Is there a better day to eat brunch than New Year's Day? A sizable portion of Chicago's population will be hungover and in need of greasy comfort food and perhaps some "hair of the dog." Many restaurants are happy to oblige, offering an array of grub, pajama parties, and cocktails. Check out the map to see where to go to make your head and stomach happy on the first day of 2014.Read More
Where to Eat Brunch on New Year's Day
1. Bub City
Open from 10 a.m to 3p.m., a hearty country brunch and an extensive bloody mary bar are available to continue that "hair of the dog."
2. 2 Sparrows
Head over to this Lincoln Park gem for (nearly) bottomless Mimosas at $18 per person along with sinful brunch items such as biscuits and gravy, eggs in purgatory, maple and bacon doughnuts, and best of all, pop tarts.
3. Slurping Turtle
Open on on New Year's Day from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Slurping Turtle will be celebrating its second annual New Year's Day Pajama Party Brunch. All pajama-clad guests can enjoy free beignets and will be given 50% off vouchers for their next visit in celebration of the New Year.
4. The Gage
Beginning at 10 a.m., The Gage will be open for brunch on New Year's Day. Favorites such as the "bloody caesar," "scotch egg," and the venison burger will surely help to cure the night before.
5. Hash House A Go Go
To help nurse that hangover, head over to this Gold Coast go-to for an all-day brunch and drink menu starting from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.
From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. ($19.50 per guest), recover from the night before with traditional Mexican brunch items such as chilaquiles and a carnitas hash from 11 a.m. If you prefer to drink your hangover cure instead, a green tea-infused Finlandia vodka, passion fruit, agave, and guajillo cocktail is available for sipping.
7. Mindy's Hot Chocolate
From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., roll out of bed for the annual pajama brunch at Mindy's Hot Chocolate. Nothing says retelling experiences from the previous night better than over a hearty meal and reviving cup of hot chocolate.
8. Hub 51
For those who need a pick-me-up after a night of partying, roll out of bed for a knock-out all-you-can-eat brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For just $30 per person ($15 for kids 12 and under, delicious items such as buttermilk pancakes, short rib eggs benedict, pulled chicken nachos, signature sushi rolls and Martha’s famous carrot cake will all be ready for the hunger attack.
9. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
Waiting for the Advil to kick in? Head over to Jake’s for their annual hangover brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. With options like chorizo and egg nachos, crispy french toast, and a "hangover burger," you'll be back reaching for a boozy drink in no time.
10. Howells & Hood
Starting at 10 a.m., this Michigan Avenue hangout is offering a Sunday Blues Brunch where guests can enjoy live music and the flavors from the newly revamped menu and drink list.
11. RackHouse Kitchen & Tavern
If you were in the burbs for NYE, a great find is the fully stocked bloody mary and mimosa juice bar at this Arlington Heights cafe. Featuring regular and spicy homemade bloody mary mix, celery sticks, pickles, peppers, vegetables, shrimp, a variety of cheeses and shaved prime rib, consider that hangover status gone.
At a cafe that considers pjs acceptable clothing on New Year's day, one should expect nothing short of comforting food. Locally-sourced baked chilaquiles, layered chihuahua cheese and tortillas with poblano cream sauce, as well as vegetarian soyrizo and "beermosas" will help nurse any level of hangover.
13. Mercat a la Planxa
For just $35 a person, this Michigan Avenue Catalan go-to is a good destination for a recovery feast. A three-course, seven-dish brunch should satisfy any breakfast craving you had from the night before.
14. Chicago Cut Steakhouse
Made to assist the struggling New Year's Day crowd, three specialty brunch burgers partnered with homemade fries and a side of coleslaw can be enjoyed from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
15. City Tavern
City Tavern's new chef is offering a brunch menu featuring brioche french toast, bacon pancakes (yes, you read that right), "southern Benedict," shrimp hash, pork schnitzel, a breakfast burger, and more.
16. Francesca's Forno
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a pajama brunch extravaganza features a costume contest every hour as well as specialty cocktails and savory dishes such as eggs sardou, a fresh sage and parmigiana reggiano omelet, and a prosciutto and pancetta frittata.
17. Shaw's Crab House
This Gold Coast gem has constructed a service dedicated to celebrating the new year hangover-free. Besides a giant brunch buffet spread including a surf-n-turf station and make-your-own omelet and waffles, a large table full of sugary sweets is available to satisfy any sweet tooth.
To help soak up the excess booze, nosh at the Division Street "farm-to-table" spot on savory breakfast items such as the braised short rib skillet topped with eggs or even the gouda, tomato jam, and pickled onion burger.
19. Kitsch'n on Roscoe
In case you're having trouble getting out of bed, crawl over to Kitsch'n for a full "hair of the dog" bar, retro music, pajama door prizes, and a fulfilling brunch spread from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Waiting back for a ride back to the city from NYE festivities? Cruise on by this modern Latin eatery for scrambled egg tacos with spicy avocado potatoes, masa pancakes with mescal guava marmalade, and "Mexico City chilaquiles" with a fried egg.
21. High Noon Saloon
Wear your pajamas in Wicker Park on New Year's Day. Their $25 package (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) includes mimosas, Bloody Marys, Bud Light drafts, one breakfast item, and a DJ. Shell out a little more coin for shot and beer specials.