Dec 21, 2017

Who’s Open New Year’s Day 2018

Who is open on New Year’s Day, plus stuff to do.

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We love to talk about New Year’s Eve but we also realize that some of you just aren’t that into celebrating into the night. Frankly, there have been some years when I’m in bed by 9pm (don’t judge). However, I—and I’m sure many of you—LOVE New Year’s Day, and it’s great to get out and enjoy the day, preferably with some brunchness. So, here are some of the places that are open for brunch, as well as some ideas of non-edible things to do to start your new year.

First, though, here are some of the places that are closed on New Year’s Day, so don’t try to head there for pastries, comedy, or beer:

  • La Guli
  • QED
  • Bohemian Hall
  • Katch
  • Dutch Kills Bar

Brunch It Up

Burger Garage
25-36 Jackson Ave, Long Island City

New Year’s Day hangover? No worries…we are OPEN all day New Year’s Day and have all the goods to help you feel better. More information.

41-15 31st Avenue, Astoria

DiWine will be open regular hours (5pm-2am) on Monday, New Year’s Day, and will celebrate the holiday with half-price glasses of champagne.

Ha’s Chinese
40-17 Broadway, Astoria
Monday, January 1, 2017, 2pm open time

I asked the folks at Ha’s Chinese (the new restaurant from the people that brought you The Queens Kickshaw) and they told me, “We’ll open early on 1/1 at 2pm instead of our regular 5pm. We’ll be previewing some upcoming brunch items then!”

MP Taverna
31-29 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria
Brunch noon-3pm

MP is offering a New Year’s Day brunch. No specials indicated. More information.

24-01 29th Street, Astoria, noon open time

As per the folks at Sparrow, they’ll be serving “all day brunch from noon to midnight.”

Sweet Afton
30-09 34th Street, Astoria
Brunch 10:30am-4pm

Brunch will feature Sweet Afton’s famous hot mulled apple cider, served with or without the drinker’s choice of spirit, in addition to perennial brunch favorites like the Bacon Bloody Mary, made with bacon-infused bourbon and topped with fresh arugula. Chef Nick Testa, a newly crowned Chopped champion will be serving the bar’s breakfast burger, a Pat LaFrieda patty topped with a fried egg and all the fixings, in addition to new hits like the BEC Bites (scrambled egg, smoked bacon and cheddar with chipotle sauce) and his addictive French Toast Sticks. At 9pm, Bedlam Swing will take the stage with two hours of jazz for Live Music Monday.

The Bonnie
29-12 23rd Avenue, Astoria
Brunch from 10am-4pm

Mixologist Mike Di Tota just debuted his new Zero-Proof Cocktail menu, for those who steer away from hair of the dog after a night of heavy partying and those who refrain from drinking: the Baker’s Dozen, made with fig gastrique, and locally made Haber’s Tonic Syrup, is a sweet-tart herbal remedy, and the Top Buck, made with spicy ginger beer, honey and grapefruit juice, is a great soother for an upset stomach. Chef Nick Testa (as mentioned above, a newly crowned Chopped champion) will serve his full brunch menu, including the cheese and bacon-smothered tater tots and waffle battered sausage pigs-in-a-blanket that just earned the bar a spot on Bon Appetit’s recent list of Best Brunch Spots in New York City.

The Thirsty Koala
35-12 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria
Brunch from 11am-3:30pm; Dinner from 3:30-8pm (last reservation 6:30pm)

We are offering Bottomless Brunch at $15 per person for either our brunch cocktails or one of our signature house cocktails for 90 minutes. Featuring Eggs Benedict on Corn & Jalapeno Fritters, our signature omelets, burgers, salads etc. We are closing at 8pm New Years Day.

William Hallet
36-10 30th Avenue, Astoria

This post indicates they will be open for brunch on New Year’s Day. No specials indicated.

Zenon Taverna
34-10 31st Ave, Astoria

We wish all of our friends and their families a very Happy New Year! Best wishes for a wonderful 2018! We are open regular hours New Years Eve and New Years Day. Look forward to seeing you and serving you in 2018. More information.

Celebrate New Year’s Night

Central Lounge
The Afterparty—Balkan Bash
Monday, January 1, 2018; 11pm-4am
20-30 Steinway St, Astoria

There’s only 1 way to end the holidays. The AFTERPARTY is back at Central Lounge -MAIN ROOM- on Monday night, January 1st. Lots of Balkan families spend New Years Eve with family, so come party on New Years Day with us. DJs aRPi & Doleto will be spinning the best in Balkan music along with some house/hip-hop. Ladies FREE (guys $20), doors open 11pm, and ages 21+. VIP: Please contact Rasim (Russ) Pjetrovic for bottle deals and reservations at 201-458-2187. SEE YOU THERE!


MOMI Movies

Get your culture on the first day of the year with movies at MOMI! Here’s what’s playing:

The LEGO Batman Movie
noon in the Redstone Theater

Dir. Chris McKay. 2017, 104 mins. DCP. Featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes. “Batman must face the villains of Gotham City again, but this time with his new sidekick Robin and fellow caped-crusader Batgirl, along with his ally Commissioner Barbara Gordon. This lively animated movie combines our favorite Gotham City characters with the LEGO toy universe, for hilarious superhero fun. Recommended for ages 7 and up.” More information.

Princess Cyd
2pm in the Redstone Theater

Dir. Stephen Cone. 2017, 96 mins. Digital projection. With Rebecca Spence, Jessie Pinnick, Malic White. “It is summertime, and sixteen-year-old Cyd (Pinnick) decides to take a break from her depressive single father and spend time in Chicago with her aunt Miranda (Spence), a well-known novelist. Soon after her arrival, Cyd encounters a young barista named Katie (White), and their low-key connection quickly becomes something more charged. As Cyd and Katie navigate their new attraction, Miranda sorts through her own complicated relationships, which are brought into higher contrast by Cyd’s youthful curiosity and daring. Sensitive to the contradictions and confusions of the ever-changing self, Stephen Cone’s subtle and deeply felt film summons that distinct summer feeling when adolescence overlaps with adulthood, skin-exposing days beget soul-exposing nights, and everything feels potently and precariously alive.” More information.

Lady Bird
4pm in the Redstone Theater

Dir. Greta Gerwig. 2017, 94 mins. DCP. With Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Odeya Rush, Tracey Letts, Laurie Metcalf, Kathryn Newton, Lucas Hedges, Laura Marano, Beanie Feldstein. “In her critically acclaimed, semi-autobiographical directorial debut, Greta Gerwig excavates both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Ronan) is a strong-willed, opinionated and wildly passionate 17-year-old in constant combat with her strong-willed, opinionated and wildly passionate mom (Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is a sharply funny and uniquely moving look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the life-defining complications of home.” More information.

NYRR Midnight Run

This annual event is a great way to start your new year. Please note, as per the NYRR website the race is approaching capacity, so be sure to register sooner than later. I’ve run this race and it’s rad—race starts right at midnight. Plus there are fireworks and you get to wind your way though Central Park. More information.

Yoga Agora
33-02 Broadway, Astoria

Start your year off with a chance to challenge your bod. Yoga Agora schedule for January 1 is:
10am, 12pm, 2pm, 5pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm

Are we missing your favorite spot? Shoot us a email or make a comment. We’ll be updating this post with new places we become aware of as we approach January 1.

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.