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. 😉

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

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
  • Yelp Reviews | My Review

Easter Brunch Options

Looking to make last-minute plans for family brunch this Easter Sunday? The Long Island Pulse did a great job rounding up some of your best bets, many at places that don’t usually offer brunch outside of holidays.

It may not be fully comprehensive and leaves out some of my personal beloved favorites (Polo at the Garden City Hotel, for one!), but it’s an excellent start and offers info on where to find that “wascally wabbit” this weekend.

Check it out here! http://lipulse.com/2017/04/06/long-island-easter-brunch-2017/

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!

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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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.