Get to this cozy brunch spot bright and early to enjoy fun takes on diner staples. Downtown Huntington’s newest breakfast joint serves the most important meal of the day all day, along with lattes, cold brew coffee, and “communal” mimosa service for groups.
The inside is cute and cheery, accented with tons of yellow decor and fresh flowers. Its bright design with cozy booth seating makes it perfect for starting the day or a lazy afternoon.
Diners recommend the loaded breakfast burrito ($13.50), which stuffs their signature scrambled eggs, bacon, and hash browns into a tortilla topped with homemade pico de gallo and salsa verde. For the sweet tooth, the cinnamon roll pancakes ($8.75) are fluffy cinnamon swirl flapjacks with a butter pecan filling topped with toasted pecans. First come, first hatch, so arrive before the 11 a.m. brunch rush.
Hatch, 286 Main St., Huntington, 631-424-0780, hatchbrunch.com
BABYLON BURGER BAR
This not-so-ordinary burger place, located in the heart of downtown Babylon, has rightfully attracted a fast following for its unique and limitless burger creations. Call ahead for reservations as this place can get pretty packed on weekends.
The BBB menu may seem overwhelming with nearly 30 different cheeses, sauces, and patty varieties, but servers are happy to help newbies navigate. Most diners choose to build their own sandwich with toppings like onion straws, bacon jam, or whipped goat cheese.
If DIY is not your thing, opt for the BBB mac & cheese ($16.95), which loads bacon and warm cheesy goodness on your patty of the Fire Island ($15.95), which adds a kick with Pepper Jack, fresh jalapeno, and chipotle aioli. Top it off with a super-duper milkshake ($15).
Babylon Burger Bar, 1 W Main St., Babylon, 631-620-3362, babylonburgerbar.com
Celebrating no-frills, simply tasty comfort food, this fried chicken joint hopes you can cross a craving off your bucket list. The atmosphere is warm and rustic, and promises honest and good American classics to satisfy a hankering for anything fried.
Start out with the Ferris wheel sampler ($22), a mini-Ferris wheel at your table that seats fried pickles, cornbread bites, onion rings, popcorn chicken, and funnel fries. For dinner, try the Cheetos chicken tenders ($12), your favorite food coated with your favorite snack.
Come with hungry friends and attempt the bucket list sundae ($65) for dessert (or dinner): a massive bowl of four different ice creams, sauces, candy, sprinkles, cookies, and cones. If you’re not up for the challenge, sundaes for one are also available ($12).
Bucket List, 201 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, 516-821-5478, bucketlistrvc.com