“Just one drink” turned into too many to count and now you’re paying the hangover piper. Luckily, NYC is home to numerous restaurants serving foods (and drink) that help speed the recovery after a night of excess. From stick-to-your-ribs comfort food to butter-and-syrup-soaked pancakes and waffles to classic diner staples with a twist, these spots are excellent choices for the best hangover brunch in NYC.
If you had one too many cocktails, head to any of these spots for the best hangover brunch in NYC.
Melba’s, 300 W 114 St
Founder Melba Wilson celebrates her Harlem roots at her self-named restaurant where you can find a bevy of lip-smacking, comfort food brunch favorites. Melba’s claim to fame is the Southern Fried Chicken and Eggnog Waffles, her signature dish that beat Bobby Flay in a Food Network throwdown. Chicken is prepared in mustard and buttermilk, fried, and placed on top of waffles made with eggnog rather than the usual cream. Served with sweet strawberry butter and maple syrup, this meal requires a nap afterward.
Shopsin’s, 120 Essex St
Located in Essex Street Market, Shopsin’s is a small eatery that offers a big menu of diner favorites ranging from omelets to burgers to sandwiches such as Po’ boys, sloppy Joes, and Reubens, just to name a few. It invented what might be the most genius post-drinking food ever – the mac n’ cheese pancake. Combining two hangover food staples, this dish is made with cheese and pasta suspended in pancake batter that has been grilled to crispy, gooey perfection. Serious eaters should also consider the CAP N’J – scrambled eggs and chicken cutlet between mac n’ jack pancakes.
Tom’s, 782 Washington Ave
Located in Prospect Heights, Tom’s has been making stomachs happy with its classic breakfast and lunch fare since 1936. Tom’s has retained a welcoming, old-school vibe (think stained glass windows and vintage serveware), but tweaked its menu to cater to the modern day foodie. Highlights include the harvest pancakes made with cranberries and sweet corn, crab cakes Florentine, and banana cinnamon waffles. Rehydrate with Tom’s Famous Cherry Lime Rickey, a sugary beverage that will make you completely forget about Gatorade.
Locanda Verde, 377 Greenwich St
Tucked away on a Tribeca corner, Locanda Verde offers a seasonal Italian menu by Chef Andrew Carmellini. Start with a brunch cocktail such as the Bloody Mary Della Casa made with Italian hot peppers and mortadella or the Tre Stelle made with pomegranate, Valencia orange, and blood orange juice, and Prosecco. Perfect for when your hangover is feeling more sweet than savory, the hazelnut-crusted French toast and lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberries and Meyer lemon curd are a must.
Mudspot Restaurant, 307 E 9 St
Located in the East Village, Mudspot Restaurant is the stationary eatery of the coffee peddling Mudtruck. Mudspot is the ideal place for those strugglers who woke up vowing to make healthier decisions than were made the night before. The menu is peppered with nutrient packed recovery meals such as the egg, quinoa, and kale pesto bowl, MUD avocado toast, and oatmeal with berries. Wash down with a big drip coffee for the full MUD-caffeinated experience.
Burger & Barrel, 25 W Houston
There are hangovers and then there are those hangovers that can only be remedied by a big, juicy patty of beef. An upscale pub located in SoHo, Burger & Barrel is home of the award-winning “Bash Burger,” which has earned top honors at the NY Food & Wine Festival six times! A concept grilled up by restauranteur John McDonald and Chef Josh Capon, this meaty indulgence is topped with caramelized onion and bacon jam, pickles, American cheese, and special sauce.
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