• Brunch in the Boken: Bin 14’s Brunch Menu {and Bloody Mary Bar!}

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    When it comes to brunch, Hoboken has a great selection of yummy options — from upscale bring-your-parents type of restaurants to bottomless mimosa situations, so we’re pretty spoiled. But, when you add the name “Chef Pino” to the title, in Hoboken that usually means you’re in for a treat. So when Bin 14 invited us in to try their new and improved brunch menu recently, we knew it would be top-notch. Here’s a peek inside our visit:

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    Located at 1314 Washington Street, Bin 14 has been a wine bar and restaurant staple in Hoboken for 7 years. But, the updated menu options are a nice mix of simple, good ol’ fashioned breakfast and lunch fare with some elegant twists. “Its a new approach for Bin 14, giving our neighborhood clientele something they can really sink their teeth into — something heartier, with bold flavors,” shared Pino. Our fave of these bold flavors? The salmon eggs benedict, which is a savory twist on the traditional eggs benny fare.

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    The other option we got to try was the poached eggs and a meatball — mixed with creamy polenta. O-M-G good {and also Chef Pino’s favorite from the new menu!}. An ideal brunch comfort food but still light, if you can believe it {it’s all relative}. Just look at those eggs! Bin knows its poached eggs, that’s for sure.

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    ^nom nom nom

    Shared plates include hand-cut truffle or pecorino fries, fried calamari, rock shrimp, and some other solid choices. We opted for the pecorino fries, and they did NOT disappoint.

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    ^Fries covered in grated cheese, how can you go wrong?

    As far as drinks, Joel David Liscio, the beverage manager and wine director, opted for twists on traditional brunch cocktail classics. “I usually allow the alcohol to inspire me, and I do a little bit of research,” Liscio shared about the drink menu. “The Manmosa is a brunch staple these days, I just made it my own with a splash of homemade Cardamom Simple Syrup. Vertigo is a classic Italian cocktail, and I used French Amer instead of Amaro. The Breakfast Martini just makes use of a number of breakfast juices — and gets a hint of strawberry preserves to tie it all together.” And, they’re all on point.

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    As if that wasn’t enough, the restaurant/wine bar ALSO has a Bloody Mary bar for their brunch patrons — filled with spices, toppings, and other savory and spicy deliciousness for that perfect bloody…including bacon, duh.

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    You can also buy a carafe of cocktails which serves 4 {or two, depending on your cocktail appetite} — the options are Blood Orange {Orange Svedka, blood orange juice, Triple Sec 40}, Go Lightly {Cocchi Americano, St. Germain, sparkling wine, basil 35}, and Rum Punch {El Dorado, Cana Brava, Basalm, cranberry, orange, pineapple}.

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    During our brunch, we opted for a St. Germain Spritz {St. Germain, Prosecco, Sauvignon Blanc,and soda water} and a bloody. Both were refreshing and a nice complement to our dishes…but then again, when isn’t a cocktail a nice complement to a dish? Just sayin’.

    As far as brunch wines {you are in a wine bar after all!}, Liscio recommends two: the Tavignano Barbarossa {floral notes backed by acidity and dark berry flavors} and the Zyme, Rondinella White {full-bodied with tropical and white flower notes} — “both beautiful brunch wines,” in his words.

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    Bin 14 hosts brunch from 10-5pm on weekends, giving a huge window for you to swing by. From personal experience, the staff’s hospitality is excellent; you always feel like you can ask questions about the menu, get info, and not feel rushed. A wonderful dining situation through and through!

    Insider tip: Bin 14 and Anthony David’s isn’t it for Pino in Hoboken. He’s expanding his culinary empire VERY soon. “Coming late summer 2016, Porter Collins is arriving [a new restaurant he has created!]. It’s our vision of everyday modern American dining. Lots happening for this new location….” — such a tease! We can’t wait. Knowing the magic and inspiration created when it comes to food and drink combined with all things Chef Pino, we know it will be fabulous.

    Have you been to Bin 14’s new brunch? What did you think?


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.