Best breakfast restaurants

Highway Diner's brioche French toast is crowned with

(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)

Any local diner can make you eggs, but how many places can serve you a breakfast that will make your day? Few enough. Which is why epicures who may lose count of their favorite dinner spots can usually name only one place they cozy up to for breakfast. Individuality, coupled with a respect for simplicity and tradition, is what keeps a breakfast spot percolating. That's certainly true of the following dozen, which, minor shortcomings aside, have the right ingredients to rank as top-of-the-morning kinds of places. --Compiled by Joan Reminick

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    Colossal shrimp are served as an appetizer at

    Atlantica on the Ocean $$$ | New American, Seafood 80 W. Broadway Long Beach The best course at Atlantica on the Ocean is visual: great views of the waves ...

  • User rating 3
    Brownstones in Amityville. (Sept. 8, 2014)

    Brownstones Coffee, Sandwiches, American 55 Merrick Rd. Amityville Coffeehouse serving breakfast and lunch. ...

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    The CookRoom Breakfast, Diner, Lunch, Burgers 25 Middle Country Rd. Middle Island This gleaming vintage diner serves a homestyle menu that includes such dishes as meltingly tender ...

  • Critic rating 3
    House pancakes are topped with mixed fruit at

    Cook's Scratch Kitchen & Bakery $ | Shopping, Restaurant, Breakfast, Lunch 1014 Fort Salonga Rd. East Northport The name is accurate: This place makes just about everything from scratch. Jump-start your morning with tender waffles studded with pecans, an egg and Cheddar sandwich on a flaky house-made biscuit or the ambrosial French toast with warm maple butter.

  • User rating 3
    A Margherita omelet is served at Cornucopia's Noshery

    Cornucopia’s Noshery $ | Breakfast, Lunch, Panini, Salads, Sandwiches, Soup, Wraps 194A Park Ave. Amityville In an attractive sun-splashed space with a counter and tables -- and some of Long ...

  • User rating 3
    Eastport Luncheonette in Eastport. (June 28, 2013)

    Eastport Luncheonette $$ | Luncheonette, Diner 497A Montauk Hwy Eastport Cafe serving breakfast and lunch; featuring live music on Fridays with beer and wine. ...

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    Diners eat lunch at Glen's Dinette in Babylon.

    Glen's Dinette $$ | Breakfast, American, Lunch 23 E. Main St Babylon A fixture of Babylon town since the late 1940s, this dinette has breakfast and lunch ...

  • Highway Diner's brioche French toast is crowned with

    $item.instanceof Highway Diner and Bar Excellent breakfast choices at this East End diner range for the sweet -- brioche French toast crowned with caramelized bananas to the savory -- a melty bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on a pretzel-shaped croissant.

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    Jojo Apple's, in Point Lookout, serves strawberry pancakes.

    Jo Jo Apples Cafe $ | American, Breakfast 85 Lido Blvd. Point Lookout A charming all-American restaurant that specializes in pancakes--smothered in strawberries, blueberries or bananas. There are ...

  • Critic rating 2
    Chef/Owner of Left Coast Kitchen in Merrick, Christian

    Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails $$$ | American, New American, Beer, Wine bar, Gastro-pub, Breakfast 1810 Merrick Rd. Merrick Merrick gastropub where the kitchen puts great detail into its menu of both classic and ...