NJ Mother’s Day Brunches Worth Making a Reservation For
Because we’re all meant to be spoiled someplace nice.
Photo courtesy of The Reeds at Shelter Haven Facebook page
Crystal Springs Resort, 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg
Times and prices vary by meal and venue
Choose from four brunch options at this huge family-friendly staple. Three-course brunch at Crystal Tavern has indulgent selections like asparagus risotto, scallops with hazelnuts, cauliflower and black sausage or citrus cured salmon. Seafood lovers will go wild at the Emerald Ballroom Brunch Buffet, thanks to the seafood bar, while classic breakfast seekers will fill their plates high at the Diamond Ballroom Brunch Buffet. Head to the Black Bear Brunch Buffet for endless shrimp. Don’t miss free golf for moms on May 13, or a flower bouquet lesson on May 12.
Broadway Basin, 47 Broadway, Point Pleasant
732-892-3377; 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Craving a trip to the Jersey Shore? Sail the Manasquan River in the Point Pleasant Canal while feasting upon a brunch spread including omelets, French toast, lemon chicken, meatballs and more.
2 Main St., Ste. G, Edgewater
201-943-1900 11:30 am-8 pm
This three-course prix-fixe dinner or lunch serves up natural ingredients from local farmers and stunning NYC views. Start with yellowfin tuna tartare, served with avocado, seaweed crisps, soy miri and a spicy yuzu vinaigrette, or try the short rib bruschetta with bacon jam, ricotta salata, poached pear and blackberry creme. Follow up with Norwegian wild salmon served Wellington style with wild mushroom duxelles, broccolini and smoked dill hollandaise, or give the roasted long island duck with sweet potatoes a try. Two finish, keep it romantic with dessert tasting for two and sample white chocolate cheesecake, caramel apple tartlettes, hazelnut chocolate mousse and key lime pie.
783 County Rte. 519, Belvidere
908-475-3671, noon-4 pm
$35/age 10 and up, $18 ages 4-10
Treat yourself to a later meal with the crew, live music, a stocked wine bar and more. Indulge in a wine tasting and a walk through the vineyard, too.
Lincoln Harbor Marina, Weehawken
866-483-3866, 11:30 am-2 pm
$64.90/adult, $38.95/ages 3-12
Pile your plate with applewood smoked bacon, slow-roasted prime rib or vanilla bean mousse, and maybe even splurge on rose bouquets, champagne and shrimp cocktail. Want to sail by night? Go for the dinner cruise instead.
98 Kingsland Rd., Clifton
1200 Rte. 17 N., Ramsey
11 am-3 pm; $32/adults, $14/kids
While you scour the grown-up buffet stocked with a carving station, Irish eggs benedict, Jameson shrimp, and more, the kids can go wild at the Knee High Buffet just for little ones. They'll get to pile their plates with mini cheeseburgers, mac and cheese, fruit salad and other kid-friendly selections.
225 Rte. 202, Basking Ridge
908-696-2335, 9:30 am-3:30 pm
$56/adult, $24/ages 4-11
Scour the salad bar, epic tea sandwiches, entrees like spinach and gruyere quiche, cider-brined turkey breast, pad thai and more. Don’t forget to raid the dessert station with your mini cookie monsters.
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
908-258-6245, 9 am-2 pm
$26.99/adult, $22.99/seniors, $15.99/12 and under
It doesn’t get any fresher than a meal on the farm. The theme? Asparagus. Fresh produce shines in this brunch menu, including asparagus and potato frittata, whipped sweet potatoes and grilled vegetable ravioli in a roasted red pepper gouda sauce. Once they’ve had their fill, take the kids for pony rides, a walk through the corn kingdom and more activities for an extra $24.99.
70 Kingsland Rd., Clifton
973-661-2435, 11:30 am-3 pm
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Think: veggie frittata with mixed green salad and pave potato, French toast dipped and cooked in maple syrup, smoked salmon pizza with goat cheese, artichokes and everything bagel seasoning. Can't make it on Mother's Day? Don't miss the Spring Truffle Festival all May long, featuring menu items like black truffle burrata with grilled peaches, hazelnuts and Prosciutto di Parma, and dark chocolate raspberry cake with black truffle gelato.
