Are there floods of tourists between you and your gingerbread latte? Is the bitter cold preventing you from picking up breakfast in the morning? Suck it up and head out for brunch. Here are a few places to unwind with some booze and bacon while you avoid the hordes dressed like Jolly Old St. Nick.
Cheap and Bottomless
CU 29 Copper, 232 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.
For $12.95, patrons receive unlimited brunch cocktails like mimosas and bellinis before heading out for a leisurely stroll — and a ridiculously good time — across the street in McCarren Park. The restaurant features a global menu of hungover brunch food like quesadillas, pizzas, and banana crepes, most of which can be had for under $10. The bar also doubles as a hookah joint in case you really don’t want to brave the cold.
La Tarte Flambee, 1750 Second Avenue, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.
Serving Alsatian specialties, this early opening Upper East Sider has a ton of economic brunch specials that will leave you with enough change to splurge on holiday gifts. Potato pancake benedicts, hot soups, and sandwiches served on French baguettes are all $15 or less. There are also plenty of salad options for those trying to undo some of the indulgent holiday party damage — or balance an affordable cocktail or two.
New Prix Fixe
China Grill, 60 West 53rd Street, Saturday and Sunday, 11:45 a.m.
If you’re looking for off-beat brunch items, this $28 two-course prix fixe serves up items like Peking duck salad and yuzu cream-stuffed French toast. Guests receive a choice of salad followed by entree, and for an additional $10, you can also throw back unlimited mimosas, screwdrivers, and bloodies.
For the Holidays
Stella 34, 151 West 34th Street, Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m.
If brunch is a weekend hangover tradition, then adding Santa to the mix should make for a truly magical experience. For $50 (and $35 for children ages three through 10), guests can enjoy ricotta pancakes and Italian-style omelettes while elves and the infamous Mr. Claus appear table side. A complimentary Prosecco bellini is included for everyone of age; kids get a take-home bag of sweets. The best part of it all? The restaurant is located at Macy’s Herald Square, which means you can knock out your holiday shopping on a full stomach. One caveat: You’ll need to reserve a ticket.