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#VeganDay 5 of NJ’s Best Vegan Restaurants

Hey #HipNJ! Today is #VeganDay! To celebrate, let’s take a look at five of the yummiest vegan restaurants in the area!

1.  Veganized, New Brunswick

Located in the heart of New Brunswick, this vegan eatery is the bomb-diggity! Highlights of the menu include their RAWzagna (gluten-free raw zucchini pasta, marinated mushrooms, fresh tomato, nut cheese, sundried tomato puree, pesto) and the BBQ Skewers (grilled seitan vegetable BBQ skewers, herbed white bean sauce, saffron rice, crusted oyster mushrooms with maple dijon). The undisputed fan favorite is the mackin’ cheese pictured above. It looks so good!

2.  Seed to Sprout, Fair Haven & Avon-by-the-Sea

This down-the-shore vegan joint is the real deal. It offers breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, teaches cooking classes, and operates a bakery located in Wanamassa. They offer a delicious Maui Wowie smoothie (house-made cashew milk, strawberries, mango, banana, coconut, and fresh tumeric) and a Bacon Cheddar Melt (seared marinated tempeh, caramelized onion, coconut bacon, cashew sauce, riddled on a millet-flax bread). Pictured above is the House-Made Tempeh Chorizo Tacos! Yum!

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3. Heart Beet Kitchen, Westmont

A charming, farmhouse-inspired eatery, Heart Beet Kitchen has a wide range of tasty foods such zucchini noodles with eggplant meatballs or spicy Buffalo cauliflower sandwich on a gluten-free bun. They also offers some tasty deserts such as a chocolate chip dough bar with almond butter, a pumpkin pie, and a matcha chai. The highly-acclaimed Heart Beet Burger is pictured above. Looks tasty!

4. Papa Ganache, Matawan

Vegan baked goods have never sounded better at Papa Ganache, a vegan/gluten-free bakery! While known for their baked goods including biscotti, cheesecake cups, pies, cookies, cakes and more, they also serve other food such as baked ziti, chili, and pizza. Pictured above is their delicious banana chocolate chip walnut bread, which looks super yummy!

5. Veggie Heaven, Teaneck, Montclair, & Denville

Culturally-inspired Veggie Heaven is known for their Asian fusion food. With favorites like the Thai Bang Bang Chicken, Crispy Stuffed Tofu, and any of their sushi options, it’s hard to go wrong here. Pictured above is a few of their sushi rolls which look absolutely delicious!

Any of these options are a fantastic choice for celebrating #VeganDay! Enjoy the day and try some vegan food if you get the chance!

New Jersey’s Best Date Spots

By Katy Kronberg

Dating can be a nerve-racking experience. You meet someone, ask them out, they agree, and then reality hits. “Where am I going to take this person for the date?!” Choosing the perfect restaurant is not an easy task. The pressure is on to make a good impression. To calm your anxiety, #HipNJ has come up with a list of restaurants that are great places to take your date!

Café Archetypus – Edgewater

If you’re looking for a unique spot to take your date, Archetypus is the perfect choice. This dark, candlelit café is designed as though the guests are sitting inside a cave. The walls are carved with beautiful, intricate artwork, which ignites a romantic atmosphere. Most known for their seemingly endless list of decadent deserts, the menu is simple and modest.


Cuba Libre – Atlantic City

Located inside the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City, this Cuban escape offers authentic food and ambiance. Cuba Libre serves as both a restaurant and nightclub, so the date can go beyond dinner to drinks and dancing! The décor makes guests feel as though they are on vacation in Cuba, and the food seals the deal.

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Grounds for Sculpture – Hamilton

Grounds For Sculpture is situated on the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Hamilton. The grounds encompass many things, such as artwork, landscapes, historical buildings, classes, shows, and more. A date here could include dinner and a moonlight tour around the property. Can you say romantic? There are a few different restaurants to choose from that cater to all price ranges. Perfect choice for a relaxing and unique date.

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Mario’s Tutto Bene – Union

Once you eat at this restaurant, you will wonder how you ever survived without it. Mario’s has everything an Italian restaurant needs. The guest is treated to a lovely experience with every course. From drinks, to appetizers, to the pleasant surprise of Intermezzo, to the entrée, and finally to the absolutely delicious desserts, you cannot go wrong with any menu choice. Plus, Friday and Saturday nights turn into a lively Karaoke scene. Prices are reasonable and the check is 25% off on Wacky Wednesdays.


McLoone’s Pier House -Long Branch

Romance is bound to be in the air when sharing a meal while looking out onto the beach and watching the sunset. McLoone’s rests on the boardwalk in Pier Village in Long Branch. The menu includes everything from fresh fish to steaks and salads. During the summer season, the windows are opened and the restaurant offers open air dining. Not only incredible for lunch and dinner, Sunday brunch is a great option for a weekend date.

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Thai Kitchen – Bridgewater

As its name states, Thai Kitchen is an eclectic spot for authentic Thai cuisine. Popular in the community, arriving in prime mealtime means a wait, but it’ll be worth it. The wait staff is extremely helpful in explaining the dishes, so it is a good place to try new things. Portions are generous and every customer leaves fully satisfied. Being a little adventurous in your choices can make for awesome date conversation as well!


Kyma Cuisine – Somerville

Kyma Cuisine is the perfect Greek escape in the heart of Somerville. Once inside, the restaurant’s blue and white atmosphere transports the guest to the coasts of Greece. The staff is extremely welcoming and makes each guest feel at home. The menu has endless options so there is something for everyone. A date at Kyma is definitely not something anyone will forget.


Toast – Montclair, Asbury Park

Simplicity at its best, Toast is a popular spot for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. There are two locations, one in Montclair and the other in Asbury Park. The restaurant’s mantra is “Peace, Love, Pancakes,” which would sound good to any breakfast lover! Known for their pancakes, the recipe is promised to please any crowd with offerings from classic buttermilk to red velvet. Toast is a fantastic way to start a daylong date, whether it’s heading to the beach or wandering through downtown Montclair.

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Jersey Shore BBQ – Belmar

What are the two best things about summer? The beach and barbecues. Jersey Shore BBQ gives you both! Just a short walk from Belmar beach, it is a welcoming community hotspot with good people, but even better food. Classic home-style barbecue right off the beach…it cannot get better than that! As a mid-day meal or after a long day on the beach, Jersey Shore BBQ will be a date pleaser.

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Mizu Sushi – Cranford

In Japan, sushi originally started out as a fast food because of the quick popularity and easiness to make. Mizu Sushi goes way beyond that, making their dishes look like artistic creations. Just looking at their Instagram account will make you hungry! This date spot would be anything but ordinary. It also makes for a great #foodstagram!

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