“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, 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.
When you’re going on a trip, sometimes the best thing to do is to follow your stomach. In recent years, food tourism has become more and more popular.
Best Long Island Brunch Spots 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 can always count on great wine at Harmony Vineyards, and the Sunday brunch buffet is a perfect pairing. Get lost in the outdoor ambiance of Long Island’s most convenient winery (only 70 minutes from Manhattan, much closer than the wine trail on the forks). Toast to the waterfront view with a mimosa in one hand and a fresh parfait in the other. Take in the breeze from the scenic Stony Brook Harbor as it carries the savory aroma from the carving station, enjoy farm fresh eggs or one of the assortment of quiches.
Best Long Island Brunch Spots 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.
Recently updated with a cozy Hamptons aesthetic, the chic vibe of the Maidstone Hotel transfers to its AAA Three Diamond Rated restaurant. Specializing in fresh and naturally-produced foods, it is open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The hotel has 19 individually designed rooms and cottages; stay for a weekend or simply stop in to enjoy the cool atmosphere with a good meal.
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.
Mill Pond House
437 East Main Street, Centerport
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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This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated.