She did your laundry, drove you from band practice to soccer practice and taught you how to balance a checkbook. The least you can do is buy your mom brunch. Plenty of Long Island restaurants are offering meals that, while we can’t promise they rival her home cooking in your eyes, will have her feeling full and more importantly appreciated. Since you’re probably too busy picking out the perfect necklace to gift her before your scrumptious meal, I took the guess work out of where to take mom for a Long Island Mother’s Day brunch 2016.
Cooperage Inn, Calverton
Every route on your way to Cooperage Inn is the scenic one. Enjoy a respite on the North Fork, with gorgeous views of vineyards and country farms, before the tourists come to sip our award-winning vinos and eat fresh produce. At Cooperage Inn, you and mom can indulge in an extensive buffet that includes an omelet chef, chafing dishes, fresh squeezed juice, Bloody Marys and mimosas. Go.
Mirabelle at Three Village Inn, Stony Brook
Show off your go-to spot for happy hour and live tunes (your mother will be so proud you upgraded from that college dive you took her too during your college graduation weekend). Mirabelle’s Mother’s Day Brunch menu includes French toast, pancakes, home fries and assorted chocolate dipped fruits so good you definitely shouldn’t ask her to share. Go.
Tony Cuban Cucina and Cocktails, Freeport
The Nautical Mile restaurant that seamlessly blends Italian and Cuban cuisines is honoring the women we couldn’t live without with a brunch special that includes unlimited Bloody Mary’s, mimosas and sangria. Get ready for lots of glass clinking and for your SO to hear tons of hilarious stories about your youth. Go.
The Carltun, East Meadow
Indulge mom in the opulent brunch she deserves at the Carltun. From the white tablecloths to the Grand Ballroom’s buffet that includes a breakfast station, cocktail bar and seafood station, the Carltun gets elegant right every time. Go.
EB Elliot’s Waterfront Dining & Bar, Freeport
A view of Freeport’s Nautical Mile, all your brunch favorites and a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary for all adults…you may enjoy yourself so much you stick around for the prix fixe dinner. Go.
Jewel Restaurant, Melville
Giving mom a gorgeous bauble on Mother’s Day is a no-brainer, but consider gifting her a different kind of gem by taking her to brunch at Jewel Restaurant. Tom Schaudel’s upscale Melville restaurant is serving up mouthwatering items like marinated skirt steak, roasted rack of lamb and chocolate blackout cake in a sleek, chic space with wooden tables, white leather chairs and colorful hanging pendant light fixtures that add an unexpected but welcome eclectic touch. Go.
La Tavola Trattoria, Sayville
Dig into brunch from 11am-2pm in a family-oriented setting. If it’s nice, ask for a seat on the outdoor patio and regardless of the weather end brunch right by ordering the to-die-for gelato. Go.
Pentimento, Stony Brook
Start your morning with shrimp cocktail and artichoke and swiss chard ravioli at an authentic Italian restaurant that considers creating an ambiance made for chatting with family one of its essential ingredients. Go.
The Inn at East Wind, Wading River
Treat mom like royalty (which, after helping you with your scraped knees and more-than-scraped first car, she is) by treating her to an elegant brunch in the Grand Ballroom. Take a seat on a Victorian chair and feel the warmth of the sun beaming down from the skylights as you two share stories and Crème Brûlée French toast. Go.
Rachel’s Waterside Grill Brunch at the Freeport Yacht Club, Freeport
Load up the car (or boat) with the whole family because mom eats free in parties of 10 or more at Rachel’s Waterside Grill’s brunch at the Freeport Yacht Club. Listen to jazz music, grab a drink at the Bloody Mary bar and chow down on fresh seafood or your go-to brunch staples. Go.
Nick & Toni’s, East Hampton
With summer quickly approaching, it won’t be long before you’re making reservations at this East Hampton favorite on the regular. Take mom to Nick & Toni’s for brunch a la carte specials like grilled wild salmon, angel food cake and buttermilk gelato. Go.
Ruvo, Port Jefferson
Catch up with mom in a warm, classy atmosphere adorned with authentic Italian pottery. Ruvo’s brunch menu includes Crab Benedict, an appetizer and dessert (fresh berry shortcake, anyone?). Go.