Don’t feel like shelling out $300 per head for some over-the-top New Year’s Eve dinner, or having appletini’s slopped on your cocktail dress at an over-populated party? Or perhaps you’ve stayed out until the wee hours as it is, and are merely in search for some eggs over easy, along with a hair of the dog. In either case, here’s where to go for (comparatively) low-key New Year’s Day celebrations, from Dovetail’s bubbly brunch, to Maysville’s black-eyed pea giveaway…
Dovetail: John Fraser will be popping bottles as part of an unlimited champagne service, during his annual New Year’s Day brunch. For $72 per person, the indulgent celebration will also include a three-course prix fixe with choice of canapés (such as caviar croquante or truffle arancini), entrée (including melted leek and fondue frittata or seared halibut with sage-smashed parsnip) and dessert; think pineapple sticky toffee pudding or cream cheese panna cotta.
103 W 77th St, (212) 362-3800
Rider: Helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef, Patrick Connelly, this bar and restaurant adjunct to Williamsburg’s National Sawdust art space is serving a restorative brunch on January 1st, complete with Lox Fries (a pile of potato wedges, smoked salmon, cream cheese, salmoriglio and capers), Eggs Morty (paired with riddled mortadella and hollandaise on an English muffin) and the ultimate hangover dish, The Cure; featuring crispy rice, duck confit, cilantro, hoisin and sriracha, topped with a poached egg.
80 N 6th St., (718) 210-3152
Tavern62: David Burke’s first NYC concept with ESquared Hospitality is holding an exciting January 1st brunch promotion. The first 62 tables will receive a cooked chicken dinner with fixings to go, as well as a chance to win one of 17 prizes, such as a complimentary sommelier selection of wine, or a cooking Class with Executive Chef Ed Cotton — an excellent incentive to rise and shine early on New Year’s Day!
135 E 62nd St, (212) 988-9021
Maysville: Ring in 2017 like a Southerner at this Flatiron bourbon bar, whose $25 prix fixe (covering the cost of a drink and a dish like andouille sausage with butter-poached shrimp) also includes gratis helpings of black-eyed peas and cabbage; thought to ensure luck and prosperity in the New Year.
17 W 26th St, (646) 490-8240
Ootoya: This homestyle Japanese comfort food mini-chain will offer a selection of teishoku set meals on New Year’s Day, featuring Seafood (grilled mackerel or salmon), Chicken (breaded and deep-fried or marinated in sweet and sour vinegar sauce) or Pork (cutlets dipped in tonkotsu, ponzu, miso or soy sauce-infused broth) all accompanied by rice, soup, housemade pickles and steamed egg custard.
8 W 18th St., (212) 255-0018
Playa Betty’s: The playful Upper West Side surf shack is barely skipping a beat between New Year’s Eve and Day; seguing from midnight margaritas to unlimited mimosas and sangrias as part of their boozy, $16 brunch — available with the purchase of an entrée such as Chorizo, Potato and Egg Tacos with salsa verde and cotija cheese.
320 Amsterdam Ave, (212) 712-0777