Housed in an intimate 1895 Hoboken brownstone, Amanda’s Restaurant exhumes understated elegance. On a recent visit, our party was warmly greeted and led to one of the cozy rooms to settle at a beautifully-set table. Mismatched antique china and flatware sit atop a fleur-de-lis draped table, creating a homey (if your home featured antique tableware for brunch) atmosphere.
The first thing to order at brunch at this establishment is the Balthazar’s Bread Basket ($8), a scrumptious array of fresh baked mini scones, cherry focaccia, croissant, raisin Danish and orange brioche. Good butter and homemade strawberry jam were a perfect complement to the baked treats.
Next, order a fabulous drink. The menu features several “Hair of the Dog” cocktails to brighten up any brunch. The selection includes Amanda’s Mimosa ($6.50) – cava with fresh squeezed orange juice, Eugene’s Bloody Mary ($7) made with sundried tomato-infused Vodka, Classic Bellini ($7) – sparkling wine with peach purée and The Chocolate Muse ($6) – milk, Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur and Crème de Cocoa.
Must-try brunch starters include the delicious Warm Mushroom and Goat Cheese Salad ($7) and the comforting Creamy Polenta with Raisin Compote ($7).
The ever-popular eggs Benedict are served in three ways at Amanda’s: in the classic manner ($10), with pork tenderloin and fresh tomato salsa ($12) or with cured salmon and spinach ($13). All three are solid options, but the pork version is simply outstanding.
Other creative and tasty brunch entrées are the crispy eggs with Parma ham over sautéed Shitake mushrooms, croissant French toast with seasonal fruit compote $10) and the poached eggs with crab hash and orange Hollandaise sauce ($13).
Amanda’s is an ideal place to take out-of-town guests or someone dear to you to. After an excellent meal, walk over to the nearby waterfront, with its lovely Manhattan skyline and boardwalk, to contemplate your next visit to Amanda’s.
908 Washington St # A
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5152
Amanda’s is open seven days a week:
Monday – Thursday: 5PM – 10PM
Friday: 5PM – 11PM
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11AM – 3PM
Saturday Dinner: 5PM – 11PM
Sunday Dinner: 5PM – 9PM
Tip: Early dinner is an affordable way to experience Amanda’s. Dinner for two is $32, includes a three-course meal and is served from Monday – Saturday at 5PM and 5:30PM.
Veronique Deblois is a food and wine writer based in Morris County, NJ. As the author of the popular blog, Food & Wine Chickie Insider, Veronique shares recipes, wine and restaurant reviews and insight into the travel industry of which she’s a 15-year veteran. Follow Veronique on Twitter or like her Facebook page.