Top 5 Favorite Hoboken Brunch Spots?

11/13/2009:

Hoboken411 reader Melanie was curious about where area residents like to chow down for weekend brunches, and why!

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Looking for Brunch Recommendations

“So, I go out to brunch a lot, but usually go to old, casual standbys like Legal Beans, Four L’s, Hoboken Gourmet, etc. But what could I suggest to some “foodies” that want to drink with their brunch? What’s the best brunch in Hoboken and why?”

I figured I’d break it down into five miscellaneous categories (you can repeat answers, if necessary):

  1. What is your “local” brunch spot? (most frequented, usual standby)
  2. What is your favorite tasting brunch? (regardless of cost)
  3. What brunch is the best value? (cheapest or best bang for buck, most food, etc.)
  4. Who makes the best drinks at Brunch? (quality and/or quantity i.e., unlimited, etc.)
  5. And what location has the best ambiance? (service, decor, comfort)

Bonus Questions:

  • Noteworthy NON-Hoboken Brunch spots nearby? Easily accessible?
  • Do you travel outside of your four-block radius ever?
  • Lastly – what places might you be taking a “time out” from until they improve?

Share your favorites below in the comments section!

23 Responses

  1. Dr.Chico says:

    Go to west new york – you may feel like you have traveled to Cancun while walking the streets, but you can score a giant plate of food that is impossible to finish (eggs, sausage, plantains, rice, veggies, etc) all for under $10.00 – It’s money well spent.

  2. NorthKrissy says:

    Not much exploring for me. Two standbys are Madison and Three-A’s, along with LUA in the summer when we can eat outside. Usually in no mood to drink either, because that results in a nap afterward.

  3. emarche says:

    Dino & Harry’s is probably my favorite Hoboken brunch, purely on the strength of their juevos rancheros. Good booze, too, as well as great coffee and a really nice selection of brunch favorites. A little pricey, but worth the cost. Decor, ambiance and staff always superb.

    Outside of Hoboken (but not crossing any rivers): Light Horse Tavern in Jersey City. Great bar, great food. Lemon ricotta pancakes that are absolutely fantastic. In terms of ambiance, decor, etc. this is a great place.

    Giving a rest: Anthony David’s. Haven’t been back after our incident with the wacky waiter. Overpriced.

    The, “Oh yeah – keep forgetting about that place” award goes to Court Street. Great brunch, but never remember it until after I’ve already eaten.

    • nbm3 says:

      This is no more at dino & harry’s. I believe they stopped serving brunch months ago

      In response to emarche who said:

      Dino & Harry’s is probably my favorite Hoboken brunch, purely on the strength of their juevos rancheros. Good booze, too, as well as great coffee and a really nice selection of brunch favorites. A little pricey, but worth the cost. Decor, ambiance and staff always superb.

      Outside of Hoboken (but not crossing any rivers): Light Horse Tavern in Jersey City. Great bar, great food. Lemon ricotta pancakes that are absolutely fantastic. In terms of ambiance, decor, etc. this is a great place.

      Giving a rest: Anthony David’s. Haven’t been back after our incident with the wacky waiter. Overpriced.

      The, “Oh yeah – keep forgetting about that place” award goes to Court Street. Great brunch, but never remember it until after I’ve already eaten.

  4. john14 says:

    Enjoy the Eggs Benedict at Turning Point, but not the delay and crowds. I like to wait till the weather is terrible, cold and windy, which keeps some people away.

  5. mash says:

    Brunch = Bacon. The best bacon and brunch are at Elysian Cafe.

  6. thwnd says:

    Backyard Bistro on 8th and Jefferson. get the creme brulee french toast. it’s unbelievable.

  7. wbuckner says:

    Trinity on the waterfront is a nice spot for brunch, especially when it’s rather warm out. The food is standard, but the view is outstanding and the service is great too.

  8. JJ from Hoboken says:

    Elysian is very good!

  9. sms says:

    I love the brunch at Cucharamama. Definitely not your typical brunch food and drinks so it is more expensive. My only complaint is that it’s only offered on Sundays.

  10. dramaqueen2000 says:

    Elysian is by far the best. Lucky for us, it’s a skip hop from where we live. The servers are always wonderful, which I can’t always say for Anthony David’s. I love the eggs florentine, with just enough, but not too much hollandaise. And, as a mother of a toddler, I am forever grateful for that yummy mimosa.

  11. midtownauthentic says:

    Best brunch is not in Hoboken for me, it is on Stone St in Financial District, it is called Ulysees. Turning point is a goody in Hoboken. Another good brunch is Signature Kitchen. I also make good eggs in my kitchen so my apt is good too :) Mooshu how are your eggs?

    • mooshu says:

      You’re a nut!

      Errrr… My favorite brunch spot in Hoboken is Turning Point. It’s a walk from home and brings me to my happy place with good coffee and yummy Wilbur Skillet. Over-easy eggs, please. Thanks.

