Breakfast

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast restaurants in Long Island and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Hellenic Snack Bar & Restaurant thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Thomas's Ham & Eggery, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast.

9 The Living Room @ c/o The Maidstone
Exclusive East Hampton, with its diverse collection of art galleries and high-end boutiques, provides the setting for this unique restaurant, located in an elegant 17th-century inn. The Living Room @ c/o The Maidstone offers the finest in Old World pampering, thanks to a beautiful waterside setting and decor that is tastefully elegant yet comfortable. The innovative menu from executive chef James Carpenter offers local organic culinary fare complemented by an excellent wine list. Indeed, the Maidstone's chefs haven't escaped the discerning eyes of publications like "Wine Spectator" in recent years. The seasonal menus also never fail to earn high marks from critics and patrons alike. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are strongly encouraged. (631-324-5006)

8 Tierra Mar
This well-regarded seafood restaurant features the inspired cuisine of owner-chef Todd Jacobs, who cut his teeth at Manhattan's French Culinary Institute and at the famed American Hotel. Tables boast exquisite views of the shore, and the atmosphere remains casual despite the opulent decor. Truth be told, Jacobs' creative fare is the true star, as proven by pan-seared local flounder with fried capers and fines herbs beurre blanc and by North Atlantic salmon and shellfish bouillabaise with Tuscan bread. Reservations are a must. (631-288-2700)

7 La Cuvée Wine Bar & Bistro
Recognized by "Wine Spectator" for its impressive wine list, La Cuvée also earns rave reviews from North Forkers for its sublime French fare. The contemporary, low-key setting attracts more than its share of 20- and 30-somethings, all clad in their trendiest threads. Of course, the place isn't just style, thanks to a menu that features steak au poivre with cognac-peppercorn sauce and seafood linguine with sautéed cherry tomatoes and a white wine reduction. Save room (and time) to enjoy dessert as well — few things cap an evening like an éclair filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with warm Belgian chocolate. (631-477-0066)

6 Hellenic Snack Bar & Restaurant
Looking for a terrific lunch option that won't take a large bite out of your wallet? This casual Greek taverna may just be up your alley. Indeed, North Forkers flock here daily to sample fried calamari, dolmades (stuffed grape leaves, for the newbies out there), flavorful gyros (with barbecued and spiced lamb, of course), and fresh seafood — rumor has it that the broiled red snapper is one of the tastiest dishes in town. And a word to the wise: the homemade baklava is a must. Patio seating is available. (631-477-0138)

5 Golden Pear Cafe
Located on Southampton's bustling Main Street, this casual joint is a terrific place to gather with friends over mugs of hot coffee, no matter the time of day. While you're here, if the need for more than a cup o' joe arises, fear not: Golden Pear also serves fantastic breakfast and lunch fare, with everything from tasty sandwiches and zesty chili to homemade muffins. (631-283-8900)

4 Cristina's
Signature restaurant of the Roslyn Claremont Hotel, Cristina's is reminiscent of the chic places you'd find in the City. Indeed, each table is smartly appointed with white linens, and stark white walls and track lighting recall a sleek SoHo art gallery. As sharp as the scene is, the menu one-ups it with fabulous Mediterranean-influenced fare and unforgettable desserts. A delightful dinner prix fixe menu is available, and the place is ideal for a breakfast meeting with important clients or with someone special. Reservations are strongly encouraged. (516-625-2700)

3 Thomas's Ham & Eggery
Pay close attention as you're cruising down Old Country Road near Carle Place, or you'll likely drive right by this friendly roadside diner without a second glance. If that's the case, you've truly done your morning appetite a disservice, because the Ham and Eggery has been a Nassau County stalwart since before World War II. From hearty egg skillets prepared any way you like to Belgian waffles and French toast smothered in rich maple syrup, this little slice of Americana is sure to rank high on your list. (516-333-3060)

2 Babette's
This East Hampton cafe is a terrific place to get your day going, especially if it includes hitting the pavement and checking out the local shopping scene. Early-morning crowds laud the cozy diner for its sublime breakfast fare, from omelets made with egg whites and turkey bacon to cinnamon swirl French toast. If you need something of the "to-go" variety, smoothies come highly recommended. Babette's is also open for lunch and dinner, and its edgy menu features a variety of organic and vegetarian dishes. (631-329-5377)

1 Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen
Retro diner serves up tasty burgers, sandwiches, shakes, ice cream and even a few Greek dishes. (631-537-9885)


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The Living Room @ c/o The Maidstone 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, New American, Scandinavian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: EAST HAMPTON
COST: $$
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Tierra Mar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Local Specialty, Seafood
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: WESTHAMPTON BEACH
COST: $$$
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La Cuvée Wine Bar & Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: Continental, European, French
COST: $$
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Hellenic Snack Bar & Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Greek, Mediterranean
COST: $$
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Golden Pear Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly
COST: $$
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Cristina's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Mediterranean
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: ROSLYN
COST: $$
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Thomas's Ham & Eggery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: CARLE PLACE
COST: $
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Babette's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
COST: $$
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Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Ice Cream
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: BRIDGEHAMPTON
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