Have some sunshine with your sunny-side up; see the sea while savoring a seafood omelet.
What better way to enjoy the most important meal of the day than with a beautiful vista? Here are six scenic spots to start your morning right:
ATLANTICA, 80 W. Broadway, Long Beach, 516-889-1300
The view: Rain or shine, this stunning hotel restaurant has a floor-to-ceiling window view onto Long Beach's boardwalk with a commanding vista of surf and sand.
The breakfast: The word "organic" appears frequently on the skillfully executed breakfast menu. Tender buttermilk or buckwheat pancakes may be had with or without blueberries. Customize a three-egg omelet with such ingredients as oven-roasted plum tomatoes with basil, caramelized onions and smoked ham. You can go the wholesome route with stone-ground Scottish oatmeal or have dessert for breakfast with cornflake-crusted challah French toast.
The cost: $$
CRABBY AMY'S, 2880 Ocean Ave., Seaford, 516-783-2554
The view: Order at the window of this informal dockside spot and grab an outdoor picnic table. Then, inhale the scent of the sea and watch the swooping gulls.
The food: A fine seafood omelet is made with fresh crab and shrimp. It's the highlight of a simple menu that includes egg sandwiches, pancakes (unless they run out of mix, as recently happened) and French toast.
The cost: $-$$
HURRICANE ALLEY, Montauk Yacht Club, 32 Star Island Rd., Montauk, 631-668-3100
The view: You don't have to be a hotel guest to kick off your day at this indoor-outdoor spot with a Florida Keys vibe and a view of Lake Montauk's sparkling marina.
The breakfast: Indulge yourself with a lobster omelet with asparagus, fontina and tomatoes or do the sensible thing and have a bowl of whole-grain oatmeal with some fruit on the side. The sausage (sage pork or turkey) is house-made, the juice freshly squeezed.
The cost: $$
TIM'S SHIPWRECK DINER, 46 Main St., Northport, 631-754-1797
The view: Eat at a wrought-iron table in the charming tree-shaded courtyard behind this vintage diner and enjoy the sight (and sound) of a trickling fountain.
The food: Everyone gets house-made cornbread or coffeecake and jam to start. Creative omelets, very good waffles and pancakes (whole grain or regular) and lush, creamy oatmeal are some of the attractions at this Northport classic. Two staples from the specials board are "Marion's homemade blintzes" and the breakfast quiche of the day.
The cost: $-$$
TASTE 99, 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Farmingdale, 516-501-9700, carlyleonthegreen.net
The view: The famous black course at Bethpage State Park is what you'll see from your table at this New American restaurant.
The breakfast: Not only is this one of the most inexpensive breakfasts, it's also among the best. Both the pancakes and waffles (made from the same batter) are tender and delicious. An omelet (try it with ham, peppers and onions) is expertly made. Hole in one.
The view: .Waterside vistas
The breakfast: Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults can choose unlimited glasses of Champagne and mimosas. The buffet itself includes made-to-order omelets, smoked salmon with bagels and cream cheese, steamed snow-crab legs, shrimp "in the rough," breakfast-and-lunch chafing dishes, baked goods, salads, fresh fruit, and two carving stations for roasts. There also is a dessert table and coffee and tea service.
The view: Get a table near the window and watch the comings and goings of the Port Jefferson ferry from the tastefully decorated waterside hotel restaurant.
The food: The weekend buffet breakfast has a few bright spots - a made-to-order omelet, for instance - but, overall, the chafing dish fare (lukewarm French toast, instant oatmeal from a packet) is motel quality.