      Then there’s the Brownstone Diner in Jersey City. The pancakes are amazing, and I bring half of ’em home for breakfast the next day.

      None are fancy stops but I prefer simpler establishments like these for brunch.

      In response to midtownauthentic who said:

      Best brunch is not in Hoboken for me, it is on Stone St in Financial District, it is called Ulysees. Turning point is a goody in Hoboken. Another good brunch is Signature Kitchen. I also make good eggs in my kitchen so my apt is good too :) Mooshu how are your eggs?

      • ShhhDontTell says:

        I like Turning Point. But for Brunch I like Eggs Bennie. Turning Point hasn’t mastered the poached egg just yet. The yolks should be runny. Not cooked through.

        Maxwells was once the best brunch. Haven’t been there for years. I’ll have to check it out next weekend.

        In response to mooshu who said:

        You’re a nut!

        Errrr… My favorite brunch spot in Hoboken is Turning Point. It’s a walk from home and brings me to my happy place with good coffee and yummy Wilbur Skillet. Over-easy eggs, please. Thanks.

        Then there’s the Brownstone Diner in Jersey City. The pancakes are amazing, and I bring half of ’em home for breakfast the next day.

        None are fancy stops but I prefer simpler establishments like these for brunch.

  12. lhoward222 says:

    If booze is required, then Madison.
    If booze is required, don’t make the mistake a friend and I did — don’t go to Liberty. Their brunch is horrible frozen food microwaved.

    If booze not required, then Turning Point.

    Elysian has nice atmosphere but their brunch food and menu, IMHO, is overpriced and not very tasty (unlike their lunch and dinner menus which are better, but they stick to kitchen serving hours). Amanda’s is great, but a hullaboloo with reservations and prices.

    If you just want a casual thing … pick up the BEC sandwiches at Joe’s Meats and make a picnic!

    A friend and I were recently walking my dog, intent on going to Joe’s for BEC’s. Passing by Elysian, it was so enticing with outdoor seating and waiter service; so nice to sit and be served outside. So we decided to do so. Speaker of loud music was right next to our ears. Please turn it down. Food was, frankly, way below par. Could have done much better myself at home. Home fries seemed frozen kind, pouched egg of eggs benedict was clearly cooked night prior (common practice, but could you heat it up at least?), and dried-out fresh fruit on side. Got the check which came to $17 each (with no booze). I asked, “Should we have just gone to Joe’s Meats and gotten BECs for $5?” She answered, “Definitely!”

  13. theduo says:

    So basically I’m pulling a wild card here — It’s not neccesarily a “brunch spot” and it’s certainly not a dinner spot either. It’s only the long standing Old Faithful of Hoboken — Schnakenberg’s … I know I KNOW, No booze, no FLASH. What it does have is plenty of nostalgia, not only in the decor but in the prices. I just had the pleasure of reading a (complimentary) daily news, dining on a hearty plate of bacon and eggs and some white toast all washed down with a bottomless cup of Joe — for $4 ! ! ! Please don’t get me wrong, I love a good BEC from Hoboken Bagels on 7th or all the way downtown (i think its on the corner of 1st or newark and hudson).

    Quite simply–the Schnakenberg family is doing it like they should. Classic eatery with unbeatable prices. Please take the opportunity to sit down at the bar and have a nice meal – and smile :)

  14. truth1 says:

    Informative comments…I like most of them…don’t forget Court St. as well for brunch…and the drinks are good.

  15. BigMan says:

    Not that I want this restaurant to become even more crowded by promoting them….

    But if you’ve never had the huevos rancheros and Cuban coffee at La Isla on a Sunday, you simply have no right to comment on brunch comparisons in Hoboken!

  16. tots83 says:

    My Hoboken favorites are Elysian and Mikie Squared but neither blow me away. I used to live in JC and really miss the restaurants (brunch, dinner, and takeout) over there. Amelia’s, Skinner’s Loft, Light House Tavern, LITM, and best of all Taqueria!

  17. happygolucky says:

    eggs benedict at buskers using filet mignon instead of canadian bacon, hands down!

  18. dg says:

    i’m a sucker for a buffet brunch (steam-table eggs – disgusting but also delish!!) so i love madison and if in a bind, mile square. . .

    • pawzclawz says:

      Anyone know what’s going on with Mile Square? I was walking home from work on Friday evening. I saw that Mile Square now just says The Square. The outside looks different. It looks like it’s being painted etc.

      In response to dg who said:

      i’m a sucker for a buffet brunch (steam-table eggs – disgusting but also delish!!) so i love madison and if in a bind, mile square. . .

  19. ashleyblair85 says:

    Best brunch by far is at 1 Republik-amazing croissant french toast and $ 3 mimosas and bloody marys-make sure to get there early tho because usually a wait

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