Lazy days of summer call for lazy brunches with friends and family, fueled by ice coffee, avocado toast and maybe an ornate Bloody Mary or Bellini. Here are three spots to try this weekend.
Standard Pour (64 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream): Counter Culture beans provide the caffeinated bedrock for artful lattes and espressos inside this airy coffee shop and cafe, where brunch is equally robust and weaves Caribbean, American, Mediterranean and soul-food touches, from three spins on avocado toast, "baconeggandcheese" sandwiches (with smoked Cheddar and bacon jam) and shrimp and grits, to buttermilk-fried chicken and waffles. There's Bloody Marys, but also carafes of Paloma and Ting or sorrel sangria. If you end up lingering long than expected, which happens, Standard Pour morphs into an evening-side wine and cocktail bar with bites sich as sweet tamarind wings or pork belly BLTs. More info: 516-596-2000, standardpourli.com
Coco Bistro Kitchen & Lounge (944 W. Jericho Tpke., Smithtown): The sprawling indoor-outdoor restaurant formerly known as Cafe Havana covers the brunch gamut from Mexican to Cuban cuisine, so that a languid late-morning meal can take you from sweet-potato scramble or coconut pancakes headlong into huevos rancheros or Cuban-style picadillo. Corn fritters, creamy grits and sweet plantains all serve as side options, and fresh-pressed juices and cafe con leche join tropical cocktails on the beverage front. More info: 631-670-6277, cocobistroli.com
Mayra's Bakery (781 Hawkins Ave., Lake Grove): This prolific, year-old bakery, run by Mayra Pastrano and her family, has a sunsplashed dining area where you can carbo-load European and Venezuelan pastries such as buttery croissants, golfeados (sticky buns) and milhojas, or thousand-sheet cake, washed down by frothy Venezuelan-style cappuccino. The hot-off-the-grill items are just as robust, from breakfast arepas stuffed with scrambled eggs, onions and tomatoes or ham and cheese to guava-cheese pancakes, Nutella crepes and dulce de leche waffles topped with caramel. (No alcohol served). More info: 631-468-7060, mayrasbakery.com