As you emerge on Jan. 1 with smudged liner and a pounding headache, resist the urge to lie under the covers all day. Instead, start 2013 with the quintessential morning-after meal: the hangover brunch. Hit one of these spots to chow down and reminisce about the night before -- at least, what you remember of it.
Indulge in a plate of cheesy-good Chilaquiles at China Latina (127 West 28th Street, 646-397-9881), where chef Julieta Ballesteros (a Metro favorite) loads hers with shredded chicken, tomatillos, red salsa, Chihuahua cheese, refried beans and two poached eggs. Brunch is being served noon to 4 p.m., with unlimited mimosas, belinis or champagne available for $19.95 with the purchase of select dishes.
Marble Lane (Dream Downtown Hotel, 355 W. 16th St., (212) 229-2336) is convinced your diet starts Jan. 2. The celeb-heavy spot has on its menu disco fries, mac 'n cheese soup and a hanger "over" Philly cheesesteak sandwich -- complete with cheese, onions and cheese wiz (Philly folks will know that's the real deal). Brunch starts at 11:30 a.m. and goes til closing at midnight.
The Lion (62 W. 9th St., 212-353-8400) is serving light fare if you want to start your diet early (and they have a juice bar!). But comforting classics like berry pancakes and chicken and waffles are available if you're still recovering from the night before. Keep an eye out for future stars of tomorrow -- this is the joint where Barbra Streisand made her debut. Brunch is from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
At KTCHN (508 W. 42nd St., 212-868-2999), the restaurant inside straight-friendly hotel THE OUT NYC, the all-day Revive brunch menu, served 10 a.m-5 p.m., boasts everything from burgers to eggs Benadict. An all-you-can-drink menu gets you unlimited bloody marys, belinis and mimosas for $45 (two-hour limit).
New lesbian-leaning bi-level spot The Dalloway (525 Broome St., 212-966-9620) is serving a take on the classic egg-in-a-hole, with honey-baked ham and jalapeno maple syrup. There's also a breakfast pizza, blueberry pancakes, sliders and classy cocktails. Two brunch choices -- served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. -- will set you back just $16.
In addition to its regular brunch, which has mouth-watering items like French toast with grilled pears and apple mascarpone, Back Forty (190 Ave. B, 212-388-1992) is adding specials like house-made Mortadella with eggs Benedict on an English muffin with black pepper hollandaise sauce. Come by between noon and 6 p.m.
Hoppin' Johns, a traditional Southern dish of black eyed peas, rice, bacon, onion and spices that's supposed to bring money and happiness in the new year, comes complimentary with your Jan. 1 buffet brunch at Neely's Barbecue Parlor (1125 First Ave., 212-832-1551). Also on the menu: smoked brisket hash with poached eggs and smoked tomato béarnaise, plus the Velvet Elvis -- French toast stuffed with peanut butter, bananas and fluff with Jack Daniels custard sauce. Brunch runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m.