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Where to Eat on New Year’s Day in New Orleans

New Year’s Day brunches for a little hair of the dog

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Brunch is such a rejuvenating meal. Saturdays and Sundays, it stretches from morning to afternoon, feeds the body and soul with comfort fare and for those in to whom it appeals, sometimes there’s football. Whether Friday, New Year’s Eve, was a big blowout, or not, New Year’s Day brunch is all kinds of fun. Most of these spots have outside options but seating is limited, so be sure to call ahead.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Nice Guys Bar and Grill

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7910 Earhart Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 302-2404
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Chef D Williams kills it with belly busting brunch specials at Nice Guys Bar and Grill, a hidden gem on Earhart. Come hungry and tear into the likes of shrimp, lobster and grits, a donut and hot sausage sandwich, and bananas Foster French toast. This casual spot welcomes families, friends, and kiddos.

2. Ralph's on the Park

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900 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-1000
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Just steps from City Park — an excellent place to walk off the repast — Ralph’s on the Park features nourishment both homey and swank. Say yes to turtle soup and truffle fries, or tuck into a brunch burger topped with bacon and egg. A house sparkler is $20 a bottle or spring for the Moet for $50, juice served on the side.

3. Columns

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3811 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-9308
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On New Year’s Day, Columns will offer a Speedy Recovery’ brunch for guests in need of a hangover cure. Think family-style fried chicken and black eyed peas and collards. And naturally, Champagne and a Bloody Mary bar for hair of the dog. Served from noon to 3 p.m., brunch is priced at $65.

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4. Atchafalaya

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901 Louisiana Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-9626
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Brunch is the bomb at Atchafalaya Uptown, now with chef Chris Lynch back in the kitchen. From warm goat cheese salad to fried oysters to a daily gumbo to burgers and Benedict, the menu is lively and hits all the high notes. Oh, and the build your own Bloody Mary option is a must.

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5. Nola Pizza Co.

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3001 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 272-0618
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NOLA Pizza Co. inside the NOLA Brewing Tap Room will open at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day with dozens of beers on tap and “Seltztails” — house-brewed hard seltzer based cocktails. Weekend brunch pizzas include the lox pie, an everything bagel seasoned pizza crust spread with cream cheese and dressed with lox, lemon dressed arugula, capers, and red onion. Or try the breakfast frittata pizza, a crust topped with with mozzarella, eggs, sausage, red onion, cream cheese, and mushrooms.

6. Copper Vine

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1001 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 208-9535
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Copper Vine will be open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. serving brunch and showing the Sugar Bowl. The lovely outdoor setting is a favorite for brunch, decked out with enough greenery to make you forget you’re downtown. Love chef Amy Mehrtens imaginative a la carte brunch menu, with nibbles like bacon wrapped dates, creole shakshouka, and cornflake crusted fried chicken and waffles.

7. Bearcat CBD

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845 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 766-7399
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Bearcat in the CBD is a crazy busy location for the popular breakfast/brunc /lunch spot that also has a presence Uptown. For sure the CBD will be open, dishing biscuits every which way, from smothered with gravy to topped with friend chicken, creamed spinach and an egg — that’s the Big Rob.

8. Luke

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333 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 378-2840
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In the mood for a bustling French brasserie and seafood version of brunch? Luke does it right. Maybe splurge on the seafood plateau? It’s $65 for a dozen oysters, six shrimp, three scallops, tuna tartare, and smoked trout dip. Or enjoy a southern breakfast, gumbo, chargrilled oysters, or a cinnamon bun. It’s all good.

9. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard

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819 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 581-3866
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Snag a seat in the courtyard if it’s possible, but Broussard’s aims to please at every table, with chef Jimi Setchim’s modern Creole cuisine and the restaurant’s grand setting. Served every Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the menu offers two choice; a $45 three course prix fixe (grits and grillades; duck and alligator sausage) or a la carte with a slew of options.

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10. Peacock Room

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501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 324-3073
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January 1, 2022 marks the first Saturday for brunch at the luscious Peacock Room, a trend that will happily continue. Served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., chef Chris Lusk’s menu includes favorites like the Peacock Tower piled with deviled eggs, lobster toast, salt and pepper shrimp, pimento cheese and crostini. Or try huevos rancheros featuring chorizo cured pork belly and mole verde and the C&A Benedict with crab-avocado toast, poached egg, and gochujang choron. The cocktail list is equally fetching.   

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11. Cochon Butcher

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930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 588-7675
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If brunch at home appeals, Cochon Butcher has a fun black eyed pea meal to get that luck and prosperity flowing. Priced at $50 and portioned for two (but seems like it would feed three?), Pork for Prosperity includes two pounds of onion-braised pork shoulder, one quart tasso-braised black-eyed peas, and one quart bacon-smothered greens. Pick up the precooked party December 31 or January 1 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

12. Brennan's

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417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-9711
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Brennan’s in the Quarter is a party waiting to happen, any time of the year. New Year’s Day is no exception, with Champagne flowing, eggs sardou-ing, and bananas blazing. Traditional Creole dishes are honored here, including an excellent trout amandine. Start with an eye opener at the lovely Roost Lounge.

Breakfast At Brennan’s Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

13. American Townhouse

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1012 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 354-8533
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The gorgeous newly opened American Townhouse on the edge of the Quarter offers divine courtyard dining and a casual menu of American and global eats. The kitchen does South of the Border well, including burritos and tacos, salads, and house marinated and breaded chicken fingers. Order that fried chicken in the Death by Waffle and it comes sandwiched between hot waffles and drizzled with honey and Steen’s.

