January 1 2017 falls on a Sunday and that’s good news, since you can celebrate with a New Year’s Day brunch! We asked reporter Jennifer Hedley to round up spots around town from festive and sophisticated to cozy and casual and added a few favorites of our own (HL) to help you get 2017 off to a great start.
Cafe Boulud (20 East 76th Street)
With Daniel Boulud behind the menu, how can you go wrong? Feast on Boulud dishes like the the Comte ravioli, made with sweet potato, black grapes and red walnuts; peekytoe crab salad; or striped bass “en Paupiette” with baby leeks. cafeboulud.com; 212-772-2600.
Chef’s Club (275 Mulberry Street)-HL
This restaurant showcases the work of top visiting chefs from around the country, known for their innovative cooking styles and focus on seasonal ingredients.On New Year’s Day there will be an a la carte brunch menu with such dishes as roasted squash salad, Low Country seafood pan roast, and duck hash. [email protected]; 212.941.1100.
Rebelle (215 Bowery)
Chef Daniele Eddy, who hails from the cult Parisian restaurant Spring, renowned for its modern take on classic dishes, provides a sophisticated brunch menu with items like eggs benedict with foie gras and Paris ham; carrot a la plancha; and a trifecta cheese miche. rebellenyc.com; 917 639 3880.
Bagatelle (1 Little West 12th Street)
The restaurant is known for its bangin’ brunch parties, where menus include “hangover specials” and sophisticated comfort food like truffle roasted chicken, and three-cheese lobster ravioli, bagatellenyc.com or [email protected]
shay&ivy (39 West 24th Street)
The Flaitron District’s newest restaurant, is offering brunch on New Year’s Day and lunch on January 2nd. Try dishes like the Stuffed French Toast with blackberry preserves, ricotta and apricot honey; the ginger skirt steak salad; or the shay&ivy burger topped with aged white cheddar. If calorie counting isn’t on your resolution list, indulge in the PSL Panna Cotta, made with pumpkin, espresso, spiced whipped cream and praline crumble; or the six layer (count ‘em!) chocolate cake. shayandivyny.com; 646-666-8635
Little Town NYC (118 East 15th Street)
Little Town NYC has a cool concept—bringing the tastes of small towns and neighborhoods throughout the city and state to the heart of Manhattan.Their New Year’s Day brunch will feature popular items from their dinner menu including the Arthur Avenue angel hair pomodoro; a choice of wings including Corona Queens Tequila Lime or Brooklyn Batter Up, and a “Central Park Caeser Salad.” littletown.com; 212-677-6300.
Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano (890 Second Avenue)
Actor, screenwriter, playwright, and producer Chazz Palminteri has had a busy year, bringing A Bronx Tale as a musical to Broadway (directed by Robert De Niro) and opening a restaurant in Midtown. At his Second Avenue restaurant, enjoy some old-school Sicilian-style cooking, but there are dishes from a variety of other Italian regions, too (risotto di mare, linguini nero, saltimbocca alla romana among them). The extensive wine list includes offerings from another movie honcho with a flourishing hospitality business, Francis Ford Coppola. chazzpalminterinyc.com; 212-355-5540.