Young women in leather jackets, velvet black hats and perfectly polished nails pose with large white mugs filled with piping hot lattes. Among the loud chatter, little children sip on freshly squeezed orange juice while licking maple syrup off their stack of warm, sticky coconut French toast. Hoboken’s Anthony David’s in the perfect brunch spot for trendy women in their twenties looking to snap a few artsy pictures of their eggs. It is also home to young families looking to keep their young children occupied with ice-cold chocolate milk and sweet breakfast treats.
Brunch at Anthony David’s is a seven day occurrence, but there is something comforting about eating a perfectly cooked omelette and sipping on a warm cup of coffee on a chilly Sunday morning. Brunch runs from the early hours of 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. I opted to hit the snooze button three times until I remembered the warm beignets doused in powdered sugar that were waiting for me.
When I entered Anthony David’s at 11 a.m., I was met by a friendly hostess and a short 15-minute wait. The restaurant was bustling with sounds of laughter and it smelled like roasted coffee beans and sizzling bacon — an aroma that screamed brunch.
I started my meal off with a warm, creamy vanilla latte that was perfectly sweetened. My sister demanded we split the beignets and french toast petite liberally doused in warm coconut butter. Our meal was not carb friendly, but who cares about calories on a Sunday, especially when fried dough is in involved.
The beignets were balls of warm fluffy fried dough covered in powdered sugar and stacked on top of a simple white plate. The french toast consisted of super sweet, sticky challah bread buried under the right amount of golden syrup, shaved coconut flakes and a side of gooey coconut butter. Having dessert for breakfast felt sinful but I would be making up for it with my order of the southwestern omelette chock full of veggies. I opted for no ham, egg whites, a side of multigrain toast, breakfast potatoes, fresh avocado slices and sharp cheddar cheese. My sister ordered the crab cake sandwich on a soft and buttery brioche roll, with a tangy lemon aioli and a side salad.
I left Anthony David’s Sunday morning with a food baby and I definitely wasn not complaining. The brunch menu may lack traditional breakfast favorites like pancakes and waffles, but it includes refreshing takes on the breakfast foods we will always love. If I had to rate this low-key brunch spot I would give it ten beignets out of ten. Trust me, you will not regret making the trip from the Bronx to Jersey for what might be the best brunch meal ever.