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Restaurants Serving New Year’s Day Brunch Around DC

Cheers 2016 with bottomless deals, festive menus, and pajama parties.
Restaurants Serving New Year’s Day Brunch Around DC
Brunch at Masa 14 is an all-you-can-eat-and-drink party. Photography by Scott Suchman.

Get ready to kick off 2016 with one of these festive—and hangover-curing—New Year’s Day brunches. On the menu: bottomless drink deals, special menus, and a few options for dining in your pajamas.

The Riggsby

1731 New Hampshire Ave., NW

Keep the bubbly flowing at Michael Schlow’s supper club-esque restaurant in Dupont, where champagne and sparkling wine are half-price. Guests order from the regular brunch menu, including a killer “morning after” egg sandwich.

Le Diplomate

1601 14th St., NW

Kick off 2016 with the burger Américain, one of our favorites in DC, or a selection of French brunch dishes at Stephen Starr’s atmospheric bistro from 10 am to 3 pm.

Osteria Morini

301 Water St., SE

This Navy Yard Italian serves its regular dinner menu all day, in addition to brunch specials like ricotta pancakes with house-made jam and mascarpone, warm biscuits with braised duck ragù and fried eggs, or poached eggs with Calabrian chili hollandaise, shrimp, and broccoli rabe (served 11:30 am to 3:30 pm).

Celebrate the New Year with a decked-out shellfish plateau at Le Diplomate.

The Satellite Room

2047 Ninth St., NW

The aptly-named Friday Recovery Brunch is offered from 1 pm to 5 pm, for those who really need to sleep late. Look for the usual Satellite brunch fare and boozy shakes.

Medium Rare

Capitol Hill and Cleveland Park locations

Medium Rare’s third-annual PJ brunch includes prizes for the cutest matching couple and matching family. Though signature steaks are still on the table, you’ll find a varied five-item selection for brunch, all of which come with a choice of bottomless bloody Marys, screwdrivers, mimosas, coffee, and orange juice ($23 per person).

Mike Isabella Concepts

Multiple locations

Five of Mike Isabella’s DC and Virginia eateries serve New Year’s Day brunches: Graffiato (Italian), Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna (Greek), Pepita (Mexican), and, for lunch, Yona (the new Japanese noodle bar). Reserve online ahead of time for any and all locations.

Kapnos dishes up a Mediterranean spin on chicken and waffles.

Jack Rose

2007 18th St., NW

Jack Rose hosts a Hangover Hog Roast on its rooftop starring a whole Vermont-raised roasted pig and Southern sides. Good news for those moving slowly after NYE: a 3 pm start time. The food is $15, drinks start at $4, and whiskey flights are available for $30 from 3 to 10 pm.

Masa 14

1825 14th St., NW

Masa breathes life into the too-often-limited bottomless menu by offering all-you-can-drink mimosas, bloody Marys, lychee bellinis, bacon-bloodys, and lemon lagers. Pair the drinks with unlimited Latin-Asian small plates such smoked brisket buns and breakfast tacos. All-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch is $39 per person from 10 am to 3 pm.

Urbana

2121 P St., NW

Urbana serves a “Progressive Brunch”—not in the political sense, necessarily, but in a free-thinking, all-you-can-drink kind of way. The first table seated receives $1 unlimited bellinis, the next table gets the same for $2, and so forth (it tops out at $16). Pair your drink with Italian dishes like Nutella French toast. Hours run from 8 am to 3 pm.

Stay in your pajamas and head to Tico for bottomless drinks and DJ tunes.

Tico DC

1926 14th St., NW

Tico’s “Stay in Your Pajamas Disco Brunch” is pretty self-explanatory: pajamas and disco music, plus bottomless Mimosas and bloody Marys for $19. Indulge in hangover-busters like cinnamon raisin-stuffed French toast, duck confit, and more. Guests can reserve a table here from 11 am to 3 pm.

El Centro

Georgetown and 14th Street locations

Both El Centro branches serve an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Mexican brunches for $35 per person. On the menu: jalapeño beef and chorizo sliders; breakfast tacos; and all the margaritas you can imbibe (served from 10 am to 3 pm).

Zentan

1155 14th St., NW

Zentan, a Japanese izakaya, serves a creative riff on the classic bloody Mary, made with sochu, tomato consommé, and a dash of yuzu. Order that and a host of hangover-curing dishes—ramen, gyoza, fried rice—on New Year’s Day from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Graffiato dishes up crispy pizzas like this riff on a Hawaiian, perfect for a hangover cure.


Summer House Santa Monica & Stella Barra Pizzeria

11825 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda

Sister restaurants Summer House and Stella Barra strongly encourage guests to arrive in their pajamas. Those dressed in their nighttime finest will leave with a gift certificate equal to the price of their New Year’s Day meal, to redeem on a future visit. Brunch runs from 8 am to 3 pm.

Hank’s Oyster Bar

Dupont, Capitol Hill, and Alexandria locations

Hank’s on the Hill and Hank’s Old Town will offer the standard brunch menu from 11:30 am to 4 pm and 11:30 am to 3 pm, respectively. Over in Dupont, you can get a lobster roll and fried oyster fix from the lunch menu (regular hours).

Ambar

523 Eighth St., SE

Unlimited small plates and all-you-can-drink cocktails go for $39 at this Barracks Row Balkan restaurant. Go for time-tested brunch staples like steak & eggs, or kick off the new year with more unusual eats such as poached pear waffles with homemade caramel sauce (served from 10 am to 3:30 pm).

Get unlimited tapas and free-flowing sangria at Boqueria during their bottomless brunch.

Boqueria

1837 M St., NW

This Dupont Spanish spot really loves “unlimited” brunch, so they’re serving the meal every day through January 3rd. The prix-fixe includes bottomless tapas, drinks like sangria and shishito margaritas, and sweets for $39 per person (fine print: there’s a 2.5 hour limit per table). Drop in between 10:30 and 2.

Bayou Bakery

1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington; 901 Pennsylvania Ave., SE

Chef David Guas cooks a spread of supposedly lucky foods for the new year, including black-eyed peas with Edwards country ham, bacon-braised collard greens, and corn bread. Both the Arlington and Capitol Hill locations will be open from 10 to 4.

Mandu

1805 18th St., NW

The Adam’s Morgan branch of Danny Lee’s Korean restaurant will be open for brunch from noon to 4, serving soju bloody Marys and mimosas for $4, and a hangover-curing menu of dishes such as spicy beef soup and bibimbap.

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