Best Places For New Year’s Day Brunch In Washington DC

December 25, 2013 7:00 AM

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There’s nothing better than a good meal after a long night of celebrating. Most people do not work New Year’s Day, so the city is buzzing and restaurants are full. Take the day to sleep in, then bring in the new year with your favorite people at an acclaimed brunch. These spots know how to please customers with an array of brunch selections – foodies will be impressed.

Busboys and Poets
1025 5th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 789-2227

Busboys and Poets is more of a meeting place rather than a restaurant. You will quickly notice upon entering that it’s not just about the food, but more of a welcoming hangout for advocates, creative thinkers and artists. A unique atmosphere is not all that the restaurant has to offer – the food is absolutely delicious and brings diners back for more. The brunch menu will remain the same and can be found online here. Popular brunch dishes include the sweet potato pancakes and the Mexican Oaxaca omelette. The average price point per plate is $10. Visit Busboys and Poets’ interactive website for the full menu and get a vibe for the personality. Allow extra time in your day, as the restaurant does not accept reservations during brunch. There are four locations in the DC area, making the destination convenient for all.

Cuba Libre
801 9th St. N.W., Suite A
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 408-1600

Known for unlimited tapas and Cuban flavors, Cuba Libre is open New Year’s Day. This spot will have a modified brunch menu on the holiday. After the head chef’s recent trip to Cuba, the brunch menu has expanded, much to the liking of patrons. At Cuba Libra, you will truly feel the heritage and culture of Cuba, with Latin songs and a tropical setting.

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Masa 14
1825 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328-1414

Brunch will be served at the hip 14th Street Masa 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. using the same menus as the typical weekend brunch. A bottomless pre-fixe brunch will run you $35 and includes alcoholic beverages. If it’s not too chilly, bundle up and enjoy your meal on the vibrant rooftop. The restaurant is modern and frequented by locals.

Farmers Fishers Bakers
3000 K St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 298-8783

An offspring of the popular Founding Farmers restaurants, one in DC and one in Maryland, Farmers Fishers Bakers is new to the Georgetown Waterfront, also known as Washington Harbour. A go-to destination for all meals, the food is authentic and fresh. The menu boasts everything from sushi to seafood and fried chicken. Farmers Fishers Bakers will be serving brunch exclusively from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and accepts reservations over the phone or through the website – reservations are highly recommended, particularly on New Year’s Day. A celebrated brunch item is Uncle Buck’s beignets with raspberry, chocolate and caramel sauce. For a 2014 sweet tooth, the red velvet pancakes with whipped butter do not disappoint. The average price point is $20 per meal plus drinks.

1811 Columbia Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6218

The Adams Morgan hotspot of Perrys is known for its Drag Brunch on Sundays, drawing an eclectic and fun-loving crowd each week. Although New Year’s Day is on a Wednesday this year, Perry’s is still recognizing normal brunch hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., however drag is not included. The brunch buffet is $24.95 and drinks are separate. Food choices vary from usual egg selections to chicken meatballs and tofu. The buffet-style brunch means that it is first-come, first-served, so set your alarm if Perry’s is your wanted destination. Prepare to arrive as a group because parties cannot be sat incomplete.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at

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