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Start planning: Mom’s special day isn’t that far away. Here are some places to take her for a Mother’s Day brunch on the North Fork and Shelter Island. The holiday is set for May 8 this year.

East Wind Long Island, Wading River

Enjoy Mother’s Day brunch in East Wind’s main ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Adults are $44.95; children 3 to 10 are $22.95; children 2 and under are free. There is also a prix-fixe Mother’s Day dinner. Reservations are required for both brunch and dinner; call (631) 929-3500 ext 714. For more information, visit

East Wind Long Island is located at 5720 Route 25A, Wading River.

The Cooperage Inn, Baiting Hollow

Take mom to the Cooperage Inn for its popular Mother’s Day buffet brunch.

Brunch is $42.95 per person and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seatings are 90 minutes and reservations are required; call (631) 727-8994. For more information, visit The Cooperage Inn will also serve a Mother’s Day a la carte dinner from 3:30 to 8 p.m.

The Cooperage Inn is located at 2218 Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow.

The Birchwood of Polish Town, Riverhead

The Birchwood of Polish Town will serve both a Mother’s Day brunch and dinner buffet.

The  grand brunch buffet runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults are $39.99, children 3 to 12 are $18.99 and children 2 and under are free. The  grand dinner buffet runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Adults are $47.99, children 3 to 12 are $19.99 and children 2 and under are free. Seatings are 90 minutes and reservations are required for both brunch and dinner.

Call (631) 727-4449 to make reservations. Visit for more information.

The Birchwood of Polish Town is located at 512 Pulaski Street in Riverhead.

The Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead

Take mom to the Long Island Aquarium for brunch in its Sea Star Ballroom.

Enjoy a delicious menu, then spend all day at the aquarium, as brunch includes admission. There are four seatings: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Adults are $44.95 (aquarium members, $39.95), children 3 to 12 are $29.95 (members, $24.95) and children 2 and under are free.

Reservations are required. Call (631) 208-9200 ext. 426 or visit for more information.

The Long Island Aquarium is located at 431 East Main Street in Riverhead.

The Village Cheese Shop, Mattituck

Every mother will receive a red rose and a glass Provençal rosé.

Expect Trout Roe (caviar) from France on blinis and savory crèpes filled with charcuterie and cheese. There will be panini selections as well as six different types of cheese fondue, cheese plates, and desserts.

Reservations recommended. Call (631) 298-8556 or email [email protected].

The Village Cheese Shop is located 105 Love Lane, Mattituck.

Hellenic Snack Bar & Restaurant, East Marion

Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch at Hellenic Snack Bar and Restaurant.

This East Marion favorite only serves brunch two days a year and Mother’s Day is one of them.  Reservations are required. Call (631) 477-0138 or visit for more information.

Hellenic Snack Bar and Restaurant is located at 5145 Main Road in East Marion.

Vine Street Café, Shelter Island

For the first time, Vine Street Café will serve a special Mother’s Day lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy delicacies such as wood-grilled Atlantic octopus, scallop ceviche and miso-glazed salmon. VSC’s regular menu will be served from 5 to 9 pm. Reservations are required. Call (631) 749-3210 or visit for more information.

Vine Street Café is located at 41 South Ferry Road in Shelter Island.