Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada

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Asbury Park

Crust & Crumble Pizzeria

658 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712

(732) 776-7767

Pizzeria. Crust & Crumble is an authentic pizzeria at the Jersey shore. Their separate vegan menu features subs, pastas, and pizzas with both vegan cheese and vegan mockmeats. Try vegan sandwiches like the Cali 'Chicken,' Sausage & Pepper, or 'Meatball' Hero. Portions are quite generous so come hungry! Crust & Crumble is located inside the Shoppes at the Arcade.

Open Wednesday through Monday for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$$

··Goldie's

550 Cookman Ave., Ste. 101, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

(732) 774-5575

Vegan/organic. Goldie's features creative vegan cuisine to dine on amid a background of shimmering and earthy decor. The menu moves from Small Plates to Salads to Plates to Desserts. Enjoy dishes like Lebanese Couscous Salad, White Bean & Vegetable Pot Pie, and Caramelized Tempeh. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Open nightly for dinner through late night service
Full service
beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC, $$-$$$

Twisted Tree Café

609 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712

(732) 775-2633

Coffeehouse/café. If you're near the New Jersey shore, then you must pay a visit to the Twisted Tree Café! Menu items include the Tofu Meatball Wrap, Soy Chicken Salad Sandwich, and Focaccia Melt. They have homemade baked goods such as vegan cookies, brownies, and muffins; enjoy your dessert with a cup of coffee that includes your choice of soy, rice, almond, oat, hazelnut, or hemp milk. The Twisted Tree Café strongly supports the arts in their community. They feature the works of local photographers and artists on their walls and local musicians play live music on weekends.

Open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday for lunch and dinner. Open Friday and Saturday for lunch and dinner through late night. Closed Monday and Tuesday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, smoothies, soymilk, espresso
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Atlantic City

Little Saigon

2801 Arctic Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401

(609) 347-9119

Vietnamese. Little Saigon is a bright spot in Atlantic City and an oasis for vegetarians and vegans. Their menu has a section of 'Vegetarian Specialties' which includes the highly-recommended Asian Eggplant with Tofu.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$-$$$

Veggie Grille

500 Albany Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401

(609) 823-5500

Italian/pizza/organic. The Veggie Grille offers an extensive selection of vegetarian and vegan items. They use vegan cheese along with seitan and soy mockmeats for their menu of vegan pizzas, burgers, subs, wraps, and entré;es. Outdoor seating is available.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, beer/wine
VISA/MC, $$

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Avon-by-the-Sea

··From Seed to Sprout

410 Main St., Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ 07717

(732) 774-7333

Vegan/organic/raw foods/juice bar. From Seed to Sprout offers organic, whole foods that are made from scratch, including their own coconut milk. They use spelt flour or sprouted grain bread to maintain a gluten-free environment. They strictly use agave nectar for any sweetening. The restaurant has raw options, and a raw food cleanse program. Favorite menu items include Raw Eggnog Cheesecake, Foccacia, Sesame Miso Marinated Tempeh, Ginger Gelato, and Kelp Noodles. They are known for their fantastic Sunday brunches, featuring Chick Pea Frittata, Cashew Battered French Toast, Blueberry Spelt Pancakes, and Tofu Rancheros. Reservations are required for Thursday's dinner. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Beach Haven

·Living on the Veg

2613 Long Beach Blvd., Beach Haven, NJ 08008

(609) 492-4066

Vegetarian/natural foods/juice bar. Living on the Veg offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more. They are open from March through November. Outdoor seating is available. Cash only.

Open Monday for lunch. Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
$

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Belmar

·Kaya's Kitchen

1000 Main St., Belmar, NJ 07719

(732) 280-1141

Vegetarian/international/organic. This mostly vegan restaurant features an international menu with choices like French onion soup, Oriental sesame salad, tacos, and falafel. If you're in the mood for some good ol' American food, try the vegetarian meatloaf with mashed potatoes and vegan gravy. There are also blackboard specials every night that include vegan desserts. Kaya's is located at the corner of 10th & Main.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages, BYOB
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$-$$$

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Bloomfield

Taqueria Autentica

1035 Broad St., Bloomfield, NJ 07003

(973) 320-4157

Mexican. Taqueria Autentica serves up plenty of interesting and authentic Mexican food. Many of the options are already vegetarian-friendly and can easily be made vegan. Try any of their delicious veggie tacos like the Street-style Zucchini or the Hongos (mushrooms with herbs and spices). The eatery is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Cash only.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, BYOB
$$

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Brick

Sentosa Restaurant

2063 Rt. 88, Brick, NJ 08724

(732) 892-9595

Chinese/Malaysian. Sentosa Restaurant is a popular and very veg-friendly eatery. Among their numerous vegetarian and vegan selections are Malaysian entrées served with brown rice and dishes made with soy protein mockmeats or tofu.

