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The Best Outdoor Spring Brunch Spots in Jersey City Heights

by Brittany Butryn
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The Heights in Jersey City is full of hidden gems — and one of the nice things about going to brunch in the Heights is getting to explore the neighborhood while popping into different restaurants and trying some of the exciting cuisines there. With a rich history and a diverse and flavorful food scene, there are plenty of great spots to grab brunch with your friends or family. Plus, with the warmer weather upon us, many of these local eateries provide great outdoor setups for brunch outside. Read on to discover the best outdoor brunch places to check out in The Heights.

The Cliff | 38 Congress Street

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This restaurant is conveniently located near the 9th Street elevator in the Heights, making it an easy walk for Hoboken residents over to the 9th Street Light Rail station. Here, you can find a backyard area, as well as tables and chairs in the front if you want to eat outside. The Cliff has many food options, including vegan and vegetarian dishes to choose from. They also sell freshly cooked fish that is eco-friendly and imported from Iceland. Some of the brunch items that you will find on this menu are brioche french toast, Nuevos huevos rancheros, tofu scramble, an omelet made with goat cheese, a vegan burger, and delicious buffalo cauliflower tacos.

Read More: Your Ultimate Guide to Brunch Spots in Jersey City

Fox + Crow | 594 Palisade Avenue


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This place has a large, wooden-covered outdoor dining area so you can enjoy the fresh air while brunching. The spot also has live music called “Live in the Parlour,” and guests can enjoy talented local artists during their visit. On the brunch menu, you can find delicious American dishes like eggs, bacon, home fries, ricotta and smoked salmon toast, sunrise tostadas, and more.

Lil Dove Cafe | 589 Palisade Avenue

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Lil Dove Cafe is a quaint and relaxing place to sit down and get brunch, indoors or outdoors. The spot has an outdoor area where you can enjoy the sunshine, as well as a nice seating area inside that has a chill vibe. The brunch menu items include avocado toast, roast beef sandwich, chicken and avocado sandwich, croissant French toast, and many other high-quality brunch foods. You can find gift items here, too — shirts, mugs, fun socks, candles, and more. You can also check out the gift shop on the website to see all the goodies available.

The Hutton Restaurant + Bar | 225 Hutton Street


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The Hutton is a local pub with a dark wooden interior and a covered outdoor patio area that is as comfortable as it is classic. The Hutton also caters and hosts private events, and this is a spacious place to host your next gathering. The brunch menu here is incredible, and offers things like apple guacamole, marinated skirt steak and eggs, chicken or cauliflower wings, bourbon caramel french toast, and a fried chicken naan sandwich, made with fried chicken, arugula, street corn, and cheddar sauce.

The Franklin | 159 New York Avenue


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There is a nice outdoor seating area here that is a perfect setting to enjoy brunch. This is a BYOB place, and you can order exceptional items like chicken and waffles, wild mushroom omelets, ricotta pancakes, vodka chicken sandwiches, and more tasty brunch options to pair perfectly with your drink of choice.

Corkscrew Bar + Grill | 61 Congress Street

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This place is a staple in Jersey City Heights, and has been around since 1976. Corkscrew is located only three blocks from the Hoboken elevator/Light Rail. You will enjoy the outdoor seating area here, as it is a spacious and nice place to enjoy some fresh air. The menu includes buffalo cheese fries, chicken wings, burgers, a fried chicken sandwich, pizza, and more.

Low Fidelity | 328 Palisade Avenue


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Low Fidelity has a sunny and spacious outdoor area that is a phenomenal spot for brunch. On the menu, you can find uniquely named cocktails with distinct ingredients that stand out from the rest. The Detroit-style pizza on the menu includes a selection of variations to choose from, as well as delicious salads, sides, sandwiches, and rice bowl options.

Busy Bee Organics | 451 Palisade Avenue

When we discovered Busy Bee Organics, it was love at first sight (or should we say bite). Busy Bee is 100% gluten-free and plant-forward with both a meal service delivery and a brick-and-mortar. The Palisade Avenue cafe has a cute little outdoor seating area right out front, with a few picnic tables and chairs. This is no boozy brunch — but who says a busy brunch can’t be just as fun? Swap a mimosa for one of the organic juices and be sure to try the vegan BEC or Lentil Meatball Parm. 

Corto | 488 Central Avenue


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Corto has a cute and cozy outdoor area that is lowkey and peaceful. The menu is small, but high quality and delicious. You can find unique Italian dishes on the menu that include things like ricotta and honey toast, pasta, lamb, trout, and so much more.

See More: The Best Brunch Spots in Montclair

Saigon Bistro | 514 Central Avenue


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Saigon Bistro doesn’t have a large outdoor seating area, but there are two tables outside — still worth adding to your list because the food is superb. You can indulge in a Vietnamese brunch, which includes menu items like Vietnamese spring rolls, steamed dumplings, sugarcane shrimp, pho house specialty noodle soup, pad thai, shaken cubed steak, and a banh mi sandwich.

Bonus Entry: La Milpa Taqueria | 45 Franklin Street 

While not technically brunch food, La Milpa Taqueria opened earlier this year and has an adorable backyard patio that warrants a spot on this list. The taqueria — owned by the same team behind The Franklin — has a small but mighty selection of tacos. It’s also BYOB, so a great option for a budget-friendly boozy brunch. HG pro tip: convince at least one person at the table to order flautas. They are so good. 

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