A Guide to New Jersey’s Best Brunch Spots

by Kelly Coffey
new jersey best brunch spots

Who doesn’t love brunch? Chatting with close friends over a hot cup of coffee, munching on delicious food. I think we can all agree, it’s the perfect weekend outing. Plus, we can enjoy a cocktail at 10 a.m. without judgment! While New Jersey may not have invented brunch (we can thank England for that), it is still filled with unique, must-try spots. We’re talking from Jersey City to Cherry Hill and everywhere in between. Whether you are looking for a traditional Eggs Benedict or are craving a club sandwich, here are our favorite spots for the best brunch in New Jersey.

North Jersey

The Kitchen Step – Jersey City, NJ

Offering Saturday and Sunday brunch, The Kitchen Step is one of our top picks for brunch in New Jersey. From various types of egg dishes to small plates, the brunch menu has something for everyone. One of the more popular items is the croissant French toast, consisting of stone fruit compote and mascarpone whip!

Anthony David’s – Hoboken, NJ

Using seasonal, local ingredients and big, bold flavors, Anthony David’s offers one-of-a-kind items, making this cozy corner restaurant in Hoboken perfect for your next brunch outing. The best part is that new items are constantly hitting the menu, so you’ll be able to try something different every time you visit!

Brunch is served seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Raymond’s Restaurant – Montclair and Ridgewood, NJ

Located in downtown Montclair and the main square in Ridgewood, this is a fan-favorite spot for the perfect breakfast or lunch. Avocado toast, omelets, chili, salads, tacos… we could go on and on because this brunch menu has a little of everything.

At Raymond’s, brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Urban Griddle – Elizabeth, NJ

This modern café never disappoints thanks to its good food, good vibes, and good people.

If you are looking for a cute, rustic spot for brunch, Urban Griddle is the place to go! Voted “#1 brunch in New Jersey” by Buzzfeed and Yelp, Urban Griddle offers breakfast, brunch and lunch every day. 

The Committed Pig – Morristown and Summit, NJ

Whether you call it pork roll or Taylor ham, The Committed Pig has got you covered. Offering over six different breakfast sandwiches, as well as pancakes, French toast, burgers, and salads, we promise this will be your new favorite spot for brunch!

Faubourg – Montclair, NJ

Located in the heart of Montclair, Faubourg offers both a traditional brunch menu and a prix-fixe menu, which includes two courses and a choice of juice, Bloody Mary or seasonal Mimosa!

And be sure to check out the new retractable roof, which allows for friends and families to enjoy their meals surrounded by a beautiful atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.

Frankie – Jersey City, NJ

Frankie is a bar and eatery with Australian influences. Even though they are known for their natural wine selection, they also offer an incredible brunch menu.

From savory dishes including a double cheeseburger to something more sweet like their home-baked apple and plum crumble, Frankie in Jersey City has a menu that will please every palate. 

Halifax – Hoboken, NJ

Take brunch to the next level at Halifax. Located inside the W Hotel, friends can sip on coffee and eat delicious dishes all while taking in the views of the Manhattan skyline.

Plus, all the food at Halifax is made with farm-fresh ingredients, leaving you feeling healthy and satisfied!

The Hutton – Jersey City, NJ 

Looking for something a bit cozier? The Hutton in Jersey City Heights is the place to be! Offering classic brunch items such as grilled cheese and Caesar salad, The Hutton also offers unique dishes like the iconic hangover sandwich and bourbon caramel French toast.  

Oh, and did we mention there’s a heated patio?

Sweet Basil’s Café – Livingston, NJ

What’s brunch without a mimosa? Sweet Basil’s Café is a family-owned BYOB eatery that offers unique options like strawberry shortcake pancakes, pound cake french toast, various egg dishes, and more.

Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are also available. The brunch menu is available daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Central Jersey

Meemom’s – Wall, Middletown, and Brick, NJ

We bet you’ve never had French toast like this before! Meemom’s, located in Wall, Middletown, and Brick, offers over 20 delicious varieties from fruity to savory. We highly recommend the Cookie Don’t You Want Some French toast or the Cap’n Crunch French toast. 

This brunch spot also brings twists to traditional lunch items such as salads, sandwiches, and more.

Toast – Asbury Park & Red Bank, NJ

Known for its catchphrase, “peace, love, and pancakes,” this adorable café spot offers bright decor, a comfortable atmosphere, and extremely friendly staff. You can try the classics, such as Eggs Benedict, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, we recommend building your own burger! Either way, we promise this will be your new “go-to” brunch spot. 

