Every Long Islander knows the importance of a good brunch. Mark Lessing, the executive vice president of Lessing’s Hospitality Group, channeled Long Island’s love of the meal into the founding of breakfast hotspot and bar Hatch in Huntington. Through a goal to “reinvent the brunch scene” with fresh takes on diner classics, Hatch invites customers of all ages to choose from its array of pancakes, French toast, eggs and other specialties. Customers can also enjoy specialty cocktails from the bar—smoked pineapple mojitos and blood orange mimosas—which Lessing said contributes to the restaurant’s “fun and bright” atmosphere. Lessing recommended five dishes to satisfy any type of customer.
Someone with a sweet tooth: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
For children—and adults—with a hankering for something sweet, the cinnamon roll pancakes surely deliver. Cinnamon swirl buttermilk pancakes with butter pecan filling are topped with cream cheese glaze and toasted pecans to offer breakfast and dessert all in one.
An egg fanatic: The Godfather
Named after the famous film—which was partially shot on Long Island!—this inventive egg dish combines Italian influence with a breakfast staple. A play on the classic eggs Benedict, toasted ciabatta is topped with arugula, prosciutto and taleggio cheese, as well as poached eggs, cream cheese hollandaise and balsamic vinegar for a bite that is rich and creamy in all the right ways.
A non-breakfast type: Southern Fried Chicken Sammy
Hatch offers a variety of sandwiches to cater to the lunch lover in every group. To any sandwich fanatic, Lessing recommended the southern fried chicken sandwich with crispy boneless chicken thighs, homemade pickles and cilantro-jalapeño coleslaw on a brioche bun.
Anyone intimidated by the lengthy menu: Flight of the Pancakes
Between an extensive list of pancakes, eggs and sandwiches, any diner can become conflicted. Thankfully, Hatch caters to the most indecisive of diners by offering what it calls Flight of the Pancakes: a combination of any three pancake flavors on its menu. Can’t choose between the peanut butter cup and the blueberry danish pancakes? Order one of each, and throw in a pineapple upside down pancake for good measure.
Lessing’s personal favorite: The New York Classic
Lessing suggested any Hatch diner try the New York Classic. What would be a run of the mill bacon, egg and Vermont cheddar cheese is given a fresh take with its brioche bun grilled and topped with everything bagel seasoning. Who can go wrong with a combination of salty, smoky and savory?