Heal Thyself at These New Year's Day Brunches


New Year’s Day brunch at El Techo is here to save you. Photo: Aubrie Pick.

I feel so sorry for anyone working on New Year’s Day. As if brunch service wasn’t tough enough. Be nice, everyone. It’s on Monday January 1st, so running a Monday brunch service is extra unusual. Here are a few brunches that have crossed my desk. I will update this post in the coming weeks, so feel free to check back!

~NAMU GAJI~ will be open, offering full table service during the day! Loco moco, okonomiyaki, gamja fries, Bloody Marys—they’ve got you covered. Open 10:30am-4pm. Reserve here.

~VICTORY HALL~ in SoMa will be doing their brass and brunch (which is also a celebration of their four-year anniversary). Brunch runs from 10am-4pm. Follow their Instagram for updates.

Need some fresh air? And how about a view? ~EL TECHO~ will be open for brunch, ready to greet you with a Latin American-inspired menu and plenty of adult beverages, starting at 11am. The windscreens, heaters, and retractable roof means it will be open rain or shine.

More fresh air will be on the patio at ~4505 BURGERS AND BBQ~, which will be serving specials like their maple bacon breakfast sando, usually available on weekends only, and hoppin John (a New Year’s Day classic!). Open 10:30am-10pm.

You know, a Cubano or medianoche from ~MEDIA NOCHE~ in the Mission sounds like the perfect thing. Come by starting at 11:30am on New Year’s Day for their usual menu of pressed Cubanos, rice and bean bowls, and picadillo empanadas.

The fine folks at ~HOG & ROCKS~ will take care of you, serving the same brunch menu as served on weekends. Cocktails. Outdoor tables. Fresh air. Whew. 11am-3pm.

~ABSINTHE~ will be open, serving restorative dishes like oxtail soup with roasted garlic chapon and poutine (fried cheese curds, crispy braised beef, poached egg, and mushroom gravy). 11am-4pm (last reservation at 2pm).

You have some friends staying downtown? ~MKT RESTAURANT~ at the Four Seasons is hosting a New Year’s Day brunch buffet from 10am-2:30pm, with savory and sweet stations. $45 for adults, add entrée for $20; $21 for children ages 5-12.