How About Brunch? 24 Jersey City Spots Sure to Hit the Spot


I’ve never met a person who isn’t into brunch. Jersey City has a wealth of options— everything from the elaborate eggs benedict on a homemade biscuit with fresh hollandaise to a wholesome stack of pancakes at the diner. But it can sometimes be difficult to determine the right spot to match your needs or cravings. This list divides up local Jersey City brunch locations to help you decipher what’s best for you.


Family Friendly 

Cafe Peanut, Journal Square

If you’re looking to serve your kids a healthy and nutritious meal, head to Cafe Peanut in the Journal Square neighborhood. With a focus on natural, organic, and free-range ingredients you know your family will be getting a quality breakfast here. From the sunny-side-up avocado mash toast to the vegan breakfast burrito, you can’t go wrong. 


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Central Bistro, The Heights

Central Bistro is located on Central Ave in The Heights. Its menu and atmosphere lends itself to families. There are basic choices like french toast and omelets for little ones, and more sophisticated options such as chilaquiles and crab cakes benedict for more advanced palates. Their large dining area means you won’t be cramped with strollers and highchairs. Plus, it’s BYOB so adults can enjoy an inexpensive drink with their meal. 

Shawn’s Table, Greenville

Shawn’s Table serves up soul food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A meal at this neighborhood Greenville joint makes your family feel like they’re part of Shawn’s family. Mac and cheese, collard greens, fried catfish, scrambled eggs, and more, are on the menu here. 


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Martha’s, Bergen-Lafayette

Martha’s is ideally located near Liberty State Park. It’s a great option for a to-go picnic brunch with the family. Order a highly portable egg sandwich or wrap and enjoy it while taking in the skyline from a grassy spot in the park.


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Bottomless & Drink Deals


O’Leary’s Publik House, Bergen-Lafayette

O’Leary’s delivers on a boozy Sunday brunch. They serve up all-you-can-drink mimosas from 12-4 pm with a brunch entree for just $30. Oh, and did I mention there’s trivia too? They have everything your weekend needs.

Cherry’s Lounge, Greenville

Mimosa carafes for $20 and $80 Lux Champagne bottles are just two of the reasons why weekend brunch at Cherry’s is a must. Chicken and waffles, and shrimp and grits are menu features and your meal won’t be boring because there will be a DJ in charge of the tunes. 

Brightside Tavern, Downtown

Brightside’s brunch entrees include items like avocado toast, huevos rancheros, a breakfast burger, and more. But the highlight here is that you can add 3 mimosas to any brunch entree for just $25. It’s really quite a steal.


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Corkscrew Bar & Grill, The Heights

Brunch at Corkscrew, served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-3 pm, isn’t complete without a local craft beer. While there’s no true bottomless deal here, it’s noteworthy because they have such a wide selection of beers on tap and available in cans. Breweries include: Bolero Snort, Brix City, 902 Brewing, Departed Souls, NJ Beer Co, Ghost Hawk Brewing, and others. 


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Frankie, Downtown

While this Jersey City brunch spot doesn’t feature bottomless cocktails, its unique offering comes in the form of CBD. For an additional $4, you can add Rosebud CBD to any drink. Or you can choose from their CBD-infused drink options—named Nico’s Song, Flower in the Sun and Lady Stardust—for a different type of buzz at brunch. Also unique to their menu is a $19 jug of Pimm’s Cup.


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Orale Mexican Kitchen, Downtown

Orale’s brunch happy hour is a rare find because it includes drink specials outside of the traditional mimosa. You can sip on sangria, margaritas, bloody marys/marias, and more for anywhere from $4-7 apiece. If you know you’ll be having more than just one drink, we recommend a large carafe of sangria for $30. 


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Pet friendly 


Buddy’s JC, Downtown

An outdoor seat at Buddy’s means your four-legged buddy can tag along for brunch. If you haven’t tried their cereal pancakes (served all day, every day, not just for brunch) you’re really missing out. 


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Amelia’s Bistro, Downtown

In addition to letting your dog join you in their outdoor dining area, Amelia’s Bistro has $4 Bloody Marys, mimosas, and bellinis on their brunch menu. If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is. A plethora of omelets, benedicts, and sweets adorn their menu, but what stands out to me is their biscuits and gravy, which is a rarity outside of the south.  


