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.
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.
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.