8 Great Hangover Brunch Spots In NYC

Your eyelids slowly open in anticipation of a throbbing headache. It's New Year's Day. As you wait for the pain to wrap itself around your feeble body, there's a flash of optimism! You believe you have escaped the curse of New Year's Eve partygoers and spring out of bed with a newfound sense of resilience. But, oh. There it is. Once vertical, you realize that you are 1. very hungover and 2. still a little drunk. And who is that dude asleep on your couch? What's this glitter stuff stuck to your leg? Call your friends immediately, meet them for reconnaissance and some serious chowing down of greasy things to set you straight. Here are the eight best brunch places to do it. If you drink some more, well, cheers to that, too.
Check out these great NYC brunch spots to help ease that hangover headache.
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Pies ‘n’ Thighs
Some have tired of the onslaught of Southern food in New York City. To those people we say: fried chicken and buckwheat waffles with cinnamon butter? Smoked pork hash and eggs? No? More for us, then. One of the best things on the menu for the headache-afflicted is the quick Chicken Biscuit, which is slathered in honey butter and hot sauce. Take it to go and crawl back under your covers with it; wake up two hours later and you're a whole new person. Or have a seat in the no-frills dining room and finish off the meal with banana cream, choco-peanut butter, or key lime pie.
Pies 'n' Thighs, 166 South 4th Street (at Driggs Avenue); Brooklyn, 347-529-5619.

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Buttermilk Channel
The awesomeness: a list of suped-up Bloody Marys to choose from. ("Star of the Sea" comes with celery- and peppercorn-infused vodka and a freshly shucked oyster.) Hair of the dog, right? The not-so-awesomeness: This place is packed every Saturday and Sunday morning. The hostess might give you a smile and a 30-minute wait, but you can cool off your frustrations with a Campari and fresh grapefruit cocktail at nearby Prime Meats until your table is ready. BC's Warm Lamb and Romaine Salad is worth the wait.
Buttermilk Channel, 524 Court Street (at Huntington Street); Brooklyn; 718-852-8490.

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Tom's Restaurant
Shall we say it? This Morningside Heights joint is the ultimate New York diner, complete with a neon sign that wraps around its cornered exterior. Suzanne Vega wrote a song about it, parts of Seinfeld were filmed in it, and Columbia students can be found in almost every booth almost every morning, fixing the damage they did the night before. What's better for a hangover than a Lime Rickey, better-than-Mom's meatloaf, and a thick stack of pancakes? Plus, you get to stare at local newscasters' headshots from the 1970s. Oh, and you can nibble on orange slices and crispy bits of sausage while waiting in line. Done and done.
Tom's Restaurant, 2880 Broadway (at 112th street); 212-864-6137.

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Chef Roberto Santibanez was raised in Mexico City, and the food you'll find at his Brooklyn restaurant shows it. For brunch, of course there are Huevos Rancheros, but the Chilaquiles (pictured) are much more interesting—and hangover-friendly. They are, quite plainly, crispy tortillas tossed in a sauce of roasted tomatoes and habanero peppers. On top, you get a choice of shredded chicken, grilled skirt steak, or scrambled eggs. Order it with a Vampiro cocktail—seasoned tomato juice with tequila and Oaxaca chiles—and call it a day. No, really; that's all you're going to be able to do today anyway.
Fonda, 434 7th Avenue (between 14th and 15th streets); Brooklyn; 718-369-3144.

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Barney Greengrass
There's a reason that this list contains more than one restaurant that serves "Jewish" cuisine: whitefish, blintzes, and bagels are restorative dishes, and with a side of pickles and onions, just bracing enough to snap you out of your funk. Though the sturgeon sandwich at Barney Greengrass clocks in at just under $18, making it slightly ritzier than the average diner, it will fill you up for the rest of the day. The Upper West Side institution is consistently rated one of the city's best delis, and the Formica tables and yellow-tinged wallpaper show its dignified 103 years-old age.
Barney Greengrass, 541 Amsterdam Avenue (at 86th Street); 212-724-4707.

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Mile End
Poutine (poo-teen). For those of you who haven't been to Montreal, it's a Quebecoise mess of 1. French fries, 2. cheese curds, and 3. gravy. If that doesn't sound like the kind of greasy dish that can set you right after a long night, well, we don't really know what will. We swear the salty, fatty mix will cure you down to your platform-busted toes. For those of you less inclined to nosh on something drizzled in (fantastic) brown goo, there are also bagels and schmear, smoked whitefish salad, and the "Mish-Mash," which is comprised of eggs, onion, greens, rye, and salami or lox.
Mile End, 97a Hoyt Street, (between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street); Brooklyn; 718-852-7510.

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Benchmarc Delivery
If all else fails, Benchmarc Events by Marc Murphy is offering a no-fuss option—meaning no getting out of your sweats—with its special drop-off menu on New Year's Day. At $225, it serves 10-15 people. So, make your friends come over (or, if you were the host of the party, don't let them leave), nosh on smoked salmon, scones, fruit salad and bloodies, and order 200 Cigarettes on instant Netflix.
To place an order, call 212-625-8270, or visit benchmarc-events.com.

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Oriental Garden
More than a handful of times, we've heard our friends say that dim sum is their go-to hangover food. And we get (from experience) the remedial properties of fried shrimp balls, spongy beef tripe, pork buns, and chive dumplings, especially when they're served with a dipping pot of soy sauce and a bottomless cup of jasmine tea. Like most dim sum restaurants, the interior of Chinatown's Oriental Garden is simple, almost cafeteria-like, with some Chinese flair (golden kanji wall accents), but it's not meant to win you over with its looks. This restaurant does that with its small but abundant plates of fatty treats.
Oriental Garden, 14 Elizabeth Street (between Canal and Bayard streets); 212-619-0085.

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