This trendy mealtime has many different renditions—boozy, light, creative, traditional—making it appealing for everything from a family get-together to a business meeting. But where should you visit to enjoy the best brunch in New Jersey? These 7 excellent restaurants serve incredible brunch, with some perfect for a weekday business meeting and others ideal for a boozy brunch with your buddies. Here are our favorites.
Served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., the Moonshine Supper Club offers diners a two-course mix and match option with or without cocktails. The offerings here are elevated takes on classic brunch favorites such as avocado toast made with roasted peppers, tomato, and queso fresco or ricotta doughnut holes topped with a drizzle of pistachio honey. Entrees on the menu include eggs Benedict, French toast, chicken and waffles, and mac and cheese.
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Short Grain focuses on a selective brunch menu with some Asian-inspired flavors. For example, the menu features Green Eggs and Spam as well as avocado toast made with feta, lemon, and pickled onions. Other flavorful dishes include lemon ricotta hotcakes and pastries from Balthazar Bakery. To accompany your meal, opt for a Vietnamese-style cold brew coffee or a matcha latte.
Offered on Sundays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the brunch menu at Robin's Nest Restaurant is one to linger over with one or more of their great brunch cocktails. Entrees available for brunch include the Tater Tot Bake, which is tater tots topped with eggs, cheese, and bacon, as well as strawberry and feta salad, burgers, and eggs Benedict. If you can't pick just one dish, consider ordering the Brunch Sampler, which includes two scrambled eggs, French toast, bacon, and farmer's potatoes.
Though primarily an excellent bakery, the Artist Baker offers several tables in their cozy dining area where you can order a flavorful brunch. Their menu features incredible pastries as well as quiche, gazpacho, scones, and mini cobblers. In addition, they also serve coffee, open-faced sandwiches, and salad made with local ingredients. The offerings change daily, so be sure to stop by for a light brunch with friends or family.
Offered every Sunday from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm, the Summit House features a menu packed with something for everyone. The menu includes a raw bar, snacks, such as maple bacon popcorn or a hummus plate, charcuterie boards, and much more. For a starter, opt for a throw-back to your childhood with a serving of their warm monkey bread and then go a bit classier for your entree with a gluten free Johnny cake served with spiced rhubarb compote and maple syrup. Other stand-out menu offerings include avocado toast, poached eggs, roast beef, and smoked salmon.
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Served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Satis Bistro offers a separate brunch menu by Chef de Cuisine Keyon Coleman. From the sweet side, you'll find candied orange and ricotta stuffed brioche and pancakes with citrus and nectarine compote. For savory dishes, select from shredded beef brisket, cacio e pepe, asparagus salad, or a croque madam. A brunch special is also offered where you can order any entree with bloody Mary, mimosa, or bellini for $19.95.
Toast is an iconic spot for brunch in New Jersey and offers patrons a cozy spot for a meeting over brunch or a meal out with your girlfriends. All menu items are served during their opening hours, so if you're craving something light, like steel cut oatmeal, or something meaty, like a design-your-own burger, this spot is for you. Menu highlights include grilled cinnamon buns, crab cake Benedict, huevos rancheros, and red velvet pancakes. For a kick, don't forget to order their nitro coffee.