Spring into… well, spring as we venture out of our homes and into the world to enjoy all of our favorite Jersey Shore restaurants and businesses. April brings us a month full of brand new spring dishes (check out Porcini’s below), as well as plenty of fun events, deals, and Jersey Shore Easter brunches and dinners to choose from.
We’re so happy that spring is here that we couldn’t help to make our own list of Spring things to do at the Jersey Shore. For many chefs, spring is all about new menus featuring items like fresh mushrooms, asparagus, and beautiful pea shoots. There’s also the thrill of summer just around the corner, which is why Easter is that holiday where we celebrate with food, but also with tickets (just check out Jenkinson’s below).
So, if you’re like us and already busting out the flip flops, you’ll really enjoy our ode to spring. There’s plenty of things to do and eat from now until June!
Jersey Shore Spring Dishes, Events, and Easter Brunches (and Dinners!)
Porcini is welcoming spring the best way they know how – with a some spring inspired dishes like their homemade Mushroom Ravioli. These ravioli are filled with Porcini mushroom blended with mascarpone and Romano cheese, and served in a Parmesan cream broth with spinach. This dish is filled with their namesake – so there’s no way it’s not our of this world! 168 Bay Avenue, Highlands 732-291-3080 www.restaurantporcini.com
Not in the mood for a full brunch? Why not head to Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits for a special a la carte Easter brunch from 10am – 3pm. For just $16.99 you’ll get to choose from one of their delicious brunch items like Philly Cheese Steak Omelettes and Brioche French Toast (you’ll also get a cocktail!) You can also reserve your spot to have dinner with the Easter Bunny on Monday, April 15th where you’ll dine and watch a kid’s movie from 6-8pm. 84 Broad Street, Keyport 732-497-5555 https://www.oldglorynj.com/
As the weather gets nicer, why not spend a day at Rooney’s Oceanfront where you can enjoy the beach (without being a little chilly!) On Easter, bring the family to enjoy an a la carte dinner menu featuring some Easter classics like roasted and stuffed leg of lamb. (Reservations recommended). Not to be outdone for Jersey Shore spring festivities, they’ll also be hosting “Cinco by the Sea-O” featuring a fun filled day of live music and plenty of traditional Mexican cuisine. 100 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch 732-870-1200 www.rooneysocean.com
Continually voted one of the best Sunday brunches around for decades, the Easter Brunch at The Molly Pitcher is no exception. Treat your family to an exceptional display of seasonal items and specialities like carved turkey, leg of lamb, poached salmon, oysters and clams, and of course – their waffle station. Reservations are required. 88 Riverside Ave, Red Bank 732-747-2500 www.themollypitcher.com
Not to be outdone by its sister hotel (see above), The Oyster Point Hotel will also be hosting their brunch (11:30am and 2:30 seatings) featuring an assortment of classic breakfast items like omelettes and waffles, fruits of the sea, a seared crab cake station, peking duck station, as well as plenty of sweet treats – and so much more. Adults $57.95 (includes choice of one Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or Champagne), children $24.95. Reservations required. 146 Bodman Place, Red Bank 732-747-2500 www.theoysterpointhotel.com
Not only available on Sundays, Neapoli also offers their brunch and lunch menu from Wednesday through Sunday (the perfect excuse to celebrate midweek!) Bring your own bottle of champagne to cheers to a brunch menu that offers everything from a classic omelette to an Italian Breakfast Skillet. 10 Wallace Street, Red Bank 732-741-1321 neapolinj.com
At Trama’s Trattoria, they’re all about featuring seasonal items. Now that spring is in full spring, that means items like Soft Shell Crabs are back on the special menu. There’s something about eating a dish that came right from the ocean and is right in season (oh and seasoned perfectly!) 115 Brighton Avenue, Long Branch 732-222-1121 www.tramastrattoria.com
When Sunday comes and you’re looking for a brunch that includes plenty of seafood items, head to Klein’s Fish Market. Running from 11am – 3pm, you can eat till your heart’s content, while also enjoying $4 Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s as well as $2 Bud Light and Miller Light drafts. $32 per adult and $12 per child (10 and under). 708 River Road, Belmar 732-681-1177 www.kleinsfish.com
(Open for Easter and then officially open for season in May) Since we’re at the shore, why not enjoy a Jersey Shore Easter buffet that is right on the shore? Bareli’s By the Sea will be offering their traditional Sunday brunch on Sunday. Enjoy relaxing views of the ocean, bright sunshine (fingers crossed), and delicious food all in one place. 1505 Ocean Avenue, Spring Lake http://www.barelisbythesea.com/
Reopening on April 4th, Panini Bay will once again become the place to dine on the water. Featuring breathtaking views of the bay, it’s just one of the many reasons to dine here – the food is on top of the list too! 101 Parker Road, Tuckerton 609-294-4281 https://paninibay.com/
Spend your brunch hours enjoying all the food that The Rum Runner has to offer during their Easter Brunch. Displays of raw bar, salads, and more, an omelet and waffle station, leg of lamb and roast beef carving station along with gourmet stuffed french toast, and pastries will definitely fill you up. Or reserve your table for Easter dinner a la carte featuring a Mojito Rubbed Rack of Lamb. Brunch is $45.95 per person and $14.95 per child (ages 3-12). Reservations required. 816 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright https://www.mcloonesrumrunner.com/
The Asbury Hotel is upping the ante on their standard brunch provisions in beautiful Asbury Park. Think made-to-order Omelette Stations as well as two create-your-own drink bars – Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. In addition to breakfast, the Easter Bunny will also be making an appearance at 1pm, with an Easter Egg Hunt to follow in the Southbooth at 1:30pm (prizes included!) Seatings at 11:30 AM and 12:15 PM. $40 per person and $15 for kids under 5. 210 5th Avenue, Asbury Park 732-774-7100 https://www.theasburyhotel.com/