Yoga + Brunch

Yoga+ Brunch Club Proudly presents LI's 1st Pop Up Yoga + Brunch Event

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We know you love brunch if you’re on this site … but if you also love yoga, you’re in a whole lot of luck! We just recently stumbled upon Yoga + Brunch Club, LI, whose first pop-up event is this weekend.

Essentially, the premise is an outdoor 45-minute easy flow class followed by time to peruse local Long Island vendors that will be set up at the venue, plus brunch at the host location with a complimentary mimosa.

The only equipment you need is your own mat and an open mind.

Their launch event is being held at Salt on the Water in Merrick, and it starts at 9:30 AM sharp with registration beginning 15 minutes prior. Tickets were $42.50 and available here, but you’ll have to wait until next time since they’re already sold out!

But not to fear! They plan to be running events all summer long, but the best way to get their news is via:

You can also email them at yogabrunchclubli@gmail.com for more information.

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Lobster Benedict

Brunch Is *BACK* at Honu

… But only for Mother’s Day.

We were so disappointed that Honu discontinued their very excellent summer brunch, and are delighted to see a limited-time appearance email crop up in our inbox announcing that they were doing it again, if only for a day.

The Benedicts we had last time were flawless, so we can imagine their skirt steak rendition will be every bit as good as the Maine lobster ones we flipped over. Crab cakes and avocado as a Benedict also sounds indecently delicious. Braised short rib hash is just a good idea, and who can resist the call of a wild mushroom and honey goat cheese omelet? I mean, really.

Salads are also on offer; a Waldorf chicken with a croissant (genius) and smoked salmon with spinach. And don’t forget, they’ll kindly let you sub veggies for ‘taters if you ask nicely. 😉

Good News: Patchogue Breakfast Crawl Announced

New York City may have BrunchCon coming up (for which our fortunate friend Trevor will be in attendance), but here on Long Island? Well, we’re excited to share the news that our very own Patchogue Village will be hosting another breakfast crawl this May.

With so many great brunch venues in this continuously growing, dynamic South Shore, Suffolk County village, the event scheduled for Saturday, May 20 provides a gloriously gluttonous way to sample a significant serving of what that town has to offer.

The concept is similar to a bar crawl, which means specials will be on offer at all of the venues. Beers, Bloodys, and other brunch-y beverages will be options at applicable venues–one of the many beauties of having brunch on a Saturday.

The crawl itself will run from 9 AM to noon, following the format of Patchogue’s previous three breakfast crawls. Similar to 2016, two more will be planned for this year as well, news of which our friends at GreaterPatchogue.com will keep us posted on for sure.

Tickets to the event are scheduled to go on sale sometime next month via the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and the proceeds will go toward the Arts on Terry Festival, allowing you to brunch for a better cause than “just because.”

According to this excellent briefing by GreaterPatchogue.com, they are expected to go for $25 to try the goods at five venues and $35 for ten. To bounce around the town, this certainly sounds like a deal to us!

H2O – Essential to Life and Now, to Brunch

After a successful soft launch Valentine’s Day weekend, the new H2O Seafood & Sushi in East Islip is going eggs-out for brunch from here into the foreseeable future. Available from 10 AM – 2:30 PM, bottomless bellinis, mimosas, and Bloody Marys will be offered for $13 with purchase of an entree, creating a wonderful window of time where good ol’ H2O may not exactly be your stand-by beverage.

Their regular sushi menu–including the outstanding Tornado Rolls, which feature fried shredded potatoes (apropos for brunch) in lieu of rice–will be available all day and night every Sunday now, and oysters and sashimi are also on the menu for those who prefer to start their fundays in the raw.

Courtesy of H2O East Islip, taken by the talented Doug Young.

Courtesy of H2O East Islip, taken by the talented Doug Young.

With a long list of tantalizing breakfast-type dishes that will paralyze the indecisive, this is one not to miss. Potential stand-outs include:

  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffles, sampled again and again at H2O East Islip’s pre-opening party to rave reviews ($16)
  • Lobster Huevos Rancheros, which makes a Mexican-inspired stroke of genius even more irresistible with the addition of butter-poached lobster along with the typical crispy tortilla, fried eggs, ranchero sauce, cotija cheese, and creamy avocado ($26)
  • Seafood Hash, topped with poached eggs and hollandaise and showcasing the holy trilogy of crustaceans: lobster, shrimp, and crab. Pro-tip, you can also get this as a side. ($20, $12)
  • Fried Egg Sandwich with Italian sausage versus the traditional breakfast version, topped with aged cheddar and two fried eggs on toasted brioche, served with both roasted potatoes and field greens (because #eatyourveggies) ($11)
  • Spicy Shrimp Skillet, which has both scrambled eggs and sausage along with its namesake shrimp and tomato. Cheddar is melted on top and a toasted baguette accompanies ($18)
  • Crab Cake Benedict, a rendition we’re sure will be outstanding having already had their excellent large-lump, little-filler, golden breaded and fried crab cakes ($18)
  • H2O Omelette, available in three combinations: butter-poached lobster and avocado, lump crab and hollandaise, and spicy shrimp and tomato ($16-$24)
  • Hot Pecan Cinnamon Rolls for the table … or yourself. Your call. ($8)

Staples like Steak & Eggs, Belgian Waffles, and a typical sampler platter of eggs, bacon and potatoes are also present on the menu; a Kids Brunch item cuts it down to just the right size.

Fried chicken sandwich. Courtesy of H2O East Islip, taken by the talented Doug Young.

