By Connor Beach
Hatch, Huntington village’s newest restaurant that’s been open for just over a week, sports a dedicated staff that’s been busy severing up breakfast and brunch to flocks of hungry diners.
Located on the corner of Main and New streets, in the former location of Tomo, Hatch is the newest entry in the Lessing’s restaurant restaurants, which also includes Finnegan’s in Huntington and Sandbar in Cold Spring Harbor.
Mark Lessing, the group’s executive vice-president, said the idea behind Hatch started to take shape in January of last year when he visited other breakfast joints across Long Island and saw how busy they were.
“We wanted to create something different and unique where we could really elevate breakfast,” Lessing said.
Hatch, which opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. each day, is a significant pivot for Lessing’s, he added, as the group’s slate previously featured more traditional restaurants and pubs.
“It’s different waking up at 5 a.m., instead of going to bed at that time,” Lessing said. “The idea is new for us as a company, but we really think it is something that is going to be successful.”
Hatch’s prime corner location in the heart of the village provides plenty of natural light that further draws out the restaurant’s bright color scheme and lively atmosphere. The Lessing’s experience is also evident, from the friendly, quick service, to the quality of the fare.
“People can come to ‘Hatch a new day’ with a great breakfast,” Lessing said, referencing the restaurant’s slogan.
The menu is “chef driven” and took over a year to develop, he added “The menu is diverse, well-thought out and everything is made from scratch.”
For many, coffee is the first taste in the morning and Hatch’s House Blend ($3.25), which comes straight from nearby Southdown Coffee, will start any breakfast off on the right foot.
Breakfast traditionalists are sure to enjoy The Classic ($10.75), which features three eggs any style flanked by a side of hash browns, choice of sausage, bacon or ham, and toast.
Our Foodie tried it with over easy eggs, sausage links and white toast. The fresh eggs were the star of this dish, and the hash browns and sausage provided well-seasoned compliments. The beautiful runny egg yolks were great to dip the toast in and tie the dish together.
For the more adventurous, the Huevos Rancheros ($11.25) start with crisp corn tortillas that are layered with black beans, jack cheese, ranchero sauce, three eggs any style, salsa fresca and cotija cheese.
The light, fluffy scrambled eggs and the salsa create a bright pop of both color and texture. The crunch of the tortilla holds up well to the mix of toppings, and the slight kick from the ranchero sauce really make this dish. The southwestern flavors star, offering a delicious departure from the average breakfast fare.
For those with a sweet tooth in the morning, the Cinnamon Roll Pancakes ($5.25/one; $8.75/two) have a creamy butter pecan filling and are topped with a cream cheese glaze and toasted pecans. The sweet glaze is rich and decadent, and the crunch from the toasted pecans is the perfect complement to the airy buttermilk batter.