Mission #1: Quest for the Best Brunch

Mission #1: Quest for the Best Brunch

Posted on 08. Mar, 2009 in Dining

You’re probably reading the title above and asking yourself, “Hey Hoboken Guy! What’s up with this “mission” thingamajob you’re doing?”. Alright, let me explain real quick.  Whether you’re a Hoboken resident or an occasional visitor, you have to admit that finding the best stuff in town is just downright difficult.  Frankly, I’m fed up and I’m on mission to do something about it. But I need your help.

With tons of businesses across the mile square, our decisions are ultimately influenced by our friends’ recommendations or by our previous first-hand experiences.  In the end, we waste our money, time and energy trying to find that one thing that will satisfy our needs. And that is why I am on a mission to find the best of everything that the mile square has to offer.


I never really understood the meaning of brunch until I moved to Hoboken. Culturally, brunch has become the essential midday grub session for Hobokenites, giving us that opportunity to catch up with family and friends or cure that common weekend hangover. With almost every restaurant in the mile square serving brunch, residents have a choice between those massive buffets, a la carte specials, prix fixe menus or delectable individual cuisines.

With this being said, I am excited to announce the first of many Hoboken Guy missions!

Find the Best Brunch in Hoboken


1) Over the next couple of weeks, I will scavenge across the mile square and stuff my face with various brunches based on recommendations given by the Hoboken community.

2) If I consider your recommended brunch worthy enough to be one of the best, I’ll write an extensive review, give you credit and dub thee as a “Hoboken Guy Sidekick”.

3) As a “Hoboken Guy Sidekick”, you will be invited to an intense Brunch Crawl, where you will be appointed as an official judge to help rate and rank the top brunches.


- Share your favorite brunch by commenting below or emailing me at tell@thehobokenguy.com.  If you’re on Twitter, you can tweet me @thehobokenguy.

- Please specify the name of the restaurant, type of brunch (buffet, a la carte special, prix fixe menus) or name of an individual dish

- Describe why it deserves to be one of the top brunches in the city

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30 Responses to “Mission #1: Quest for the Best Brunch”

  1. Hoboken Guy

    07. May, 2009

    @JD Thanks for the recommendations! I’ve almost tackled your entire list except for three! haha

    And as for the Manmosa – you could read a review about that here:


  2. JD

    07. May, 2009

    Such a great idea! My friends and I have been getting together for brunch every weekend for years–and we just started our own mission a few months ago.
    Why is it that in the past year everyone seems to have stopped including alcohol on the brunch menu?
    And just to throw this out there–anyone heard of the “manmosa”? Blue Moon w/ Stoli O…good stuff

    Here’s our top places:
    Turning Point
    Brass Rail

  3. HobokenSandwich

    27. Apr, 2009

    Hard to go wrong:
    Frozen Monkey – Milftown
    Charritos – BYOB *sangria
    La Isla – Unique and incredible dishes (best coffee Hoboken)
    Anthony Davids – Best ever Bagel w/lox and cream cheese

    Beautiful website. Great pics.

    Please visit all the Mexican rest’s that are owned and operated by Asians. I’d like to know which does the best job of foreign/foreign cuisine.

  4. Nick @ Bustin

    29. Mar, 2009

    The stuffed french toast from La Isla (and their Cuban Latte) trumps all. Hands down.

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  6. Jackie

    19. Mar, 2009

    Great site, amazing pics.

    Has anyone put in a vote for Lua’s brunch yet? Seriously tasty. I haven’t been there in a while, but if they haven’t changed things, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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  8. Michelle Liebmann

    15. Mar, 2009

    As far as a good brunch goes… Court Street is amazing. You get a complementary fruit dish and soda bread…and it’s totally affordable and cute!

    In response to Joanne’s request for best wings and best beer selection: Mile Square has some great beers, both bottled and on tap, I might recommend the Double chocolate stout. For wings, Rogo’s on 8th and Willow does 25 cent wings and $3 yuengs on Tuesdays and the wings are AMAZING, I have dinner there almost every Tuesday. If you buy a Rogo’s mug for $10, yuenglings and a few others beers are $1 every time you come in with the mug. SO, you can get the cheapest dinner ever and it’s great. Enjoy!

  9. Hoboken Guy

    14. Mar, 2009

    Thanks Tea! I’ve actually been to The Cup Joint, but only for dinner. What do you recommend there for brunch?

