Weekend brunch on Long Island is a time-honored tradition, one that encourages story-swapping over heaping helpings of eggs, French Toast, fresh coffee and mimosas. Not that we need another reason to brunch on a Sunday around here, but Easter is March 27 and plenty of local restaurants are offering mouthwatering dishes and vibes ranging from relaxed to elegant. Whatever your scene, gather the family and prepare to arrive hungry.
The Carltun, East Meadow
For an opulent brunch ideal for treating mom, take a seat in the Grand Ballroom at The Carltun and enjoy a buffet with French Toast, bagels, made-to-order omelets and a complimentary mimosa, Bloody Mary or glass of house wine. There will also be an a la carte menu with wild mushroom risotto, filet mignon, free range chicken and swoon-worthy desserts. Go.
WAVE, Port Jefferson
Summer may still be a couple months away, but WAVE in Port Jefferson always offers waterfront views that rival its delicious dishes. Don’t tell the kids, but a certain bunny will be on hand to spread the Easter cheer. If you experience a sugar high from desserts like rainbow cookies, home made smores and chocolate bunnies, take a stroll along the beautiful harbor. Go.
Library Cafe, Farmingdale
The carousel horses in the windows at Library Cafe will fascinate the kids, and watching the bartenders climb high library ladders to fetch a bottle from the highest shelf will fascinate you. Or, of course, you could simply chit-chat with one another over fare from the brunch cafe like fresh fruit, mini-bagels, eggs benedict, home fries and crispy bacon and sausage. Bonus: unlimited soda, coffee, juice, champagne and mimosas. Go.
Mirabelle, Stony Brook
Upscale but unpretentious, Mirabelle is the perfect spot for the nice-jeans-and-a-buttondown crowd looking for a relaxing meal. The French bistro style restaurant will have an Easter brunch buffet with everything from oysters to potatoes au Gratin to pancakes and pies.
Pro Tip: Try to get a booth. The comfy sofas with checkered throw pillows will make you feel like you’re dining in the countryside. Go.
Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Riverhead
Head East for a brunch and dinner menu that will be available from 11:30am-6:30pm (smoked salmon crepes at 5pm? You only live once!) in the 152-year-old one-time home of former Italian sea captain Jedediah Hawkins. The beautiful property, which includes gardens, a gazebo and a speakeasy that may have been a stop on the Underground Railroad, is ripe for some post-meal exploration. Go.
Montauk Yacht Club & Marina
Before the summer crowds descend on The End, escape for an Easter brunch that includes oysters, lamb and a made-to-order pasta bar in a chic space with stunning views. Go.
Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, Westbury
A relaxed, brick-wall setting and one-of-a-kind small plates for the sharing makes Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas a quintessential spot for families looking to catch up after not seeing one another since the winter holidays. Enjoy brunch or authentic Italian tapas, good talks and a relaxed atmosphere from 11:30am-3pm. Go.
Verde Wine Bar and Ristorante, Deer Park
Known for its modern twists on Italian classics and commitment to using locally sourced ingredients, Verde Wine Bar and Ristorante also has a knack for brunch. The Deer Park hangout with a warm, rustic ambiance has been hosting brunch since July and will be open Easter Sunday. Go.