Around the world, a few special foods have been deemed auspicious to eat on New Year's Day. Grapes, greens, fish, pork, legumes and cakes are all consumed to bring good luck in the New Year.
If you're already buzzing around Broad Street for Mummers fun, here are some excellent ways to give your new year an auspicious start.
Pigs symbolize progress in parts of the Old World, and wealth and prosperity in the U.S. and Italy. Pork is eaten on New Year's Day in Cuba, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, and all over Philadelphia. The go-getters at South Philly's own new-old Triangle Tavern (1338 S. 10th St.) will be serving hot roast pork sandwiches ($6) outside their pointy pub from 9 a.m.
For their annual New Year's Day party, Nick's Old City (16 S. 2nd St.) breaks out Joey Dog's family recipe of pork and sauerkraut, from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.
Night owls will appreciate Tattooed Mom's (530 South St.) free lucky pork buffet and cocktail specials that don't start until 5 p.m.
You also have until 5 p.m. to work up an appetite for Percy Street Barbecue's (900 South St.) inaugural 2016 All-You-Can-Eat Ribs ($24) night, kicking off New Year's Day and every Wednesday following, until they cry Uncle. Percy Street is also rich in two other traditional New Year's foods: cooked greens and legumes. The cooked leaves of collards, spinach, kale and chard resemble so much folded money _ so eat your vegetables and keep the green flowing in 2016.