Open Monday for dinner. Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

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Cape May

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Stone Harbor and Wildwood.)

Fruit of the Balloon

309 Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204

(609) 898-2211

Café. Fruit of the Balloon offers vegetarian options along with their regular fare.

Open daily for lunch and dinner from May through August
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, smoothies, fresh juices
VISA/MC/AMEX, $

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Cherry Hill

Esti's Besty's Vegetarian Restaurant

2442 Route 38, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

(856) 755-1116

Kosher dairy/Mediterranean/pizza. Esti's Besty's is a kosher eatery that serves many classic Mediterranean and pizzeria-style dishes. Choose from favorites such as Falafel, Baba Ghanouj, or a Calzone. Or try any of the great fusion options like the Zatar Pizza. Although mostly vegetarian, they do serve tuna. Reservations are accepted.

Open Sunday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. Open Friday for lunch. Closed Saturday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

Silver Diner

2131 New Jersey 38, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

(856) 910-1240

American/diner. Silver Diner serves American diner food but offers several vegetarian and vegan selections (both noted on the menu). Some of their vegan items include Pesto Veggie Pasta, Santa Fe Roasted Veggies, Black Bean Hummus, Mango Vegetarian Stir Fry, and SD Veggie Chili. They often use whole grain breads and offer gluten-free items as well as entrées under 600 calories. This location of Silver Diner is across from the Cherry Hill Mall.

Open Monday through Saturday for three meals through late night service. Open Sunday for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, beer/wine
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Collingswood

··Sweet Freedom Bakery

577 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108

(856) 869-7322

Vegan/bakery. Sweet Freedom Bakery is a completely vegan bakery that is also gluten-free. This allergy-friendly bakery wants everyone to enjoy their treats which is why they are also corn-free, wheat-free, peanut-free, soy-free, casein-free, and use no refined sugars. But the good news is that they are not free of taste! Enjoy cakes, cookies, loaves, muffins, brownies, blondies, & more!

Open Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday
Counter service
take-out, delivery
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

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Denville

Café Metro

60 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, NJ 07834

(973) 625-1055

Café. Café Metro offers a diverse menu with vegetarian and vegan options, including stir-fries, grilled and steamed vegetables, soups, and salads in a completely smoke-free environment. Reservations are recommended.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for dinner only
Full service
vegan options
catering, take-out, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, smoothies, BYOB, outdoor seating
VISA/MC/AMEX/DC, $$

··Veggie Heaven

57 Bloomfield Ave., Denville, NJ 07834

(973) 586-7800

Vegan/Asian. Veggie Heaven offers an extensive vegan menu including soups, noodle dishes, and mockmeats. Desserts include Vanilla Soy Cheesecake, Tofu Ice Cream (vanilla almond bark, wild berry, chocolate, or butter pecan), and the extremely popular Green Tea Cake.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages, BYOB
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$-$$$

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East Rutherford

Park and Orchard Restaurant

240 Hackensack St., East Rutherford, NJ 07073

(201) 939-9292

Eclectic. Park and Orchard was voted "Best Restaurant in Northern New Jersey" by readers of "New Jersey Magazine." There's an award-winning wine list and an excellent eclectic menu.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday for dinner only. Open for Sunday late lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$$

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Edgewater

Whole Foods Market

905 River Rd., Edgewater, NJ 07020

(201) 941-4000

Natural foods store/deli. A wide variety of vegetarian and vegan foods are offered in the deli and on the salad bar.

Open daily
Cafeteria
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices,
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Edison

·Saravanaa Bhavan

149 Wood Ave., Edison, NJ 08820

(732) 767-0033

Vegetarian/Indian. Located in the Oak Wood Plaza, Saravanaa Bhavan is part of the popular Chennai-based international franchise. Specializing in South Indian vegetarian cuisine, the restaurant offers traditional dishes including dosa, uthappam, curries, and clay pot dishes. Saravanaa Bhavan is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

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Elizabeth

Jerusalem Pizza

150 Elmora Ave., Elizabeth, NJ 07202

(908) 289-0291

Kosher/natural foods. Enjoy kosher Middle Eastern vegetarian food, as well as pizza, salads, and more.

