclectic kick. Some options are Baked Eggs with tomato braised chickpeas, merguez and avocado, Irvington Burger with crispy onions, beecher’s flagship cheddar and potato bun. Additionally, the restaurant/bar offers a wine variety of brewed craft beers, intricate cocktails, fine wines as well as cold-pressed juices, in case you have given up on drinking after the holiday celebrations.Mr. Purple, a vibrant rooftop bar and restaurant located on the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo in the Lower East Side, offers a New Year’s Day Brunch from 11am to 3pm with Manhattan-style entrées like Lox & Bagel with cream cheese, tomato & capers and LES Street Tacos with options of mushroom, chicken or steak. With indoor and outdoor spaces designed in modern New York fashion by renowned design firm Crème Design, the space includes a swimming pool, bar and a variety of seating options such as chaise lounges, banquettes, and high top communal tables. The cocktail menu by Gerber Group is a refined twist on the classics, and will perfectly compliment your Manhattan post-NYE brunch.