Where to Eat (and Recover) on New Year's Day

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Breakfast banh mi from Rice Paper Scissors. Photo: Behind the Food Carts.

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The Moët & Chandon Champagne Tree at Loews Regency San Francisco.

Some folks need to spend their New Year’s Day in bed with some Vicodin, a vape, and (hopefully) you found some leftover pizza. But this year, New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, so intrepid folks who are up to venturing out for brunch will have some pretty great options, check it out.

Rice Paper Scissors is hosting their sixth annual New Year’s Day brunch at ~BLACK SANDS BREWERY~ in the Lower Haight from 10am-3pm, serving turkey bao, pot stickers, breakfast banh mi, and the best thing of all: their Hanoi-style beef pho. There will be coffee, beer, and bar drinks by Black Sands, including their collaborative Saigon Saison, made with black, brown, and roasted rice!

~HOG & ROCKS~ knows how to do a proper hangover brunch, with a menu that has eggs Benedict, chorizo migas, chicken and waffles, duck confit French toast, a burger, and $5 mimosas ($20 carafes plus one free refill), brunch cocktails, and more. Large groups welcome, but reserve! 11am-3pm.

~SPRUCE~ is serving their usual Sunday brunch menu, plus a few extra-special dishes, including a butter-poached lobster Benedict and dry-aged New York strip steak and eggs. PHANCY. And black Périgord truffles and caviar service will also be in the maision. 10am-2pm.

~ABSINTHE BRASSERIE & BAR~ will be open on New Year’s Day, serving their usual brunch menu, plus the addition of a beef brisket poutine with a six-minute egg, chanterelles, spinach, cheddar Mornay, scallions, and french fries. Um, yeah. And then there’s the Ginger Rogers, which is the perfect hair of the dog. Open 11am-3pm, last reservation at 2pm.

The new ~ELITE CAFÉ~ will be open an extra hour on New Year’s Day, serving eggs Benedict and Champagne juleps, NOLA rancheros and Ramos fizzes, and breakfast biscuits and French 75s! Plus oysters and Champagne and deviled eggs and martinis—and even more! Open 9am-3pm.

Feel like a Bloody Mary brunch buffet? ~BRASSERIE S&P~ is offering a brunch buffet with smoked salmon, omelets, bacon tarts, and an extensive Bloody Mary Bar. $75 per person; reservations available from 10am-3pm. Be sure to check out the Champagne Christmas Tree, made with 62 individual magnums, which would come out to 745 glasses of bubbly. (Which you may feel like you consumed the previous night.) There will also be the option of ordering à la carte.

A swanky New Year’s Day brunch buffet is at the ~TOP OF THE MARK~ at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco. Brunch includes oysters on the half shell and assorted caviar with warm blini, an omelet and waffle station, rock shrimp eggs Benedict with Choron sauce (tomato-spiked béarnaise—see, I looked it up for you), roasted Kurobuta pork loin, and a side of piano. $109, $59 per child (ages 4-12). Reservations required, call 415-616-6941.

The folks at ~MKT RESTAURANT~ at the Four Seasons are hosting a New Year’s Day brunch buffet for $90, with bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys for an additional $30. 10am-2pm.

If you want to do a pop-up, I noticed this Feastly brunch: Istanbul Modern: Sultan’s Brunch, with seatings at 11am and 1pm.

~PRESIDIO SOCIAL CLUB~ will be serving brunch dishes like challah French toast, brioche beignets, burgers, and bubbles! Reservations accepted. 10am-3pm.

Getting up late? How about dinner? For something a little more traditional, ~YUZUKI~ in the Mission will serve à la carte dinner menu items, osechi and ozoni, that are traditionally served in Japan on New Year’s Day. The restaurant’s regular menu will also be available.

Event Info

Sunday Jan 1, 2017