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Brunch Into the New Year

12 places to go for New Year's Day brunch, whether you want to start the year on a virtuous note or recover with some hair of the dog.


The Smile
26 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St.; 646-329-5836
9 a.m.–4 :30 p.m.
Get a jump start on your New Year's resolution with a wholesome brunch of housemade granola or eggs with avocado — then dial back the health factor with a splash of spiked basil lemonade.

Wilma Jean
345 Smith St., nr. Carroll St., Carroll Gardens; 718-422-0444
11 a.m.–10 p.m.
In honor of its roots, this fried-chicken specialist will be serving up Hoppin’ John (black-eyed peas and rice) and collards, traditional New Year's Day dishes in the South. Try them with the fried-chicken sandwich, one of New York's favorite Cheap Eats.

Clinton Street Baking Co. & Restaurant
4 Clinton St., nr. Houston St.; 646-602-6263
9 a.m.–11 p.m.
For the latest of late risers, Clinton Street Bakery is extending its normal brunch hours until 11 p.m. And those famous buttermilk pancakes sound like a solid way to kick off 2016.

235 W, 12th St., nr. Greenwich Ave.; 646-682-9842
noon–3 p.m.
This cozy French spot will be serving up continental comfort food like the omelette Provençale (tomato, olives, basil, potatoes, spinach), frittata Romana (artichokes, spinach, Pecorino, potatoes), or a roasted half-lobster with grits and tomatoes.

31 Great Jones Street, nr. Lafayette; 212-253-5700
10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Go for the hearty Italian dishes at this Noho favorite, like the apple-topped ricotta pancakes or homemade focaccia with tomato and Pecorino.

Jack’s Wife Freda
224 Lafayette, nr. Spring St,.; 212-510-8550
8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
This Soho standby has all you could want to start your New Year with a few memorable dishes. Choose from their green shakshuka with challah toast, the Madame Freda (a twist on the Croque Madame with duck prosciutto), or the rosewater waffle topped with yogurt and berries.

Smoke Jazz and Supper Club
2751 Broadway, nr. 106th Ave.; 212-864-6662
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Harlem vocalist Annette St. John will be at the Smoke Jazz Club for a lively New Year’s Day brunch. She will be playing three sets (at 11:30, 1, and 2:30) and you can munch on steak-and-eggs tacos, Belgian waffles, and baked vegetable-quinoa fritters while you listen.

New Years Day Brunch Family Bowl
Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., nr. N. 11th St., Williamsburg; 718-963-3369
Noon–6 p.m.
Start 2016 with a successful strike at Brooklyn Bowl's family-friendly bowling and brunch party. Post-win (or loss) feast upon a meal of Blue Ribbon fried chicken.

352 Bedford Ave., nr. S. 4th St., Williamsburg; 718-782-0910
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
For a low-key January 1, let your first bite of the year be this Williamsburg café’s decadent brioche French toast stuffed with strawberry mascarpone or a homey egg-white frittata with asparagus, almonds, and cheddar.

Lexington Brass
517 Lexington Ave., nr. 48th St.; 212-392-5976
7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Another place to get your New Year's health fix: Dig into Pennsylvania Dutch organic chicken, an egg-white omelet, or avocado toast. But if you need a dose of grease after a night of partying, don't worry: Classic dishes like eggs Benedict will also be on offer.

999 Manhattan Ave., nr. Huron St., Greenpoint; 718-383-0999
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Stop by this Greenpoint getaway for their regular hearty brunch dishes, like pork-belly eggs Benedict, fried-chicken sandwich, or savory French toast with braised kale. Or go for the New Year’s Day special of Croque Madame with a green salad.

Sugar Freak
36-13 30th Ave., nr. 37th St., Astoria; 718-726-5850
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
This Cajun neighborhood favorite will be offering rib-sticking dishes like three different types of chicken and waffles, bananas foster French toast, and biscuits and gravy. Add unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys for $15 to keep last night's party going.