Open Sunday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. Open Friday for lunch. Closed Saturday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering
$

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Fair Lawn

·Natural Way Café

23-25 Broadway, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

(201) 791-1717

Vegetarian/café/organic/juice bar. The Natural Way is a vegetarian café offering sandwiches, salads, wraps, entrées, and more. Menu items of meat, poultry, and seafood are actually made from soy protein, wheat gluten and/or vegetable products. The Natural Way features a juice bar and offers organic grocery items.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, soymilk, smoothies
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

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Franklin Park

·Sapthagiri

3151 State Route 27, Franklin Park, NJ 08823

(732) 940-2400

Vegetarian/Indian/Kosher. Sapthagiri offers authentic, purely vegetarian Indian cuisine, with an abundance of vegan options indicated on the menu. Affordable combination plates and specials highlight traditional Indian dishes such as Dosa (thin crepe), Curries, and Uttappam. Breakfast buffet is offered on weekends.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Glen Rock

··Nectar Café

175 Rock Road, Glen Rock, NJ 07452

(201) 857-0825

Vegan. Primarily a juice bar; however, they also serve a changing menu of vegan dishes and desserts.

Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch
Counter service
vegan options
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

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Hainesport

Hainesport Health Haven

Rt. 38 and Lumberton Rd., Hainesport, NJ 08036

(609) 267-7744

Lunch bar. Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere in this fully stocked natural foods store. The lunch bar is very willing to accommodate special diets, and there are many vegetarian and vegan options.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch. Closed Sunday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $

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Hillsborough

Culinary Creations

434 Rte. 206 S., Hillsborough, NJ 08876

(908) 281-3894

Café. Enjoy a friendly and casual atmosphere while dining on homemade lentil burgers, black bean burgers, fresh grilled vegetable sandwiches, and daily meatless specials and soups prepared by graduates of the Culinary Institute of America.

Open Monday through Friday for three meals. Open Saturday and Sunday for breakfast and lunch
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, espresso/cappuccino, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

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Hoboken

Mamoun's Falafel Restaurant

502 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 656-0310

Middle Eastern. Mamoun's Falafel serves delicious and inexpensive falafel along with other Middle Eastern favorites. Try their 100% vegan lentil soup.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices
VISA/MC, $

··The Cinnamon Snail

River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 675-3755

Vegan/organic/food truck. The Cinnamon Snail is a vegan food truck that serves mostly organic food, prepared without processed or artificial ingredients. They offer gluten-free, macrobiotic, and raw food options. Try the Creole Grilled Tofu Sub, Korean Barbeque Seitan, or Maple Mustard Tempeh Sandwich. The menu changes with the seasons and their whims; weekly specials are offered. They also offer a selection of vegan desserts and pastries (baked fresh daily) including Cinnamon Buns (after which the truck is named). All packaging is 100% biodegradable and compostable. In addition to offering delicious vegan food, The Cinnamon Snail also serves to educate the public about sustainable and local agriculture, animal welfare and non-violence. The truck does not operate in very bad weather or when on catering jobs. For locations and times, follow them on Twitter or Facebook. They also run Certified Orgasmic, a vegan and organic full-service caterer. Cash only.

Open Thursday through Tuesday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Wednesday
Take-out
catering
$-$$

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Iselin

·Dimple's Bombay Talk

1358 Oak Tree Rd., Iselin, NJ 08830

(732) 283-0066

Vegetarian/Indian. Located on a street of Indian businesses, Dimple's Bombay Talk has South Indian, Indian-Chinese, and Indian-Thai fast food -- and it's all vegetarian! Their menu also includes veggie burgers & hot dogs and their special Jungle Jumbo Sandwich, a ten-inch round Italian loaf that contains shredded lettuce, onion, red cabbage, carrot and cucumber dressed with coriander and peanut chutney.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, smoothies
VISA/MC, $$

