New Year’s Day Dining in Baltimore

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Tteok Man Doo Guk at Nak Wan by Richard Gorelick

Here are some brunch options for New Year’s Day. For the most part, these are places that are either doing something a little special for New Year’s Day or don’t typically serve breakfast or brunch on Friday.

If you anticipate not feeling like going out at all on Friday, here’s an idea. Give a call to chef Sarah Acconcia, now of Wild Thyme Event Studio, and she’ll come to your place to whip up a New Year’s Day brunch or dinner. Acconcia said she still has some availability, but you better call soon. Acconcia cooks only custom menus, with no preset packages, so she will need time to gather up your heart’s desire. Private dining is limited to 50 people. 443-519-2209.

For the past four years or so, I’ve gone to Nak Won (12 W. 20th St., Charles North, 410-244-5501) to get a bowl of Tteok Man Doo Guk, a rice cake soup traditionally served on the Korean New Year for good luck. But it’s also enjoyed on the Western New Year, at least at Naw Won, where, on New Year’s Day, it’s free.

I haven’t checked to see whether the Tteok Man Doo Guk will be offered free again this New Year’s Day, and I’m not sure what hours it’s available. I think I got there just after 3 p.m. one year and the offer was over. Also, the soup must be eaten on the premises — you can’t take it to-go — and the idea is that you will be ordering other food as well. Otherwise, it’s tacky. I think Nak Wan has the most beautiful and best seafood pancakes in town.

Johnny’s (4800 Roland Park Ave., Roland Park, 410- 773-0777, is serving a Brunch Royale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring Johnny’s savory & sweet brunch menu and a special “Whiskey Morning” cocktail selection. Special menu selections include bacon pancakes, hoisin barbecue-braised beef short ribs and the Resolution Royale Burger.

Maggie’s Farm (4311 Harford Road, Arcadia, 410-254-2376, is serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The restaurant will be offering, in addition to the regular menu, $5 ginger bourbons and 2-for-1 mimosas.

City Cafe (1001 Cathedral St., Mount Vernon, 410-539-4252, will be pouring lots of boozy cocktails with its popular brunch menu, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. One of the featured cocktails is “Boots with the Fur” a wake-up concoction of cinnamon whiskey and apple cider.

The Cabaret at Germano’s (300 S. High St., Little Italy, 410-752-4515, will serve a bottomless brunch at noon.. The performers are the Organic Family Band, which comprises two notable Baltimore-based musical families, the Gellers and the Raitzyks. General admission is $10.

B&O American Brasserie (2 N. Charles St., 410-692-6172, is serving its annual Hangover Brunch on New Year’s Day from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition to the regular menu, the restaurant will serve a supplemental menu of hangover remedies and traditional New Year’s fare like shrimp and grits, shiso ramen and pork belly sandwiches. Unlimited bloody Marys and mimosa can be had for $18.

Parts & Labor (2600 N. Howard St., Remington, 443-873-8887, is serving a “hearth-fired brunch” starting at noon.

Haute Dog (6070 Falls Road, 410-608-3500, is serving from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day. The featured Chef Dog will be bison with cherry-chili barbecue.

Nacho Mama’s (2907 O’Donnell St., Canton, 410-675-0898, is serving New Year’s Day brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wit & Wisdom (200 International Drive, 410-576-5800,, the restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, is serving a New Year’s Day brunch buffet with organic scrambled eggs and homemade frittata, local smoked salmon, chilled shellfish and hot entrees. No a la carte menu will be offered during brunch hours, which are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $69 for adults and $30 for children age 12 and under. Reservations recommended.

Papi’s (1703 Aliceanna St., Fells Point, 410-299-8480, is serving brunch starting brunch at 11 a.m. and featuring an all-you-can-drink option for $12.

Restaurants that always serve brunch on Friday and which will be open and serving on New Year’s Day include:

  • The Food Market (1017 W. 36th St., Hampden, 410-366-0606,, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Golden West Cafe (1105 W. 36th St., Hampden, 410-889-8891,, with an early 9 a.m. opening.

 Photo of Tteok Man Doo Guk at Nak Wan by Richard Gorelick

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