500 Rte. 10 W., Randolph
973-891-1776, 11 am-7 pm
$38/adults, $15/ages 4-11
Come for essentials like smoked salmon, prime rib, penne vodka and home fries. Stay for specialty items like tandoori chicken tacos, seared cod with mango salsa and garlic mussels and clams. The kids will go wild at the Corner over chicken fingers, mac and cheese, meatballs and corn dog bites (not to mention the cookies, rice krispies, mini doughnuts and other treats at the dessert table)
Photo courtesy of Elia
240 Hackensack St., East Rutherford
201-939-9292, 10 am-3:30 pm
A la carte pricing
This mod Mediterranean spot has a new brunch menu for you to explore this spring. Savor grilled octopus prepared with tomato peppers, spring onions and walnut Romesco sauce, potato pancakes with smoked salmon and lemon creme fraiche or watermelon salad with avocado, radish, goat cheese and shallot vinaigrette. Treat yourself to a croque madame, the smoked brisket benedict or two indulgent griddle options: buttermilk ricotta pancakes with roasted pear, goat caramel and candy almonds, or tsoureki French toast with bananas, berries, baklava crumbs and maple butter (pictured).
Spring Lake Manor
415 Hwy. 71, Spring Lake
732-449-6630, 10:30 am-2 pm
$36/adult, $18/ages 3-10
Go for essentials like eggs, home fries and bacon, or indulge in fancier dishes like shrimp scampi, Virginia ham or roasted turkey breast. Bonus: You get one complimentary mimosa, screwdriver, bloody mary, sangria or OJ.
Paragon Tap & Table, 77 Central Ave., Clark
732-931-1776, 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Start off with something light: a field green salad, assorted fruit, or a classic Caesar paired with a crostini. Choose from a selection of entrees like seafood crepes, steak and eggs, and stuffed French toast before scouring the desserts (chocolate cake with chocolate glaze and caramelized popcorn, anyone?) Best part? The kids have a brunch menu all their own.
The Reeds at Shelter Haven
9601 Third Ave., Stone Harbor
609-368-0100, 10 am-3 pm
$40/adults, $20/ages 3-12
Sip brunch cocktails while indulging in herb crusted flounder, brioche french toast cavatelli and more. End the meal with tasty desserts like macarons, carrot cake or chocolate mousse.
Pairings Cranford, 10 Walnut Ave., Cranford
908-276-4026, brunch from 10 am-2 pm, dinner from 3-8 pm
Prices vary based on entree
Hit the brunch table early for goodies like banana stuffed french toast with nutella and vanilla bean cheesecake filling, New York strip with asparagus and eggs benedict, or Scottish salmon with spinach and sundried tomatoes. For dinner, get garden-fresh dishes like the eggplant parmigiano tower with black pepper speckled fettucine and pesto, something hearty like pappardelle with wild boar ragu alla bolognese and sweets like berry cobbler or s’mores double chocolate cake with graham cracker sorbet and Italian meringue.
Grand Summit Hotel
570 Springfield Ave., Summit
908-273-3000, 11 am-4 pm
$69.95/adults, $24.95/kids ages 4-12
Get lost in the wide buffet selection of everything from roasted chipotle shrimp with mango and pineapple salsa to Montreal roasted chicken to an international cheese display. There’s also a mini buffet just for kids that boasts faves like chicken nuggets, hot dogs, fries, onion rings, mac and cheese and more. The kids can also chow down on snow cones and cotton candy while you savor raspberry mousse, chocolate fondue and more.
Locations in Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Somerset
Brunch from 9:30 am-2 pm, dinner from 3-6 pm
$27.95/adults, $12.95/kids for brunch; $33.95/adults, $12.95/kids for dinner
Known for rustic American cuisine, Stage House offers dishes like prime rib with au jus and horseradish sauce, roast turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce and house-made shrimp bisque. The kids will go ham on the chocolate fountain while you treat yourself to Belgian waffle toppings galore.
109 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
908-813-1900, 10:30 am-4:30 pm
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Mix it up at an Irish pub that’s serving authentic dishes like the Irish Breakfast (rashers, bangers, eggs, tomatoes, beans and soda bread). Standard options include pancakes, biscuits and sausage gravy, banana bread french toast and omelets. You’ll obviously need a mimosa or bloody mary, too.
Stage Left Steakhouse, 5 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
732-828-444, 10:30-11:45 am
For your first course, indulge in lobster bisque, cured salmon warm duck confit salad. Main courses range from the resto’s famous wood grilled burger, flat iron steak and eggs or raisin hazelnut French toast. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with these two epic sweets served with vanilla ice cream: sticky toffee pudding with candied pecans and toffee sauce or banana and ivory chocolate bread pudding with toffee sauce and macadamia nuts.
Mother’s Day at Winberie’s
At the Princeton locale, savor filet tips au poivre, chicken valdostana, tortellini primavera a la vodka, chilled seafood and fresh waffles. In Summit, try the white wine garlic mussels, roasted brussel sprout with quinoa and cedar plank salmon. Both spots will hook you up with a free boozy brunch cocktail. Sold.