Best New Year’s Day Brunch NYC

New Year’s Day this year falls on a Wednesday. And, since most of us have the day off, and will be recovering from the night before, the perfect New Year’s Day Brunch is in high demand. Our advice: use BrunchCritic and select “HOLIDAY BRUNCH” under mood. That filter under the Mood Search tool has all the places identified as being open on holidays, like New Year’s Day, (or the day after Christmas, Christmas Day, the day after Thanksgiving, MLK Day, etc etc.)

I’m an advocate of BrunchCritic. OBVIOUSLY! It’s a bit frustrating to see resources like Zagats and others publish what they call brunch “lists.” Almost every time I see one of them, I think to myself what a disservice they are doing to their community. And, we we don’t have a partnership.  Zagats  just released their short list of where to go tomorrow. You can view it here. But in my opinion, it’s no different than many of their other lists. And, it’s quite weak. Most brunchies™ already know of the Sarabeth’s. All Zagat’s did was list every location they have. There are thousands of restaurants in New York. Trust me, Sarabeth’s isn’t the only place serving New Year’s Day brunch. And the lines are going to be ridiculous. And I am shocked to see Egg in Brooklyn on there. I think it’s great Egg is open for brunch on New Year’s Day, but come on Zagat’s, next to Sarabeth’s everyone already knows about Egg. And that means they know about their LINE. Now I don’t want to spend the first day of the year waiting in line. Do you?

Dear Zagats–  I’ve put this out there before, but why don’t we work on a partnership. Let the brunch experts help you out, and you do what you to best, dinner. (And frankly that’s what your guide and rating are based on anyways. Not brunch and the brunch experience.)

So to our readers, it might help your New Year’s Day brunch search to search Holiday Brunch on the homepage, and dine at one of our recommendations. Here is the direct link to those search results: Holiday Brunch

My top picks? Here’s where I’d go:

Commerce (west village), GOOD (greenwich village) Asellina (Flatiron/Kips Bay), Riverpark – (East 29th st.).

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me directly.

I sincerely wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.

Cheers Brunchies™




What to Consider When Choosing a Brunch Location

As Brunch Critics, we’re constantly getting asked, “Where should I go to brunch today?” by friends, family, social media connections, and even our doorman. We love giving recos, and there are several things to consider when choosing a brunch location. Next time you’re in a bind, keep these in mind.

1. Location
What neighborhood/area do you want to brunch in? You may be one of those “I don’t leave Brooklyn on the weekends” kind of person, or the East Village might be the most central location for your brunch crew. That’s why on BrunchCritic, you can discover new brunch spots by neighborhood.

2. Reservations
If you have a large party or an impatient group, the two and a half hour wait at Clinton Street Baking Company isn’t going to work for you. We know that if we have a special occasion or our parents are in town, we’re not taking any chances on a crazy brunch crowd. Look for a spot that takes brunch reservations like Seersucker or Cork Buzz Wine Studio.

 3. Vibe
This one is important, and one of the most crucial things to consider. Are you looking for a party brunch? A trendy spot? A quiet place? Romantic for a date? Casual and quaint? The restaurant that is good for a dance party is much different than the place that you should take your kids, although the food could be equally good. Our recommendations give you a report on what you can expect.

4. Menu
Can everyone in your group find something on the menu that they’ll like? We like to scout out the menu before we make any decisions because there may be a dish that beckons us, like the Pork Rillete Eggs Benedict at Jeffrey’s Grocery, for example. You might also have a pancake craving or a need for a tall bloody Mary.

Ask if you need help choosing!

Cheers Brunchies™

Caitlin Heikkila


12 Days of Pancakes

Have you seen our Facebook & Twitter feeds by chance?

We started the #12daysofpancakes campaign a few days ago, as we count down to the Christmas Holiday. People seem to be loving the daily dose of beautiful pancakes shots. As a pancake girl myself, I am a fan for sure. For your daily dose, follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @brunchcritic. Think of it as a little nugget of brunch shared with you each day!

Here are some of the pancakes we’ve highlighted so far:

1) Can be eaten at Beauty & Essex:

Pancakes Beauty & Essex

2.) Can be found at The Breslin:

IMG_0598I hope you get to try both of these, and the rest of the #12daysofpancakes we highlight!

Cheers Brunchies™




Thank you for attending Brazilian Brunch Party 2013

I sent out a “Thank You” email last week to those who attended our Brazilian brunch party.

A number of people replied to me. I was surprised. They really appreciated the “Thank You” email. Some thought it was “short & sweet” (which it was intended to be), and one woman said it was “brilliant and eloquently written”. (She’s also English– they tend to use “brilliant” a lot.)  I loved and appreciated getting these responses. So, with that said, I wanted to post the thank you here, in the blog. The last paragraph is the most important to me.

In case you didn’t see it via email, thank you again for attending Brazilian Brunch! I’ll post photos next.

THANK YOU  for attending our Brazilian Brunch Party on Sunday, December 8th! We really appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm for the day, and your fabulous Samba dancing skills won’t be forgotten.

Photos can be seen at:

We’d also like to thank our partner Elance for their sponsorship. Elance is where employers go to find amazing freelancers, and freelancers go to find great jobs.

As mentioned on Sunday, great social experiences are a result of great people.Thank you for coming out and being such wonderful guests. We can’t wait until the next BrunchCritic gathering. See you there!

Happy Holidays and Sincerely,

Andrea & the BrunchCritic team

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