Montreal Restaurants Open New Year's Day
Finding Montreal restaurants open New Year's eve? Not a problem. Finding Montreal restaurants open New Year's day? That's another story. Count on hotels staying open past the eve and through the day -- Hotel St. Paul's Vauvert, Sofitel's Le Renoir and St. James' XO are all solid bets -- and below features a list of Montreal restaurants and pubs you're going to love lingering in on a quiet, post-hangover New Year's day.
In town for the weekend and want to taste what Montreal is all about? Try L'Express' down-to-earth locale meets foodie haven. The French bistro landmark is open all New Year's Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. In the Plateau neighborhood (map).
The poutine house to beat all poutine houses, at least in terms of variety, La Banquise offers no less than 25 variations on Quebec's culinary claim to fame, 24 hours a day. In the Plateau neighborhood, footsteps away from my favorite outdoor skating rink, also open on New Year's Day (map).
Charcuterie is the standout at this Old Montreal haunt. And my delightful hairstylist Edouard Gabay swears by the scallops. Open New Year's day evening (map).
One of Montreal's top steakhouses also gets mixed reviews. Despite its shortcomings -- yes, it's touristy, yes, the service can be weird -- but I personally like it at Gibbys. That could have something to do with the fact that I ordered the right dishes. According to an ex-employee who asked to remain anonymous, the filet mignon is passable but otherwise, he advises to avoid the steaks, with a special mention to avoid the New York cut if you're a discerning meat eater. He says that as a connoisseur, it just doesn't make the cut, no pun. And he goes as far as to claim that the fish was the best in the city. Open in the evening on Christmas Day, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (map).
Irish beer? Check. Wood paneling and vintage Guinness posters? Check. Warm-charming-staff-let's-make-friends-with-everyone-at-the-bar-after-all-it's-an-Irish-pub pub? My experience has been sometimes yes, sometimes no. But it's still a solid pub bet on New Year's Day. Or any day. Downtown location open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.(map). Plateau location open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. (map).