From: Nice Matin in New York, NY
Brunch is delightful. You get to fill up on a ginormous meal without feeling as guilty because you can spend the day walking it off. I also want to pretend I give breakfast and lunch an equal opportunity but I know I always show up for some cheese-filled eggs with a side of crunchy bacon.
This restaurant is in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and I’d highly recommend you checking it out for a lovely Saturday or Sunday brunch. What’s pictured above is their Croque Madame. It’s basically bread that has melted Gruyere cheese all over with a fried egg on top and Black Forest ham in the center. I paired it with a side of creamy polenta. The creamy polenta has a rich flavor of Parmesan cheese and lives up to its name.. It’s quite creamy. Everything from here was just so enjoyable.
Fun fact: Chef Andy D’Amico actually was inspired by his visit to Nice, France which is how they came up with the menu selections.
From: Schnackenberg’s Doughnuts in Hoboken, NJ
Salted… Caramel… Doughnut… it gets better with each word. Schnackenberg’s is a vintage luncheonette that’s been serving Hoboken since 1931. The decor in this place is adorable, so Back to the Future-esque. They have egg creams, milkshakes, chocolate, awesome tuna fish sandwiches, other basic lunch items, and fresh-made doughnuts. This one is my favorite so far, and do you blame me? It has a moist outer coating that’s made up of salted caramel… I repeat… SALTED CARAMEL. When you take a bite it is crunchy on the outside while being light and fluffy on the inside. To feel less guilty… I made my colleague split it with me. #thatswhatfriendsarefor
From: Mr. Wraps in Hoboken, NJ
This is the “Chicken Tender Sandwich,” but I prefer to get this option with the wrap instead of a kaiser roll. It just makes sense to get a wrap from… Mr. WRAPS! If you decide to make this wise selection; it comes with breaded chicken tenders, melted jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and honey mustard. You really can’t go wrong with crispy pieces of chicken drizzled with honey mustard and bound by melted pieces of cheese.
My other fave is their tuna melt wrap, which comes with all white tuna, romaine, avocado, tomatoes, and melted Swiss cheese. Okay… I think I need to get lunch! #HUNGRY
From: Park and Sixth in Jersey City, NJ
These buffalo wings are quite the hit… with my stomach. I posted another food item from this place awhile back, which was the short rib mac and cheese. These wings and that mac and cheese dish are definitely up there on top tasty things from Park and Sixth.
These wings came with the restaurant’s “signature sauce.” I can’t pinpoint the exact ingredients (a Man v. Food behind-the-scenes shoot would totally help right now), but I am assuming it is a mixture of blue cheese and buffalo sauce. It might even be ranch and buffalo, but I think all you need to know is that it’s great. This adds a small, much appreciated twist to the classic buffalo wing… and I don’t hate it!
From: Bareburger in Hoboken, NJ
Bareburger first opened up in Queens in 2009, and now has over 18 restaurants. The popularity of their organic and all-natural meat is clearly helping them grow into the big franchise they are today. But, can I mention the onion rings? As you might have seen from my previous posts, I am slightly obsessed with them. My obsessions go Bravo, Mutz Cheese, Wine, then Onion Rings. Okay… I have different obsessions everyday but whenever there is a choice to go with a side of fries or a side of onion rings, I opt for the latter. (Clearly some places have better fries than rings, and I adjust my choices accordingly.)
At Bareburger, what’s great is that they have so many options. You can get the larger basket order of onion rings plus fries (or sweet fries) that comes with several of their dipping sauces (my faves are the habanero mayo, special sauce, buttermilk ranch, and I have never tasted the buffalo but you can’t go wrong with buffalo AND ranch.) If you and your friend are not too hungry and just want to taste it, the side of rings and fries is just as filling. It doesn’t come with the dipping sauces (they cost around 50 or 55 cents each) but you might as well get one or two to try it out.
From: Left Bank Burger Bar in Jersey City, NJ
Left Bank was definitely the Right Choice! If you are craving a delicious, juicy burger and are in the Jersey City area – you must stop here. I “made my own,” which is what you see in the mouthwatering picture above. I requested cheddar, bacon, and their special left bank sauce, which was sauce-some. This burger really melts in your mouth and this place has a ton of great specialities to choose from like burgers accompanied with fried mac ‘n’ cheese or with fried eggs. Next time, I am going to see if I can switch out the bun for an English muffin, because burgers served on a toasted English muffin are just phenomenal.
From: Park and Sixth Restaurant & Bar in Jersey City, NJ
Any meal that includes the words “short rib” in the title and I am instantly swayed. You can’t really go wrong with short rib and (insert other food item here), but you especially can’t go wrong when that other food item is mac and cheese. What I like most about this place is the atmosphere; it is nestled in Jersey City’s Grove Street and the decor is just as comfortable and fun as the food. My favorite part was looking at all of the records that adorned the wall to make it look like wallpaper. There’s also another location called Park and Sixth Gastropub.