New Year’s Day is full of promise — and maybe some post-party fatigue.
Let’s be real: After staying up late to watch the ball drop, you’re not going to want to make Jan. 1 the day you actually start your resolution to cook more meals at home.
Restaurants around Long Island are serving up brunches that will help cure your hair of the dog (and maybe have you rethinking your home chef goals).
From classic dishes served at Main Street favorites to feasts for sore eyes and grumbling stomachs at upscale casual spots, here’s five great North Fork spots serving up New Year’s Day brunch and five more elsewhere on Long Island.
Bare, wooden candlelit tables give this Jamesport restaurant an unpretentious elegance. The ample brunch menu offers items for people craving breakfast (omelets, blueberry pancakes and classic egg Benedict), lunch (burgers, sandwiches, lobster rolls and salads) and those who can’t decide (steak and egg sandwiches and chicken and waffles). Guests can turn it into a multi-course affair with charcuterie boards and wings.
This Greenport spot keeps things simple when it comes to ambiance. The walls are white and wood and metal furnishings are part rustic and part industrial. The eggs, on the other hand, are known for being 100 percent mind-blowing. Take the egg sandwich, which isn’t simply a couple of eggs any-style on a bagel. Instead, it boasts gruyere cheese, sugar bacon, pickled onion and baby arugula for a rich, creamy start to the day. As for the spiced apple hotcakes, they’re simply indulgent. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Anker is inviting diners to start the year in elevated fashion with a champagne brunch. The menu includes several of the seafood classics that bring people to the eatery in the heart of Greenport, many of which pair perfectly with a glass of bubbly: oysters, clams and mussels. Even the eggs Benedict gets an under-the-sea twist — black bass is involved — and guests can add lobster to the bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches. The bright, airy restaurant, where guests can take in harbor views from the windows, is chic and tranquil.
This laidback joint known for its savory BBQ fare and live music is planning an approachable brunch menu. It’s heavy on comfort fare that’s perfect for a recovery day. Think hefty egg sandwiches and Bloody Marys. It’s all served in an industrial-style space with a brick-walled bar and wooden furnishings.
This charming eatery feels more like a cozy home than a restaurant with a menu to write home about. The brick floor, covered with a bright red patterned carpet, and no-fuss wooden tables make it an intimate spot to ring in 2022 with that special someone. The French toast with fresh strawberries and whipped cream tastes warm and luxe. Those craving seafood can opt for steamed littleneck clams or oysters Benedict.
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Nestled in the sleepy village of Stony Brook, Mirabelle Restaurant at the Three Village Inn has always managed to achieve sophistication without snobbery. The tablecloths are white, Chef Guy Reuge’s French-American cuisine consistently hits all the right notes, yet walking inside feels like home. And since there’s no place like home for the holidays, a multi-course brunch at the restaurant makes for a special way to ring in the New Year. The grilled N.Y. strip steak and eggs epitomizes brunch. The flavorful strip steak is served with an organic egg, breakfast potatoes and bacon or sausage. For something lighter, opt for the avocado eggs Benedict, which is a bit creamy and completely delicious. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unlimited mimosas and champagne available for an additional $15 per person. Reservations recommended by calling 631-751-0555.
The views of the Great South Bay are only rivaled by the fresh seafood served inside this waterfront restaurant in Oakdale. View’s New Year’s brunch buffet includes peel-and-eat shrimp cocktail, salmon and Mahi Mahi. If your cravings call for breakfast, eggs Benedict and Belgian waffles are on the table, too. Toast to better days ahead with bottomless champagne and mimosas. Seatings available 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. $42.95 per person. Reservations recommended by calling 631-589-2694.
This cozy Main Street pub boasts casual vibes and next-level food. On New Year’s, guests can slip into a booth by the fireplace and indulge in an a la carte menu that truly marries breakfast and lunch. There are savory steak, egg and cheese sandwiches. The breakfast quesadilla, served with black bean salsa, cheddar, avocado and bacon, is a south-of-the-border classic with a morning twist. There’s a 90-minute limit on “unlimited” mimosas.
Stepping into all three locations of The Shed immediately puts diners in a good mood. The white-washed walls and colorful accents, like the Robbin’s egg blue bar in Huntington, exude a cheery charm. And the brunch favorites do the same. There are the usual suspects like Belgian waffles and buttermilk pancakes. Bowls, like the Shed Bowl (roasted chicken, wild rice, arugula, radish, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, goat cheese, spiced honey vinaigrette) give diners creative options. Each location opens at 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Set in a former library, this lively Main Street spot still retains some of its old bones. The bar boasts bar-to-ceiling shelves with wine and liquor. And yes, there will be unlimited mimosas on New Year’s Day. There will also be hearty classics for carnivores like a bistro brunch burger. The 8 o.z. patty, topped with cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon and a sunny-side-up egg may quite possibly hold diners over until Jan. 2. The powerful made with super grains, avocado, spinach and two poached eggs is ideal for folks looking to jump-start healthy habits.1.5 hour limit on unlimited mimosas. This cozy Main Street pub boasts casual vibes and next-level food. On New Year’s, guests can slip into a booth by the fireplace and indulge in an a la carte menu that truly marries breakfast and lunch. There are savory steak, egg and cheese sandwiches. The breakfast quesadilla, served with black bean salsa, cheddar, avocado and bacon, is a south-of-the-border classic with a morning twist. There’s a 90-minute limit on “unlimited” mimosas.