·Dimple's Khasiyat

77 Middlesex Ave., Iselin, NJ 08830

(732) 404-0331

Vegetarian/Indian. Dimple’s Khasiyat is a fast food vegetarian restaurant that mixes the flavor and spices of India with home-style cooking techniques. The result is unique fusion dishes like Chopsuey Dosa, Achari Paneer Falafel, and Paneer Chilly Milly Dosa. They also offer an extensive selection of Stuffed Paratha.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

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Jersey City

·Dosa Hut

777 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 420-6660

Vegetarian/Indian. Dosa Hut is a South Indian vegetarian restaurant with an extensive menu. Enjoy traditional dishes at prices that won’t break the bank. Their menu offers a wide array of items including Dosa, Idli, Uttapams, Curries, and Thalis. Dosa Hut is located in the heart of the Indian Shopping District of Jersey City.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC, $

·Sapthagiri

804 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 533-8400

Vegetarian/Indian/Kosher. See description under Franklin Park, NJ.

·Sri Ganesh's Dosa House

809 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 222-3883

Vegetarian/Indian. There is so much to choose from at Sri Ganesh's Dosa House. With over 80 varieties of Dosa and Uttapams, there is sure to be something to please every palate. Enjoy signature dishes like Steamy Idli Dumplings or Spring Dosa. Offering a friendly atmosphere and inexpensive meals, this is a great place to dine anytime. Cash only.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering
$-$$

Two Boots

133 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 209-1250

Pizzeria/eclectic. Two Boots, with its funky folk art décor, is known for its special cornmeal crust pizza. They offer fresh ingredients and unique Cajun-flavored toppings. Try the "V For Vegan" Pizza, made with Daiya vegan cheese, topped with artichokes, shiitakes, red onions, basil, and red pepper pesto. Pizzas can be ordered without cheese upon request.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Lambertville

Caffe Galleria

18 S. Main St., Lambertville, NJ 08530

(609) 397-2400

Mediterranean/Pizza. Caffe Galleria's tag line is "Where the unapologetic carnivore and the dedicated vegan dine together... happily." Many meals have the option of choosing seitan or tofu instead of meat, and a great deal more to begin with are vegetarian or vegan. The dining room features art by local artists and outdoor seating is available in the summer. Delivery is free.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/DISC, $$-$$$

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Lawrenceville

Palace of Asia

540 Lawrence Square Blvd South, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

(609) 689-1500

Indian. Many vegetarian specialties, including samosas, pakoras, masalas, and vegetable biryani, are featured at Palace of Asia.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, wine/beer/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $$

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Ledgewood

··Loving Hut

538 State Route 10, Ledgewood, NJ 07852

(862) 251-4611

Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet. Loving Hut in Ledgewood is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Little Silver

·Healthfair

625 Branch Ave., Little Silver, NJ 07739

(732) 747-3140

Vegetarian. Located in a natural foods store, Healthfair offers an organic salad bar, macrobiotic lunches, vegetarian sandwiches, hot foods, organic breads, fresh juices, vegan desserts, and more.

Open Monday through Friday for three meals. Open Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Open Sunday for brunch only
Limited service
vegan options
take-out
$$

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Marlton

Mexican Food Factory

601 W. Rte. 70, Marlton, NJ 08053

(856) 983-9222

Mexican. Mexican food in a casual atmosphere.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$$

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Matawan

··Loving Hut

952 Route 34, Matawan, NJ 07747

(732) 970-6129

Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet. This location in Matawan is closed on Saturdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, smoothies, soymilk, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC/DISC, $

··Papa Ganache

106 Main St., Matawan, NJ 07747

(732) 217-1750

Vegan/bakery/café/organic. This all-vegan and eco-conscious bakery features many mouth-watering treats. Try cupcake flavors like Peanut Butter Cup, Banana Colada, or Chocolate Lovers. Is it your birthday? You can get any cupcake flavor made into a cake! Papa Ganache also features bundt cakes, cookies, pretzel muffins, pecan sticky buns, and danish. They use mostly organic ingredients and gluten-free and wheat-free treats are available. Lunch items include soups, sandwiches, salads, pizza, and pasta. There is a rotating menu, so you may want to call ahead if you are craving something in particular. Papa Ganache, located in downtown Matawan, has an old-fashioned feel.

