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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)

Vital Restaurant and Juice bar

By Lisa Cardoso

#HipNewJersey took a visit to Vital Restaurant and Juice Bar in Montclair, and their natural and flavorful twist on vegan and Jamaican dishes really impressed us.

Chef Kwame Williams believes in fresh and never frozen ingredients. He is a vegan himself and took his dietary values and twisted them into vibrant meals that everyone could love. Their food is so fresh that the dishes with fish can only be ordered on certain days when they get it shipped in. This restaurant is not only for vegans though, as their progressive take on food reaches all types of pallets.

“When you dine with us, you find that food is not just about the maintenance of the body. It can also be healing to the soul.”

Food: The first thing we tried was the Vital Hummus, a black eyed pea hummus served with plantain chips. The plantains were just the right amount of crispy and acted like a pita bread for dipping. This dish was my favorite part! Hummus is all the rage right now, and this black eyed pea hummus paired perfectly with the plantain chips. I highly recommend this.

As another starter, we ordered the Jerk Chicken Wings. These are your typical chicken wings that most enjoy on football Sundays, but tossed in a jerk sauce. Jerk sauce is a Jamaican sauce and it is spicy! (A yellow pepper next to the jerk chicken wings is included on the menu to indicate spiciness) Our hands were dirty after eating this one!

After asking for their recommendations, the waiter kindly told me that their most popular dish was the vegan Curried Cauliflower with coconut rice and sauteed kale. As soon as the bowl hit the table, I grabbed my phone for a picture. It was colorful and presented nicely. Curry is a dominant flavored spice that paired well with the sweetness of the cauliflower. Kale is everything right now, appearing  in kale smoothies, kale sweatshirts that Beyoncé wears, and now kale on top of curried cauliflower. I’m not vegan by any means, but this is something I would enjoy having again.

Just for our own guilty pleasure, we ordered their vegan mac and cheese. Macaroni and cheese…vegan? What? Absolutely! They use a cashew cheese sauce and mix it with shell pasta. 100 percent vegan and 100 percent delicious!

They also have a variety of fresh juices, smoothies, elixirs, coffees, and teas! We tried the Sunsplash, a juice with grapefruit, orange and mango. It was refreshing! A drink I would pair with a hot sunny day. The Caribbean music helped me feel as if I was sitting at an outdoor restaurant by the beach and not in the winters of New Jersey!

The atmosphere: Located on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, if you’re not hip, you’re out. Montclair is known for their appealing restaurants with dim lighting and exotic styled food. Vital nails it on the exotic foods, but is different in the lighting. There are bright lights and green walls that create the Caribbean vibe that helped us escape the cold weather outside. 

We went on a Wednesday and although we made reservations, we didn’t need one. They had a few tables and we were seated immediately. Our food came out quickly, which is always great when you’re starving. I can’t speak for the weekends, but I’m sure being located on Bloomfield Ave and having an individualistic take on food could call for larger weekend crowds.

Pricing

Sunsplash Juice: $3.50

Vital Hummus: $7

Jerk Chicken Wings: $10

Curried Cauliflower: $18

Macaroni and Cheese: $8

World Vegan Day

Happy World Vegan Day! On World Vegan Day we have found the best vegan restaurants throughout New Jersey for you to try. Check out some of these places today.

Mundo Vegan in Montclair

Veggie Heaven in Montclair

Crispy Chicken Wrap ?

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Veganized Restaurant in New Brunswick

Killer Vegan in Union

Seed to Sprout in Fair Haven

Try something new and try some vegan food! Happy World Vegan Day!