While New Year's Eve planning gets most of the spotlight, don't overlook New Year's Day brunch. Take a look at the following places that will be open and serving brunch on Jan. 1. It doesn't matter if you keep the party going with a Bloody Mary or cure that nasty hangover: Just make sure to start 2015 off right.Read More
Hello 2015: Your Guide to New Year's Day Brunch
Kick off 2015 with a BYO brunch featuring melted leek and gruyere croque vert, ricotta pancakes with lemon curd, cider cooked steel cut oatmeal, Tarte Tatin and more. Toast to new beginnings by mixing your brought-in alcohol with fresh juices or Birchwood’s housemade Bloody Mary mix ($6). Brunch will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Recuperate on New Year’s Day with brunch at Bistronomic. Toast to 2015 over bottomless mimosas paired with a two-course brunch, which includes an appetizer and entrée, for $35 per person from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Join Café Ba-Ba-Reeba for its 10th annual Pajama Brunch. Stroll in from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and chow down on omelets, waffles, French toast and a variety of sweet and savory tapas. Guests who dine in their PJs will receive a gift certificate equal to the price of their meal to use on a future visit.
Chicago Q will satisfy diners’ “sweet tooth” and “meat tooth” with housemade confections and house-smoked meats as well as a Bloody Mary bar ($11) and build your own mimosas ($25/bottle). As a special, the restaurant will serve black-eyed peas. In the southern United States, these peas are eaten on New Year’s Day as a good luck treat thought to bring prosperity for the year. Brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chop Shop will be offering its new brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on New Year's Day to help the recovery process. Items include bacon cheddar biscuits with bourbon butter; lobster polenta cake Benedict with crab fat pickled hollandaise sauce; lemon blueberry pancakes with maple bourbon syrup; Chop frittata with ricotta, spinach, tomato, truffle and umami; plus more.
Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen
Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen is serving brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the Hard Rock Hotel. The menu includes banana crepes with Nutella, s'mores pancakes, chicken and waffles, as well as waffle fry nachos.
Enjoy bottomless mimosas ($12) or a Bloody Mary bar ($6) to go along with an all-you-can-eat buffet ($15) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
One Off Hospitality’s new diner will offer surefire hangover cures such as Chicken Fried Chicken, Cantaritos and Vuelve a la Vida from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Southern-inspired Mexican fare will revive partygoers from even the most dire of states.
According to Southern tradition, enjoying a hearty meal of black-eyed peas (coins, prosperity and luck), braised collard greens (dollar bills and wealth) and ham hocks is believed to bring fortune and good will for the year ahead. Dusek’s version features an egg bake of braised collards and black-eyed peas, caramelized onion, ham hock, oyster mushrooms, roasted garlic cream, fontina cheese and sourdough toast for $12. Brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
High Noon Saloon
Watch the Blackhawks take on the Washington Capitals in the NHL Winter Classic and enjoy brunch service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu selections include huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, breakfast burrito and more while all-day drink deals include $4 Pacifico drafts, $3 mango or orange mimosas, $5 Bloody Marys, $15 bottles of bubbly with a half carafe of orange juice, and $3 Jameson shots.
Howells & Hood
Paying homage to traditional hangover helpers, Howells & Hood’s New Year’s Day brunch features feel-good dishes like Doritos chilaquiles, doughnut french toast, cheeseburger strata, and blackstrap molasses ham & cheese muffin. Brunch will be available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Roll out of bed and into Hub 51 for its AYCE brunch buffet. Items include fluffy scrambled eggs, homemade corned beef hash, crispy hash browns, Thick-cut bacon and brioche french toast and Hub 51 staples like mom's buttermilk pancakes, short rib eggs Benedict, pulled chicken nachos, signature sushi rolls and Martha’s famous carrot cake. Those who need a pick-me-up can sip on $6 Bloody Marys or $6 mimosas. The cost for brunch is $30 per person.