Bonus for North Jerseyan’s, Toast also has a third location in Montclair.

Chat & Nibble – Asbury Park, NJ

Serving the community of Asbury Park since 1984, this cute and quiet café offers traditional American breakfast and lunch items. Each and every year, Chat & Nibble updates its menu to coincide with the current food trends and to keep its customers happy.

Plus, if you want to eat brunch with a view, they have an outdoor patio!

Elli’s Backyard – Red Bank, NJ

Red Bank’s newest restaurant is now serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

With an inviting atmosphere, delicious food, and welcoming staff, Ellie’s Backyard will make you feel right at home. Start your day off with Eggs Benedict, or grab a club sandwich for an afternoon pick-me-up. Regardless of the time of day, Elli’s Backyard has got you covered. 

Project Brunch – Englishtown, NJ

With a menu inspired by home-cooked comfort food, Project Brunch proudly serves brunch and lunch. From waffles and avocado toast to frozen hot chocolate and smoothies, you are guaranteed to find something you love.  

Over Easy Kitchen – Marlboro, NJ

The perfect blend of fun and unique, Over Easy Kitchen has a menu like no other. Whether you are looking for a brunch spot with friends, or somewhere to bring your significant other, this eatery is the place to go.

The Starving Artist at Days – Ocean Grove, NJ

The longest established eatery in Ocean Grove is a fan-favorite for brunch. For breakfast, The Starving Artist offers items including oversized omelets and stuffed French toast. For lunch, be sure to try one of their salads, renowned wraps, or fried seafood platters.

Now open every Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Buttered Biscuit – Bradley Beach, NJ

Hooking people from the start with their name, The Buttered Biscuit serves comfort food with a New American twist. The crave-worthy breakfast and lunch items will not disappoint, especially the namesake biscuits. (Fair warning, they are addictive!)

The Frog and the Peach – New Brunswick, NJ

If you are looking for a place a bit more upscale, check out The Frog and the Peach. Being named New Jersey’s Best “All Around” restaurant, it’s been selected for inclusion in “America’s Top Tables,”The Frog and the Peach has clearly made a name for itself.

Offering Sunday brunch in the heated garden room, visitors are never disappointed with the atmosphere or seasonal menu. 

South Jersey

Amy’s Omelette House – Cherry Hill, NJ 

Calling all omelet lovers! With over a hundred different omelet combinations, as well as over 30 different pancakes and French toast styles, this is the perfect spot for your next brunch outing. Amy’s also has additional locations in Long Branch and Burlington.

Robin’s Nest Restaurant – Mount Holly, NJ

Sunday brunch at Robin’s Nest Restaurant is a weekly tradition for many. As an eco-friendly restaurant featuring locally sourced ingredients, Robin’s Nest offers a variety of traditional items on top of unique creations. (Plus, $3 mimosas!)

Brunch is offered every Sunday.

Braddock’s Tavern – Medford, NJ

This colonial-style tavern is “causal-yet-elegant.” Though known for its fine dining, Braddock’s Tavern also offers a delicious brunch consisting of an assortment of traditional breakfast items as well as fresh seafood, poultry, veal, and beef for lunch. 

Brunch at Braddock’s is served every Saturday from 11:30 a.m – 3:00 p.m. and every Sunday from 11:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.

The Cracked Egg Café – Galloway, NJ

With an atmosphere as cute as the name, The Cracked Egg is typically referred to by many as “the best breakfast in Jersey.” From soup served in a bread bowl to classic club sandwiches, you will not leave here disappointed. 

Earning nearly all five-star reviews on Google, Yelp, Facebook, and TripAdvisor, The Cracked Egg Café will be your new “go-to” spot for brunch. 

Bonus Brunch Spot in New Jersey

Turning Point – Multiple NJ Locations

From chicken and waffles to salted caramel mochaccino, The Turning Point has a menu that will satisfy anyone. With various locations including Brick, Hoboken, Little Silver, Long Branch, Princeton, and more, this award-winning brunch spot is perfect no matter where in New Jersey you are located. 

Want the NJ Digest team to check out brunch spots in New Jersey not on the list? Let us know below!

Main image via @turningpointrestaurants

About the Author/s

Though Kelly loves flying down to Florida as often as she can to visit Walt Disney World (or as she calls it, her second home), her roots are in New Jersey. Being born and raised in Monmouth County, she loves exploring what the Garden State has to offer. She can often be found checking out the local NJ wineries, sipping on a vanilla latte from the local coffee shop, or seeing the latest blockbuster film at the theaters.

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