It’s the most wonderful day of the year! For brunch. New Year’s Day is the perfect day for brunch. It helps you ease the pain you put into your body the evening before and also keeps that weight loss resolution at bay for another 12 hours. Since this is pretty much your last good meal for at least a few weeks, do it right. Here’s our helpful New Year’s Day Brunch Guide for 2014. In case it doesn’t have what you’re looking for, you can always revisit our 2013 Brunch Guide. We know you love it. It was our most clicked on story of 2013.
- Café Dupont 1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Café Dupont will be celebrating a fresh start with some of their classic brunch options. Banana rum pancakes will make your heart skip a beat and their croque madame will have you coming back for more. Have no fear, “hangover relief” cocktails will be at your aid along with the brunch menu items. You’ll be nursed back to health for more shenanigans in no time. 7:30am- 2:30pm
- Jackson 20 480 King St., Alexandria, VA
Jackson 20 gets it – really they do. This is why there will be no shame at the “Walk of Shame” brunch to bring in the shiny New Year. Anyone dressed in their evening garb will receive 14% off their brunch bill (ironically excluding alcoholic beverages). Save a little, and splurge a little on their yummy Virginia Crab Cakes. If you’re really interested in keeping the party going, feel free to indulge in their bottomless mimosas. 8am-3pm
- Poste Moderne Brasserie 555 8th St. NW
Didn’t get lucky last night? Don’t worry, Poste has you covered, they’re offering the “Get Lucky 2014 New Year’s Day Brunch & Pig Roast”. And what better to accompany that delicious suckling pig than the restaurant’s famed Bloody Mary Bar? Come early or come late, brunch is going until 4. The spread includes some traditionally lucky eats like Whole Roasted Pig, Black Eyed Peas Salad, Guanciale Braised Kale, charcuterie and pie displays that promise good luck for the year ahead ($33 per person). 12pm-4pm
- Red Derby 3718 14th St. NW
Can’t have a brunch list without the Derbs. Their “Hair of the dog” brunch will include all the usual items plus drink specials. Grab a few friends, order a multigrain grilled cheese with fries, and get a little sassy with one of the numerous board games from Derby’s game shelf- you won’t regret it. 11am—3pm
- Urbana 2121 P St. NW
Baby it’s cold outside…or it’s just right, especially for Urbana’s New Year’s Day Cold Pizza Brunch. Keeping things simple yet effective, $10 will get guests one of Urbana’s signature cold margherita pizzas and a Bloody Mary to top it all off. 8am-3pm
- Tortilla Coast 400 First St. SE / 1460 P St. NW
It’s finally 2014 and you want to take charge of your life. Why not start with taking charge of your drinking habits at Tortilla Coast’s Bloody Mary bar (Capitol Hill location). A pint of Tito’s vodka and endless mixers and fillings will turn you into the bartender you always needed. Take a break from your concoction to enjoy some specialties like Mexican French toast or huevos rancheros. This brunch will keep you active and satisfied to say the least.
11am-3pm (Capitol Hill)
11:30am- 3pm (Logan Circle)
- Bar Pilar 1833 14th St. NW
When you wake up the next morning wondering where you are, why you are covered in glitter, and why you’re only wearing a sombero and a gun holster, have no fear, head over to Bar Pilar. They’ve got you covered with an age old remedy “Hair of the Dog” brunch. Order up a pitcher of Bloody Marys or mimosas and let the shame roll off your back. For those of you who will need a while to get back to your natural state of being, brunch won’t end until it’s time to hang your hats. 11am-close
- Cafe Deluxe DC, Tysons Corner, Bethesda, Gaithersburg
All Café Deluxe locations will be hosting brunches to ease into the new year. Highlighting both sweet and savory brunch options, there is a lot to get excited about. Though deciding between the pancakes served with scrambled eggs and applewood smoked bacon or the ham and gruyere omelet won’t be an easy decision, we don’t see why you have to pick just one. 10am-3pm
- Café Saint-Ex 1847 14th St. NW
We get it, you’re tired and getting a little cranky because the last thing you ate was an empanada at 2am. Gather yourself slowly (don’t forget to brush your teeth) and make your way over to Café Saint-Ex for brunch. Eggs, French toast, sausage- the list of delicious brunch items goes on. Maybe even indulge in a glass of water before getting back into the drink of things. Swing. Whatever. 11am-8pm
- Firefly 1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Firefly will be banging into the New Year with their special Brunch Bonanza. Yummy poached eggs, savory country sausage, and Kale ‘N’ Eggs with grilled polenta are just a few of the mouth-watering dishes to choose from. $3 Mimosas and $4 Bloody Mary’s will make it hard to for the party to end so go hard or go home. 9am-2pm
- Odyssey Cruise 600 Water St. SW
So maybe you don’t want to spend your first day of 2014 on land. Pack your swim trunks and your flippy floppies because Entertainment Cruises is offering a special brunch cruise. The cruise will include sightseeing, a gourmet meal, and a free glass of champagne to those of age. Not to mention the live band that will be jamming out for the whole ride just to bring the celebration full circle. Boarding begins at 11:15am.
- The Diner – comfort food favorites and pitchers of mimosas, which serve six for $22 or just $18 at the bar. Some popular Brunch specials will be featured, including Pumpkin Pancakes and the Reuben and Irish Benedicts.
The Diner is located at 2453 18th St., NW, Washington, DC. For more information, please call 202-232-8800 or visit www.dinerdc.com.
- The Coupe – On New Year’s Day, The Coupe, as always will offer breakfast all day, but will serve up a special dish called Bubble & Squeak (named after the noises it makes while cooking) that chef Jake Charow assures will help folks start their year off on the right foot. This traditional British staple is made by mixing corned beef with shallow-fried potatoes and Brussels sprouts together to form a pancake like mash and then we’ll top it with two eggs cooked to your liking. This will all come along with a side of Hoppin’ John and Jalapeno Cornbread for just $12.