“Let’s do brunch” is never a bad idea. And when the weather is good, kicking back for mimosas and light midday fare with a view – preferably al fresco – sounds even better.
Whatever your taste – buffet or à la carte, laidback and homey or special occasion-worthy – cap off your weekend the right way at one of these can’t-miss Long Island brunch spots.
Best brunch in Nassau County
This AAA Three Diamond Rated restaurant earned its rating for its stand-out curb appeal and equally impressive menu and friendly, attentive staff – and that’s all besides having some of the best brunch in Nassau County. All the usual suspects make up the brunch menu, which includes a variety of omelets and frittatas, in addition to a few indulgent specialties. Tired of the usual eggs Benedict? They also have smoked salmon and panko-crusted crab cakes Benedict to try. All brunch items come with fruit juice, coffee or tea and a selection of mini bagels and homemade muffins, plus one complimentary refill on champagne and mimosas.
Retreat to the inside of the swanky Garden City Hotel at Polo Restaurant, perfect for a celebration – or just celebrating the weekend. The classic American steakhouse and lounge puts out quite a spread for their Sunday brunch buffet with a feast of made-to-order omelets, carving stations, fruit and cheese platters, sushi, fresh baked desserts and more. It’s $75 per person, including unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys and coffee or tea. But this brunch is in-demand – reservations are required and there is a two-hour limit on each table.
Romantically set within a mansion overlooking stunning golf course vistas at Eisenhower Park, this is Long Island brunch the way you’ve imagined it. Brunch at The Carltun is a $45 prix fixe menu, plus tax and gratuity, and includes a Bloody Mary or Mimosa, along with a list of items, sweet, savory, hot and cold. Dine out on the patio when the weather is nice.
You’ll feel right at home at this Long Island brunch spot, co-owned by mother-daughter team Lillian and Chef Leisa Dent. Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the ladies invite guests to tuck into a hearty, down-home, all-you-can-eat buffet in their small Southern-style dining room. Specials change weekly, but you can always expect to find dishes like fried chicken and catfish, collard greens, mac and cheese, waffles, corn bread and an omelet station – just to name a few.
You’re always in for a fun meal at Viaggio Tapas, but especially at brunch. Get lost in the rustic ambiance of the tapas-style restaurant, where you’ll swear for a moment that you are somewhere far from Rockville Centre, as you munch on dishes such as the “Spanish Breakfast” – a dish of crispy potatoes, chorizo and fried eggs, Eggs in Purgatory in homemade tomato sauce with grilled bread or eggs Benedict with an addition of salmon, cured ham or chorizo. The cocktails are the best part – order a pitcher of sangria, the Bloody Mary “make yourself kit” or Bellinis, which come served with a homemade fruit ice pop.
Best brunch in Suffolk County
Start the day off with a full stomach before heading to the wineries at this top Long Island brunch spot, located in the heart of the island’s wine country. The Cooperage Inn has been consistently recognized for its brunch, which is both reasonable and abundant. Served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the homey inn’s Grand Sunday Country Buffet is stocked with waffles, pancakes, made-to-order omelets, house-made pastries and desserts for just $28.95 per person ($21.95 for kids) and includes one complimentary Bloody Mary or mimosa.
The self-described “Scandinavian Cozy,” vibe of the Maidstone Hotel, transfers to its AAA Three Diamond Rated restaurant, which as the name implies, is located in the living room of the 150-year-old Federal-style country inn. Specializing in fresh and naturally-produced foods with a Scandinavian twist (an ode to the owners’ heritage), the Living Room is open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. On the menu you’ll find brioche French toast served with lingonberries, gravlax, toast skagen (prawns on toast) and breads, pastries and cookies made on-site.
Enjoy a Sunday brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. beside an awesome view of the Great South Bay. Pay $35.95 and fill your plate with an array of options that includes made-to-order omelets, carving station meats, sushi, steamed crab legs, smoked salmon with bagels and cream cheese, cold salads, fruit platters and homemade muffins and breads.
Another excellent option among Long Island brunch spots with a view, this charming, nearly century-old colonial, offers scenic outlooks of Mill Pond all around. Brunch is served à la carte from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, along with lunch and prix fixe menus. The brunch menu is short and sweet, with options such as a Berkshire ham and egg sandwich, lobster omelet, braised beef short rib eggs Benedict and crème brûlée French toast.
Old Fields’ cool and comfortable atmosphere is perfectly suited for a relaxing Sunday brunch, which they offer at their two locations from 12 to 3 p.m. The brunch selection includes shrimp and grits, stuffed omelets and a show-stopping 23 oz. Bloody Mary, topped with shrimp cocktail. Making up the “unch” park of “brunch,” the regular lunch menu is also available, featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and both a skirt steak and flat iron steak (also available on a sandwich) made with Old Fields’ signature 1956 marinade. You’ll find yourself returning just for the marinade.
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