New Year’s Day at Boston Restaurants

Whether you’re a little worse for wear or fully refreshed and full of energy come January 1st, Boston’s top restaruants have whipped up some great menus that’ll get the new year off to a great start – see what they’ve got in store for New Year’s Day at spots like Aquitaine, Black Trumpet Bistro, Cafe Fleuri, Craigie on Main, Masa Southwest Bar & Grille, The Metropolitan Club, Pesce Blue, Red Rock Bistro, Sensing, Sherborn Inn, UpStairs on the Square and Vox Populi.

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed brunch goers will have to wait until 11:00am to get their first Aquitaine fix of 2010. Late risers needn’t worry though, they’ll be serving until 4:00pm and chef Matthew Gaudet will make sure they don’t run out of eggs Benedict or Bloody Marys – or whatever it is you need to get 2010 off to a good start. Call 617.424.8577 to reserve a table.

Black Trumpet Bistro
Chef Evan Mallett has the cure for whatever ails you this New Year’s Day. The Black Trumpet Bistro chef-owner welcomes diners to his Ceres Street eatery in Portsmouth for a little hair of the dog and a special Hangover Supper menu, available from 4:00-9:00pm. Get all cozy in the downstairs dining room or secure yourself a window seat upstairs and enjoy chef Mallett’s fabulous cooking looking out over Portsmouth Harbor. Call 603.431.0887 to reserve your table.

Café Fleuri
Start your new year off right at Café Fleuri‘s Rejuvenation Brunch. There are more than one hundred items on chef Mark Sapienza’s elaborate buffet, including eye openers for revelers who didn’t make it to bed until the wee hours of the morning as well as resolution dishes for those want to get 2010 started on the right, healthy foot. The buffet includes full carving and dessert stations with your choice of a Bloody Mary or a non-alcoholic beverage. Brunch is $58 per adult, $30 per child 12 to 5 years old, and free for children 4 and under. Contact Café Fleuri at 617.956.8751 to reserve a table between 11:00am and 1:30pm.

Craigie on Main
Chef Tony Maws gives his award winning brunch a New Year’s Day make-over adding some dishes designed (according to various customs, traditions, rules and regulations) to bring good luck in the year ahead. The menu at Craigie on Main has all the bases covered – greens for financial well-being, pork for progress and black beans for luck – so you can be sure 2010 will be a good year. Craigie will also be serving their regular dinner menu from 5:30-9:00pm and serving drinks until 1:00am, as usual. Call 617.497.5511.

Masa Southwest Bar & Grill
Masa Southwest Bar & Grill, the Woburn outpost of Philip Aviles’s popular South End eatery, will be open for brunch from 10:00am-3:00pm on New Year’s Day. Start your year off with some Southwestern treats – and maybe one of their award-winning Masaritas? Make reservation by calling 781.938.8886.

The Metropolitan Club
Chef Todd Winer’s New Year’s Day buffet brunch will be just the restorative meal you need to get 2010 off the its best start. From 11:30am until 3:00pm brunchers at The Metropolitan Club can munch on croissants, bagels, toast and assorted breakfast breads, made-to-order omelets, and fresh fruit, or head for the carving station or the Chinatown station which will be filled with egg rolls, dumplings, fried noodles and pork. The buffet costs $35 per person not including tax or gratuity. Or alcohol. Call 617.731.0600 for reservations.

Pesce Blue
Chef James Walter will be serving lunch and dinner at Portsmouth’s Pesce Blue this New Year’s Day, so you can start the year off on a delicious note. Early risers can book a table between 12:00 and 2:00pm while those who need to recover before even thinking about getting something to eat can make reservations from 5:00-9:00. Just call 603.430.7766.

Red Rock Bistro
Celebrate the beginning of 2010 with a leisurely brunch at Red Rock Bistro. The Swampscott eatery will be serving chef Lee Fannon’s breakfast-meets-lunch menu from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Or if your New Year’s Eve festivities require that you sleep in, you can always pop in for dinner. There’ll be live music at the bar starting around 8:30pm. Call Red Rock at 781.595.1414.

Get 2010 off to a stylish and tasty start right on the waterfront. Sensing at the Fairmont Battery Wharf will be serving a sumptuous a la carte brunch between the hours of 10:30am and 2:30pm. Book a table to enjoy breakfast-y bits like eggs, waffles, French toast and crepes or lunch specialties like the burger , lobster roll or vegetarian club sandwich from chef Gerard Barbin. Call Sensing at 617.994.9001 for reservations.

Sherborn Inn
Break in 2010 with a tasty brunch from the folks at the Sherborn Inn. Chef Paul Walsh and pastry chef Milissa Laurence will be putting out quite a spread at their brunch buffet, which is available from 10:30 – 2:30 for $28 per person. Call 508.655.9521 to reserve a table.

UpStairs on the Square
Chef Steven Brand puts his New Year’s Eve leftovers to good use on New Year’s Day by featuring them on his a la carte brunch menu, available from 12:00-3:00pm and on the Monday Club dinner menu which is available starting at 5:00pm. Kick back and relax by the fire and muse over the past year as well as the year ahead. Call UpStairs on the Square at 617.864.1933.

Vox Populi
If you spent New Year’s Eve trying to erase all memories of 2009 with champagne and other libations, get to Vox Populi’s Recovery Brunch on January 1st. Chef Ryan LaFrance will be serving his brunch menu all day, from 10:00am until 11:00pm, with Moet & Chandon mimosas and champagne specials. Call Vox at 617.424.8300 to reserve your brunch table.

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