Plattdeutsche Park Biergarten Hall

Review: Plattdeutsche Park Restaurant

The Scene

We pulled up to a brick-facade house, nondescript and built in the generic style of so many other mass-produced homes of busy Long Island suburbs. The parking lot was a narrow one; I worried about having to back up into busy Hempstead Turnpike after being stuffed too full of pretzels, schnitzel, and eggs to twist my body around to see. We got out and walked in, slightly confused. It felt more like an apartment building in Queens than a restaurant, and looked nothing like the pictures I’d seen. The mystery was solved as we were directed out of the historic gathering hall and toward the back, where a gorgeous, timbered building stood in a massive biergarten space, complete with picnic tables, giant games, and a permanent food stand set-up that was closed on this sunny Sunday.

Walking into the main building, we were instantly struck by an impression of honeyed woods, rich golden tones lending warmth and light to a massive space with an equally massive bar that opened up into the biergarten grounds. It wasn’t hard to picture hundreds of dancers and revelers taking to the dance floor in front of the big stage at the opposite end of the bar, their faces lit by the soft glow of the oversized, pillar candle-style chandeliers that hung from the sky-high ceilings.

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Brunch for a Cause @ Bobbique, Patchogue

We all brunch for fun, but this weekend, it’s not too late yet to brunch for a cause! Bobbique in Patchogue is hosting a special brunch buffet for only $10 this Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 11 AM to 2 PM in memoriam of Ed Hahne.  A cash bar helps honor this beer aficionado, who was a member of Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiast and Brewers East End Revival. A former music teacher, proceeds of the $10 at-the-door fee and cash bar go toward the Stony Brook University Ed Hahne Scholarship Fund and Recycle a Bicycle FoundationContinue reading

Review: Honu Kitchen & Cocktails: Summer Brunch

The Scene

The sun was out, the top was down, and all I could hear were the birds as I drove indecisively around one of the municipal lots in Huntington, confounded by the luxury of choice in that usually crowded space. It was only a street crossing from where I parked to get to Honu, where huzzy and I were meeting my old mentor and his lovely lady friend for a leisurely work-/play brunch date. I was there to take pictures for my upcoming post for Edible Long Island’s web site, and to enjoy a meal at one of my favorite restaurants on the island with some of my favorite people on the island.

They were already seated in one of the squashy armchairs on the left of the entrance, waters in hand and drinks on order, and we greeted each other to the pleasant clinking of silver and glass of the alfresco diners to the right. The tall windows/doors on both sides were spread open in New York City style for an indoor/outdoor experience, with a rail to separate the sidewalk and people from the eating space and people-watchers. Continue reading

New Stop on the Brunch Train: Verace

One of my favorite restaurants has joined the brunch party! And I couldn’t be more thrilled to see them in attendance. Verace in Islip is bringing their “true Italian” style to weekend mornings, beginning with a special Father’s Day brunch from noon to 3 PM on June 21, 2015, and carrying brunch over through the summer and hopefully, into permanence.

Beginning June 27, the courtyard of this village gem will be place to be in Islip on Saturdays and Sundays with brunch dishes served from noon to 3 PM and live music to accompany on Sundays. Adding to the percussion section will be the sounds of clinking glasses, toasting merrily: for a mere $13–less than the cost of a single Bellini in Venice, I might add–you’ll be able to take your brunch bottomless when it comes to Bellinis and Bloody Marys. Continue reading

Why Brunch?

I’m obsessed with brunch. Obsessed. 

Yes, I know as well as anyone else that’s ever worked in a commercial restaurant kitchen that brunch is a fire sale of the leftovers just on the verge of turning. It’s a cheap way to make an easy profit, filling people up with comfort and carbs.

But brunch can also be an indication of the mastery of the art of cooking. After all, anyone can fry an egg. Anyone can judge how an egg is fried, too. But it takes something truly special to make something as classic, cheap, and potentially mundane into morph into something joyful and remarkable. That’s the artistry. Continue reading

Project in Progress!

Hello, world!

That’s the default post for many a site and blog engines, and it seems apropos here. I just wanted to point out that this reference site is currently still a work in progress and under construction, so we won’t be up and running for a little bit. In the meantime, I’ll be working on indexing everything for you good Long Islanders and fellow ladies (and gents) who brunch, and will announce a soft launch date when I know when I’m getting close to completing at least the list–the most important part!

Thank you for your patience. In the meantime, tell me what you think should be my top priority:

See you soon!