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Fox & Crow, The Heights

Fox & Crow’s mural-adorned parklet is the perfect place to bring your pup for a weekend brunch. Their menu features smoked salmon hash, ricotta toast, and crispy tostadas with housemade salsa. Don’t forget to add one of their seasonal cocktails to your meal!


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Mordi’s, Bergen-Lafayette

If you don’t live in the Bergen-Lafayette area, we suggest you set out on a nice walk with your dog to fetch breakfast from this very worthy locale. They serve breakfast all day, every day, so you don’t have to wait for the weekend to brunch at Mordi’s. The handful of tables outside provide a spot for your doggo to rest while you refuel for the walk home.

Instagram Worthy


The Cottage, Bergen-Lafayette 

Fresh-baked pastries, flaky quiche crusts, and five-egg omelets make this spot a no-brainer when it comes to brunch eats. It’s the Cottage’s secret garden that made it land in our Instagram-worthy category. Macrame lanterns hanging from trees overhead, antique doors turned tabletops, and an arch stunningly adorned with flowers are all reasons why your insta story will be on point during brunch at this Bergen-Lafayette gem. 


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Mathews Food & Drink, Downtown

Brunch at Matthew’s, served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-3:30, is instagrammable because of the cocktails. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll probably also find yourself snapping pics of their drool-worthy dishes, too. But cocktails like the 80s glam are just so picture-perfect, you won’t be able to resist. 

The Franklin, The Heights

Snag an outdoor seat under The Franklin’s mural for a prime photo op. If you’re not posing in front of the mural yourself, maybe it’s their potato and egg sandwich on ciabatta that’s the star. Another bonus to this brunch spot in the Heights is that it’s BYOB so it’s great for your gram and your wallet. 


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Battello, Downtown

The view. Simply said, that’s what makes this restaurant so spectacular. Make sure you put the phone down after snapping a few for Instagram and really take in the NYC skyline, visible from both outdoor and indoor seating. Seafood, including crab, octopus, lobster and more, is prominent on their brunch menu. I bet their seafood tower would look pretty decent on Instagram too. 


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TreeHouse, West Side

If your Instagram feed needs a pop of color, TreeHouse’s storefront will do the trick. The geometric design and simple COFFEE sign make for an appealing aesthetic. This grab-and-go brunch spot boasts delectable donuts (also instagram worthy), Busy Bee Organics baked goods, and coffee, of course.


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Good for Groups


Skinner’s Loft, Downtown

Rooftop dining, multiple floors, and the ability to make reservations all add up to make this restaurant ideal for your large brunch gathering. Their Sunday brunch menu features breakfast staples like buttermilk pancakes and eggs florentine, as well as lunch favorites such as a half-pound burger and a pulled pork sandwich. 


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The Hutton, The Heights

Ample outdoor space and long tables mean your large party can enjoy a celebratory brunch at The Hutton. This haunt in the Heights has everything from salads to scrambles and even a full Irish breakfast on their menu. My favorite is the hangover sandwich, though, which consists of sausage, avocado, a fried egg, and chipotle mayo on brioche. 


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Emma’s, Journal Square

Brunch at this sister restaurant to Latham House is returning early this summer and you don’t want to miss out. Bring your whole crew here for a spectacular meal at a long picnic table on their patio. You’ll have a hard time choosing between menu options like biscuits and gravy, eggs benny and chicken, and waffles. 


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Porta, Downtown

Porta’s expansive indoor and outdoor dining areas make it an ideal place to eat and drink with a crowd. Plus, their menu is sure to satisfy your entire group’s cravings, whether they want a frittata or a pizza. 


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Freetown Road Project, Journal Square

Freetown Road Project’s West Indian cuisine is served in heaping platefuls as it came from your mother’s kitchen. Their brunch menu is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 pm and is full of stick-to-your-ribs-style dishes. Fried mac, vegetable roti, mango bread, and corned beef hash are just some of the highlights. You can book private events here and have the entire space to yourself. Keep this place in mind for your next celebration. 

Catherine Shaw
Author: Catherine Shaw