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10 Spots Serving Up Boozy Brunch in Northern New Jersey

by Jordan and Joelle Hernandez
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Heading out for brunch has become a favorite pastime for many. Adding in a boozy drink option can take the meal to another level and Essex County has an incredible selection of brunch spots for any occasion. We’ve rounded up a list of restaurants offering boozy brunch for a daytime delight. Read on to find the next place to call the crew for a delicious meal and morning cocktails throughout Essex County.

Agave Maria | 170 Washington Avenue, Belleville

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A Mexican-inspired brunch with cocktails? Say less! Agave Maria in Belleville infuses all of the Mexican flavors we know and love into a brunch menu. Churro French toast, Birria Grilled Cheese, and Agave Pancakes served with a tres leches mix are all great options. The cocktail menu also incorporates Mexican flavors and alcohol. Agave Maria also has a full beer and wine list. Brunch at Agave Maria is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00AM – 4:00PM. Be sure to follow the restaurant on social media as the team often offers special events during brunch. To check out the full menu and make a reservation, click here.

Avenue Bistro | 558 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Avenue Bistro describes itself as “exceptionally casual.” the brunch menu here passes that vibe check. Avenue Bistro mixes comfort food and class every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00AM- 3:00PM for brunch. Guests can choose from options like Nutella stuffed French toast or a BLT frittata, to name a few. Mimosas and bellinis can be purchased a la carte for $9.00 each or a 90-minute bottomless option for $21.00. To check out the full menu and make a reservation, click here.

Cowan’s Public | 229 Centre Street, Nutley

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cowan’s Public offers an upscale American brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11:00AM. The menu has fun spins on classics, including a BLT Burger, street corn tater tots and deviled eggs. The cocktail menu has brunch favorites like bellinis and bloody mary or larger tables can purchase a mimosa pitcher. To check out the full menu and to make a reservation, click here.

Fresco da Franco | 15 Church Street, Montclair

Fresco da Franco in Montclair has a menu filled with upgraded, Italian-inspired dishes. Brunch service is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30AM – 3:00PM. Guests can enjoy breakfast options like Crunch Frosted Flakes French Toast or Poached Eggs with mascarpone whipped polenta. Or, if lunch is on the brain, the gnocchi al tarufo or a brick oven pizza are excellent choices. Cocktails are available to add on, and choices include brunch classics like Bloody Mary and Mimosa. To check out the full menu and make a reservation, click here.

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Faubourg | 544 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The brunch experience at Faubourg in Montclair is highly sought after in Montclair. Guests can choose from an a la carte menu or a prix-fixe option. The a la carte menu has a wide range of options, from more traditional American breakfast dishes like French toast and a red berry parfait to something for seafood lovers, such as tuna tartare and lime or grilled octopus and lentil. If the a la carte option is chosen, guests can purchase alcoholic beverages from the wine list or cocktail menu. The prix-fixe option is $36 and it includes two courses and one breakfast cocktail. Brunch at Faubourg is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00AM-2:30PM. To check out the full menu and to book a reservation, click here.

Lit 21 | 1034 McCarter Highway, Newark

Lit 21 is where the party starts. The restaurant serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00PM – 4:00PM, and guests can enjoy a prix-fixes menu that costs $34.95. The prix-fixe menu offers three courses: appetizer, entrée, and dessert. An option for 90-minute unlimited mimosas can be added for a total cost of $49.95. Lit21 regularly hosts special events for Sunday Brunch with live entertainment. To check out the full menu and event schedule, click here.

 


 

 Meal | 522-526 Franklin Avenue, Nutley

Meal, located on Franklin Avenue in Nutley, has a boozy brunch not to be missed. While the brunch menu itself only has seven dishes to choose from, each one packs a ton of flavor. Guests with a sweet tooth can enjoy the crème brulee French toast served with strawberries, whipped cream, and 100% maple syrup, and those looking for something more savory can choose the hanger steak giambota that comes with crispy potatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and sausage. Meal offers cocktails a la carte or guests can opt in to 90-minute bottomless mimosas for $28.00. To check out the full menu and make a reservation, click here.

 McLoone’s Boathouse | 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

 

 
 
 
 
 
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McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange offers a Sunday brunch buffet from 10:30 AM -3:00 PM. Guests can enjoy cold and hot options as well as a raw bar. Some buffet menu items are assorted sandwiches, scrambled eggs, French toast, and chicken fingers. McLoone’s Boathouse also offers stations where chefs prepare food on the spot. Fresh Belgium waffles, create-your-own-omelet, and carving stations are available. Brunch is $42.95 for adults, and it includes one complimentary mimosa. Additional drinks can be purchased a la carte. To check out the full menu and make a reservation, click here.

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 The Barrow House | 1296 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Barrow House, located at 1296 Van Houten Avenue in Clifton, has one of the most extensive boozy brunch menus in Essex County. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. There’s something for everyone on the menu as the options cater to diverse tastes and preferences. Diners are encouraged to start with plates to share for the table before moving on to entrees. The menu has breakfast options like eggs benedict and French toast and full sections devoted to burgers, sandwiches and pizza. The cocktail menu is also extensive. There are over one dozen cocktail options and a mocktail menu. To check out the full menu and make a reservation, click here.

Tops Diner | 500 Passaic Avenue, Harrison

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Tops Diner in Harrison has been a New Jersey staple since the early 1940s. Recent renovations have brought a new life to the diner, along with an influx of new guests coming to get a taste of a New Jersey classic. The menu has dozens of options ranging from smoothies and milkshakes to seafood towers, burgers, toasts, salads, and more. Tops is known for its bakery section, where sweet treats come in hefty portions and plentiful options. The libations menu has a morning cocktail section for a boozy brunch. Some classics include peach Bellinis, mimosas and bloody mary or guests can choose from a signature cocktail. No brunch is complete without great tunes, and Tops Diner has a DJ spinning hits all weekend. To check out the full menu and make a reservation, click here.

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