Whether you are looking for a chill spot to chat over coffee and crepes or to get wasted with friends over bellinis and pancakes, Jersey City has a great variety of boozy brunch spots to feed your need. And you’ll find many conveniently within walking distance from a Path train station, which makes it a short 20-minute ride from Manhattan!
If you’re from a big city, like NYC, then you may be accustomed to the commonly found and enticing “bottomless brunch” deals. But, as you may have already noticed, it is very hard to find a bottomless brunch in New Jersey. This is because bottomless brunches are not legal in New Jersey!
You can reference New Jersey’s prohibition on unlimited alcoholic beverage promotions, like bottomless brunch, in the “Promotion” section of its Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Handbook:
A (liquor) licensee cannot offer an unlimited availability of alcoholic beverages for a set price except for private parties that are not sponsored by the licensee (such as weddings, birthday parties), events held by social affair permittees or New Year’s Eve parties sponsored by a licensee whereupon a set price for attendance includes an open bar.New Jersey Division of ABC Handbook
So, in New Jersey, unlimited alcohol promotions are only allowed for private parties and on New Year’s Eve.
This law is why finding bottomless drink deals in New Jersey is nearly impossible. You’d have to luck out and find one of the few bars that don’t mind bending the rules – and there aren’t many.
And it seems that this obscure rule is not commonly known or communicated. Because many blog articles list bottomless brunches – many of which are no longer available – and further add to the confusion.
But don’t let this turn you off to the NJ brunch scene. While on a brunch exploration, I discovered some local gems in Downtown Jersey City between Newport, Grove Street, and Hamilton Park!
At each of these locations I hacked some great boozy brunch packages for just around $35-$40, which puts them on par with most bottomless brunch deals out there.
So, in this article, you’ll find my top picks as we go “Hacking the Best Boozy Brunch Spots in Downtown Jersey City!”
(All photos here are original, or courtesy of my fellow Yelp Elite!)
4.5 Stars on Yelp
235 Pavonia Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302
“A little Latin Flavor”
While Rumba Cubana doesn’t have a dedicated weekend brunch menu, this restaurant more makes up for it with an excellent selection of daily specials, delicious Cuban cuisine, and overall great drink prices available all day, every day. Yes, that means no pancakes and eggs, boohoo.
The $36 Boozy Brunch Hack
Let’s start your brunch hack with their “Un Poquito De Todo” sample dish for $15. Next, pair your meal with one of their $21 wine bottles of cabernet sauvignon or reds from Italy. And voila! You’ve got yourself a $36 boozy brunch with about 5 glasses of wine.
They also have a long list of very sexy Cuban craft cocktails for around $10 each. And if you love kiwi, ask the waiter for this version of their mojito with mezcal. It’s not on the official menu, so that’s our little secret!
If it’s a nice day, you can enjoy some calm Sunday brunch vibes at their outdoor seating on the promenade with family or friends. And if you’re on a date, it’s located right next to Hamilton Park. So you can take a nice buzzed walk in the park! Extra romantic like. 😉
Do I need to say more than “$3 mimosas”? Well, I will anyway. Stop by The Ashford to enjoy this wickedly cheap weekend brunch drink special on their huge open rooftop overlooking Grove street in downtown Jersey City. When it comes to ambiance, this spot is a chart-topper.
The $35 Boozy Brunch Hack
The Ashford has a diverse brunch menu with dishes like strawberries and cream pancakes, and huevos rancheros to the ring of $12 each. If you have total disregard for your waistline, go for the fried chicken and waffles for 14 bucks. Now tack on 7 of those $3 mimosas, and you got yourself a formidable $35 rooftop boozy brunch!
Just don’t blame me for the possible face plant that awaits you as you descend their winding stairs; You knew what you were getting yourself into after the 5th mimosa.
This restaurant has Saturday Brunch written all over it! Its modern decor makes it a great brunch spot to hang out with friends or take a date. And, once the nightlife comes back, you’ll find that the parties at this massive venue get pretty wild! So keep this spot high on your list for brunches and nightlife!
4 Stars on Yelp
390 4th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
“The French Connection”
If you want a taste of France, to show off your limited French vocabulary, or finally see what ratatouille tastes like after seeing that Disney movie, then Madame Claude Bis awaits.
Just a heads-up, this restaurant is located in The Village near the end of Historic Downtown Jersey City. So be prepared for a long walk or a cab ride if you’re arriving by the Path Train at Grove Street.
