Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!
When I went to Porter Collins several weeks ago, I had a fantastic dinner and was planning on going back there to try their brunch, when I received an invite from their PR. So, we just went yesterday and got the chance to see Chef Anthony Pino that I was looking forward to finally meeting, having dined at his other restaurants, Bin 14 and Anthony David's, multiple times. During our discussion, he explained that he decided to become a Chef at 10 years old, wanting to save his family from bad food: well, I am sure that his family is grateful now! I asked him why he decided to open another restaurant in Hoboken instead of New York and his answer defines well his character: he wants to stay close to his family as they are important to him. Having restaurants located close by, although keeping him busy, allows him to spend a good amount of time with them. As for the octopus mural in the dining room, his answer was simple: he loves the beach and loves octopus. Talking to him, I could sense the passion for what he is doing that is not just business, but true hospitality.
We then proceeded to try their brunch, served Saturdays and Sundays: for $35, you get not only an all you can eat buffet, but also four Chef's specials, as well as bottomless drinks (mimosa, bellini and bloody Mary). The buffet includes a wide variety of dishes, mainly cold, that can satisfy everybody: from more healthy with fruit and salads to classic Italian dishes like chicken parmesan or rigatoni, or hanger steak. I appreciated the fact that they had large shrimp and oysters that, if you are a seafood lover, make the price of the brunch even sweeter. For the specials, they had: huevos rancheros, breakfast burrito, blueberry pancakes and eggs benedict, the later being my favorite, the eggs being perfectly poached, with their runny yolk.
Here is what we had:
Hot entrees: chicken parmesan, rigatoni and potatoes / bacon / sausages.
It was overall a great brunch, as I expected after our wonderful dinner at Porter Collins. I am glad that Chef Pino decided to open this place on the Northern part of Hoboken, that area needing moe places like this one.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Porter Collins - 1426 Willow Ave, Hoboken, NJ 07030