Brunch in NJ: Sweet and Savory Must-Visit Spots

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Brunch is that time of day when you want to turn a typical Sunday into a Funday, sip a mimosa or delish coffee, or go on a day date with that special someone, but more importantly, it’s not when to go, but where. Luckily, brunch in NJ delivers exceptional experiences up and down the state—from the NYC skyline views at The Highlawn in West Orange to the Insta-worthy dishes at Maeberrie Market in Avon-by-the-Sea to sitting among the flowers on the boho-chic patio at Milkweed Table + Market in Pitman, New Jersey—you can indulge in brunch every weekend (or weekday) somewhere different. Scroll down on where to brunch in NJ, and for dessert, make sure you hit these sweet spots in New Jersey. (featured photo credit: istock/Chiociolla)

Brunch in NJ Highlawn

Brunch in NJ is a great way to fuel up for the day. Photo Credit: @thehighlawn

North Jersey

The Highlawn
This isn’t just brunch—it’s brunch with a view of the New York City skyline. This Essex County venue serves a brunch Seafood Platter with lobster, shrimp, oysters, and clams, along with their special sauces. Or try the Skirt Steak Frites with Chimichurri and Doughnut French Toast for a tasty dish.
1 Crest Drive, West Orange, NJ 07052

Summit House
Sourced by local fishermen, farms, and purveyors, Summit House has a brunch that you will be talking about for the rest of the day. Try the Pastrami Ham and Eggs, Quail and Waffles, or the Seafood Tower (if you really want something memorable). Their brunch cocktails, including the Wake Up Call that blends coffee and rum, will add a zing to your day.
395 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901

Halifax Hoboken 
Start with the Smoked Fish Board with everything from smoked mussels to smoked pollock rillettes. Or try the Potato Poutine, Warm Quiche, or Fresh Baked Scones. The Bubbles Brunch with unlimited small plates and a bottle of sparkling wine is a must.
225 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Concourse Club
With a rooftop setting and swanky seating lounge, this clubby spot is a prime choice for an upscale brunch served on Sundays only. Why not try Gap in the Clouds, a blackberry-flavored cocktail shaken up with Cucumber Vodka and Sparkling Rose? Try the Chicken Caesar Sliders or Fruity Pebbles French Toast for food choices.
379 NJ-17 South, Woodridge, NJ 07075

Faubourg
Share a Tarte Flambee with fromage blanc and bacon, or indulge with a Tuna Tartare with lime at this seasonal French cuisine brunch in NJ hotspot. The Prix-Fixe menu is a crowd favorite where you can choose two courses and a drink, an Elderflower Mimosa or a Lychee Mimosa—yum. 
544 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042

1776 by David Burke
Do your weekend right with a Saturday or Sunday brunch experience like no other. Cocktail tree, anyone? This is a fun way to drink with up to 12 people. And since it’s renowned NJ chef David Burke, the food is creative too, with Caramel Crusted Toast, inventive sushi, and his famous “Clothes Line” Bacon. 
67 East Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960

Brunch in NJ Hatch 44

Brunch in NJ is a must. Photo Credit: @hatch44cafe

Central Jersey

Porta   
With three locations in New Jersey, there is no shortage of delicious brunch options at Porta. Start with the Cast Iron Corn Bread, then make your way to the House Made Ricotta, the Buttered Up Biscuit, and the pasta or pizza. Finish off the brunch with a Bellini, Mimosa, or Expresso Martini.
Asbury Park, Jersey City and Montclair

Hatch 44
With a menu inspired by family and the meals cooked together, Hatch 44 gives off cozy, happy vibes. Choose from This Chic is Vegan, Lox Benedict, or The Open Face Brunchin’ Burger. The Coffee Cream Toast and Sweet & Salty Oats are worth a try, too. If the kids are coming along, there is a Lil’ Chicks menu for 12 and under.
Bradley Beach and Metuchen