  10. tea

    14. Mar, 2009

    nestled in the side street towards north is a little place called the cup joint. it’s small & cozy. i won’t tell if you won’t.

  11. Hoboken Guy

    13. Mar, 2009

    Thanks Megan…surprisingly no one brought up the Brass Rail …and it sounds like one of the few best deals you can get around here. I’ll be sure to give it a try!!

  12. megan

    12. Mar, 2009

    HANDS> DOWN. The brass rail has THE best brunch.
    GO there on a Saturday/Sunday and get the:

    Saturday & Sunday
    11:30am to 3pm

    choice of one appetizer
    and an entrée
    served with complimentary basket of muffins, jams
    and preserves

    – You can get french onion soup, steak and eggs, muffins…all for only $15.
    and cute, perfect quantities of food- like at madison.

  13. Ray

    12. Mar, 2009

    best place to park seems a worthy missiiion. cmon hoboken guy were depending on you…!!!

  14. Hoboken Guy

    12. Mar, 2009

    thanks joanne!! I’ll be sure to check those places out! I never heard of East La having a good brunch..but i guess i’ll have to see… as for those other missions you challenged me with… those are some great ideas… i’ll make sure to note those for the future :)

  15. Joanne

    12. Mar, 2009

    Frozen Monkey, Anthony David’s, Amanda’s and East LA are all very different and have great brunch.

    How about best wings, best live music or best selection of beer on tap?

    or the utter impossible…..best place to park

  16. Michelle

    10. Mar, 2009

    Busker’s has a great brunch — free mimosas/bloody marys and a killer eggs benedict using steak instead of canadian ham!

    Mile Square has a good brunch, but I haven’t been there in a while.

  17. Pickles

    10. Mar, 2009

    A BIG second on the Turning Point. Great food and it’s BYOB! So bring your bottles of cheap champagne or vodka and order up the orange juice. If you’re a party of 2 or so you can usually grab a seat at the bar with a minimal wait.

  18. Hoboken Guy

    09. Mar, 2009

    Thanks everyone! You’ve given me so many great recommendations so far…but keep them going! I need more.

  19. JHackett

    09. Mar, 2009

    O’Neail’s is probably the best brunch in town mimosas and the Irish breakfast are A+. Trinity is pretty good the muffin basket is awesome and the brioche French toast is prob the best French toast I’ve ever had. Court Street is a super classy brunch they have the biggest F’n egg, cheese, and bacon sandwich I’ve ever seen I think that’s actually what it’s called on the menu.

  20. jennifer christie

    09. Mar, 2009

    i haven’t tried it yet, but i heard AMANDA’S on washington (near 10th, i think…) is amazing! =)

  21. Taylor Fowler

    09. Mar, 2009

    Best Brunch (non alcoholic): Frozen Monkey, BEFORE 11 AM when all of the mom’s show up.

    Best Brunch (alcoholic): Mikey’s Squared has a nice menu and serves good drinks.

  22. duh-duh

    09. Mar, 2009

    Hey Hobo Guy,

    I say you try Karma Cafe, I hear very good things about it.

  23. dennis

    08. Mar, 2009

    hobo guy! check out nyc, they have a lot of good brunch places

  24. raz

    08. Mar, 2009

    epic site dude! i almost wanna move to hoboken

  25. Ray

    08. Mar, 2009

    i say Buskers on Bloomfield & 1st.
    crab cake kicks asss….

  26. Thomas

    08. Mar, 2009

    Hooray, we have to find out who this guy is! Fantastic site, looking for more updates soon.

  27. Hoboken Guy

    08. Mar, 2009

    Thanks Dave! I’ll be sure to make Turning Point my next stop!

  28. Dave

    08. Mar, 2009

    You have to check out Turning Point on 14th street: tasty contemporary breakfast creations with a picturesque view of the Manhattan skyline. I recommend calling them before you come in though, since the wait is often ridiculously long.

  29. Hoboken Guy

    07. Mar, 2009

    I’m glad you love the idea! Let me know if you have any suggestions. :)

  30. Miriam

    07. Mar, 2009

    I LOVE Brunch! The idea of a Brunch Crawl is brilliant. Screw Pub Crawls anyone can do that but brunch? It’s a combination of such wonderful things: breakfast food in the afternoon, friends, alcohol and did I mention breakfast food?!

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