Open daily for lunch
Limited service
take-out, espresso
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Metuchen

Prik-Pow Thai Cuisine

10 Pearl St., Metuchen, NJ 08840

(732) 548-9747

Thai. Prik-Pow Thai Cuisine can make many dishes vegetarian or vegan by using mock meat or tofu in place of meat. Enjoy menu items like Pad Prik-Pow with vegetarian chicken, Red Been Roti, and Green Curry with tofu. The atmosphere is pleasant with bright green walls that have an energizing effect. Don't miss their terrific lunch specials! Prik-Pow is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Millville

··Wildflower Earthly Vegan Fare

501 N. High St., Millville, NJ 08332

(856) 265-7955

Vegan/natural foods/organic. Wildflower Earthly Vegan Fare is an eclectic café where everything is vegan and made from scratch using organic and local ingredients. The menu changes weekly but always includes salads, wraps, sandwiches, soups, baked goods, and desserts. Outdoor seating is available in warmer weather. Wildflower is located in the heart of downtown Millville's Glasstown Arts District. Cash only.

Open Wednesday and Thursday for lunch and early dinner. Open Friday and Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for lunch. Closed Monday and Tuesday
Limited service
take-out, catering
$

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Montclair

··Mundo Vegan

20 Church St., Montclair, NJ 07042

(973) 744-5503

Vegan/natural foods/organic. Mundo Vegan is an all-vegan restaurant with a focus on organic, non-GMO, and palm oil-free food. They are committed to having a low carbon footprint without compromising on flavor. The restaurant focuses on making comfort foods -- favorite meals that the owners grew up with, like pot pie and mac and cheese. Mundo uses the local harvest to create a menu that changes with the seasons. Dishes include Lasagna (made with tofu-cashew ricotta), Chickpea Provencal Salad, and Ropa Vieja (a Seitan dish). The eatery is located in downtown Montclair. Outdoor seating is available.

Open Thursday for lunch. Open Friday and Saturday for dinner. Open Sunday and Monday for lunch. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Full service
take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

··The Blended Beverage

307C Orange Rd., Montclair, NJ 07042

(973) 746-7003

Vegan/raw foods. The Blended Beverage specializes in raw foods and living cuisine. Enjoy wraps, salads, desserts, blended vegetable beverages, smoothies, and fresh juices at this all-vegan eatery. Classes and meal plans are also offered. Use the side or front entrance (when available) to gain access to this cozy café on the lower level of The Whole Body Center. Cash only.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday
Counter service
take-out, catering, smoothies, fresh juices
$$

··Veggie Heaven

631 Valley Rd., Montclair, NJ 07043

(973) 783-1088

Vegan/Asian. Veggie Heaven offers an extensive vegan menu including soups, noodle dishes, and mockmeats. Desserts include Vanilla Soy Cheesecake, Tofu Ice Cream (vanilla almond bark, wild berry, chocolate, or butter pecan), and the extremely popular Green Tea Cake.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages, BYOB
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$-$$$

Whole Foods Market

701 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042

(973) 746-5110

Natural foods store/deli. See description under Edgewater, NJ.

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Morristown

·Chand Palace

79 Washington St. (Rt. 24W), Morristown, NJ 07960

(201) 539-7433

Vegetarian/Indian. Chand Palace offers a wide variety of vegetarian Indian food, including baked breads, vegetable curries, rice specialties, and more. The restaurant does not use eggs in its dishes.

Open Wednesday through Monday for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesday
Full service
vegan options
take-out
$$

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Mount Laurel

Monsoon Indian Cuisine

4180 Dearborn Cir., Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

(856) 234-0080

Indian. Monsoon has an extensive list of traditional vegetarian Indian cuisine. You'll find classics like Chana Massala (chickpeas cooked in a spicy sauce) and Malai Kofta (vegetable dumplings). There are a few vegetarian options on the lunch buffet as well. Monsoon is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, BYOB
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

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New Brunswick

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see East Brunswick, Hamilton, Hillsborough, Metuchen, and Piscataway.)

·George Street Co-op

89 Morris St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 247-8280

Vegetarian/natural foods store. The George Street Co-op is an all-vegetarian natural foods market. They offer organic produce, bulk foods, vitamins & herbs, personal care products, earth-friendly items, gifts, and more. Vegan items are plentiful. You don't have to be a member of the Co-op to shop here; everyone is welcome! Make sure to stop in the all-vegan Namaste Café Organic Juice Bar, located above the Co-op.

