Brunch on Long Island

Fresh French toast is one of the specialties

(Credit: John Griffin)

Brunch is the type of meal you want to eat on a lazy Sunday, when waking up early isn't a priority. The beauty of brunch is that there are no rules -- you can eat almost anything you like, from poached eggs or pancakes to a salad or sandwich to a serious pasta or steak.

The following restaurants represent just a sampling of the brunch possibilities Long Island offers. Keep in mind that prices don't include tax or gratuity and that it's smart to call ahead and reserve, especially since private parties occasionally pre-empt a restaurant's regular schedule.

-- Compiled by Joan Reminick

  • Bistro Cassis in Huntington.

    Bistro Cassis $$ | French 55B Wall St. Huntington A bit too American for the streets of Paris, Bistro Cassis is very much at ...

  • Critic rating 3

    The Brass Rail $$ | Pub, Burgers, Kids, American 107 Forest Ave. Locust Valley At The Brass Rail, food, mood and prices are all about comfort. ...

  • Reese's peanut butter chocolate cake cheesecake at The

    The Cheesecake Factory $$$ | Lunch, Dessert, Lounge, Chain restaurants 610 Smith Haven Mall Lake Grove One of the higher-end chain eateries available to Long Islanders, the dessert referred to in ...

  • A Santa Fe salad, a Chinese chicken salad

    The Cheesecake Factory $$ | Fusion, Eclectic, Pizza, Burgers, American 1504 Old Country Rd Mall at the Source Westbury There's lots more than just cheesecake at this big, bustling bi-level temple of gustatory and ...

  • Diet-busting desserts at The Cheesecake Factory include the

    The Cheesecake Factory $$ | Dessert, American, Eclectic 160 Walt Whitman Road (adjacent to the southwest side of the mall) Huntington Station A national chain serving high-end American food, the Huntington outlet serves the company menu of ...

  • GM Burger Bar in Rockville Centre is a

    GM Burger Bar of Rockville Centre $$ | Burgers, Restaurant 209 N. Long Beach Rd. Rockville Centre GM Burger Bar in Rockville Centre is a popular addition to the George Martin Restaurant ...

  • Grand Lux Cafe in Garden City. (Jan. 24,

    Grand Lux Cafe $$$ | American Roosevelt Field Garden City In a sprawling faux Venetian palace, the decibel level runs high, as does the overall ...

  • Critic rating 2.5

    Limani $$$$ | Seafood, Greek 1043 Northern Blvd Roslyn Easily the most opulent Greek restaurant on Long Island, Limani also is the priciest. The ...

  • Critic rating 2
    The bar at Lola Kitchen & Wine Bar

    Lola's Kitchen & Wine Bar $$ | American, Eclectic, Wine bar 180 W. Park Ave. Long Beach With a steady amount of dinner deals, a Thursday "Girls Night Out" and a Sunday ...

  • Melissa Fazzolari, a day bartender, with a glass

    Novita $$ | Wine bar, Italian, Restaurant 860 Franklin Ave. Garden City A snappy trattoria, buoyant and noisy, where the wine flows and the food has flair. ...

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