Amateur night is over. Now it’s time to get down to business.
Hung over or not, the new year waits for no one. So you might as well greet 2015 head on — and with a full, rounded belly. Fuel your recovery at the following locations:
The Balkan hangout — which gets the full treatment in Roll Call’s debut dining guide, the “Nom-Nom-Nom-nibus” — is welcoming baby new year with unlimited small plates and signature cocktails. For $35 per person, guests can snack to their heart’s content on eggs Benedict, mushroom crepes, steak and eggs, veal soup and savory pies. Bottomless beverages in play include traditional mimosas, specialty mimosas (sparkling wine, peach puree) and bloody marys. Brunch served from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
523 Eighth St. SE; 202-813-3039; richardsandoval.com/ambar
Top Chef alumnus Bart Vandaele ushers in 2015 with steamed mussels flanked by cones of crispy Belgian frites, assorted gourmet burgers (beef, lamb, salmon), omelets, waffles and more. Brunch served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
514 Eighth St. SE; 202-544-0100; belgacafe.com
The Greek standby is offering an all-you-can-eat experience for $30 per person, coupled with penny mimosas and $2 bloody marys.
Multiple DC-metro locations; cavamezze.com
City Tap House
This beer haven is rolling out a “recovery brunch” featuring a la carte offerings ranging from strawberry-almond French toast and country sausage-covered buttermilk biscuits paired with aged cheddar and fried eggs to house-smoked salmon hash and fried chicken-stuffed biscuit sandwiches. A bottomless bar option ($18 per person) provides guests all the bloody marys, mimosas and beer tails they can stomach. Brunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
901 Ninth St. NW; 202-733-5333; citytaphousedc.com
El Centro D.F.
Go South of the Border with an all-you-can-eat feast ($35 per person) featuring potato-chorizo sandwiches, enfrijolades (scrambled eggs, beans, chorizo), bacon-, egg- and Chihuahua cheese-tacos, picadillo empanadas, and fried eggs smothered in red and green salsas. Bottomless beverage service includes micheladas, bloody marys and agua fresca-fueled cocktails.
Multiple DC locations; elcentrodf.com
In the mood for neighborhood Italian? Dig into brunch items ranging from mascarpone pancakes, sous vide fried chicken and waffles, crab risotto, to spaghetti carbonara and assorted egg dishes. Featured cocktails run the gamut from bubbly (mimosas, bellinis) to bloody (mary, diablo, eddy). Brunch served 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
539 Eighth St. SE; 202-546-5006; lavagnadc.com
This Asian-Latin mash-up plans to field a prix-fixe brunch ($39 per person) populated by the likes of wild mushroom flatbreads with jack cheese, roasted red pepper and avocado, chilaquiles combining chorizo, cotija cheese and scrambled eggs, smoked chicken hash with caramelized onions, chilies and chipotle hollandaise, and Korean short rib ropa vieja with wasabi black beans, smoked spinach and kimchi pico de gallo. A la carte menu items will also be provided. Featured beverages include traditional mimosas, lychee bellinis, bacon bloody marys and lemon-spiked beers. Brunch served from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1825 14th St. NW; 202-328-1414; masa14.com
The steak frites-flinger is getting all come-as-you-are with its annual pajama brunch. For $23 a pop, guests can fill up on their choice of yogurt parfaits, fruit salads, steak, poached eggs and fried potatoes. Bottomless drink options include bloody marys, screwdrivers, mimosas, coffee and fresh orange juice.
Multiple DC locations; mediumrarerestaurant.com
The "Blurry, Blurry Days" service promises a la carte offerings ranging from ricotta pancakes with berry compote and maple syrup to shrimp and grits featuring jumbo prawn, cheddar-laced organic grains, Tasso ham, kale, tomato and shellfish beurre blanc. Pick-me-up cocktails forged from Gatorade — the No Painsville, No Gainesville couples lemon-lime sports drink with tequila, I Can See Clearly Now pairs the low calorie energy drink with frozen grapes and gin — are aimed at helping to replenish lost electrolytes. Or there are always bottomless bloody marys and mimosas ($15 per person). Brunch served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
1600 Rhode Island Ave. NW; 202-448-8005; nagedc.com
Pearl Dive Oyster Bar
Banish hunger pangs with the Dive Burger special: a double-pattied burger loaded with bacon, pepper jack cheese, roasted poblano peppers and cayenne aioli plus your choice of beer for $10. Per the restaurant, anyone who arrives wearing pajamas or their lived-in garb from the night before will receive a complimentary mimosa.
1612 14th St. NW; 202-319-1612; pearldivedc.com
Drag brunch aficionados can kick off the new year in style at Perry’s. The action-packed meal ($25.95 per person) features favorites ranging from assorted pastries and egg dishes to sushi and egg rolls. One complimentary cocktail provided per buffet purchase. Brunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1811 Columbia Road NW; 202-234-6218; perrysadamsmorgan.com
The “pajama disco brunch” features all-you-can-eat offerings ($37.50 per person) ranging from breakfast burritos and stuffed French toast to spicy Mexican fried chicken and duck confit- and green chile-hash. Bottomless mimosas and bloody marys — along with vintage disco tracks — are included.
1926 14th St. NW; 202-319-1400; ticodc.com
Unlimited small plates and cocktails are the orders of the day at Zengo. For $39 per person ($10 per child), guests can devour endless portions of ceviche, sushi, dim sum and antojitos, including Thai chicken empanadas, achiote-hoisin pork arepas and short rib hash with poached eggs and rajas. Bottomless beverages include assorted mimosas (traditional, passion fruit, guava and pomegranate) bloody marys and sake-spiked sangria. Brunch served from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
781 Seventh St. NW; 202-393-2929; www.richardsandoval.com/zengodc
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