The $41 Boozy Brunch Hack
Madame Claude Bis’ brunch menu has a lot of great $11 options like omelets, baked eggs, and egg benedict. I’ll also note the $12 “Croque Monsieur” just because it sounds so much more elegant than “a ham and cheese sandwich.”
Next, select a large carafe of house red or white wine for $30, and you’ve got yourself a solid Saturday or Sunday boozy brunch for $41!
Madame Claude Bis offers a welcome change of taste from the many American, Latin, and fusion restaurants in the area. This restaurant’s casual vibe and outdoor seating make it a choice weekend brunch spot to visit with friends.
And since they say that French is the language of love, taking your Bumble or Tinder date is a smooth move – Ooh, la la.
4 Stars On Yelp
247 Washington St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
“Sweets for the Sweet”
If you’re itching for breakfast in the afternoon, then Buddy’s JC has got you covered. And on their brunch menu, you will find delectable treats like Captain Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, and Cinnabon pancakes to help you reach sugar heaven!
By the way, they also have gluten-free pancakes in case you are on a gluten-free diet or have celiac disease. When you have friends with gluten allergies, you realize how hard it is to find a restaurant that offers gluten-free menu items.
The $34 Boozy Brunch Hack
Since our other brunch spots had savory options, we’ll cater to your sweet tooth here with the classic pancakes, french toast, or waffles for $9-$10. And since their brunch cocktails are $8 each, we’ll opt in for the Bellini, mimosa, or sparkling pear carafe instead for $24. That puts us at $34 for your boozy brunch at Buddy’s JC. Winning!!
Buddy’s JC has a quaint diner decor and offers outdoor seating. If you spring for their famous cereal pancakes, then you’ll likely be paying more attention to your plate than the ambiance.
This is the ideal weekend brunch spot to bring your foodie friends who love taking #foodporn pics for the gram until their meal gets cold, and their mimosa goes flat.
4 Stars On Yelp
708 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302
“The Eclectic Menu”
If you want variety, The Hamilton Inn is all over the place when it comes to its brunch menu. I can’t think of anywhere that could you find a lunch/brunch menu that has Asian pork belly buns and Montauk lobster rolls on it! But I’m loving the identity crisis. And with the solid customer reviews, it looks like it’s working.
The $42 Boozy Brunch Hack
There are a lot of $10-$12 options on the brunch menu. Some of them include chicken tortilla soup, crispy chicken wings, and French onion soup dumplings. Yeah, I told you this menu is pretty “diverse.”
Recently, The Hamilton Inn bumped their prices for mimosas and Bellinis from $6 to $8. So if we factor in 4 of those cocktails, our boozy brunch will run us around $40-$42. While this may not be as boozy as the other brunch deals in this list, consider the trade-off being for their diverse menu.
If you have no idea what you want to eat and love variety, then this is your go-to weekend spot. They also have outdoor seating, so you can enjoy your brunch date as you people watch on this neighborhood corner.
4 Stars On Yelp
264 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
“Once Our Bottomless Brunch Unicorn – But alas, no more”
Once upon a time, Frankie had a bottomless mimosa special- one of the few in Jersey City. But when I recently checked, as of 2021, Frankie’s bottomless mimosa deal was removed from the brunch menu! So, despite the outdated articles you may find saying that it does, Frankie no longer offers any bottomless brunch specials.
But its modern decor, and unique and extensive brunch menu still makes it an excellent option for a boozy brunch!
The $30 Boozy Brunch!
Frankie’s brunch menu items are well-priced and all range between $6-$13 – So you have a ton of options to build a great brunch deal. You can go cheap – and get under your waiters skin – by ordering the $6 Vegemite toast. Or you can level up with the $14 “Full Aussie” (two eggs, bacon, and avocado toast).
For our coup de grâce, we will use their current offers and add 4 of their $6 mimosas or $7 Bloody Mary specials, and you have a boozy brunch hack for as low as $30! Just be sure to tip your waiter generously for abusing the unlimited mimosas, as you should.
Grove Street path station is just a few blocks away, in case you need to crawl back and ponder your life decisions. Or you can peruse the scene at Grove Square and its charming neighborhood bars and restaurants. Show some love and support those small businesses!
There are many other great brunch spots in Jersey City, so don’t stop here on your boozy brunch journey!
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