Fried chicken sandwich. Courtesy of H2O East Islip, taken by the talented Doug Young.

An indulgent selection of more savory lunch options renders decision-making even harder. Cases in point:

  • Figs & Prosciutto with goat cheese and marcona almonds ($15)
  • New England Clam Chowder, made even more flavorful with applewood-smoked bacon. Having just returned from Boston, I’m happy to go on record as saying this is a great execution of a regional classic! ($5-$9)
  • The Boston Lobster Roll is a wee less authentic (if past tastings are any indication), stylized here with a thick brioche-type roll and served with Boston bibb lettuce and herb mayo as well as Old Bay fries ($27)
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with shredded Romaine lettuce, tomato slices, and mayonnaise spiked with BBQ sauce ($14)
  • An Everything-Crusted Fresh Tuna Sandwich puts a spin on their popular dinner dish by taking the fish, pickled ginger, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, and miso mustard and popping it into a brioche bun

As we all know, it takes people in seats to make a brunch stick … but with a menu like this, it won’t be long before the waits here get long.

Meet Trevor Sloat

Although this site is a work in progress, there is work being done! Many thanks are owed to Trevor Sloat, a local grad student with a passion for brunching that only kindred spirits share. After stumbling on this site, he took it upon himself to contact us about contributing his own vast knowledge of brunch on the western front (read: Nassau!) and naturally, we were more than happy to add some of his hometown, off the eastern Island-radar favorites to the Long Island Brunch Project.

Trevor's not waffling on his feelings for brunch ...

Trevor’s not waffling on his feelings for brunch …

Thanks to him, we’ve now got Long Beach gems like Billy’s Beach Cafe, Brixx & Barley, The Cabana, Whale’s Tale, and Jetty on the Nassau list (among others), plus Lynbrook’s McQuade’s Neighborhood Grill, Fisherman’s Catch in Point Lookout, and details on the lowest key, unexpected brunch in Bay Shore, at Kumo’s.

“There’s nothing like a bottomless brunch in my hometown of Long Beach, so I wanted to share some of my southern Nassau knowledge.”

He’d been thinking about putting together a resource like this, and being that great (and hungry) minds think alike, we’re looking forward to collaborating with him as he lends his boozy brunch expertise to the Project.

Trevor has put on the record: “I’m an avid brunch goer … [it’s] a great way for me and my friends to have a great time, enjoy some drinks while budgeting, and getting the best ‘bang for your buck.’ I’ve essentially replaced my Saturday nights for Sunday [afternoons], and brunching for football Sundays or beautiful summer days is definitely the preferred option for my whole group now!”

Clearly, brunch is a meal for everyone, and with Trevor’s help, the Long Island Brunch Project is about to expand your options even more.

Review: Bistro Cassis

The Scene

Charmant. It’s the best and only way to describe the first impression of this Parisian nook in Huntington’s downtown area. From the red awning that pops from the sidewalk, marble-treated bistro tables, warm yellow walls, soft globe lighting, and retro French art on the walls, every detail is cozy and European-reminiscent.

Black aprons on the servers, mustard in jars with tiny spoons, cozy banquette or dark wooden chairs for seating, and a tiny but serviceable bar in a narrow space further added to an urban sophistication far more suited to Brooklyn than Long Island. An upscale but mixed group of diners–from families with children to groups celebrating occasions to friend-dates and real dates–also solidified the “not in Kansas anymore” city feel. Romantic, cozy, and traditional in a chic but not ironic way, the fact that the brunch menu included a mimosa or Bloody Mary, plus coffee or tea and starter pastries, put it on the fast track for a home run.
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5 Brothers Chicken & Waffles Opens

This doesn’t quite fit into the cozy, loungey brunch criteria, but for those who could use a quick fix of chicken and waffles at any given time, there’s a new bodega-style take-out spot in Patchogue now specializing in–you guessed it!–chicken and waffles.

There’s no website, but there are already plenty of photos on their claimed Yelp page, including pictures of the menu and item prices. The prices are low, but the menu is definitely more skewed toward deep-fried diner comfort food … perfect for the wee hours that they’re open until.

5 Brothers Fried Chicken & Waffles: 530 Medford Avenue, Patchogue

  • Days: Daily
  • Times: 6:15 AM – 10 PM Sundays through Thursdays; 6:15 AM – Midnight Fridays and Saturdays
  • Menu: Static
  • Type: Take-out
  • Yelp Reviews | My Review

Note: the featured image for this post is NOT from this shop; it’s merely for illustration. 

Acacia in Huntington Introduces the “Party Brunch” Concept

Not an early riser? No worries — Acacia in Huntington has you covered on those SUPER lazy Sundays where #thestruggleisreal when it comes to getting out of bed. They’re doing “party brunches” that don’t start until 2 PM. Only two seatings are available; 4 PM is the second one.

A live DJ will be sure to wake you up to continue your Saturday night vibes, and an hour of complimentary bellinis and mimosas take the edge off, too.

Here’s the menu (click to expand):

Acacia's Party Brunch Menu as of November 2016

Acacia’s Party Brunch Menu as of November 2016

Acacia: 371 New York Avenue, Huntington

  • Days: Sundays 
  • Times: 2 PM & 4 PM seatings
  • Menu: Static
  • Type: A la carte, $29.95
  • Promotion: “Party brunch” with a live DJ. Unlimited mimosas and bellinis with entree purchase for one hour with reservation.
  • Yelp Reviews | My Review

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