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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.

Taphouse 15: New American Grill

By Chelsea Lange

In Jefferson, NJ a chic gastropub is one of the top new restaurants to head to. Taphouse 15 has a modern American cuisine with a touch of Asian and Mexican flare in many of their dishes. Hip NJ, has the scoop on Chef Mraz’s unique dishes and TapHouse 15’s variety of local craft beer and wine.

Taphouse 15 was originally New Orleans Steakhouse and was owned by their current owner Tom Apostolopoulos’s father. They closed their doors but only to renovate and opened back up in 2015 with a hip and relaxing feel. The environment and food is the perfect place to head to for a night out with family or friends.


Inside shot! Beer comes Monday

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The menu has a 5 star line up that includes unique starters like the deconstructed Tuna Poke ($13) and Thai Calamari ($12). The tuna poke was extremely fresh that was complemented with the perfect amount of heat with their sriracha aioli and homemade wonton chips. The Thai Calamari was perfectly crispy with a delicious thai chili sauce drizzle.

The menu also includes classic and unique wood fired pizza that are to die for. The Butternut Squash Pizza ($14) is one of the house specialties that attracts your sweet and salty taste buds all at once. The butternut squash gives a sweet note to the perfectly crisped pancetta.

They also feature a taco selection that has different global flares in each one. The gluten free, Pork Carnita Tacos ($ 13) are absolutely delicious that includes slow roasted pork that is topped with queso fresco, pico de gallo and their chipotle aioli, which gives some heat to the dish. Another hit was their house speciality, Fish Tacos ($14) which is a lightly battered cod that is topped with Jalapeño Tequila Slaw and also with their chipotle aioli. The best part of it all is that each dish comes with three tacos and GUAC is free. These taco dishes are served with corn tortilla chips and guacamole.

You can pair these delicious meals with their wide variety of 24 rotating beers on tap and another 50 in bottles. They showcase local brewers to show support for NJ natives just like us!

They are known to hold different events and offerings each month so be sure to check out their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see what’s going on.

Taphouse 15 is the place to be. Try not to miss their “four hour” Happy Hour that includes deals that you can’t miss such as, $1 shots, $3 well drinks, $4 house wines, and half off all pizzas. Call ahead seating will help you skip the line during busy weekends. Go on in and check out their cool bar and dining experience!