Believe it or not, even pro drinkers suffer from the occasional misstep of a next-day hangover. But after much experience, you can bet we’ve got our hangover cures down pat. For me, it’s comfort food, Americanos (the cocktail, not the coffee drink) and lots of H2O. For you, since there’s no doubt your New Year’s Eve will be epic, I prescribe one of these hair-of-the-dog-plentiful New Year’s Day brunches. Hopefully one of these is within stumbling distance from you.
Alcove Cafe and Big Bar’s brunch in Los Feliz is usually overrun by hungover hipsters seeking out their mimosas, Pimm’s Cups and Bloody Marys. But for New Year’s Day the bar will be serving up the “Selero Gin Fizz” made with gin, green chartreuse, lime, honey, egg whites, and celery shrub bitters. Pair that with the huevos rancheros and you’re golden.
Caulfield’s Bar and Dining Room in Beverly Hills launches their new weekend brunch menu on New Year’s Day, which will continue on every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You might be able to make the room stop spinning after a dose of the “Superfood Breakfast” ($15)—kale, mushrooms, and onion topped with eggs sunny side up, avocado, and Sriracha. Wash that down with the “Palermo” brunch cocktail ($13), which is made with brandy, benedictine, Crème de Violette, sparkling wine, and tummy-soothing Aperol.
Mid-City’s The Churchill will be doing up its weekend brunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the holiday complete with $15 bottomless mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys. But the “Hyde Park Fizz” ($12) off its cocktail menu has restorative powers courtesy of its mix of Nolet’s gin, Bonal Gentiane-Quina (a French aperitif wine), honey, lime, basil, cucumber, and soda. Calm your acidic stomach with the savory breakfast sandwich ($10) of farm eggs, Vermont cheddar, bacon, and tomato jam.
City Tavern in Culver City will have $9 Bloody Marys and Bloody Marias with a bacon salt rim, as well as $7 mimosas and $21 bottles of sparkling wine to heal the huddled-over masses starting at 10:30 a.m. Hearty eaters can power down a pork belly Benedict or short rib hash while those looking for lighter fare can opt for the Greek yogurt parfait.
Delphine Eatery & Bar at the W Hollywood has brunch favorites from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., like eggs Benedict ($13) and brioche French toast ($12), or seek comfort in the puff pastry stuffed with scrambled eggs, asparagus, and wild mushrooms ($13). Day drinking options include $8 Greyhounds and Bellinis a-plenty.
Mohawk Bend in Echo Park not only has 70 craft beers on draft from which to choose but will also feature $5 Bloody Marys (regularly $10)—choose from a tried and true original, a tomatillo/jalapeño variation, or a delectable Bacon Mary—all day starting at 10 a.m. With a vegan-friendly menu, you can start your New Year’s resolution of eating healthier on the right foot by ordering the vegan “Red Flannel” brunch dish ($12) with scrambled tofu, smoked tofu, red beets, sweet potato, shallots, and thyme. Or just say “Eff it” and get the meat version with hanger steak and chorizo ($16).
For the Mid-Wilshire crowd, Ray’s & Stark Bar’s Executive Chef Kris Morningstar created a special hangover brunch menu which starts at 11:30 a.m. Take your pick of his “Hangover Helper”—a pungent offering of smoked herring, crisped garlic, capers, and pickled red onion with house Sriracha—or pork belly and grits served with a sunny side up egg, maple dashi, and charred green onions. For a curative concoction, the restaurant’s barsmith Paul Sanguinetti recommends sipping on the hot version of “Phil’s Lamumba” ($12) off his new winter cocktail list. The cocktail is normally served cold but when hot it turns the mix of Meletti chocolate liqueur, Terry Centenario brandy, and Calisaya Amaro into a figurative warm blanket.
The Roof on Wilshire atop the Hotel Wilshire is hosting a “Day After Recovery” brunch with three courses for $25, or $35 when you order bottomless mimosas. And yes, Chef Eric Greenspan’s (in)famous pancake lasagna—a strata of pancakes, cheese, bacon, sausage, and scrambled egg topped with maple syrup—is one of the many hangover-relieving brunch options available.
Salt’s Cure in WeHo is usually closed on Tuesdays but is making an exception for New Year’s Day when it will serve brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Treat yourself to $9 mimosas and brunch favorites like oatmeal griddle cakes and 2x2x2 (two eggs, two bacon strips, and two sausages). Rumor has it that the bacon cheeseburger will make an appearance as well.
The owner of Pasadena’s Trattoria Neapolis, Perry Vidalakis, is the president of the Stanford Alumni of Pasadena so his New Year’s Day brunch will center around the Rose Bowl game of Wisconsin versus Stanford. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., purchase any brunch main course, and for an additional $15, get unlimited “Rose City Spritzes” (prosecco, sugar cube, and Peychaud’s bitters), “Rose City Sgroppinos” (Aperol sorbetto, prosecco, vodka, lemon juice, and mint), or Craftsman 1903 Pre-Prohibition Lager.