Sunday Brunch for a large party in Montclair
I am getting married in September in Montclair, and we are planning on taking our wedding party and parents out to brunch the following day. I don't live in the area and would love suggestions for any restaurants that would be good for this purpose. It would be a big party, about 30, since we are including the partners of the wedding party and their families. There will be at least 2 toddlers present in that number, so somewhat kid-friendly would be ideal. Thank you!
We went to brunch at Toast a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. The restaurant is very kid-friendly and the menu is reasonably priced. I'm not sure if they would be able to fit 30 people but you can call them and see. The upstairs room is rather large so it might work.
Ugh. Imo, Toast is about as mediocre as one can get! (Remember: just b/c it's busy doesn't mean it's GOOD...) The menu reads fine, but I've told friends who have dragged me there that I won't go any more. I honestly think you'd be better off at a good NJ diner.
I'd suggest you call Raymond's on Church Street in Montclair and see if you can take over part of their big room, or call Sweet Basil's Cafe in West Orange (on the Montclair border). Both of those places are kid/family-friendly, reasonably-priced, and the quality of the food is much better than Toast!
Another option (more upscale and I'm sure more $$) would be McLoone's, also in W. Orange, but further away from Montclair (5 miles?). Note: it's right next to the (small but terrific) Turtle Back Zoo, so if that's an appeal for people with kids, it's a bonus for after brunch.