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. ūüėČ

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

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!

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.

Now a Proud Member of the Foodie Tribe!

foodie-tribe-badgeWe are so excited to share news about our acceptance into the Foodie Tribe, a collective of food influencers, culinary pioneers, and gastronomic brands that partner together for the greater good of the eating world.

This collaboration will mostly take place on Instagram; you can follow Su-Jit at @sjlin on that forum for all things brunch … and other almost as important meals.

You can find information on Foodie Tribe on www.foodietribe.org, or also on Instagram at @foodietribe.

Looking forward to great things to come!

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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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.¬†