Open daily
Take-out
vegan options
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

·Maoz Vegetarian

385 George St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 543-1600

Vegetarian/fast food. Maoz is a mostly vegan restaurant. One of the most highly recommended items on the menu is the falafel which is gluten-free. Enjoy their toppings bar with over 18 homemade fresh salads and sauces. Save room for their vegan rice pudding. The restaurant originated in Holland and is vegetarian for ethical reasons.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

··Namaste Café Organic Juice Bar

89 Morris St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 247-0118

Vegan/café/juice bar/organic. The Namaste Café Organic Juice Bar is a yogic-style eatery committed to healing through eating. They offer vegan, organic, and minimally-processed foods. Cultural events, nutrition & health food classes, and guest speakers are frequently featured. Namaste is located above the George Street Co-op, an all-vegetarian natural foods store.

Open Monday for breakfast and lunch. Open Tuesday through Friday for three meals. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner
Limited service
take-out, fresh juices, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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North Brunswick

Bombay Grill

2070 Route 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

(732) 658-3004

Indian. This establishment features North Indian cuisine and has many veggie options including Chana Masala, Bhindi Masala/Okra, and Tofu with Pepper and Onion.They are located at the corner of US Highway 1 and Thalia Street.

Open Monday through Saturday for dinner. Closed Sunday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $

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Oakhurst

Changmao Sakura

214 Roosevelt Ave., Oakhurst, NJ 07755

(908) 517-8889

Kosher/Asian. This kosher restaurant offers both Chinese and Japanese cuisine, including several vegetarian dishes. Enjoy Broccoli with Garlic Sauce, Tofu in Brown Sauce, String Beans with Garlic Sauce, and Vegetarian Lo Mein.

Open Sunday through Thursday for dinner. Open Saturday one and a half hours after sunset. Closed Friday
Full service
vegan options
take-out
$$-$$$

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Ocean City

Bashful Banana Bakery & Café

944 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226

(609) 398-9677

Café/bakery. Bashful Banana is a very veg-friendly café and bakery, offering non-dairy and vegan options. Their signature item is the Banana Whip, their version of a frozen custard, made only with bananas! Enjoy outdoor dining within walking distance of the beach. Bashful Banana is located on the OC Boardwalk between 9th and 10th Sts. To find them, turn away from the ocean and onto Ocean Colony Walk, a private boardwalk; they are across from The Sindia.

Open daily for three meals from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Open weekends in April, May, September and October
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Parsippany

·Chand Palace

257 Littleton Rd., Parsippany, NJ 07054

(973) 334-5444

Vegetarian/Indian. See descripton under Morristown, NJ.

·Mysore Woodlands

296 Rt. 46 W., Parsippany, NJ 07054

(973) 227-8191

Vegetarian/Indian. Mysore Woodlands serves North and South Indian cuisines, including soups, dosais, curries, and Indian breads. Enjoy their terrific lunch buffet!

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

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Piscataway

·Sukh Sagar

1347 Stelton Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854

(732) 777-9595

Vegetarian/Indian. Sukh Sagar offers authentic Indian cuisine that is vegetarian. Their extensive and inexpensive menu includes North and South Indian dishes along with Indo-Chinese items. Don't miss their daily lunch buffet. Stop in for Chaat Night on Wednesday evenings and Dosa Night on Friday evenings. Sukh Sagar is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Plainsboro

Crown of India

660 Plainsboro Rd., Plainsboro, NJ 08536

(609) 275-5707

Indian. Enjoy fine dining at Crown of India. Their menu includes 'Vegetarian Delights' such as Bhindi Masala and Aloo Mutter. The restaurant is located in the Princeton Meadow Shopping Center. Crown of India is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $$

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Point Pleasant Beach

Jason's Organic Pizza Café

1314 Richmond Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

(732) 899-2900

Pizza/organic. They offer gluten-free and vegan options including vegan Dayia cheese and vegan chicken, pepperoni, and bacon toppings for their pizza. Salads are also served.

