Long Island is the longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, and the truth is it’s technically a peninsula, not an island at all! Fact is though, you could work up quite an appetite traversing from one end to the other. Especially on a Sunday when what you want is a satisfying breakfast or brunch. But that’s okay, because from one end to the other Long Island serves up some of the best brunch you’ll find anywhere, in casual waterfront settings, not-so-hip strip mall locations, luxurious inns, casual diners and sublime dress up digs.
Don’t dismiss the fact that Long Island was once nothing but farmland and fishing havens, home to the freshest produce and seafood on the eastern seaboard. There is still plenty of acreagedevoted to farming, and the seafood claim-to-fame remains. Today, you’ll find farm-, and sea-to-table freshness in eateries the entire length of the island.
Breakfast or brunch, it’s purely subjective depending on how you structure your days. What’s breakfast to some is lunch to others. The great thing about brunch is that it’s both! Typically, those who go for brunch are ready to tuck into something satisfying. The following list of 10 brunch spots could end up on the top of your brunch list. Even if you can’t try them all, you’re sure to find many on your island sojourns that will be deliciously unforgettable.
1. Off The Block Kitchen and Meats: Sayville
This is a brunch-only spot on Sunday with service from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
and it is a local favorite. Think butcher block and you’ve got the picture. All their meats are cut and ground in-house. Their eggs are free-range organic, the bacon is hand cut, sausage is house-made. Got it? For hearty, meaty brunch perfection this place is off the block!
2. Toast Coffeehouse: Patchogue and Port Jefferson
What a brilliant name for a breakfast/brunch place. Nothings says brunch better when you think about all the ways there are to have toast and coffee! French toast every which way, multi grain toast, toasted English muffins, and let’s not forget the toasted bagel! Best of all you have two great locations to choose from on the island.
3. JT’s Café: Blue Point
Casual, comforting, cozy and creative is what this cute roadside café is all about, from first sight to first step inside , from the very first sip to the very last bite! You’ll be hookedand ready to dub this your new favorite hangout. Everything on the menu sounds so right and so it is. From the addictive cold-brewed nitro coffee to the Captain Crunch French Toast, to the Acai bowls to the Eggs Benedict. Just go.
4. Fifth Season: Port Jefferson
For many people brunch is a special occasion. It’s a time to put on your Sunday best, reserve a table and spend a leisurely late morning/early afternoon with white linens and good silver, sipping champagne and Mimosa’s and discovering just how inventive a chef can be with traditional breakfast fare. This is the time for Fifth Season where everything is served from the local farms and fisheries at the peak of perfection and all dolled up.
5. Soul Brew: Saint James
Sunday morning brunch calls for Soul Brew in Saint James! What can one say, it’s a mom & pop owned match made in the heavenly hamlet of Saint James on the north shore of Long Island.Okay, you can show up on Saturday too, it’s just that Soul & Sunday was irresistible. You’ll find the food is too.
6. Cooperage Inn: Calverton
If you’re touring the scenic route along the north shore to Orient Point, you’ll do yourself a favor by planning to arrive at the Victorian Cooperage Inn for their Prix Fixe Grand Country Brunch Buffet served every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come hungry for this is no ordinary brunch buffet. Indulge in omelets made to order right before your eyes, and discover other hot and heady, delicious delightsin their chafing dishes nearby with freshly squeezed juices and a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.
7. Whalers: Bay Shore
With its outstanding waterfront location in Bayshore, Whalers is, as the name suggests, a seafood lovers paradise with an exceptional Korean/Latin twist. For brunch you’ll find all the succulent foods you’d expect from the sea– oysters, clams, mussels, calamari, crabs, lobster, tuna, salmon and more served fresh and made into delicious pokes, bisques and benedicts. You’ll find the other items from the land that make brunch complete – bacon, pork belly, chicken and cheese all served with a delectable view of the Great South Bay.
8. Sweet ‘n Savory: Patchogue and Port Jefferson
Crepes and rice pudding and waffles, oh my! And it’s “Oh my!” indeed at both Sweet ‘n Savory locations, one in Patchogue and one in Port Jefferson. Sweet breakfast crepes are filled with whatever fresh fruit you fancy, drizzled with sauces, served with whipped cream. While the savory crepes are filled with eggs and sausage and cheese and potatoes and spinach and so much more. Rice pudding, too, in 14 ever changing flavors. Brunch has never been so sweet, savory and fun.
9. Taste: Massapequa Park
Taste is a special place for a special brunch and you may want to be more tastefully dressed than super casual since proper attire is required. From sumptuous Egg Benedicts and Bottomless Bellini’s, from Rice Krispie French Toast to Avocado Toast you’ll find everything at the peak of freshness, prepared with creativity and care. Whether brunch is a special occasion or simply a specialmeal that you want prepared and served flawlessly, Taste delivers.
10. Lake Ronkonkoma Diner: Ronkonkoma
When you can have brunch any hour of the day, you know you are heading for a diner. Don’t be put off by the strip mall location of Lake Ronkonkoma Diner. It’s easy to miss, but once you try it, you’ll be back. It’s diner fare at its comforting best. Big, steaming mugs of coffee, eggs whipped into omelets loaded with whatever your heart desires, or cooked to perfection over easy, medium or busted. Bacon, of course, home fries and hash browns too. Sometimes only a diner will do, and Lake Ronkonkoma does it right.