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Brave Brunch

On New Year's Day, leave shuttered shades and soggy pizza delivery to hangover amateurs and start your year at these top brunch spots.


Brunch seating at Little Owl is first come, first served.   

Bill’s Bar & Burger
22 Ninth Ave., nr. 13th St.; 212-414-3003
Hours: noon–11 p.m.
It's not technically a brunch specialist, but how can you go wrong with cult burgers, Disco cheese fries, and an oatmeal-stout float as hair of the dog—all available so late you can crawl there from your bed before service ends.

The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
16 W. 29th St., nr. Broadway; 212-679-1939
Hours: 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
The ideal time to snag a table without an hour or two wait is lunch, but brunch is also less crowded than dinner, and it's when you can score April Bloomfield's full English breakfast, or stick to the lamb burger paired with the city's best chips.

Café Boulud
20 E. 76th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-772-2600
Hours: 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
With the two-course prix fixe for $39 (add a course for $10), you don't have to choose between sweet pain perdue, a.k.a. French toast, or a savory plate of peekytoe crab Benedict.

135 N. 5th St., nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-302-5151
Hours:: 9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Featured in Adam Platt's "Where to Eat" issue in 2008 and 2009, the service here is slooow, so expect lines at prime time for biscuits and gravy, eggs and grits, and a fist-size clump of hashed-browns.

Little Owl
90 Bedford St., at Grove St.; 212-741-4695
Hours: 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
One of the village's most popular brunch options is first come, first served per usual, but at least they're open!

211 Waverly Pl., at Charles St.; 212-627-7575
Hours: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
This low-ceilinged, faux-Italian space may be most fit for morning meals, when the sun turns cramped quarters into a cozy setting for the freshest, most varied mimosa riffs in town; baked eggs; and Italian-accented viennoiseries like pistachio-studded sweet bread and ricotta fritters.

54 E. 1st St., nr. First Ave.; 212-677-6221
Hours: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Gabrielle Hamilton is running her regular, rabidly adored brunch menu with dishes from handmade lamb sausages with oysters to the Youth Hostel Breakfast: Fish pastes, breads, and condiments.

261 Moore St., nr. Bogart St., Bushwick, Brooklyn; 718-417-1118
Hours: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
In addition to its usual lineup of pizzas with locally sourced toppings, Roberta's features ricotta with brown butter, fried eggs over pork hash, and Carolyn Bane's legendary fried chicken.


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