IPO will offer a “Boozy Brunch” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to keep the excitement going from NYE. A special three-course menu will feature a sweet and savory bakery basket with croissants, assorted danishes and toast; a breakfast tasting trio of half lobster Benedict, half croissant sandwich and half quinoa porridge; and conclude with a sweet bite of a Nutella brioche torreja sandwich and maple syrup. The menu is priced at $40 per person and includes a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar.
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
Jake’s annual Hangover Brunch features options like a smoked hot link & egg grilled cheese ($10.95), brisket hash skillet ($10.95) Jake’s crispy french toast ($9.95) and the 4 a.m. burger ($14.95). Make it a boozy brunch with a Bloody Mary ($5), XXX Mary ($5) or build your own mimosa ($8).
Kitsch'n on Roscoe
Stumble into Kitsch’n for its Hangover Brunch featuring a full bar, retro music, NCAA bowl games, pajama door prizes and kitschy/fun awards and 70s-style gifts. Brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Cure that hangover with a meaty brunch of dishes including chicken and waffles ($12), and a pulled pork or chicken Benedict ($11). Guests who arrive before 1 p.m. will receive a few mimosa or Bloody Mary with their entrée while brunch hours are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Shaw's Crab House
A New Year’s Day Buffet features make-your-own omelets, lobster bisque, beef tenderloin and crab legs, salads and a cold seafood bar with sushi, oysters and crab bites. Brunch is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the cost is $55 per person.
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Sixteen will be offering its decadent, bountiful brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $98 per adult and $35 for children 12 and under.
From 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., diners can indulge in a Pajama Jam Brunch Buffet ($28) featuring options like Matcha Green Tea Waffles, Duck Fat Fried Chicken and a Bao Bar. An a la carte menu will also be available. Guests who come in their pajamas will receive 50% back in the form of Slurping Turtle gift cards.
Smoke Daddy will partake in the Five Days of Brunch, available from Dec. 31 to Jan. 4. The restaurant will open early (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and offer brunch items such as pulled pork Benedicts, cornbread skillets, biscuits & gravy, brisket breakfast skillets, and "The Elvis" fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
Start on those New Year’s resolutions with a Healthy Start to 2015 Brunch. Available Jan. 1 through Jan. 4, diners will have nutritious options at their disposal including housemade quiche with tuscan kale and butternut squash ($16); egg white omelet with smoked salmon and Mixed Greens ($17); Marinated Citrus Salad with Robiola Cheese and Organic Honey ($12) and more.
To celebrate the New Year, The Publican will offer its a la carte brunch menu featuring raw seafood bars along with classics such as Publican Bacon and Red Wine-Poached Eggs. Brunch will be available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Visit the Mediterranean by way of eggs this New Year’s Day. Guests can select any one of Travelle’s six Benedict options and pair it with a mimosa or Bloody Mary for $29, available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Trencherman is serving "a special edition" brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Zed451 will offer its classic brunch spread of items like housemade cinnamon rolls, linguica sausage, smoked salmon benedict, buffalo chicken and waffles and more as well as$3 mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys. Brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the cost is $34 per person.
Trenchermen will be open on New Year’s Day offering dishes such as Crispy Tofu, Eggs ‘Florentine,’ Bacon Mortadella Breakfast Sandwich, the Trench Double Burger and more. Brunch is available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen
Chuck’s New Year’s Day brunch will feature a buffet of seasonal fruits, breads, granola and bagels along with the choice of an entrée. Entrée selections include buttermilk pancakes, crepes, omelets, chicken & waffles, paninis and more. In addition, enjoy unlimited Bloody Mars, mimosas, bellinis and other beverages. The cost is $25 per person and brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MAX'S Wine Dive Chicago
Keep the party flowing with a bubbly beverage while noshing on MAX’s famous Southern Fried Chicken served with home fries, collard greens and Texas toast. Other brunch items include the Fried Egg Sandwich, Braised Short Rib & Egg Hash and MAX ‘n Cheese.