Brunch, Please. Here are 7 of Our Favorite Places to Eat, Drink Mimosas, and Be Merry

Brunch at Maureen’s Kitchen in Smithtown • Photo by @dapark

Brunch, in my opinion, is the most legitimate way to sleep through breakfast and still get a delicious morning meal while appearing to be a real adult.  Brunch doesn’t judge. For that, I salute you, Brunch!

Pavarotti once said, “One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”  I don’t know whether he was talking about brunch specifically, but what better way to spend a leisurely meal with friends and family – especially during the holidays?

Maureen’s Kitchen, Smithtown

If you believe that good things are worth the wait, then Maureen’s Kitchen is your perfect brunch spot. Ask anyone and they will tell you that I have the patience of a toddler who has dropped their binky on the ground.  I hate waiting for anythingexcept good food.  It’s not uncommon to arrive at Maureen’s and circle for parking or wait on their enclosed porch for a table, but I promise, it is so worth it!

Maureen’s offers over fifteen omelet options, including such unusual delights as Sausage, Apple, & Cheddar Cheese, Eggplant — Asparagus, Roosted Pepper & Mozzarella, — and Pastrami, Fresh Solution & Swiss. Maybe it’s a day of real indulgence, and if so you can choose from Orange Pecan Pancakes with Bananas on top, Oreo Cookie Pancakes, or Blueberry, Raspberry or Apple Stuffed French Toast. Not indulgent enough?  How about the Original Croissant French Toast stuffed with cream cheese & raspberry preserves?

Shandon Court, Islip

A full Irish breakfast is an excellent cure for a hangover – or so I’ve heard. Shandon Court offers an authentic Sunday brunch version with servings of Irish bacon, bangers (Irish style sausage), mushrooms, eggs (any style, but fried is best if you’re searching for a cure to last night’s shenanigans—again just a rumor I heard), roast tomatoes, black and white pudding, and fries.  It might be fair to mention that these puddings are – hmmm well not puddings so much as meat (usually pork) and oatmeal formed into large sausages and cooked. Oh, and the black pudding is cooked with – blood.  Honestly, you’ll either love or hate it, but I recommend giving the puddings a go because this dish is like your own personal buffet to sample a bit of everything.

*Kids are covered here too with eight children’s selections all under $5.

JT’s Café, Bluepoint

JT’s is our go to local family breakfast/brunch spot for several reasons – one of which is the ridiculous portions of thick toast and glorious, crunchy, and addicting home fries.  They have daily specials, but I generally order the make your own omelet (I load up on the veggies and the husband loads up on the meats) also these are the biggest omelets we’ve ever been served. Also  of their seven egg bennies choices.  But my favorite thing on the menu, you ask?  That would be the vanilla milkshake spiked with bourbon. Did I mention that brunch also makes it acceptable to dive into the alcohol before noon without judgement?

Cooperage Inn, Baiting Hollow

How about a Sunday Brunch Buffet?  The Cooperage Inn offers a ninety-minute buffet seating (leaving plenty of time to eat and catch up with your in-laws) which includes one complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa. You’ll have a selection of usual breakfast faire plus a “Create Your Own” Omelet Station, house-baked fresh seasonal pies and tarts, Chef’s choice of Carving Station, and the Chefs Choice Steak Special. It’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday.

The Greyhorse Tavern, Bayport

Grey Horse Tavern is known for offering seasonally driven menus and supporting locally sourced, fresh and clean ingredients. This is a perfectly romantic setting to enjoy with the love of your life, indulge in good food and the warmth of the tavern setting which dates back to 1868.  Grey Horse Tavern Sundays offers fun and unique offerings like The Sunday Scene Poutine (house cut fries, buttermilk sausage gravy, cheddar cheese curds bourbon bbq sauce and two eggs) which is fun to say and delicious too, and the Pulled Pork Benedict (toasted country biscuit, pulled pork, poached eggs, chili-lime hollandaise, charred peppers, brown butter home fries). But remember, this special menu is only offered on Sundays.

Estia’s Little Kitchen, Sag Harbor

Located on the outskirts of Sag Harbor, Estia’s offers the perfect brunch spot for the whole family. With over twenty-five breakfast selections (plus custom orders) everyone will leave feeling full and happy. Estia’s offers breakfast bowl options like, the Red Flannel Hash Breakfast Bowl (chorizo, potato, peppers, onions & two eggs) or the Shakshuka (mixed vegetables, tomato & green curry, topped with two poached eggs). Omelets arrive with your choice of toast or corn tortilla & home fries or fruit and you can choose from a long list including Nacho Mamma’s (jalapenos, Jack cheese, tomato & onions with corn tortilla) or Uncle Bob’s East Ender (whites, onions, mushrooms, spinach & feta). If only all of our relatives were as much fun as these omelets!

The Secret Garden Tea Room , Port Jefferson Village

The story goes that Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, started the tradition of High Royal Tea to tide her over to dinnertime – which back in the Victorian days was served fashionably late between 7:00pm or 8:00 pm.  The Duchess was a hungry lady (which also makes me think that we’d have been the most wonderful of friends) and so she began to take cakes and sandwiches along with her afternoon tea.  The SGTR has kept with this tradition offering several tea services including a High Royal Tea which is a three tiered service of freshly baked scones, fresh fruit in season, delightful savories (tea sandwiches), and an assortment of miniature desserts accompanied with a pot of tea from their expansive tea menu. This is the perfect way to catch up with the special ladies and gents in your life.  Reservations are strongly recommended.