New Year’s Brunch: Food Places in NYC & Boston

New Year’s Brunch: Food Places in NYC & Boston
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Planning to watch the ball drop in Times Square this New Year? Or maybe you’re hoping to take in the spectacular midnight fireworks display over Copley Plaza? Whether you find yourself in New York City or Boston this weekend, a New Year’s brunch is a must, so keep reading to find out where to get the best meal this New Year’s Day.


$8 mimosas and $10 cocktails are just part of this brunch’s allure. Continue your New Year celebration as you dine on fluffy, buttermilk pancakes, and sweet and savory maple sausage while taking in the live jazz band. Freud’s brunch begins at 12 noon and with Michelin-starred chef Eduard Frauneder at the helm, it is sure to be an experience to remember.

506 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY
(212) 777-0327

Tavern 62

Classic New Year’s food like Lobster Hash and Crab Cake Benedict feature on Tavern 62’s New Year’s brunch menu, and if that’s not enough to get you in the door, the restaurant will also be giving away prizes! The first 62 tables will receive a prepared and cooked chicken dinner to take with them, while there will be chances to win a round of drinks and even cooking classes with the head chef Ed Botton.

135 E 62nd St, New York, NY
(212) 988-9021


With Nutella babka French toast topped with deep fried bananas and a seafood ceviche that makes you feel like you’re eating a Bloody Mary, Fifty is serving up classic brunch staples with unique twists. Throw in a glass of mamajuana or one of their signature cocktails for an extra kick.

50 Commerce Street, New York, NY
(212) 524 – 4104

City Tap House

This brand new restaurant will be giving the public a taste of their aptly named Hangover Brunch on New Year’s Day.

With over 100 beers to choose from and dishes like the Hangover Pizza (topped with country sausage gravy, cheddar cheese, fried eggs, caramelized onions, and breakfast potatoes), City Tap House will be meeting all of you brunch needs from noon to 3 p.m.

10 Boston Wharf Road, Fort Point, MA
(617) 904-2748

Area Four Cambridge

Brunch staples such as baked French toast and breakfast sandwiches are served alongside signature pizzas and the fantastically named Hot Mess which includes eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese… the list goes on. Add the promise of liter batches of mimosas and Bloody Marys to that and Area Four has got you covered on New Year’s Day.

500 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA
(617) 758 – 4444

The Independent

The Independent’s all day brunch is perfect for those who want to sleep in this New Year’s Day. Crawl out of bed any time between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. and make your way over to the Indo to chow down on a full Irish breakfast, prime rib hash, or their in-house made maple back doughnuts. Add one of their 20+ on tap beers and have brunch at anytime this Sunday.

75 Union Square, Somerville, MA
(617) 440 – 6022

Whether you find yourself kicking off the New Year in NYC or Boston this weekend, be sure to check out one of these great brunch spots and start your 2017 with a delicious meal.


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