Jazz Brunch Hits The Right
Spot (And Note)
By Luann & Alex./ email@example.com
There may be one thing better
than live music with dinner live music with brunch.
And Grassos is where you can get both.
The Cold Spring Harbor restaurant is one of the few around
offering a full calendar of jazz to accompany a fine dining
experience. We stopped by over the weekend to experience Gail
Grassos Sunday Jazz Brunch for ourselves
and left with our toes tapping and bellies full and satisfied.
The brunch menu is perfect. Every meal comes with a complimentary
mimosa, Bloody Mary or screwdriver. For those who do breakfast
for brunch, there is a long list of creative and tempting
egg and omelet dishes and French toast. For the lunch at brunch
crowd, there is an array of salads, sandwiches and pastas
to choose from. And all this against a background of smooth
sounds of jazz standards made popular by greats like Duke
Ellington emanating from a piano player and a guitarist in
the back of the restaurant.
As we sipped on our cocktails, we enjoyed the tastes of the
bread basket with incredible corn bread, served with three
kinds of jams: fig and orange marmalade (our favorite), a
berry jelly, and orange marmalade.
We started with an appetizer of smoked salmon ($8) over a
potato pancake with crème fraiche and caviar. The light
cream complements the saltiness of the caviar well, awakening
our palate. We were also eyeing the strudel ($9) with asparagus,
mushrooms, gorgonzola in a puff pastry with balsamic reduction
and tomato relish, the mussels possillipo ($10) in spicy tomato
or white wine garlic sauce, and clams oreganata ($7).
We felt like breakfast for brunch that day, and happily perused
the egg specials. Although we were tempted by Lox and Eggs
($14), Eggs Benedict ($14) and Eggs Norwegian ($14), which
is like Eggs Benedict but with smoked salmon instead of Canadian
bacon, we went with Eggs della Nonna ($14), Gails grandmothers
special recipe, and the Lump Crab Meat Mornay Omelet ($15).
The Eggs della Nonna are two eggs poached in a light tomato
sauce with onions, basil, Fontina cheese and toasted ciabatta.
It was a truly delightful new take on eggs with all the Italian
flavors we love but for breakfast. The omelet was really something
special as well, stuffed with creamy Swiss and Fontina cheese,
cayenne pepper for a little heat and chunks of crabmeat, along
with a side of red bliss home fries.
Next time were in a lunch mood, well likely opt
for Gails Grilled Peach and Salmon Salad ($14), with
Bibb lettuce, blue cheese, dried fruit, mixed nuts and a hazelnut
vinaigrette. The burgers and sandwiches ($13-16) look good
too, and theres even risotto on the menu. Desserts all
sounded good, but we cant get enough of Grassos
Bananas Foster special.
The jazz brunch is every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m.
Grassos is located at 134 Main St. in Cold Spring Harbor.
Call 631-367-6060 for reservations.