After ringing in 2012 with a bang, you might end up spending New Year’s Day whimpering on your couch. While drinking Gatorade and eating fast food are certainly tried and true methods for getting rid of a hangover, MyCityWay has a much better suggestion — a mouthwatering brunch fit for a champion. Here are seven top places in New York that will bring you back to life in no time.
The Smith: The casual East Village restaurant and bar serves one of the best affordable brunches in town, and for New Year’s Day it’s offering guests a complimentary “hangover cure” cocktail. Whether it’s vanilla French toast, chicken sausage and eggs or a trusty burger, this place is a definite crowd-pleaser. Reservations recommended. 55 Third Avenue (between 10th and 11th), (212) 420-9800
Red Rooster: This Harlem hotspot keeps the fun going into New Year’s Day with its Gospel Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dig into the biscuits and red eye gravy with pork sausage, macaroni and greens, and cinnamon French toast and berries (all $14) and kiss that hangover goodbye. No reservations accepted, so get there early! 310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th), (212) 792-9001
Penelope: This is French fare done right in the cafe-starved neighborhood of Curry Hill. Doors open at 9 a.m. for New Year’s Day brunch, and menu highlights include pumpkin waffles and spinach pie. And hair of the dog lovers should absolutely partake in an apple cider mimosa or a sake bloody Mary. Reservations are not accepted, so plan on a wait. 159 Lexington Avenue (at 30th), (212) 481-3800
Egg: This is Williamsburg’s breakfast institution, and it never fails to have a line around the block for its weekend brunch. Not only is it that good, it’s that affordable too. Try the grits and eggs ($9), country ham biscuit ($8.50) and organic pancakes ($8.50) for a hangover cure like no other. But be prepared to wait since they don’t take reservations. 135 North 5th Street, Brooklyn, (718) 302-5151
Clinton Street Baking Co: New York Magazine’s 2008 winner for “Best Pancakes” and Time Out’s 2007 winner for “Best Breakfast/Brunch” has a great selection of dishes to get you back on your feet the next day. You have to get the pancakes (blueberry, banana walnut, or chocolate chunk) or the crispy potato pancakes (all $12-$14). Reservations not accepted. 4 Clinton Street (btw. East Houston & Stanton), (646) 602-6263
Commerce: This West Village joint has a gift for serving tasty, upscale food for reasonable prices, and its brunch is no different. Start off with a half dozen donuts ($10), then move on to the slow-cooked eggs with polenta and mushrooms ($15) or classic croque madame ($16) and enjoy a hangover-free day. Reservations recommended. 50 Commerce Street, (212) 524-2301
Perry Street: Jean Georges’ West Village spot is cozy, contemporary and open for brunch on New Year’s Day. You can order a la carte (the spinach and goat cheese omelette is beyond delicious) or take part in the Taste of Fall promotion, which gets you two small plates and a dessert for $28. This is one splurge worth every penny. Reservations recommended. 176 Perry Street, (212) 352-1900
Once you’ve conquered your first hangover of 2012, NY Mag has a nice list of events around town on January 1st to get you out of your apartment to start the year off right.