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New Brewpub Coming to Downtown Somerville

Downtown Somerville is opening up Somerset County’s very first brewpub! This microbrewery will be serving seasonal craft beers and Progressive American-Style cuisine. Village Brewing Company will soon be located on West Main Street in the original Woolworth’s and former Somerville Center Antiques right in the heart of the downtown district!

Seasonal menus will include locally-sourced ingredients for a farm-to-table atmosphere and a selection of eight to ten in-house brewed craft beers will change monthly – but don’t worry, wines and other spirits will also be served!

The restaurant will provide à la carte, private and semi-private dining. Future plans call for the renovation of the lower floor into the “Village Square,” into a local performing arts center, as well as a banquet and event facility.

“Downtown Somerville is really a hot spot and the place to be,” said Iris Frank, co-owner and director of business development and banquet services. “We considered several towns in New Jersey for our brewpub, but in the end it was an easy decision. There is such a strong sense of community and a cool vibe to the downtown. We’ve watched the amazing transformation of Somerville and the ongoing commitment to enhancing the entire downtown experience.”

Final plans are still in the review process, but the Village Brewing management team expects to open in the summer of 2018. The new brewpub will employ roughly 70 people.

“Village Brewing Company’s decision to open in Downtown Somerville represents a significant private investment on our Main Street and will certainly add to the vibrant community life here,” said Tom Genova, chairman of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. “Somerville is a recognized success story across New Jersey, and we are proud that our downtown district will be home to the first brewpub in the county.” 

 

Bakeries To Check Out This #NationalCookieDay

December 4th is National Cookie Day, and if you’re anything like us at #HipNJ, you love your desserts. That’s why we wanted to help make sure you optimize National Cookie Day this year and get your sugar in! Check out some of our favorite bakeries with delicious desserts that will not disappoint:

1. Texeira’s Bakery – 184 Ferry St Newark, NJ 07105
This Portugese bakery is a hit with anyone who comes through the door.

2. Mara’s Cafe & Bakery – 25 E Main St Denville, NJ 07834
The desserts here are crazy good and full of options . Cookies, pies, brownies, cupcakes, gelato, coffee – and they also serve sandwiches and the like as well. With ample seating and great customer service, you’ve gotta come here at least once!

3. Lyndhurst Pastry Shop – 256 Ridge Rd Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
“Well worth the calories. So many pastries, cookies and turnovers. Run by true old school Italians.” The reviews are in! What more do you need?

4. Honey Bakery – 673 Bergen Ave Jersey City, NJ 07304
In the mood for something different? Honey Bakery serves up both Korean and Russian foods/desserts, so you never run out of delicious options!

5. Vanillamore – 349 Bloomfield Ave Montclair, NJ 07042
Delicious desserts, great ambiance, reasonable prices – and did we mention delicious desserts? 

6. Gencarelli’s Bakery – 446 Broad St Bloomfield, NJ 07003
“Best bakery ever. I can’t even stress how yummy everything is.” I’m surprised I haven’t stopped writing this blog to go get some cookies myself. The things we do for our #Hippers…

7. DaVinci Bakery – 100 Centre St Nutley, NJ 07110
Cool name, cool place, great sweets, and they also make beautiful cakes! So after you grab a few cookies and treats, order a cake for the Holidays – you’re welcome.

8. Van Gogh’s Ear Cafe – 1017 Stuyvesant Ave Union, NJ 07083
I HAD to put a photo of the decor – it’s Van Gogh! Rest assured, this place has incredible food, desserts, and coffee.” If you looked up the word “cozy” in the dictionary, you’d find this place.” It’s perfect for any occasion, but if you’re looking for a reason to try somewhere new, let it be National Cookie Day! Run, don’t walk!

9. WHOS Gluten Free80 Mallory Ave Jersey City, NJ 07307
Okay, I’ll admit it – I’m a sucker for exceptional decor, but c’mon – who doesn’t love owls? I’m also a sucker for places that accommodate specific diets. Celiacs and folks just plain avoiding gluten rejoice! WHOS Gluten Free is loved by all, come check it out.

10. Adam’s Hot Bagels – 771 State Rt 15 N Ste 2 Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

Don’t let the name fool you, this place has tons of tasty dessert items including (but not limited to) delicious Italian cookies! Stop in for the sweets, and maybe even get a sandwich to go.

We hope you’ll take some time today to grab a cookie to celebrate today, and if not take a lunch break at one of these lovely locations. Either way try and remember to take some time for yourself today, whether or not you decide to #treatyourself.

Where To Eat Vegan with #HipNJ

We all know New Jersey is full of delicious restaurants – but what if you have food allergies or simply don’t care for ingesting animal products? Lucky for literally everyone in this state, there are tons of great vegan/gluten free restaurants with endless menu items that’ll make you say, “Wait, this is vegan?”

Check out some of our favorites!

  1. Good Karma Cafe –  17 E Front St Red Bank, NJ 07701
    “Best restaurant in red bank and it is vegan. A must visit even if you are not vegan.”
  2. Papa Ganache – 106 Main St Matawan, NJ 07747
    “I’m not vegan nor do I have any food allergies so I was hesitant in trying this bakery.  I never thought vegan desserts could be this good… You would never ever know these cupcakes were even vegan!”
  3. Tea NJ – 262 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ 07302
    “Amazing place! Name should change because they are SO MUCH MORE than just tea! Especially if your vegan this should be a go to! Wraps and soups and burgers are all so good and VEGAN!!!”
  4. Kaya’s Kitchen – 1000 Main St Belmar, NJ 07719
    “Easily a great spot for vegans visiting the shore. The food is delicious and, if dining in, it’s very quaint and staff is attentive. We look forward to the certain nights when they have live music.”
  5. Killer Vegan – 996 Stuyvesant Ave Union, NJ 07083
    “Everything was delicious. The burger was especially good. Maybe the best veggie patty I have ever had.”
  6. Positivitea – 550 Bloomfield Ave Verona, NJ 07044
    “This is such a cute place that has great service and food. I was so overwhelmed with the options, but eventually settled on the mexi-cali burger with kale-slaw…I also had the strawberry milk(less)shake which tasted just like I remembered one to taste minus the dairy after taste.
    This will be my go to place every weekend.”
  7. Zest16 Little Falls Rd Fairfield, NJ 07004
    “This place is the absolute PERFECT lunch spot!! Between their juices, smoothies and bowls, I never get bored with my healthy meal choices.”
  8.  Crust & Crumble – 633 Lake Ave Asbury Park, NJ 07712
    “I would give this place 10 stars if I could as far as the vegan sandwiches go…I would HIGHLY recommend this place for a great vegan menu! Very affordable and the sandwiches are HUGE!”
  9. Blueberry Cafe Juice Bar & Vegan Grille – 547 Central Ave Newark, NJ 07107
    “This is a DIAMOND in the ROUGH! The artwork and design of the eatery is amazing. My experiences here are always pleasant!”
  10. Mama’s Cafe Baci – 260 Mountain Ave Hackettstown, NJ 07840
    “I love, love, love that Mama’s has a full vegan (and vegetarian) menu. They have separate menus altogether so vegans/vegetarians don’t have to be envious of the regular menu and feel like they’re not getting such as large/good of a selection.”Happy eating!

*(All reviews taken from restaurants’ respective Yelp pages)