Jersey City, NJ 07302
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Take Out: Yes
May 3, 2014
Jersey City’s Brownstone Diner (& Pancake Factory) is an excellent choice for breakfast, especially pancakes, whenever the craving hits.
The t-shirt slogan here – “need pancakes!” – is good advice. You can’t go wrong with the Old Fashioned Buttermilks – a large stack of wide, fluffy pancakes flavorful enough to eat by themselves, with butter, or, if you must, maple syrup. There are 30 other varieties to choose from, however, including toppings and fillings like banana, nut ‘n’ honey, PB&J, and chocolate chip. Breakfast dishes are the Brownstone’s strength – a wide ranging menu includes sections for french toast, waffles, and omelets. The full menu includes most of what you would expect at a good Jersey diner, from burgers to steaks to lobster. And an impressive dessert case, of course.
Formerly the M&A Diner, then the Newport Pancake House, the Brownstone has been run by the Bournias family for more than 25 years. The building is on the corner of Jersey Avenue and Grand Street, with a small parking lot in the back.
Unfortunately, Brownstone is not open 24-hours, only 6 am to 11 pm daily. I stopped in on a Saturday morning after a 10k on the Jersey City waterfront. The place was packed and there was already a wait for a table. You can grab a seat at the counter much faster. From the counter, you get to watch the rapid-fire expediting at the kitchen passthrough. Stacks and stacks of pancakes carefully covering servers’ arms as they step quickly toward their tables. Service is friendly and fast.
The good news: Pancakes are worth eating any time of day.