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

If you attended elementary school anywhere in the United States, you were told repeatedly that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Your first grade teacher’s breakfast mantra was most likely repeated throughout middle school and even high school. Fast forward to college, keggers and dating opportunities provided by fraternity parties, when breakfast was neglected in favor of extra sleep and a big lunch. The memory of breakfast was replaced by the satisfaction of getting those extra moments of shut-eye. You woke up hungry, but with a lingering smile from your date the night before.

In spite of our rushed adult schedule of making deadlines in the day and building relationships in the evening, the voice of our first grade teacher saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” is still somewhere in our brains. Maybe we should turn back the clock to when hot breakfasts were the norm. And maybe — just maybe — we can make breakfast even hotter if we build a date around the most important meal of the day. Perhaps a breakfast date is just the thing to take our dating life from a predictable after-six cocktail to something a little more sunny-side up.

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Get ready for a New Jersey Date Night that begins 10 hours before the sun sets!

Rise, Shine and Date

Nothing says good morning to your date quite like an omelette, and the ones you’ll find at Raymond’s are an exceptional way to start your day — and date. With locations in Montclair and Ridgewood, you’ll be able have yours customized to your palate. Choices of fillings include chorizo, avocado and caramelized onions as well as favorites including Vermont cheddar, wild mushrooms and applewood bacon.

Other tasty offerings include French toast served with fresh fruit and Berkshires maple syrup and poached eggs with avocado toast. You also might want to check out their Farmhouse Scramble featuring scrambled eggs blended with Brussels sprouts, fingerling potatoes, bacon and sautéed onion with a dash of Parmesan. 

For more information on Raymond’s, visit www.raymondsnj.com.

Getting a Little Fresh in the Morning

When it comes to a breakfast date at Sam A.M., you’ll be getting fresh from every angle. This Jersey City hotspot serves up a breakfast sure to make your date sizzle with freshness. Their menu changes seasonally and is truly reflective of the farm to table concept. This dedication to freshness even carries over to their coffee beverages, as you will enjoy coffee brewed from beans roasted that week and milk from Batterkiln Cows that were milked the day before. 

Be sure to check out their breakfast sandwiches including The Classic (farm egg, thick bacon and cheddar on ciabatta) or The Pimento (farm egg, house pimento, lettuce and tomato on ciabatta).  If biscuits are your thing, their biscuits and sausage gravy are a must!

For more information on Sam A.M., visit www.sam-am.com.

You’ll Flip Over This Date

Giving your date a sense of comfort is a must, and there’s nothing more comfortable than pancakes.  At Sweet Basil’s Café & Grill in Livingston, you’ll both be head over heels for each other and their pancake assortment.

In addition to favorites like the classic pancake and chocolate chip pancakes, you’ll find some creations that take breakfast to a whole new level. You might be seduced by the tiramisu pancakes — buttermilk pancakes layered with mocha espresso cream topped with chocolate and vanilla glaze might seduce you. Or perhaps your heart will be won over by the Whiskey “R&B” Pancakes featuring whiskey-soaked raisins with caramelized bananas with a pomegranate caramel sauce. Ordering both and sharing might just be the ticket! 

For more information on Sweet Basil’s Café & Grill, visit www.sweetbasilscafe.com.

Sleep In and Get to Breakfast On Time

Sometimes a happy couple needs to sleep in on a Sunday morning, and thanks to The Bernards Inn, you can hit the snooze button and not miss an unforgettable breakfast.  Located in Bernardsville, their Sunday brunch is date perfect on many levels. 

Besides luncheon items, you may choose many tasty breakfast options including brioche French toast with blackberry and ginger chutney, and eggs Benedict with lobster. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, you can’t go wrong with the Somerset Morning Basket (seasonal fresh fruit, fresh baked pastries and an assortment of jams and jellies) with a couple add-ons from their extensive additions menu including bacon, breakfast potatoes and fresh salmon.

If your plan is to sleep in and have breakfast after 11 a.m., you may also choose to take advantage of their bottomless mimosas, bellinis and bloody marys. Factor in the beauty of this New Jersey mainstay, your date is guaranteed to be bottomless in happy. 

For more information about the Bernard’s Inn, visit www.bernardsinn.com.

The Perfect Start of the Date

Thinking out of the box to find a perfect date location is always good, but sometimes you need to think out of the box regarding the time. It’s important to remember there are two 7:30s in a day, so why not take advantage of the clock and spend quality time with your love in the morning? Sharing a hot breakfast is a tasty, flirty and perfect start of the day. When you see your date smiling with satisfaction over an empty plate of pancakes, you’ll know your first grade teacher was right.

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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, please visit CraigRogers.nyc.

What’s your idea for a great New Jersey Date?  Tell Craig all about it at crogersnyc@gmail.com.