Where to Brunch on New Year’s Day 2016
Planning on going big for New Year’s Eve? Odds are you’re going to need a hearty meal the next day. Save yourself the headache the morning after and make brunch plans now! Here are some local restaurants that are here to meet your post-celebration needs.
Celebrate the first day of 2016 at Punch Bowl Social (65 Broadway, Denver) with an over-the-top New Year’s Day brunch and award winning bloody mary bar, starting at 8 am. The mega buffet features a prime rib carving station, omelette and egg stations, charcuterie platters, fresh fruits, buttermilk biscuits, croissants, club sandwiches, multiple salad selections and mini pop tarts and mini cupcakes among the dessert choices. Adults are $35, kids under 5 eat free, and kids 12 and under are $10. After the feast, check out the private karaoke rooms for some new year singing time. Other favorite activities include skee ball, ping pong, retro arcade & pinball games, shuffle board, corn hole, darts and the brand new giant foosball table. Call 303-765-2695 for reservations.
Whether you’re hung over or just hungry, both ViewHouse locations, ViewHouse Ballpark (2015 Market Street, Denver) and ViewHouse Centennial (7101 South Clinton Street, Centennial) have the answer with regular brunch menu offerings, including Crab Cakes Egg Benedict, French Toast with salted caramel bananas and the ViewHouse breakfast burrito, stuffed full of spicy chorizo, green chile, pico de gallo, sour cream and eggs, and loaded up with guacamole. Finish strong with the ViewHouse Bloody Mary (you can make it bottomless!) or sip on a Whiskey Kiss, with Leopold’s small batch whiskey and St. Germain, fresh strawberries, mint and lemon juice. Both ViewHouse locations will be open regular hours on New Year’s Day – drop in any time from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
The just opened Del Frisco’s Grille (100 St. Paul St., Denver) in Cherry Creek North will lure New Year’s Day brunchers with the promise of an “anytime eats,” upscale, casual menu of brunch comfort food designed and built for sharing, indulging and enjoying. Craveable dishes like Red Velvet Belgian Waffle with whippped vanilla bean-spiked cream cheese and thick cut hickory smoked bacon, or the crabcake benedict with poached eggs, asparagus and toasted focaccia and a spicy fresh Cajun lobster sauce. Wash it down with the hangover-busting Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary that arrives at your table with house-made Bloody Mary Mix, Tito’s Vodka and a hefty plate of “fixin’s.” If you’re still celebrating, stay simple with the House mimosa of champagne and fresh squeezed orange juice, available by the glass or in a carafe, as are all the Grille’s brunch cocktails.
Postino WineCafé (2715 17th St., Denver) is ringing in the new year by offering the unique Postino brunch – the compact and craveable menu is expanded for brunch to include scratch offerings from the kitchen such as Walnut Toast with triple crème brie and tartly sweet house made berry preserves, or the Ciabatta French Toast with the house made berry preserves, almonds and vanilla crème fraiche to finish, or the B.E.L.T., a hearty and filling breakfast panini on soft ciabatta with applewood smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, dijonnaise, lettuce and tomato. Naturally, the signature bruschetta boards are available, including the roasted butternut squash bruschetta with roasted pumpkin seeds, ricotta and fresh chives. Wash it down with a selection from the eclectic and approachable wine list where any glass of wine is $5 until 5 p.m., and the fresh housemade mimosas are also $5.
Habit Doughnut Dispensary and Carbon Beverage Café (1553 S. Platte St., Denver) are both open at 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day, and brunchers can grab a doughnut on-the-go at Habit or indulge at Carbon with a hangover-helper Devil-Fried Chicken and Waffles, with the aptly named devil-fried chicken with sriracha maple, creamy whipped butter over almond waffles or buttery brioche doughnut; or start the new year’s right with a healthy bowl of the Tree Hugger Grains with carbon coffee muesli over housemade yoghurt,with a sprinkling of chia seeds, pepitas, toasted nuts, honey and tart fresh blueberries. Sip on one of the many adult beverage options like the ever-customizable sangria, with options of red, white, rosé, Prosecco or even kombucha or the Metal Sangria with Trve American Stout. Fresh OJ is on tap for a simple, customizably-infinite Mimosa experience with your friendly tap tender behind the bar.
MAX’s Wine Dive (696 Sherman Street, Denver), the cozy casual complement to our craft-brewing-beer-crazy town offers a comfort-food take on brunch for New Year’s Day, including the special for the day, the must-have Prime Rib Hangover Fries, with tender prime rib, healthy dose of cheese, scallions and bacon all topped with jalapeños, Cheese, Scallions, Bacon, Jalapenos, Sunny Side Up Eggs and Spicy Lemon Hollandaise. Splurge on the Bottomless Mimosa for $15, or a Wine Dive Sangria with house red or white wine and brandy, seasonal fruits and a bit of cane sugar.
Duck into Argyll Whisky Beer (1035 E 17th Ave, Denver) for a hearty New Year’s Day Brunch from the new brunch menu. Served until 3 p.m., start with an order of bottomless mimosas for a bit of the hair of the dog if you celebrated a bit much the night before. Maybe you’ll try the Traditional Corned Beef Hash with poached egg, greens and a spicy mustard sauce, or you’ll opt for the Crayfish & Artichoke Stew, enhanced by rice and a fried egg. Feeling especially hungry? Tuck in to the city’s best take on the English Breakfast, with house made sausage, fried egg, tomato, mushrooms and beans. Delicious food, drink and service with just a hint of British cheekiness. There’s a Scotch Egg here with your name on it.
Zengo & La Biblioteca (1610 Little Raven St., Riverfront Park, Denver) will be serving up their bottomless brunch on New Year’s Day from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For $39, each guest enjoys unlimited small plates and free flowing brunch cocktails, including a Build Your Own Bloody Bar (Maria or Mary) with over 30 fixings to make it to your liking. A taste of what’s on the menu includes Chorizo Benedict (Photo in dropbox link), spicy tuna roll, shrimp vegetable potstickers and bacon fried rice. Reservations are recommended: 720-904-0965.
Tamayo (1400 Larimer Street, Denver) on historic Larimer Square will be featuring the New Year’s Day bottomless brunch, the perfect hangover cure. Unlimited small plates and free flowing cocktails for $39 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Happy hour menu available from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and dinner menu beginning at 5:00 p.m.