New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Most couples are conditioned to think that romance only can be found after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. But those in the know realize that intimate moments aren’t found in only one or two specific windows of time: there are no restrictions on when it can be found.

One Date Night time slot to keep in mind happens late morning to early afternoon.  Taking your love to brunch is both a tasty choice and, depending on your appetite, might just include bacon! A little coquetry over crêpes is a great thing.

Get ready for a New Jersey Date Night in the brunchTASTIC light of day!

Right Kind of Waffling

Project Brunch in Manalapan is well known for their “Waf-FULL” sandwiches, consisting of a variety of options all held together with waffles. The chicken ringer melt waffle sandwich with cheese sauce, bacon, fries and garlic aioli is a very tempting choice. Others include the PROJECT B.E.C. (bacon, American cheese and two sunny side up eggs on a bacon & chive waffle) and the Mack Daddy (pulled pork-stuffed waffle with bacon mac ’n cheese filling topped with bacon jalapeño-maple syrup). 

Also check out their grain bowls, including the PB breakfast bowl — quinoa with sautéed garden vegetables, wilted baby kale, a touch of lemon juice, garlic oil and two eggs your way).

For more information about Project Brunch, visit

Step in the Brunch Direction

When it comes to brunch in Jersey City, spending your weekend morning at The Kitchen Step is a fantastic choice. Start out with a mimosa, guava bellini or their signature Kitchen Step Bloody Mary before diving into one of Executive Chef Ryan Depersio’s tasty entrees like croissant French toast with apple compote and whipped mascarpone. 

You might be tempted by the Nutella swirl pancake with whiskey-maple syrup and summer berry compote, or perhaps their RD Burger topped with aged cheddar, onion compote and bacon with a side of herbed fries.  The Kitchen Step’s biscuits and gravy rival Grandma’s recipe.

For more information about The Kitchen Step, visit

An EGGceptional Date

If you’re hungry and craving eggs, Toast City Diner is the place for brunch! With locations in Asbury Park, Montclair and Red Bank, their eggs Benedict is next level greatness on a plate. Try their classic (with choice of add-ons including sautéed mushrooms, smoked salmon, roasted tomato, herbed ricotta and Kalamata olives) or their Irish Eggs Benedict, topped with corned beef hash.

If you want to try something really original, you can’t go wrong with disco eggs — two lightly fried eggs atop French fries, brown gravy and fresh cheese curds.

For more information about Toast City Diner, visit

Making Some History

Ho Ho Kus Inn and Tavern provides a historic backdrop for your brunch. Built in 1796 as a private home and converted to a tavern in 1890, Ho Ho Kus Inn and Tavern was extensively renovated in 2009 and is proudly listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 

You’ll find their menu as impressive as the architecture! The brunch burger (with egg, Taylor ham, cheddar, aioli and a buttermilk onion ring) is a great choice. You’ll also be tempted by their steak and eggs their classic American breakfast (two scrambled eggs, Applewood bacon, hash browns, strawberries and toast). If you’re hankering for something sweet you can’t go wrong with the French Toast Foster.

For more information about Ho Ho Kus Inn and Tavern, visit

If I Had to Choose Just One Date

Nat King Cole answered this question in his 1963 classic “That Sunday, That Summer,” and we can all learn a little something by it. Whether your date is on a Friday night or on a Sunday this summer, it’s our responsibility to make that date fun, flirty and most of all memorable. 

Romance takes effort, so making like a daffodil and showing off your skills is certainly in order. Creating moments — many moments — that’ll live in both your hearts will carry you through even the darkest of times all couples are destined to face.

If that next moment you create happens to be on a Sunday over a delicious brunch, your love is sure to flash you a melting smile. When that happens, just kiss him …  go on and kiss him now.

Craig Rogers is the guy who gets relationships write. Author of The 49th Challenge, Craig has written countless articles on dating, relationships and breakup recovery. To learn more about Craig, visit

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