There are a number of things I miss about living in Manhattan. High up on that list is brunch.
Brunch is served here in Boston, but it’s just not the same. New Yorkers really know how to brunch. In New York, brunch is not a meal eaten between breakfast and lunch, but in place of both. Meaning that nobody in New York eats brunch at 10:00am. I don’t even think restaurants open for brunch that early. Brunch reservations are hardest to come by around 1:00pm, once the city has awoken and everyone has had time to make themselves presentable. Which is another thing I love about brunch in the city. It’s an occasion to be seen. Here in Boston, I throw on sweat pants and stumble down the street for pancakes. In New York, I wouldn’t have dreamed of brunching without blow drying my hair and smearing on lip gloss. There’s something about drinking cocktails with your eggs that makes you feel like you should wear make-up, and since no New York brunch menu is complete without a cocktail, mascera is a must.
In the spirit of the New York brunch, I give you a few ideas to choose from for your New Year’s Day festivities. Sleep in, pour plenty of Champagne, and treat yourself to a decadent meal before those New Year’s Resolutions sink in.
Noodle kugel makes for a wonderful brunch dish. Serve with a salad of orange and grapefruit wedges
Go ahead and use frozen blueberries in place of fresh. No need to thaw before adding them to the waffle batter.
I top my chilaquilles with a fried egg, but tossing some shredded chicken in the pan when you add the tortillas to the bubbling salsa would be even more authentic. Of course, you could always go for both!
I love these moist and chewy muffins with a liberal schmear of strawberry jam. Something about the peach and strawberry combo does it for me! Frozen peaches work great in this recipe.
Crisp, hearty sausage hash is fantastic for feeding a crowd. I love this version with Italian sausage, but for extra kick you could substitute fresh Mexican chorizo instead, and garnish with a bit of chopped cilantro.
Pretty apple slices, sweet honey drizzle, what more could you want? Oh yeah… a glass of Champagne.