Remember when mom had to drag you out of bed in the morning? Come Mother's Day, it may be your turn to get her up for a festive breakfast. And while a meal of eggs, waffles and pancakes won't set you back much cash, you may have to budget in waiting time, since these first-rate eateries generally don't take reservations. Best plan: Go extra-early, especially if mom is a morning person.
And if Mom is someone who'd rather sleep in, there's always brunch. We offer a wide array of options for a meal that might be buffet-style or sit-down and include anything from lobster frittata to lasagna.
Here are 11 choices for the busiest restaurant day of the year, this year on May 10.
Cornucopia's Noshery, Amityville: In an attractive, sun-splashed space, chef-owner Erica Reichlin serves up omelets made with organic eggs, angel food pancakes, coconut-crusted brioche French toast and, for vegans, a tofu curry scramble. Mimosas and sangria, too. There's also outdoor dining, weather permitting. No reservations; cash only. Opens at 9 a.m.
The signature corn cakes at Cornucopia's Noshery in Amityville.
Ristegio's, North Patchogue: The spacious, Italian-New American restaurant will serve a buffet brunch from 10 a.m. to noon; $32.50 for adults, half-price for children. Expect stations for omelets, salads and carved meats, among others. Dinner is a la carte, with seatings at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Main dishes are in the $23 to $39 range and include veal chop, sirloin steak, salmon and pastas.
Pan-seared Montauk yellowfin tuna at Ristegio's restaurant in North Patchogue.
Mannino's Italian Kitchen & Lounge
Mannino's Italian Kitchen & Lounge, Commack: The biggest of the three Mannino's, this branch will be open noon to 10 p.m. on Mother's Day. The regular a la carte menu, plus specials, will be available. Standouts include grilled octopus, escarole and white beans, baked lasagna with ricotta and meat sauce, tortelloni in cream sauce, beef braciola with rigatoni, pan-seared pork chops with fried potatoes and hot cherry peppers.
Grilled octopus tossed with endive, celery and roasted peppers in a lemon and extra-virgin olive oil dressing highlights the appetizers at Mannino's Italian Kitchen & Lounge in Commack.
The Palm Court & Wine Cellar
The Palm Court & Wine Cellar, East Meadow: Buffet brunch and dinner are scheduled; brunch from 11 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom and dinner starting at noon in The Palm Court restaurant. Brunch is $50 for adults, $20 for children 3 to 10; dinner, $60 for adults, $30 for children. Brunch includes breakfast, seafood, antipasto, carving and pasta stations; dinner choices, shrimp cocktail, duck crepe, Amish chicken, truffled fettuccine.
Morning Rose Cafe
Morning Rose Cafe, Bellmore: There's usually a wait for a table at this charming little cafe with a bed-and-breakfast vibe. Credit the culinary skills of chef Roberto Baez, who offers such breakfast items as hot chilaquiles (a Mexican egg scramble with steak, chicken or pork), fluffy lemon-poppy "voodoo berry" pancakes, "bubba" biscuits with sausage and gravy, as well as eggs Benedict done many creative ways. Opens: 8 a.m.; no reservations.
The voodoo berry pancakes — tender, fluffy lemon poppy flapjacks with a mixed-berry compote — at Morning Rose Cafe in Bellmore.
Thomas's Ham & Eggery Diner
Thomas's Ham & Eggery Diner, Carle Place: On weekends, the line trails out the door of this breakfast magnet. The draw: eggs, frittatas, omelets and corned beef hash, all served out of skillets. You'll also find inventive egg scrambles and sandwiches, comforting oatmeal, waffles, pancakes and French toast. Not to miss: Owner Tom Koukoulas' freshly baked muffins. Opens at 6 a.m.; no reservations.
The pulled pork breakfast melt at Thomas's Ham 'N' Eggery includes onion jam.
Relish, Kings Park: At this comfortable, casual American spot, chef Steve Cardello sources ingredients with a locavore sensibility. You'll taste the care that goes into his airy ricotta pancakes, inventive egg scrambles and whole grain cereal with fresh berries. Opens at 7:30 a.m.; no reservations.
Whole grain cereal at Relish in Kings Park.
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille, Garden City: Brunch is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $49 for adults, $15 for children. Cocktails are $7. Choices include asparagus soup, clam chowder, lobster frittata, sirloin steak with fried egg, crème brûlée. Dinner will be served from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the restaurant's regular a la carte menu, featuring dry-aged steaks, broiled lobster, seared citrus-glazed salmon.
Dry-aged sirloin hash at The Capital Grille in Garden City.
Cook's Scratch Kitchen & Bakery
Cook's Scratch Kitchen & Bakery, Northport: Skillful from-scratch cooking and careful sourcing prevail at this casual counter-service cafe. At breakfast, chef Stacey McDevitt offers airy pancakes and waffles as well as a knockout ham-and-egg sandwich on a house-baked English muffin. Opens at 8 a.m.; no reservations.
Pancakes topped with mixed berries at Cook's Scratch Kitchen & Bakery in Northport.
Viaggio Tapas, Rockville Centre: The small-plates specialist will offer brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. For $15 at brunch, unlimited Margaritas, mimosas, mojitos and other cocktails. Brunch dishes are $10 to $14 and include steak and eggs, eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, and oysters. The full a la carte dinner menu will be available.
Smoked Basque oysters with spicy chorizo and sherry at Viaggio Tapas in Rockville Centre.
Left Coast Kitchen
Left Coast Kitchen, Merrick: At chef Chris Rendell's freewheeling restaurant, which serves breakfast on weekends only, pancakes come in all varieties, including berry, corn, peanut butter, sweet potato and pumpkin-praline-chocolate. There's also PB & J French toast, an array of six-egg omelets as well as such comfort classics as biscuits and gravy and chicken with waffles. Opens at 8:30 a.m.
Spezia, St. James: This friendly, consistent Italian restaurant plans a Mother's Day weekend. The kitchen will offer specials of a beef carpaccio appetizer, lobster fra diavolo ($48), veal osso buco ($38), pork osso buco ($30) and Chilean sea bass (market price) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There also will be live music.