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 with a side of springtime fun at Alstede Farm’s 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.
Grillestone - Scotch Plains
Known for their ample brunch buffet selections, Mother’s Day brunch at Grillestone will not disappoint. Choose from meats like prime rib, roasted turkey and ham at the carving station. Omelets and pasta dishes are whipped up at their own stations as well. Seafood delights include crab legs and peel and eat shrimp. Plus, fill up on traditional breakfast fare and sushi. And save room for dessert. Adults received complimentary mimosas with the buffet.
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 their 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.
Stagehouse Tavern - Somerset
Mom 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 omelette 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.
The Manor - West Orange
Treat mom to a luxurious brunch at The Manor, where an extensive buffet is presented in an elegant atmosphere. Hot breakfast staples, like French toast, waffles, French toast croissants, sausage and home fried potatoes are available. 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 offered. Children can add chicken fingers and fries to their meal. Juice, tea and coffee are included.
Liberty House - Jersey City
Classics like deviled eggs and calamari get seasonal updates at Liberty House, and the Hudson River view is breathtaking. Chicken lollipops and waffle-battered berries are standouts on the brunch menu, along with omlettes, quiche and crepes. Eggs Chesapeake - a poached egg, Maryland crab cake and spiced hollandaise - is a favorite.
Perona Farms - Andover
Crepes, seafood and made-to-order Belgian waffles are highlights at Perona's brunch buffet. Homemade pizza and donuts, 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, and a special dinner buffet is also available.
Madison Bar and Grill - Hoboken
The jazz brunch at Madison includes a mimosa or bloody Mary, along with an array of oysters, chilled shrimp, eggs benedict, and my favorite - creme brulee french toast. Breakfast burritos, bagels and veggies round out the menu, along with a chocolate fondue fountain with plenty of fruit for dipping. A la carte menu selections also available for an additional fee.
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. Carving options include prime rib and leg of lamb. Bring the meal to a sweet finish with a visit to the ample Viennese pastry table.
Ivy Inn - Hasbrouck Heights
If you’re looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of a buffet, bring the family to this historical inn for delicious brunch fare in a cozy, quiet atmosphere. The sit-down Mother’s Day brunch boasts a selection of drinks, appetizers and entrees to choose from. Patrons can select two delectable entrees from dishes like smoked salmon, asparagus and goat cheese omelet, grilled rib eye steak with scrambled eggs and Maryland crab cake eggs benedict. A special children’s menu offers traditional French toast, scrambled eggs, chicken fingers and sliders, topped off with ice cream sundaes.
Updated May 2017
*photo courtesy of The Manor