Closed Tuesday. Open Wednesday through Monday for lunch and dinner
Counter service
delivery, take-out
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Red Bank

··Good Karma Café

17 E. Front St., Red Bank, NJ 07701

(732) 450-8344

Vegan/organic café/juice bar. Good Karma Café is completely vegan with many raw foods items. They use organic and local ingredients as much as possible. Enjoy Smokey Tofu Wrap, Tempeh Reuben, Cajun Seitan, Pineapple Mango Tempeh, Sweet Chili Tofu, or Chickpea of the Sea. Wheat and gluten-free items are noted. They also have a juice bar and bakery.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC, $

Pizza Fusion

95 Broad St., Red Bank, NJ 07701

(732) 345-1600

Pizza/organic. Pizza Fusion is an organic, eco-friendly pizza chain offering vegan and gluten-free options. Try the Very Vegan Pizza which has crimini mushrooms, roasted garlic, organic tomato sauce, and soy cheese (casein-free). Or build your own pizza with topping choices like roasted eggplant, kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, sauteed spinach, and vegan soy cheese. The motto at Pizza Fusion is, "Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time" and that’s not just a slogan. Examples of how they promote sustainability include: using company-owned hybrid vehicles for food deliveries; giving customers discounts for bringing back their pizza boxes for recycling; using spudware utensils, made from potatoes, which biodegrade in 50 days; and offsetting their energy use by purchasing wind energy certificates.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$-$$$

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Ridgewood

Pizza Fusion

33 Godwin Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450

(201) 445-9010

Pizza/organic. See description under Red Bank, NJ.

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Ringoes

·Spoon & Sprout Café

79 US Highway 202, Ste. 203, Ringoes, NJ 08551

(908) 333-3229

Vegetarian/natural foods. Spoon & Sprout Café features local and seasonal ingredients on their menu of homemade dishes. Completely vegetarian, the café provides options for vegans as well as those allergic to gluten. Spoon & Sprout is located in Everitts Plaza.

Open Tuesday and Friday for lunch. Closed Saturday through Monday and Wednesday and Thursday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

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Rutherford

Rutherford Pancake House

40 Park Ave., Rutherford, NJ 07070

(201) 340-4171

American. Rutherford Pancake House is a casual American eatery located in downtown Rutherford. They offer an extensive vegetarian and vegan menu selection including daily homemade soups, sandwiches and salads. To help the environment, all take-out containers, bags, cups, lids, and utensils are biodegradable and compostable. Rutherford is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Sunday through Wednesday for breakfast and lunch. Open Thursday through Saturday for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

··Sweet Avenue Bake Shop

153 Park Ave., Rutherford, NJ 07070

(201) 935-2253

Vegan bakery. Their tagline says it all, "Sweet Avenue Bake Shop is dedicated to life, liberty and the pursuit of cupcakes." And the best part is -- they are completely vegan! Delicious flavors include Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Fluffernutter, Pomegranate Champagne, Raspberry Swirl, and Cookies 'N' Cream. They cater weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion with cupcake tiers or custom-printed cupcakes. They also can ship cupcakes in the U.S. Cash only in-store but an ATM is across the street. Credit cards are accepted on their website for advance orders.

Open Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday
Limited service
take-out, delivery, catering, soymilk
$-$$$

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Scotch Plains

Red Pepper Indian Cuisine

2520 Rt. 22 E., Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

(908) 233-5511

Indian. Red Pepper Indian Cuisine offers many vegetable dishes including appetizers and curries. Their weekday lunch buffet is a great value. Red Pepper is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, BYOB
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Secaucus

Mausam

1150 Paterson Plank Rd., Secaucus, NJ 07094

(201) 869-3663

Indian/Pakistani. Mausam Indian Cuisine offers a full menu of authentic Indian foods, as well as buffet-style eating and catering services. Vegetarians are treated well here. With a separate vegetarian menu, which includes many vegan options, anyone can find something to his or her liking. Mausam is a hidden gem. The food is hot, fresh, and served in large portions. The restaurant is located off exit 16E on the New Jersey Turnpike, allowing you to enjoy a view of New York City as you dine. There is always live entertainment which acts as a backdrop to your meal. The stylish yet simple ambience of the restaurant along with the delicious cuisine will not disappoint you! Mausam is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

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Ship Bottom

Greenhouse Café

605 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008

(609) 494-7333

American/eclectic. Enjoy the relaxed and casual atmosphere at the Greenhouse Café. Whenever possible, they use meatless broths and stocks to increase their offerings to vegetarians. Greenhouse Café is located on the corner of 6th Street & Long Beach Boulevard. Reservations are not required but recommended.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
take-out, catering, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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South Orange

