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amNY Picks: New Year's Day brunch spots

Kimberly Hotel

Kimberly Hotel Credit: Kimberly Hotel

What better way to ease last night's pain than with a hearty helping of brunch (and, maybe, a brunchtime cocktail or two). Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel
If you're not too partied out, head to this always-fun brunch at the Kimberly Hotel. There's usually a DJ playing a fun mix of tunes, but patrons stick to their own tables (which, by the way, have a great view of the East Side). Food-wise, think brunch classics with a twist, like truffled duck-egg toast. Some entrees may be pricey, but most come with a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary - which just may ease the financial pain. 145 E. 50th St., Penthouse, 212-888-1220

Forget Advil - the breakfast sandwich is arguably the world's greatest hangover cure, and Peels takes the a.m. sammie to a new level with its Build-A-Biscuit menu. The classic buttermilk biscuit can be topped with as much or as little as you want, from options that include eggs, bacon, ham, sausage and cheese. Go early or expect to wait: This spot draws crazy crowds. 325 Bowery, 646-602-7015

With its handsome wooden interior, this charmingly rickety bar and restaurant serves a bustling weekend brunch. Enjoy standouts like huevos rancheros, hazelnut French toast and eggs Walker's (poached eggs with smoked salmon and Hollandaise sauce on an English muffin). 16 N. Moore St., 212-941-0142

Dine on Italian-style omelettes, French toast made with sweet bread, and the Fragosa brunch cocktail (Prosecco and Fragoli strawberry liqueur) at this UES favorite. Take advantage of the brunch special and you'll get an entree, a side, and a cocktail or glass of wine for $17.50. 1486 Second Ave., 212-472-4552

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