|Henrietta's Table in Harvard Square|
Tuck into some vanilla pancakes with caramelized bananas ($9) or the scrambled eggs with crème fraîche and smoked salmon ($9) when you settle into the low-key and friendly Beacon Hill Bistro on Beacon Hill, then stroll the shops along Charles Street for last-minute shopping (since we’re all still here) (10 AM-3 PM; 617-723-7575).
Henrietta’s Table in Harvard Square has a lovely breakfast menu for the early birds who are just grateful to be alive. Indulge in Red Flannel Hash, poached eggs with Hollandaise Sauce ($8.25) or a malted waffle with a side of homemade apple butter ($8.50) among the many selections (7-11 AM; 617-661-5005).
Olé Mexican Grille in Cambridge is holding a “Survivalists Brunch” Saturday, December 22, where you can dig into crab cakes with poached eggs cilantro hollandaise sauce, caramelized plantains and home fries ($12.95), scrambled eggs with Mexican sausage, onions and tomatoes on corn tortillas with pinto beans, home fries and toast ($9) or other savory treats to celebrate that you can now celebrate New Year’s (10:30 AM-2:30 PM; 617-492-4495).