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Best Places for New Year’s Day Brunch

Adam Perabo
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Head Concierge, Hotel on Rivington
Adam Perabo
Head Concierge, Hotel on Rivington
107 Rivington St.
212.475.2600

New Yorkers love “to brunch” and New Year’s Day is no exception. Adam Perabo, Head Concierge at Hotel on Rivington, shares his top three picks for the best places to enjoy New Year’s Day brunch. In SoHo, Jack’s Wife Freda serves an eclectic mix of global fare. “The laid-back, effortless charm of this café on Lafayette stretches from breakfast through to late-night dinner service,” Perabo says. “The owners, Dean and Maya, bring together loving family recipes from their backgrounds, South African and Israeli, respectively.” On New Year’s Day, patrons can enjoy the restaurant’s à la carte brunch menu, including such delectable dishes as Green Shakshuka, a take on Middle Eastern baked eggs; and the Mediterranean breakfast—two eggs any style, chopped salad, labne, avocado and pita bread. Of course, make sure to wash it all down with a Bloody Mary, or two. For traditional American fare, Northern Spy Food Co. offers “excellent and fresh dishes in a warm and cozy environment in the East Village,” Perabo says. The restaurant will serve brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on New Year’s Day and standout items include comfort food like Cheddar Grits and Southern Fried Rice, as well as healthier items, including Kale Salad. At the Lower East Side’s Sons of Essex, the New Year’s Eve fun is sure to spill over to New Year’s Day. From noon to 8 p.m., the lively eatery will serve its “hangover brunch”—aptly named “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Brunch.” While enjoying their meal, guests will be entertained by live DJ music. Although breakfast/lunch paired with live music is sure to be the best way to start the New Year, Perabo has one word of advice: “Watch out for those signature cocktails, they are a doozy.”