There’s no better place to have a brunch than the Garden State, which is dotted with diners, pubs and greasy spoons as well as country clubs and luxury restaurants. Brunches and brunch spots throughout the state are plentiful, but these are the places that we think have some of the very best brunch in New Jersey.
Toast is open from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. seven days a week, serving up comfort food for breakfast, brunch and lunch. The sweet offerings, like carrot cake pancakes and bananas Foster French toast, are not to be missed. Their motto is “peace, love, pancakes,” after all. If you’re in the mood for something more savory, try the lobster roll, smoked salmon omelette or the Brookdale cheese steak. It’s a perfect brunch in New Jersey.
When you’re going on a trip, sometimes the best thing to do is to follow your stomach. In recent years, food tourism has become more and more popular.
Billed as Hoboken’s best brunch destination, Birch Bar’s brunch is held from noon-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The brunch beverages are almost meals unto themselves. Their different varieties of Crazy Bloody Marys are “garnished” with things like whole sliders, tater tots, grilled cheese sandwiches, mac & cheese balls, mozzarella sticks and empanadas. For the younger brunch nuts out there, they also offer their signature Crazy Milkshakes.
The historic and picturesque Robin’s Nest Restaurant offers a brunch menu every Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Make sure to get your hands on their French toast martini or their Naughty Mario bloody mary as you sit down to order. The stuffed French toast and pumpkin pancakes are sure to please even the pickiest eaters among you, and the Caribbean pork risotto topped with over-easy eggs is the ultimate savory brunch pick.
Named after the granddaughter of the original owners, Amanda’s Restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in the state. Situated in a series of refurbished brownstones, it’s the perfect atmosphere for a sleepy weekend brunch. The brunch menu is offered Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Make sure to try the buttermilk biscuits with creamy sausage gravy, short rib hash and croissant French toast. Get a hot mocha to warm you up with some coffee, bourbon and Godiva dark chocolate liqueur.
After a wild night in Atlantic City, treat yourself to a brunch in New Jersey’s Continental. This stylish restaurant is home to a lavish Saturday and Sunday brunch, which is held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Get a little hair of the dog with cocktails like the Astronaut (peach vodka, triple sec, Tang & Tang-rimmed glass) and fill up your empty stomach with lobster mac & cheese, French onion soup dumplings, huevos rancheros and Fluffernutter waffles. Don’t forget the monkey bread!
Dine in style at the award-winning Sunday buffet brunch at the Molly Pitcher Inn. With waterfront views and the beautiful atmosphere of this elegant hotel, this will be a brunch that you’ll never forget. There are two buffets held every Sunday, with seating times at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Take advantage of your complimentary cocktail, and then hit the smorgasbord. The Molly Pitcher offers an omelette station, a waffle station, a crepe station and so much more. Before you go, don’t forget the Viennese dessert table, piled high with sweet treats. It’s the best buffet brunch in New Jersey.
2 Main St., Edgewater
On Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. you can catch brunch service at Haven Riverfront Restaurant & Bar, a beautiful eatery overlooking the Manhattan skyline. With seating both inside and on the patio, it’s a perfect place to eat any time of year. Try the Southern fried chicken eggs Benedict, the tempura cod po’boy and the brioche French toast. Don’t forget to order a mimosa, bellini or bloody mary while you enjoy one of the best places for brunch in New Jersey.
435 River Drive, Elmwood Park
This charming gastropub, billed as New Jersey’s best kept secret, is home to a cozy Sunday brunch, which comes with a basket of muffins and biscuits and a complimentary cocktail. Visitors to Twisted Elm will be delighted to try the Irish eggs Benedict, which includes corned beef hash and soda bread in the traditional recipe. You should also taste the lemon ricotta crepes, ciabatta French toast and bizarrely delightful sausage and egg pizza.
*The Twisted Elm permanently closed July 2019.
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This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated.