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Resolve to Brunch Better

Whether you’re looking for hangover relief or trying to keep the party going, here are 15 New Year’s Day brunch specials.

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Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave., nr. N. 11th St., Williamsburg; 718-963-3369
Brooklyn Bowl will be holding its usual family bowl, along with some extra brunch and drink specials. Polish off some Blue Ribbon buttermilk pancakes, then start off 2015 with a strike.

Brucie
234 Court St., nr. Baltic St., Cobble Hill; 347-987-4961
The decadent, Italian-inspired menu of this Cobble Hill favorite will include mainstays like meatball parm and a pork-belly sandwich topped with fried egg, yogurt, and Sriracha, along with some holiday specials. To drink, keep it festive with an Aperol Spritz.

Buvette
42 Grove St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-255-3590
Savor caviar and steamed eggs at Jody Williams's cozy West Village hangout, serving a celebratory menu from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Café Orlin
41 St. Marks Pl., nr. First Ave.; 212-777-1447
The Middle Eastern–inflected favorite in the East Village will extend its brunch hours until 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Menu stars include pumpkin pancakes and a $15 deal for a savory egg dish, fresh orange juice, and a cappuccino.

Clinton Street Baking Co. & Restaurant
4 Clinton St., nr. Houston St.; 646-602-6263
If you have a particularly late night, rejoice. Clinton Street Baking Co. will be serving up its famous brunch all day (9 a.m.–11 p.m.) for the first time, so sleep in and (hopefully) avoid the wait before heading over for a stack of signature pancakes. Specials include apple-pie waffles, Maine lobster Benedict, wild-mushroom omelettes, and spiked Mexican hot chocolate.

Empire Diner
210 Tenth Ave. at 22nd St.; 212-596-7523
The daylong brunch-a-thon in this Art Deco diner includes eggs Sardou, toasted pound cake with lemon butter, and stuffed French toast with cream cheese and orange marmalade.

Esperanto
145 Ave. C at 9th St.; 212-505-6559
Trying to be thriftier in the New Year? Head to this bright Alphabet City joint, where $15 gets you eggs, home fries, coffee, cold-pressed juice, and a cocktail. Extended hours mean they’re open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Horchata
470 Sixth Ave., nr. 11th St.; 212-243-8226
Keep your party hopping at Horchata’s boozy brunch — $30 for an entrée, housemade chips and guac, and two hours of unlimited drinks with complimentary dessert for the table.

Jack’s Wife Freda
224 Lafayette St., nr. Spring St.; 212-510-8550
Start 2015 on the right foot with brunch at this always-stylish café. Sip on Stumptown coffee and savor holiday specials along with old favorites like rosewater waffles, green shakshuka, and a duck prosciutto sandwich.

Le Barricou
533 Grand St., nr. Union Ave., Williamsburg; 718-782-7372
Stay warm by the fireplace at this Williamsburg brasserie: Starting at 10 a.m., the full brunch menu will be on offer, featuring duck-confit hash, oven-baked pancakes, and fresh shrimp Bloody Marys.

Lexington Brass
517 Lexington Ave., nr. 48th St.; 212-392-5976
Rustle up your friends and indulge in a bubbly brunch. The four-course prix-fixe ($55 for two, or $110 for four) here includes hearty fare like croque monsieurs and beer waffles, and comes with a bottle of Pere Ventura Tresor Cava and mixers for your choice of mimosas or bellinis.

Mudspot
307 E. 9th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-228-9074
The Mudtruck’s East Village brick-and-mortar starts 2015 with soul music and brunch straight from 8 a.m. to midnight. Offerings include grapefruit mimosas, a roasted salsa-verde huevos bowl, and, as always, plenty of MUD coffee.

The Smile
26 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St.; 646-329-5836
Fare at this charming Noho café includes baked eggs, maple bacon, and Black Seed Bagels from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Whatever you choose, top it off with a Bloody Mary featuring house-infused pepper vodka.

Trattoria Il Mulino
36 E. 20th St., nr. Broadway; 212-777-8448
The casual branch of Il Mulino serves up Italian dishes as well as burrata French toast, bacon- and egg-topped “hangover” pizza, and eggs Benedict with veal meatballs. An extra $25 gets you two hours of unlimited Peroni and punch.

Wilma Jean
345 Smith St., nr. Carroll St., Carroll Gardens; 718-422-0444
Following a southern tradition meant to bring luck and prosperity in the New Year, Wilma Jean will serve a special of collards and Hoppin' John, a dish with rice, bacon, and black-eyed peas. And don’t forget to order at least a side of their signature fried chicken.


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