New Years is an amazing holiday to look forward to. It's when you set new goals, figure out the new you and the person you want to become in 2012. While you figure out the new you, let's not forget about where you should dine. Since January 1st is on Sunday (which is a great day to brunch in NYC), Listed below you will find five brunch spots we recommend to ring in the New Years.
First up is Beauty and Essex located on the Lower East Side. The posh, old Hollywood glamor decor attracts vibrant young socials and celebrities who share the same palate for tapas, contemporary American food and well-made cocktails.
Recommended Dishes: 'Cornbread' Waffles with maple-bourbon butter & spiced pecans; Lobster & Chorizo Hash; or Prime Skirt Steak and Eggs.
Price range: $16 to $48
Beauty & Essex, 146 Essex Street; (212) 614-0146; beautyandessex.com; Brunch is served at 11:30am until 3:00pm.
The warm and inviting Central Harlem restaurant attracts a convivial and boisterous crowd on a typical evening, however the Gospel Brunch attracts the foodies, tourists, and Harlem residents. The decor includes vintage Harlem with a modern day Harlem twist. The menu consist of American comfort with a touch of soul. With a divine staff accommodating you, becoming a regular wouldn't need a second guess at all.
Recommended Dishes: Biscuit and Red Eye Gravy; Lamb and Potato Hash; or Cheddar Grits
Price Range: $14 to $32
Red Rooster, 310 Lenox Ave (nr. 125th St.); 212-792-9001; redroosterharlem.com; Brunch is served at 10:00am until 3:00pm
Park Avenue Tavern
For the woman who enjoys an 'American Gastropub' with scrumptious food, Park Avenue Tavern located minutes away from Grand Central Station would be the place to brunch. The two-level nineteen twenties inspired family restaurant with a touch of luxury decor welcomes men and women who enjoys beer with style. The New Years brunch includes half price bottles of wine and champagne for those who prefer bubbly over booze.
Recommended Dishes: Scrambled Eggs, nueske’s bacon, crushed yukon potato, served with toast; or the Tavern Burger, 8oz LaFrieda ground beef served with fries.
Price Range: $9 to $25
Park Avenue Tavern, 99 Park Avenue (39th Street); (212) 867-4484; parkavenuetavern.com; Brunch is served 10:00am until 4:00pm
Jane Restaurant is simply for those who love to indulge on the best comfort food in Soho. As a casual spot, it Beckons to the chic and beautiful crowds with a warm and spirited atmosphere. Each Brunch entree is served with a complimentary cocktail. The Greenwich Village wouldn't be the same without a splash of Jane.
Recommended Dishes: Benedict Johnny; Country Breakfast; or Vanilla Bean French Toast
Price Range: $15 to $29
Jane Restaurant, 100 W. Houston St. (near Thompson St.); 212-254-7000; janerestaurant.com; Brunch is served 10:00am until 4:00pm
Just when you thought Cafeteria has lost the new-restaurant vibe, the renovations came in. The sexy, lounge type setting features a gleaming white decor that keeps the trendy boys and girls returning brunch after brunch. The all day menu allows you to party hard the night before and sleep in the morning afterwards.
Recommended Dishes: Chicken and waffles or the crispy-gooey cheddar-and-fontina mac 'n cheese
Price Range: $9 to $26
Cafeteria, 119 Seventh Ave. (at 17th st.); 212-414-1717; cafeteriagroup.com; Brunch is served all day.
-Carlton Jared Lockett