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

261 Irvington Ave., South Orange, NJ 07079

(973) 327-4840

Ethiopian. Lalibela is a restaurant with a passion for authenticity, tradition, and quality. The dishes are prepared using fresh ingredients and imported Ethiopian spices. There is a separate vegetarian menu that is actually completely vegan. Enjoy Ethiopian spiced tea or traditional Ethiopian coffee. At Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, they strive to provide quality traditional Ethiopian food and to make your experience with them memorable. Their great family recipes, passed down through generations, will leave your taste palette wanting more.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, smoothies
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

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Stone Harbor

Green Cuisine

302 96th St., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247

(609) 368-1616

Natural foods. This restaurant has been serving delicious healthy food for more than 25 years. Menu selections include gourmet sandwiches, exotic salads, and beautiful fresh fruit selections. Vegetarian items, such as hummus pita, tabbouleh salad, and veggie burgers, are very popular. Cash only.

Open daily for lunch and dinner May through September
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk
$-$$

·Shore Juice

261 97th St., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247

(609) 610-1700

Vegetarian/juice bar. Shore Juice is a vegetarian smoothie and juice bar. With the exceptions of honey and bee pollen as optional add-ons for some items, they are completely vegan. They serve fresh juice, blends with almond, soy, or coconut milk, acai bowls and bites, soft serve fruit (non-dairy alternative to ice cream). Shore Juice is located at The Walk at Harbor Square. Around the corner is their sister business, Shore Soft Serve, a small soft serve fruit bar.

Open daily
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC, $

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Teaneck

Chopstix

172 W. Englewood Ave., Teaneck, NJ 07666

(201) 833-0200

Chinese/kosher. This kosher Chinese restaurant offers take-out only. Vegetarian dishes include 10 different soups, vegetable egg rolls, scallion pancakes, dumplings, noodle and rice dishes, and many tofu dishes.

Open Sunday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. Closed Friday and Saturday
Take-out
catering, fresh juices
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $$

··Veggie Heaven

473 Cedar Ln., Teaneck, NJ 07666

(201) 836-0887

Vegan/Asian. Veggie Heaven offers an extensive vegan menu including soups, noodle dishes, and mockmeats. Desserts include Vanilla Soy Cheesecake, Tofu Ice Cream (vanilla almond bark, wild berry, chocolate, or butter pecan), and the extremely popular Green Tea Cake.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages, BYOB
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$-$$$

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Toms River

Aamantran Indian Cuisine

1594 Route 9, Toms River, NJ 08755

(732) 341-5424

Indian. The atmosphere at Aamantran Indian Cuisine is elegant yet casual. The food is made from scratch with fresh and organic ingredients; many good vegetarian and vegan options are offered. Aamantran is located in Victoria Plaza. Reservations are recommended.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, special beverages, BYOB
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $$

Natural Foods Vegetarian Café

675 Batchelor St., Toms River, NJ 08753

(732) 240-0024

Natural foods. Located inside a natural foods store, this mostly vegetarian café features many unique dishes like a Vegan German Platter, Veggie Loaf Platter, and Tempeh and Chickpea Curry.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch. Closed Saturday and Sunday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

Via Roma Pizza & Restaurant

2360 Lakewood Rd., Toms River, NJ 08755

(732) 364-1980

Italian/pizza. Via Roma offers traditional Italian dishes as well as many new creations. They have a separate vegetarian and vegan menu with delicious dishes and desserts. Try the Chick'n Marsala, Butternut Squash Ravioli, or Chick’n Parmigiana -- all vegan. They offer vegan versions of cheese, mayo, and butter. For the perfect ending to your meal, enjoy a vegan dessert like Triple Chocolate Cake! They even have vanilla rice milk for your coffee or tea. Via Roma is located at the intersection of Route 9 and Route 70 in The Tri-City Plaza near Stop & Shop.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Verona

··PositiviTea

550 Bloomfield Ave., Verona, NJ 07044

(973) 239-2020

Vegan/café/eclectic/juice bar. PositiviTea is an eclectic vegan art space specializing in organic teas and smoothies, burgers, po' boys, salads, parfaits, ice cream, waffles, and gourmet raw desserts. The menu features a variety of sandwiches and salads including the Thai-style "Peaceful Papaya Salad." The eatery strives to offer as much local produce as possible and fosters an environment friendly to local artists and musicians. Check out their online calendar for special events, live music, open mic, and culinary lessons and demonstrations.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Limited service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

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