The Ultimate in Comfort Dining: Pajama Brunch on New Year’s Day

We admit it. As much as we love our PJ’s and loungewear, we’re not the hugest fans of people wearing them in public – except, that is, when it’s the first day of the year and that is pretty much all anyone wants to or is capable of wearing. Your fashion leanings don’t have to keep you from dining out that day, however. Here are a few restaurants where you are welcome to don your yummy sushi pajamas and slip on your Ugg slippers with pajama brunch on New Year’s Day. (PS: It really pays to show up in your sleepwear at a few of these restaurants; read on for details.)

Summer House Santa Monica, North Bethesda, Maryland
Enjoy the feel of laid-back California dining in the NB with this location of Summer House Santa Monica, however the Pajama Brunch Party here on New Year’s Day revs things up a bit with a healthy side of fun. The Spinach and Kale omelet is perfect for clean eaters, but be sure to pair it with the Kicked Up Kale cocktail (because it’s a party, after all). The original breakfast ‘wich is a local fave, and those with a certain type of tooth will find sweet satisfaction in the Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Bonus: Enjoy a credit for another free meal at a future visit — if you rock your PJs to brunch. [Photo by Anjali Pinto] Make a reservation.

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Viviane, Beverly Hills, California
The inaugural New Year’s Day brunch at the posh Viviane’s promises to rejuvenate you as you dine al fresco by the iconic Avalon pool. Don’t let the posh place stop you from styling your comfort wear at this meal, though. Executive chef Michael Hung’s special menu will feature savory goodness such as the Fried Egg and Porchetta Ham Hoagie, mouthwatering Loaded Potatoes with Duck Confit, Bone Marrow and Trout Caviar, and Roasted Mushroom Bread Pudding with Truffle Anglaise and will set you on the road to recovery in no time. Kick off your meal with the cure-all that is bar manager Ryan Wainwright’s San Francisco Rooster Shoot (a trio of subsequent shots of freshly pressed wheatgrass juice, orange juice, and Tapatío tequila) and rejuvenate in a most delicious way. Make a reservation.

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Stella Barra Pizzeria, Chicago, Illinois
Pizza for breakfast in your PJ’s? YES! Live the dream at chef Jeff Mahin’s artisanal pizzeria in Lincoln Park. There are breakfast pizzas including the Venice Beach with egg whites, mushrooms, caramelized onions, Gruyere, and truffle, and anytime pies like the classic Margherita and a Quattro Formaggi that’s a cheesy mélange of Gruyere, Fontina, Pecorino, and Gorgonzola. For you Tommy Boy fans, there’s a Meat Lover’s ‘za, too. Purists fear not: Classic brunch dishes, such as frittatas and Belgian waffles, also grace the menu. Dress casual in your comfiest PJs to leave with a gift card equal to the price of your meal for use on your next visit. [Photo by Rey Lopez] Make a reservation.

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A Very Waldorf Astoria Christmas: The Ultimate NYC Holiday Brunch at Peacock Alley

Blog 1 OpenTable_Waldorf-25 copyWith all due respect to cities all over the world, it’s seriously tough to beat Christmas in New York. We’ve got the tree. The Rockettes. And the Peacock Alley, which is housed in the Waldorf Astoria, one of the most storied properties in New York City.

Its origins dating all the way back to 1893, Peacock Alley is a common thread for many a New York story. Stop by and check in on any social network, and the comments will start flowing about the Alley and the Waldorf Astoria. “My grandparents celebrated their engagement there.” “I had my wedding there!” “I saw the POTUS there!” Seriously, try it.

Peacock Alley is named for the glamorous, 300-foot marble corridor of the original hotel that once connected the Palm Room and the Empire Room restaurants; people who lived in New York or who came to the city insisted upon walking at least once through the “Alley.” When the Waldorf Astoria opened on Park Avenue in 1931, Peacock Alley was reborn as a lounge area, ultimately evolving into a five-star restaurant — and home of the ultimate New York City holiday brunch.