14. Nonno's Cajun Cuisine and Pastries

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2025 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 354-1364
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Chef Shermond Esteen Jr. draws a steady crowd of regulars to his down-home brunch at Nonno’s — it’s worth dealing with the Claiborne construction, promise. Try his French toast, any of the breakfast sandwiches and burritos, and his po’ boys, loaded with goodness, including vegan. Plus bottomless mimosas for $20.

1. Nice Guys Bar and Grill

7910 Earhart Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70125

Chef D Williams kills it with belly busting brunch specials at Nice Guys Bar and Grill, a hidden gem on Earhart. Come hungry and tear into the likes of shrimp, lobster and grits, a donut and hot sausage sandwich, and bananas Foster French toast. This casual spot welcomes families, friends, and kiddos.

7910 Earhart Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70125

2. Ralph's on the Park

900 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Just steps from City Park — an excellent place to walk off the repast — Ralph’s on the Park features nourishment both homey and swank. Say yes to turtle soup and truffle fries, or tuck into a brunch burger topped with bacon and egg. A house sparkler is $20 a bottle or spring for the Moet for $50, juice served on the side.

900 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Columns

3811 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
Columns

On New Year’s Day, Columns will offer a Speedy Recovery’ brunch for guests in need of a hangover cure. Think family-style fried chicken and black eyed peas and collards. And naturally, Champagne and a Bloody Mary bar for hair of the dog. Served from noon to 3 p.m., brunch is priced at $65.

3811 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

4. Atchafalaya

901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
Brasted/Eater NOLA

Brunch is the bomb at Atchafalaya Uptown, now with chef Chris Lynch back in the kitchen. From warm goat cheese salad to fried oysters to a daily gumbo to burgers and Benedict, the menu is lively and hits all the high notes. Oh, and the build your own Bloody Mary option is a must.

901 Louisiana Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Nola Pizza Co.

3001 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

NOLA Pizza Co. inside the NOLA Brewing Tap Room will open at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day with dozens of beers on tap and “Seltztails” — house-brewed hard seltzer based cocktails. Weekend brunch pizzas include the lox pie, an everything bagel seasoned pizza crust spread with cream cheese and dressed with lox, lemon dressed arugula, capers, and red onion. Or try the breakfast frittata pizza, a crust topped with with mozzarella, eggs, sausage, red onion, cream cheese, and mushrooms.

3001 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. Copper Vine

1001 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Copper Vine will be open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. serving brunch and showing the Sugar Bowl. The lovely outdoor setting is a favorite for brunch, decked out with enough greenery to make you forget you’re downtown. Love chef Amy Mehrtens imaginative a la carte brunch menu, with nibbles like bacon wrapped dates, creole shakshouka, and cornflake crusted fried chicken and waffles.

1001 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112

7. Bearcat CBD

845 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Bearcat in the CBD is a crazy busy location for the popular breakfast/brunc /lunch spot that also has a presence Uptown. For sure the CBD will be open, dishing biscuits every which way, from smothered with gravy to topped with friend chicken, creamed spinach and an egg — that’s the Big Rob.

845 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Luke

333 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

In the mood for a bustling French brasserie and seafood version of brunch? Luke does it right. Maybe splurge on the seafood plateau? It’s $65 for a dozen oysters, six shrimp, three scallops, tuna tartare, and smoked trout dip. Or enjoy a southern breakfast, gumbo, chargrilled oysters, or a cinnamon bun. It’s all good.

333 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard

819 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Brasted/Eater NOLA

Snag a seat in the courtyard if it’s possible, but Broussard’s aims to please at every table, with chef Jimi Setchim’s modern Creole cuisine and the restaurant’s grand setting. Served every Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the menu offers two choice; a $45 three course prix fixe (grits and grillades; duck and alligator sausage) or a la carte with a slew of options.

819 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112

10. Peacock Room

501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Randy Schmidt/Peacock Room

January 1, 2022 marks the first Saturday for brunch at the luscious Peacock Room, a trend that will happily continue. Served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., chef Chris Lusk’s menu includes favorites like the Peacock Tower piled with deviled eggs, lobster toast, salt and pepper shrimp, pimento cheese and crostini. Or try huevos rancheros featuring chorizo cured pork belly and mole verde and the C&A Benedict with crab-avocado toast, poached egg, and gochujang choron. The cocktail list is equally fetching.   

501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Cochon Butcher

930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

If brunch at home appeals, Cochon Butcher has a fun black eyed pea meal to get that luck and prosperity flowing. Priced at $50 and portioned for two (but seems like it would feed three?), Pork for Prosperity includes two pounds of onion-braised pork shoulder, one quart tasso-braised black-eyed peas, and one quart bacon-smothered greens. Pick up the precooked party December 31 or January 1 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Brennan's

417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Breakfast At Brennan’s Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Brennan’s in the Quarter is a party waiting to happen, any time of the year. New Year’s Day is no exception, with Champagne flowing, eggs sardou-ing, and bananas blazing. Traditional Creole dishes are honored here, including an excellent trout amandine. Start with an eye opener at the lovely Roost Lounge.

417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. American Townhouse

1012 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

The gorgeous newly opened American Townhouse on the edge of the Quarter offers divine courtyard dining and a casual menu of American and global eats. The kitchen does South of the Border well, including burritos and tacos, salads, and house marinated and breaded chicken fingers. Order that fried chicken in the Death by Waffle and it comes sandwiched between hot waffles and drizzled with honey and Steen’s.

1012 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

14. Nonno's Cajun Cuisine and Pastries

2025 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Chef Shermond Esteen Jr. draws a steady crowd of regulars to his down-home brunch at Nonno’s — it’s worth dealing with the Claiborne construction, promise. Try his French toast, any of the breakfast sandwiches and burritos, and his po’ boys, loaded with goodness, including vegan. Plus bottomless mimosas for $20.

2025 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

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