Christin’s Morning Spoon: City Bistro Brunch
By New Contributor Christin DeMassi
Whether you need the hair of the dog to beat your booze blues or simply want to recap all that has happened in the past 48 hours, there is no better way to revive yourself and reminisce than Sunday brunch. It is the perfect way to extend the weekend before facing the manic work week.
I have wanted to start a breakfast/brunch blog for a few years, and there’s no better area to spotlight than the many great restaurants of Hoboken. Over the next few months I will try a new brunch place each weekend, helping you find your next go-to weekend morning spot.
I woke up Sunday morning, eager to start my quest for the best brunch in Hoboken. Turning Point was first on my list, but the hour wait and my rumbling stomach forced me to leave it for another day.
I decided to try City Bistro on 14th Street between Washington and Hudson. I’ve been to City Bistro for dinner and have enjoyed a fall Sunday Funday or two on their rooftop deck but never experienced their brunch.
Again, I was faced with another thirty plus minute wait. As I turned to walk out the door, disappointed by my first brunch adventure, the hostess suggested we try the upstairs lounge. There were four high tables, plenty of bar space and a welcoming environment. I was finally ready to enjoy a delicious meal! Here’s my recap…
You can’t go wrong with unlimited drinks and a delicious breakfast. City Bistro offers a meal and unlimited Mimosa/Bloody Mary special for $19.95. Since most of the menu options are approximately $10, if you are looking to have a few morning cocktails, it is worth it to try the special. Unfortunately after a late night out I was not ready to begin drinking quite so early.
The bread basket. I always say that bread is the determining factor between a good restaurant and a bad one. Very few places offer bread with breakfast, so I was very surprised by the complimentary muffin, croissant and pastry spread. This was definitely the highlight of the meal.
The menu is dominated by lunch options. I know brunch should be a combination of breakfast and lunch, but the menu was dominated by lunch choices. There was a limited selection of breakfast items: pancakes, French toast and a few egg dishes. The majority of the menu focused on sandwiches, salads and pizzas.
The food looked better than it tasted. I ordered the pancakes with strawberries, bananas and vanilla maple syrup. Unfortunately it sounded and looked much better than it tasted. The strawberry banana topping was scant and the dry pancakes lacked the moist, mouthwatering taste I expect from pancakes. My brunch buddy ordered the Florentine eggs Benedict with home fries. He liked the home fries (so did I!), but thought the eggs benedict left a bit to be desired.
Attentive staff. Usually when eating in the bar area, the bartender tends to ignore diners to focus on the customers at the bar. In the upstairs lounge, the waiter came over numerous times to ensure we were enjoying our meal and had everything we needed. We were encouraged to grab a drink and stay as long as we wanted, never feeling like we were being rushed through our meal to fit other diners in as quickly as possible.
Out of a possible five spoons, I give City Bistro three. The atmosphere and staff were great, but it lacked the essentials for a delicious brunch.
This Sunday I’ll be venturing downtown to La Isla. Stuffed French toast is my FAVORITE breakfast meal. I’m very excited to see if it was good enough to challenge Bobby Flay. Thanks for reading!
- Christin DeMassi