If you haven’t yet Instagrammed the experience, you just might lose your foodie IG cred. The expansive spread is that over the top — and also that delicious. This is luxe day dining served with a side of certified New York history. Take a sumptuous virtual tour, courtesy of local photographer Simon Lewis, enjoy some inside information and dizzying stats from the culinary team, and scroll to the bottom of this post for a list of (almost) everything that was on the menu for holiday brunch at Peacock Alley that day.*

Executive Pastry Chef Charlie Romano revealed, “We have a big team making this happen, and we are very fortunate that it’s a great team. It’s all about collaboration, communication, and teamwork. It’s about doing your best and making diners happy and keeping them excited.”
True story: Eggs Benedict was invented at the Waldorf Astoria by famed maître d’hôtel Oscar Tschirsky...
True story: Eggs Benedict was invented at the Waldorf Astoria by famed maître d’hôtel Oscar Tschirsky…
...as was the eponymous Waldorf salad.
…as was the eponymous Waldorf salad.
This chef shucks around 500 oysters at most brunch services.
This chef shucks around 500 oysters at most brunch services.
The seafood station with snow crab, shrimp, and lobster claws + tails is particularly popular, according to Assistant Chef de Cuisine Stephen McDowell. "We get 700 pounds of live lobster that we cut, clean, and break down each week!"
The seafood station with snow crab, shrimp, and lobster claws + tails is particularly popular, according to Assistant Chef de Cuisine Stephen McDowell. “We get 700 pounds of live lobster that we cut, clean, and break down each week!”

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A Dozen Blue Ribbon Breakfast Sandwiches to Kick Start Your Day #BetterBreakfastMonth

The humble breakfast sandwich is no longer the purview of fast food joints. Now chefs are creating gourmet versions that eschew rubbery eggs and limp rolls for high-quality ingredients in creative presentations. Whether these sandos arrive on an English muffin or a biscuit or in a tortilla or a pita, they are guaranteed to give you a sunny disposition. In honor of Better Breakfast Month, here are a dozen blue ribbon breakfast sandwiches to kick start your day.

Boqueria-Soho, New York, New York
You’ll sound super fancy when you order the bocata de huevos, but you’re really just asking for the egg sandwich. This Spanish-styled startup sammie is far from ordinary, however. It comes with a fried egg, tangy mahón cheese, pickled red onions, cilantro, peppery pimentón aioli, and your choice of avocado or housemade pork sausage.

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Zengo, Washington, D.C.
When Sir Mix-a-Lot rapped, “My anaconda don’t want none/Unless you’ve got buns, hon,” he was clearly voicing his preference for breakfast sandwiches served on steamed buns. That’s what we like to think, anyway. At this Asian-Latin fusion joint, they pile the warm white pastries with bacon, scrambled eggs, salsa verde, and white Oaxacan cheese. We’re sure the “Baby Got Back” hit maker would approve heartily.

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MP Taverna, Astoria, New York
This fully loaded egg souvlaki should be known as a Greek hangover cure. The pita comes packed with spicy lamb sausage, French fries, onions, and feta. In between bites, you can rationalize your questionable choices from the night before to your understandably skeptical dining companion.

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Blue Duck Tavern, Washington, D.C.
Consider this break-of-day treat a high-end Egg McMuffin. Scrambled eggs, pork sausage, and American cheese (of course!) are packed between two halves of an English muffin gussied up with a spicy aioli. Ronald McDonald, sorry, but you are running a so-distant-we-can’t-even-see-you second in this race.

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The Garden at the Four Seasons Hotel, New York, New York
Executive chef John Johnson evokes the bagelwiches you used to put together when you had breakfast at your bubbe’s house. A sesame-speckled circlet comes with ribbons of smoked salmon, plenty of cream cheese, tomatoes, red onions, and capers. Not included: your grandmother’s constant questions about why you haven’t settled down yet and produced lots of grandchildren for her to spoil.

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Brio, New York, New York
You’ll need two hands to tackle this hefty breakfast burger. The epic edible comes piled high with a fried egg, apple wood-smoked bacon, a shroud of melted Provolone, arugula, and tomato jam. Remember, there’s no shame in requesting extra napkins.

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Save $15 on #Brunch When You Pay with OpenTable This Weekend

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There’s no better way to celebrate the weekend than with brunch (Hello, socially acceptable day drinking!), and this weekend you can save $15 on this most delicious midday meal. When you book a table and pay through the OpenTable app* at brunch on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, you’ll save $15** on your dining experience — so go ahead and treat yourself. Here’s how it works:

* Make a reservation and dine August 29-30 at a restaurant that accepts OpenTable mobile payments.

* Add the promo code brunch in the top right when you view your check in the app. (You can only use it once!)

* And there you have it —  $15 credit toward your bill. Now, how about another Bloody Mary?

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