Splurge-Worthy Mother’s Day Brunch Buffets

Mother’s Day … one of the most popular–and for restaurants, profitable–brunch dates on the calendar, Long Island provides ample opportunities to get your egg on. Your favorite standbys will no doubt be packed, but not to worry. Instead, take advantage of venues that are usually not open for this meal, or even to the public!

After all, special occasions are only as special as you make them. So why not do something out of the ordinary or typically unavailable?

Today’s list focuses on exactly that, with Mother’s Day-only offerings and grand spreads.

White tablecloths, chocolate fountains, overflowing buffets, and of course, plenty of bubbly promise to accompany the pricey tag on country club openings, but consider it an investment in both breakfast and lunch.

Here’s our index of fancy and not usually available brunch OR a “treat yo’self” buffet for Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017, on Long Island. Continue reading

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Mutts & Mimosas Brunch Fundraiser

We at the Long Island Brunch Project loves when our passion for brunch intersects with our passion for good deeds. So we’re very excited to share that it’s not too late to purchase a ticket to Mutts & Mimosas at the Merrick Golf Course on Sunday, April 30, 2017 to raise funds for Ruff House Rescue. 

It’s only $35 to attend; you can secure your spot until April 29, 2017 here. With that link, you can even pre-buy raffle tickets as well as entries to win a Caribbean cruise for two. Raffle tickets are $3 individually and are discounted by volume, while the cruise entries are $20 each.

Your brunch reservation gets you cocktails and a brunch buffet, and coffee and dessert for when you’re ready to call the afternoon done … or if you want to start off sweetly.

More information can be found on Ruff House Rescue’s Events page. Any questions can be directed to Sara at Ruff House Rescue.

Merrick Golf Course: 2550 Clubhouse Road

  • Days: Sunday,April 30, 2017
  • Times: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Menu: Static
  • Type: Buffet brunch, $35
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Review: Polo Steakhouse at the Garden City Hotel

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The building itself is only ’80s-old, but its history predates even the Gatsby era levels of grandeur. The service follows suit, as immediately apparent from the courteous complimentary valet under the portecochère that sheltered the doormanned entrance of this AAA Four Diamond hotel.

We walked in to a sparkling lobby where, immediately to our right, were the open door and smiling hostess and manager of Polo Steakhouse (once known as Rein). Having arrived a few minutes early, we literally peeked behind a billowing curtain to preview what was in store for us at Long Island’s answer to the Rainbow Room in New York City. Set up in a semi-partitioned space with tasteful decor, ornamental fireplaces, and streaming sunlight with stations set up strategically along the passageway, the layout belied the variety and quantity of choices on which to dine. The flow was such that despite the crowd, you didn’t feel crowded; despite the tremendous selection, you felt relaxed and not overwhelmed. img_20170226_141334

We’d also like to note that sharing lobby space with a semi-enclosed brunch spread can be challenging since bacon and its like tends to waft, but clean air circulated throughout the space and kept scents neutral–an impressive feat.

We were escorted through the tasteful Polo Lounge space, where a large bar was capped by large TVs and coffered ceilings. Stately in a country club smoking lounge kind of way, it was upscale without excess and very classy. img_20170226_115049From there, we were led past a second hosts’ stand to the main dining room, where rich reds and golds, leather trim and heavy oversized seating, and an ornate chandelier set in a tray ceiling set a tone of posh, masculine tradition befitting a high-end steakhouse. The setting was intimate and extremely luxurious, but again, in a discreet manner that makes one simply feel important just for being there without being able to state why.

And so we began.

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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.

Monsoon Chicken and Waffles

“Love Bites” Singles Party Brunch at Monsoon

Who needs a date for Valentine’s Day weekend when you can brunch with the best of Long Island’s singles at trendy Monsoon Steak & Sushi? Two seatings–11:30 AM and 1:30 PM–let you sleep in as late as you like before getting a move on. Tunes will be spun by Decoy and the $35 prix fixe menu includes bottomless mimosas and sangrias for your two-hour seating. If you want to continue the party after the official brunch hours, half-priced mimosas and sangrias at the bar make it easy.

Reservations are needed, so call 631.587.4400 to get in on this. This restaurant doesn’t usually serve brunch, so this is a great opportunity to try something new. After all, how many other Asian restaurants offer breakfasty bites?

On top of assorted pastries, menu highlights include favorite comfort foods with a slightly Asian twist:

  • Korean fried chicken (!) and Belgian waffles with maple gastrique
  • Savory vegetable omelettes with shiitake mushrooms, spinach, tomato and chives
  • Roasted chicken chef’s salad, chock full of avocado, hard-boiled eggs, chopped applewood-smoked bacon, and topped with ginger dressing
  • Monsoon Burger with a grilled tomato, pickled cucumbers (mmm, addicted to these from the Peking duck dish!), smoked Gruyere cheese, and “Asian fries”
  • Breakfast fried rice with bacon, ham, egg, cheese, and scallions
  • Seared dry-aged skirt steak with scrambled eggs ($10 additional)

That’s not to say classics aren’t on the menu as well. Case in point:

  • Banana or chocolate chip pancakes
  • Nutella French toast with berry compote

Tip: This meal can’t be combined with any promotions or complimentary cards. And as with any meal, anticipate adding tax and gratuity to your bill.

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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East End Chambord Brunch Guide

The Long Island Brunch Project is (obviously!) focused on hyperlocal goodness, which automatically  makes us big fans of Edible Long Island. If you love brunch, Chambord, and lazy summers out east, this guide by Meghan Harlow, written in collaboration with the liqueur brand, provides a great reference point.

Included are:

Some of these aren’t even on our East End Index yet, which makes this a particularly valuable list for those of us who don’t have easy access to the latest developments in that neck of the woods.

Have you tried any of these places yet?

 

Chocolate Fountain

Review: Desmond’s at East Wind

The Scene

Miles of scenic farmland, growing ever more lush and green as the drive east continued, make a bucolic introduction to a stately, meticulously landscaped entry for one of the Island’s most popular wedding venues. A manor stood at the end of the drive, with elegant signs pointing the way to the restaurant, spa, garden house, and other venues. It was beautiful, but felt a bit lacking in soul; you could easily tell that this is a catering hall run by corporate heads, set to a formula of what is generally pleasing across the board…which is not necessarily a bad thing!

Desmond’s at East Wind was our destination, so we followed that sign to an ample parking lot that led toward the back of the big building, parked, and walked up to a grand double-door entrance, next to a sign for ice cream. The entrance foyer was similarly generically attractive in a slightly older (90s?), classic style, and the shiny wooden bar smacked of tradition.

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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