Celebrate Mother's Day in style this year with an indulgent family brunch prepared by someone other than mom. Restaurants throughout Northern New Jersey are cooking up some fabulous luncheons full of breakfast delights, salads, carving stations, and desserts. Some of these eateries offer discounts for children, and others are FREE for young kids. Holiday brunches book up quickly though, and many require reservations.
If you're down the shore, explore these wonderful Mother's Day options.
Alstede Farms – Chester
Enjoy a brunch buffet on either Saturday or Sunday with a side of springtime fun at Alstede Farms' Mother’s Day celebration. Take a scenic hayride to Harvest Hall for delicious eats that include eggs, French toast, homemade scones, and a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dessert options. The kids can burn some post-brunch energy at the farm’s moon bounce, train ride, pony rides, and corn kingdom for an additional fee.
Amanda's – Hoboken
A Hoboken staple for more than 25 years, Amanda's serves one of the best brunches in town. On Mother's Day, it will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for both brunch and dinner.
Bibi’z Restaurant & Lounge – Westwood
Voted Best of Bergen several years in a row, this lively local favorite serves up a special Mother’s Day version of its popular brunch buffet. Start off the meal with fresh baked goods then load up on appetizers, salads, hot breakfast and lunch dishes, a raw bar with oysters and clams, and carving and pasta station delicacies. It's hard to imagine room for dessert, but you won't want to pass up sweets like chocolate-dipped pretzels, flourless chocolate velvet fudge, and fresh berries.
Grillestone – Scotch Plains
Known for its ample brunch buffet selections, Grillestone offers a Mother’s Day brunch that will not disappoint. Grab your complimentary mimosa and choose from meats like prime rib, roasted turkey, and ham at the carving station, or stop by the omelet or pasta station to have something made to order. Seafood delights include crab legs, peel-and-eat shrimp, and sushi, and of course there's plenty of traditional breakfast fare. Don't forget to save room for dessert.
Ivy Inn – Hasbrouck Heights
If you’re looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of a buffet, bring the family to this historic inn for delicious brunch fare in a cozy, quiet atmosphere. The sit-down Mother’s Day brunch boasts a great selection of drinks and appetizers as well as entrees that include a bacon, cheddar, and tomato omelet; tri-color tortellini with vegetables in a light vodka sauce; and a traditional eggs benedict. A children’s menu offers scrambled eggs, chicken fingers, and sliders, topped off with ice cream sundaes.
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The sweeping views from the patio make Liberty House a favorite.
Liberty House – Jersey City
The restaurant's Hudson River view isn't the only sight to behold. Mother's Day brunch also features an array of international cheeses decorated with seasonal fruit; a lavish display of fresh pastries and other baked goods; Mediterranean, antipasti, pasta, carving, and breakfast food stations; a gourmet mashed potato bar, and more.
Enjoy a jazz brunch at Madison Bar and Grill.
Madison Bar and Grill – Hoboken
The brunch at Madison includes a mimosa or bloody Mary, along with an array of oysters, chilled shrimp, eggs benedict, and a popular favorite: creme brulee French toast. New this year is a carving station featuring filet mignon, lamb, and ham. Breakfast burritos, bagels, and veggies round out the menu, along with a chocolate fondue fountain with plenty of fruit for dipping. Reservations are required.
The Manor – West Orange
Enjoy a luxurious brunch at The Manor, where an extensive buffet is presented in an elegant atmosphere. Choose hot breakfast staples like French toast, waffles, croissants, sausage, and home fried potatoes, or create omelets and crepes to your liking at the omelet and crepe stations. Non-breakfast delights, such as chilled shrimp on oysters, leg of lamb, and a carving station, are also available. Children can add chicken fingers and fries to their meal. Juice, tea, and coffee are included.
The Olde Mill Inn & Grain House Restaurant – Morristown
The Mother's Day menu offers an extensive buffet featuring tea sandwiches, a seafood bar, chafing dishes, carving station, and even a bananas foster sundae bar.
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Made-to-order waffles are on the menu at Perona Farms. Photo by Bryant Avondoglio
Perona Farms – Andover
Crepes, seafood, and made-to-order Belgian waffles are highlights at Perona's brunch buffet. Homemade pizza and doughnuts, a pasta bar, and an ice sculpture adorned with fresh fruit and yogurt are other favorites. A variety of soups, salads, and hot dishes are available, along with an ice cream sundae bar the kids will love. Reservations are required for Mother's Day.
Snuffy’s Pantagis Renaissance – Scotch Plains
Snuffy’s is my family’s special-occasion brunch spot. This family-friendly catering hall boasts a buffet full of yummy brunch foods, with breakfast selections like eggs, pancakes, and bacon, and chaffing dishes with roasted duck, sausage, and pepper-and-sesame chicken. Sample shrimp cocktail and clams on the half-shell at the raw bar, or get a slice of prime rib or lamb at the carving station. Bring the meal to a sweet finish with a visit to the ample Viennese pastry table. Reservations are recommended.
Stagehouse Tavern – Somerset
You won’t go hungry at this fun pub, known for its large brunch portions. The Mother’s Day buffet features baked goods, salads, soups, an omelet station, carving station, and endless hot foods such as eggs, French toast, pancakes, pork loin, tilapia, short ribs, and much more. On a nice day, patrons can relax and dine outdoors on the patio.
Top photo: Madison Bar and Grill. Photos courtesy of the restaurants.
A version of this article first published in 2015; it has been updated for 2018.