Hoboken has great places for brunch. The last one we discovered in December was Grand Vin Kitchen and Bar. It was the same day as Santa Con and we were glad to see that they barred people participating in this annual pub crawl event, making this place quiet and enjoyable. Serving Italian and American fare, Grand Vin has a very interesting menu for brunch that makes it interesting and the kind of place I would go back to for sure!
Here is what we had:
As a cocktail, I tried their Coffee Old Fashioned made with Misunerstood Spiced Whiskey, coffee, maple syrup and bitters. Not only did it look beautiful, but it tasted very good, a perfect brunch cocktail that was balanced, the coffee and the whiskey working well together, but with still the coffee giving the preponderant notes.
We then started with avocado fries that are in fact slices of fried avocado served with chipotle aioli. This was delicious and crispy with a ripe avocado that gave a nice fattiness to counteract the fried batter that was not greasy.
For her entree, Jodi ordered the pear and arugula salad that came with goat cheese and a white balsamic dressing. Normally there is prosciutto but she ask for it on the side, for me…
On my side, I chose the breakfast Mac and Cheese, composed of eggs, mushrooms, spicy chorizo, sitting on Mac and Cheese made with gruyere. This was a fantastic dish: rich, it was decadent as advertised. It was a big quantity where the star was definitely the Mac and cheese that could stand on its own: it was so creamy and not made with some processed cheese like what sometimes restaurants serve. But with all the other ingredients, I was in heaven, especially the chorizo that was not that spicy, but so good. And the sunny side egg that was perfectly cooked, the yolk being runny and adding a bit of richness. I loved it!
So this was a great brunch and made me want to go back to Grand Vin, not just for brunch, but also for dinner.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Grand Vin - 500 Grand St, Hoboken, NJ 07030