Long Island Party Brunches: Where to Find Music, Mimosa Towers and More

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When it comes to brunch on Long Island, the landscape changes. With the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, brunch culture is alive again, with restaurants adding breakfast and lunch offerings often featuring DJs or live music that makes dining a feast. a day.

“We call it a dinner social,” says John Cestare, co-owner of the year-old Ainsworth at Rockville Center, where a DJ turns up the volume on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and festive desserts are served with sparklers magical. “People feel like it might be a Saturday night, but they’re really into Sunday brunch.”

At Kyma in Roslyn, co-owner Reno Christou recently launched a festive brunch on Saturdays, when the Greek restaurant would normally be closed for private parties. “It’s since taken on a life of its own,” he said, describing it as a “very, very dynamic and fun” experience that’s “full of energy.”

Here’s where brunch feels more like a daytime celebration on Long Island:

Avenue social cuisine and cocktails (106 Bedford Ave., Bellmore): This upscale gourmet pub offers Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with fan favorites like banana French toast bites, eggs Benedict, sweet flatbreads and savory, avocado toast and burgers. The mimosa towers ($35 for a one-liter version suggested for two to three people) come in traditional, mango, passionfruit and strawberry flavors. DJs spin every weekend, mixing modern and freestyle tunes. More info: 516-900-1660, avenuesocialkitchen.com

Mimosa towers are available at Avenue Social Kitchen and Cocktails in Bellmore.
Credit: Linda Rosier

The Mad Irishman (323 Main St., Farmingdale): This pub combines bingo and brunch on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. Those 21 and up can try their hand at the free game while eating its popular corned beef hash served with potatoes and sunny side up eggs; tex-mex omelets; or breakfast tacos, with scrambled eggs, cheese and pico de Gallo. Five rounds of bingo are played throughout the two hour period. Players compete for restaurant merchandising and other prizes. Customers can pair entrees with bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys or $17 screwdrivers. Its regular menu of burgers, quesadillas and other bar fare is also available. More info: 516-293-9700, thenuttyirishman.com

The Ainsworth (210 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre): A certain level of energy is needed to brunch at this rustic-yet-chic sports bar. There’s a more family-friendly atmosphere starting at 10 a.m., but once the DJ hits at noon on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday, you can expect a bloated crowd. Listen to top hits and throwbacks provided by a DJ while feasting on items from an eclectic menu – a brunch platter with morning staples, creative pancakes in varieties like the cinnamon roll and the cannoli crumb cake, s’more waffles, Nutella stuffed French toast, steak and eggs and wings sprinkled with 24-karat gold, coconut butter, chipotle and honey. There is a preset menu for groups of 10 or more. General manager and brunch host Gerry O’Donnell is a table-to-table regular. More info: 516-442-2600; theainsworth.com/rockville-centre

A S'mores waffle at Ainsworth in Rockville Center.

A S’mores waffle at Ainsworth in Rockville Center.
Credit: Linda Rosier

The Cuban (987 Stewart Ave. in Garden City and 95 W. Main St., Patchogue): At this lively spot, brunch is served with a Cuban twist on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Order Mojito French Toast, a challah bread topped with powdered sugar and served with fruit compote and syrup. There’s also a sweet nacho dish dubbed “Cuban nacho rumba,” featuring deep-fried tortillas sprinkled with cinnamon and topped with caramel and fruit. Pancakes, huevos Cubano and omelettes are also available. For $14.50, add unlimited mimosas, bloody marys or champagne punch. Everything can be done while listening to live samba and Cuban music. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. More info: thecubanny.com

Kyma (1446 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn): New Saturday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. features a DJ playing a mix of current music and Mykonos-style playlists, plus bongo players cheering on people to get up from their chairs and participate in the festivities. The restaurant’s traditional Sunday brunch continues. Either way, you’ll find a menu of Greek staples and seafood, with starters including zucchini and eggplant crisps, traditional spinach and feta pie, meatballs Greek meat, grilled octopus and mussels cooked with Santorini wine and ouzo broth. Leaning breakfast plates include the usual dishes: eggs, waffles, and pancakes. Bottomless Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Bellinis or Sangria can be added for $40 (two hour limit). Groups of 10 or more must order one of three packages starting at $65 per person. More info: 516-621-3700; kyma-roslyn.com

Bongo music played by Reno Soner, center, has customers who...

Bongo music played by Reno Soner, center, keeps patrons dancing around the room during Kyma’s Saturday Bubbles brunch.
Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

Local (7 Depot Pl., Babylon): Brunch at this bar near the train station, served Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., includes original choices like a McLocal egg sandwich with fried eggs, American cheese and sausages on an English muffin — or buttermilk fried chicken served on homemade cornbread. Beer can be served in $50 towers that seat two to six people. The taps turn often and include local ales, lagers, and ciders. On April 24, The Local hosts a “club brunch”, in which a DJ is added to the mix. More information: 631-983-8900; localbabylon.com

South Shore Diving (65 Main St., West Sayville): In this pub and kitchen, diners can enjoy new brunches like gluten-free pancake tacos stuffed with scrambled eggs, green onions, bacon, hash browns , brie cheese and maple mayonnaise; assorted toast (roasted tomato, smoked salmon, avocado and candied apple); and quesadillas for breakfast. Bloody Marys and sweet or spicy mimosas, as well as cocktails like the Melon Foamer (vodka, lemon and champagne mousse with sweet melon liqueur) are available. Brunch is served weekends from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with live music by local artists on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Outdoor seating on its renovated terrace is open . More information: 631-218-6500; southshoredive.com

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