So, you've made it through another year and you've made it through an exciting evening of New Years celebrations. It's the perfect time to start the New Year off with a nourishing meal and perhaps a celebratory toast. Here are some brunch spots that you don't want to miss!
Friend of a Farmer in the Gramercy area of Manhattan is a great place for brunch and comfort food. The ambiance is welcoming and cozy with a glittering Christmas tree which almost makes you feel like you're somewhere out of the city. This is a great spot if you just want to relax with your friends or family and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, hearty breakfast and attentive service. Try their fluffy pumpkin pancakes for brunch and homemade chicken pot pie if you decide on lunch! The cornbread they put on every table is a delicious touch.
www.friendofafarmerny.com 77 Irving Place, New York, NY
At the corner of Little West 12th Street and 9th Avenue sits the French bistro Pastis – Keith McNally’s follow-up to his ultra-hip haunt Balthazaar. Pastis is hands-down the best brunch spot to see or be seen in all of Manhattan. The outdoor café, which runs down 9th Avenue, is always packed with a Who’s Who – as if somebody ripped it directly out of the pages of US Weekly. If you want leading men you can stare at Leonardo DiCaprio, Jude Law or Luke Wilson (all have been served there). If you like beautiful women you can gaze at Sarah Jessica Parker, Sienna Miller or Liv Tyler (all have been served there). If you want croquet monsieur, they have the tops in town (always served there). Their Eggs Benedict, Brioche French Toast with Fresh Fruit and warm maple syrup can be complimented by one of their signature brunch cocktails. The La Fraise made with Champagne and fresh strawberry puree is a wonderful way to cheers the new year!
www.pastisny.com 9 9th Avenue, New York, NY
Perhaps you want to start off the year in a healthy and upscale environment? Treat yourself to a beautiful brunch at The NoMad Hotel. For starters the four different kinds of Bloody Mary's are impressive and delicious; Traditional: Tomato, Worcestershire, Celery, Spices; Sherry: Amontillado: Sherry, Tomato, Beets & Hot Peppers; Michelda: Piment D'Espelette: Orange, Lime & Lager; Caesar: Tomato, Shellfish, Lemon and Horseradish. The Blueberry Pancakes with Ricotta, Omelets prepared with spinach, chevre and mushrooms and the Radicchio Salad with apples, basil and mozzarella will leave you fulfilled.
www.thenomadhotel.com 1170 Broadway (between West 27th and West 28th streets), New York, NY
In the mood to mix it up a bit? Swing by Il Mulino Uptown for an Italian plate of meats and cheese with a nice glass of Malbec wine for brunch/lunch. Their antipasti selection will knock your taste-buds off! Their Carpaccio will literally melt in your mouth. The prosciutto and melon, pears poached with white wine prepared tableside with whipped cream, zabaglione and seasonal berries will make you feel like you're in Italy. At Il Mulino the Italian espresso will put a pep in your step; coffee liquer, Stoli vanil, tuaca, espresso. If you want to take your experience home with you and bring out your inner chef in the new year, they also offer these amazing culinary gift baskets!
www.ilmulino.com/uptown 37 East 60th Street, New York, NY
Featuring a hang-over brunch -- this elegant and lively eatery is home to the globally popular “Beau Brunch”. Grab some friends and hit this mid-day retreat unlike any other. Known for their champagne, Saint Tropez beats, sceney vibe and decadent menu -- Brioche toast served with caramelized bananas and whipped cream, Steak and Eggs: Black Angus certified sirloin steak with homemade pommes frites and black pepper sauce are just a few of the pleasing offerings on this menu! Celebrate well into 2013 at this hip, hot spot.
www.brasseriebeaumarchais.com 409 West 13th Street, New York, NY