The only valid reason to step foot from one’s house during Black Friday (our if you ask us, to ever emerge from your hermitic den in general) is food, definitely not so you can throw elbows over marked-down bedsheets, or fight to the death for the season’s latest, must-have toy. And because no one wants to cook the day after Thanksgiving (honestly, even reheating turkey seems too much of an effort) we’ve compiled a list of altruistic bars and restaurants, ready to counter your turkey hangover with post-holiday sustenance.
Seven Point Espresso: Since Aussie’s don’t tend to celebrate Thanksgiving, Crown Heights’ new, Down Under café won’t miss a beat when it comes to their all-day weekday brunch service, revolving around flat whites, smashed avocado toast, curried cauliflower in vegemite vinaigrette and stacks of pikelets, crumbly pancakes layered with vanilla crème, housemade honeycomb, and dustings of chocolate soil.
637 Washington Ave, (718) 230-0178
Barano: Former Rubirosa chef, Al Di Meglio, is serving Black Friday brunch at his Southern Italian eatery from 11am-3pm, supplementing his regular weekend menu with honey nut squash pizza topped with mortadella and charred endive, as well as a special holiday sandwich featuring turkey porchetta, grape-cranberry agrodulce, crispy onions and pumpkin seed pesto, served with sweet potato fries.
26 Broadway, (347) 987-4500
The Federal: The Knitting Factory’s sister restaurant is offering a “Thanksgiving Week” menu, available from this past Monday all the way through Sunday. So if you weren’t able to squirrel away leftovers from your extended family’s feast, make up for it with skillet-baked cornbread, brussels sprouts and apples in a maple molasses vinaigrette, a fried turkey lug stuffed with chicken pate, duck sausage and sweet potato hash in a cranberry gastrique, and either pumpkin bread pudding or bourbon praline pecan pie.
367 Metropolitan Ave, (718) 388-8641
LaRina Pastificio & Vino: You won’t have to wait for the weekend for baked eggs in tomato sauce with mozzarella and focaccia at LaRina, which plans to kick off brunch early on Friday—offering honey-slathered fried chicken sandwiches, hard boiled egg-stuffed burrata, and of course, lots and lots of pasta, from 12-4pm.
387 Myrtle Ave, (718) 852-0001
Grand Army: If you can’t stomach the thought of eating for at least another 24 hours, why not booze your way through Black Friday instead? You’ll wish you’d had one of Grand Army’s potent cocktails on hand, during the previous evening’s awkward political exchanges with your relatives, like “The Snowd-en” with rum, sherry, and cocoa nib-ghost chili Campari, the “Carlos Danger” featuring mezcal, mole bitters, coconut cream and lime, and the “Berlusconi Bunga-Bunga,” comprised of scotch, orgeat, banana liqueur and mint.
336 State St, (718) 422-7867
Belle Shoals: Slept through Black Friday? Wake up to Christmas at Belle Shoals, which plans to transform its indoor bar and outdoor garden into “Silver Belles” this weekend. Lasting the duration of the holiday season, the space will be decked out with twinkling lights and snow-covered trees, and specialty hot cocktails can be enjoyed around a flickering fire pit—including the “Choco…Choco…Oaxaca” (Ilegal Mezcal & spiced house cocoa), “Baby It’s Cold Out Cider” (house cider spiked with apple brandy and whiskey), and “Hope Street Brew,” a mix of coffee, whiskey and whipped cream.
10 Hope St, (718) 218-6027