When we saw that PLANCHA, a new Tapas and Wine Bar was opening up in Garden City, our intuition told us that Josh, Jonathan and Lily, the trio behind one of our favorite spots on the South Shore, Salumi, in Massapequa, were behind this new spot. Our suspicions were confirmed and with that knowledge in our hands, we knew that diners were in for something special on the North Shore.
Although Grillfire in Merrick may be known most for their excellent hamburgers (their own special blend, mixed for them by Main Street Meats), they also have a great Sunday brunch experience. Over the years we have frequented this popular spot, conveniently located on Sunrise Highway, to wind down the weekend and usher in the day of rest.
Michael Turner and Brian Shuren oversee all aspects of the operation at Bistro 25, a casual and refined bistro located in Sayville, on Long Island’s south shore. With an interior on the smaller side, the bistro packs as much flavor and creativeness into its dishes as they do diners on any weekend night. We hit them up on a quiet weekday at lunchtime to take in the vibe and capture the essence of their culinary magic.
Sunday Brunch has always been one of our favorite meals. We’re constantly on the lookout for brunch spots that we feel confident enough to share with our readers and our friends. With that in mind, we stopped by Thyme in Roslyn, overlooking Roslyn Pond, to enjoy their decor and their cuisine.
Every town on Long Island should have a coffee spot / cafe like Brownstones. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a cup of expertly made coffee (or tea) and to indulge in some tasty breakfast foods as well. It’s a smaller cafe, so if you’re planning on staying for food on the weekends, be prepared for a short wait while the tables turn over; but it’s oh-so-worth-it.
We stopped by Grey Horse Tavern not so long ago to do a feature with FiOS1 Long Island and Restaurant Hunter on their brunch favorites as well as to see what makes this restaurant so unique. The now copper bar area actually played host to a live horse, drinking from the restaurant’s provisions. Things may have changed in the last 100 years or so at this continually operating tavern and restaurant, but this Bayport institution is still every bit as impressive and praiseworthy for its culinary goodness. To take a photographic tour of our visit, click on through the jump.
Toast & Co. in Huntington is one of the great restaurant / brunch places on Long Island. In the village of Huntington (north of Main Street), Toast & Co. is serving breakfast from 8am – 4pm every day. The decor is a a mix of americana of the past with a sampling of pop colors from the present. The green and orange adds a warm feeling throughout. We headed to Toast & Co. to take some pictures of the restaurant and the Stuffed French Toast. To view our gallery, continue on.