10 Great Hangover-Quelling New Year’s Day Brunches Around Boston
Earls Kitchen + Bar
Earls Kitchen + Bar will be hosting their first New Year’s Day brunch as a reprieve from all that Assembly Row shopping. Chef Pennington’s kitchen will be offering a la carte specials such as eggs benny with Virginia ham and grilled sourdough; a chorizo and mushroom hash; eggs florentine served with parmesan cream sauce and polenta; a Croque Madame; sourdough French toast; and more. For the social bruncher, beverage director Cameron Bogue recommends Earl raspberry mojitos or his Signature Caesar, the Canadian-invented cocktail, with Skyy vodka, Clamato juice, and signature spices. Earls Kitchen + Bar’s full menu also will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–3 p.m., 698 Assembly Row #102, Somerville; 617-666-1790 or earlsrestaurants.com.
Island Creek Oyster Bar
Island Creek Oyster Bar will start the New Year off right with an a la carte brunch menu, with special additions to mark the end of a delicious year. The ICOB breakfast sandwich will feature a fried egg, house-cured bacon, cheddar, and truffle honey on a buttermilk biscuit. There will also be a pastry basket filled with pastry chef Lauren Kroesser’s greatest hits of 2014: a double chocolate banana bread, a pecan babka, spiced doughnuts, ham and cheese croissants, and a Cara Cara orange and oat scone.
Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston; 617-532-5300 or islandcreekoysterbar.com.
Olde Magoun’s Saloon
Olde Magoun’s Saloon in Somerville is hosting a New Year’s Day all-you-can-eat “Hangover Brunch” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For just $14, you can have your fill of whiskey soaked French toast, biscuits with sausage and gravy, pulled pork hash, scrambled eggs, chili, mac and cheese with kielbasa, and more.
518 Medford St., Somerville; 617-776-2600 or magounssaloon.com.
Puritan & Co.
The main attraction on Sunday mornings at Puritan & Co. is the transformation of the communal dining table into an a la carte Provisions Table, and its sprawling display of house-made pastries, biscuit sandwiches, and more. On New Year’s Day, these selections will include Boston cream doughnuts, coconut cake, babka, croissants, and ham and cheddar biscuit sandwiches. Chef Will Gilson will supplement all that with a fresh, modern New England a la carte menu in the form of griddle cakes, smoked bluefish pâté, a duck rillette, and more.
1166 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge; 617-615-6195 or puritancambridge.com.
River Bar at Assembly Row will celebrate the first day of 2015 with a New Year’s Day brunch indoors by their fire pit. Executive Chef Patrick Gilmartin will be preparing a “Leftover Chinese Food Brunch,” with dishes like a “leftover” scallop rangoon smeared on a bagel, Kung Pao chicken terrine with eggs, and more. For those looking for a more traditional hangover brunch experience, Gilmartin will be preparing River Bar favorites like his confit chicken scrapple and fried eggs ($8), a smoked bluefish hash ($9), The River Bar breakfast sandwich with Taylor Pork Roll and Brillat Savarin cheese ($14), and bourbon French toast ($10).
11 a.m.-3 p.m., 661 Assembly Row, Somerville; 617.616.5561 or river-bar.com.
For those who want to sleep in on January 1, Row 34 will be opening at 3 p.m. and offering their full dinner menu. Chef de cuisine Francisco Millan will be offering a few specials, such as an Asian-inspired spicy fish stew as well as a Fluke Dog, his take on the ballpark classic. In addition, beer director Megan Parker-Gray has chosen several low-alcohol beers to help guests ease back into the new year. Low ABV selections will include Ballast Point’s Even Keel IPA (3.8%), Freigeist’s Ottekolong Kölsch (4.8%), a gose from Leipziger (4.6%), and more.
383 Congress St., Boston; 617-553-5900 or row34.com.
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
If you find yourself partying in Somerville this New Year’s Eve, just roll out of bed the next day and head to Joe Cassinelli’s fully revamped Rosebud diner. Make yourself a premium Bloody Mary from the DIY Bloody bar or grab yourself a Kentucky Iced Coffee with bourbon, Luxardo Amaretto, maple simple syrup, and Fazenda iced coffee. For something to settle your stomach, dig into chef John Delpha’s duck confit flatbread with poached figs, the Baconator Benny with meatloaf on English muffin, or his wide selection of griddled omelets and burgers.
381 Summer St., Somerville; 617-629-9500 or rosebudkitchen.com.
Tavern in the Square
Chef Paul Booras and the team at Tavern in the Square invite guests to cure that nasty hangover with rotating brunch favorites like Booras’ havarti strata with potato, kielbasa, and caramelized onions; poached eggs topped with buffalo hollandaise; peanut butter and jelly French toast, and a brunch buffet with special features like a carving station, omelet station, and even a build-your-own sundae bar. The New Year’s Day brunch will be available at all Tavern in the Square locations.
161 Brighton Ave., Boston, 617-782-8100; 730 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-868-8800; 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-7766 or taverninthesquare.com.
Andy Husbands brings back his famous “Pajama Brunch” from New Years Day, and keeps the party going for the next three days afterward. So, from January 1-4, enjoy Husbands’ Golden Girls French toast sticks with vanilla mascarpone, a brown butter poached lobster eggs benedict, and a wood-grilled Brandt ribeye with truffle butter and two over easy eggs.
647 Tremont St., Boston; 617-266-4600 or tremont647.com.
Chef Matthew Gaudet and Alexis Gelburd-Kimler are hosting their annual “Drunch” at West Bridge. Served a la carte, the chef’s menu will include offerings such as a stout and brisket stew with foie cream; smoked lamb neck pierogis; spicy adobo soup with a poached egg and chicken dumplings; and the Irish breakfast on an English muffin: blood sausage, egg, and roasted tomato confit.
One Kendall Sq., Cambridge; 617-945-0221 or westbridgerestaurant.com.