Maeberrie Market
This cafe not only has photo-worthy dishes but also a market with beautiful tableware and kitchen essentials. On the menu, a colorful Market Chopped Salad, a savory Eggplant sandwich, or Strawberry Fluffcakes with vanilla bean butter are almost too pretty to eat. Don’t forget to bring your own bubbles to make your mimosa a frozen one with their housemade sorbet.
504 Main Street, Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ 07717

The French Market
It will feel like you stepped out of New Jersey and landed in Paris at this cafe and market. The menu is full of French influences, from croissants with Nutella to sandwiches made on a baguette to omelets and salads. Charcuterie options, grain bowls, and quiche will keep you coming back for more. 
Colts Neck and Rumson

Brunch by De Martino
Brunch with a Latin twist? You can find it here with specialties like Tres Leches French Toast, Conquito Pancakes, or Bacon Guava Jam Avocado Toast. For drinks, try the homemade Apple Cider Sangria or Pistachio Horchata, and for less spirited options, the hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream will hit the spot. 
9 Davenport Street, Somerville, NJ 08876

Rooney’s
This shore spot has a brunch buffet every Sunday, with stations and included entrees, like the Strawberry Shortcake Pancake, Smoked Salmon Trio, or Burrata Avocado Toast. There is also a Raw Bar, Slider Station, and Carving Station. Don’t miss the Chocolate Fountain, where you can dip your favorite fruits in fondue style. 
100 Ocean Avenue North, Long Branch, NJ 07740

Agricola
With locations in Morristown and Princeton, Agricola has an Ahi Tuna Tartare and Carrot Cake Pancakes that will be a great start to anyone’s day. Or try their flatbreads from their “Fiero” oven with flavors like Margherita or Roasted Local Mushroom. Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, and Vegan options are also available at this brunch in NJ.
Morristown and Princeton

Black Swan
Asbury may be the cool town with the rockstar past, so it’s only fitting for the neighborhood pub to have a posh vibe and mouthwatering contemporary menu to match. Chef James Avery offers everything from Lemon Lavender Pancakes to a Full English Breakfast complete with bangers, rashers, and black and white pudding. And you won’t want to miss their unique rooms, including their bright Tea Room and romantically lit “vault,” which was actually a bank vault at one time.
601 Mattison Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Brunch in NJ Sabrinas Cafe

Avocado toast, anyone? Photo Credit: @sabrinascafe

South Jersey

Blueplate
Mullica Hill was settled in the late 17th century, and the historic town does brunch at its most popular eatery. Order the Blue Plate Recipe Crab Beignets, homemade chips, or the Crispy Brussel Sprouts. Their “TOST” Dry Sparkling White Tea is worth a taste, too.
47 South Main Street, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

Robin’s Nest
This Mount Holly brunch place features locally sourced ingredients, vegetarian and gluten-free options, a full bar, a bakery, and catering. Their Sunday Brunch features their Bleu Lime Salad, Grown Up Grilled Cheese, and Brunch Tacos. Drinks include the Raspberry Bubbly, French Toast Martini, and Lemoncello Mule.
2 Washington Street, Mount Holly, NJ 08060

Sabrina’s Cafe
Known for its popular Philly restaurants, Sabrina’s NJ location is just as in demand as its counterparts across state lines. Try their Goedert Have These Pumpkin Cinnamon Pancakes, the Hurts So Good Tiramisu Bread Pudding French Toast, or the Wild Mushroom Toast. Their Abominable Snowman Mocha is a delish blend of peppermint, coffee, and white chocolate and is worth the visit alone.
714 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108

Kelsey’s
This Atlantic City restaurant has all the brunch items you would want on its famous brunch buffet, including French toast, waffles, and egg omelets. In addition, make sure to taste the Jambalaya, Homemade Biscuits and Gravy, and Home Fried Potatoes. 
1545 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Milkweed Table + Market
Shop and eat at this boutique brunch cafe full of tasty options, including the Prosciutto Crostinis, Nutella Donut Bites, Butterscotch Drizzle Waffles, and the Milkweed Truffled Egg. The Balsamic, Blueberry, Honey, and Ricotta Toast are worth a try, too. When the weather turns warm, make sure to book a table outdoors with boho-chic rattan furnishings.
134 S. Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071

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Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.

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