Vegan-Friendly Food Spots in Jersey City

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Not long ago, the quest for vegetarian and vegan food in Jersey City and Hoboken was quite the undertaking. But in the last few years, the health-conscious, animal-conscious mindset of both residents and restaurant owners has drawn quite the array of vegan eateries into the area {or at least restaurants offering vegan and vegetarian options}. Since we know it’s a lot of work to scope them out, we’ve rounded up some top-notch vegan-friendly food spots in Jersey City for you to enjoy. Keep reading to discover vegan-friendly food spots in Jersey City. 

B.GOOD {525 Washington Boulevard}

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This vegan gem serves up a full menu of vegan delights, including a veggie burger, maple roasted carrots, sweet potato fries, and the avocado, black bean + corn salsa with tortilla chips. To compliment your meal, opt for a vegan smoothie like the kale crush smoothie {fresh kale, apple, pineapple, banana, and pineapple juice}, and the acai berry {acai, blueberries, pineapple, banana, almond milk, chia, + lemon}. Read more about B.GOOD here.

Bengali Sweet House {836 Newark Avenue}

This Indian restaurant offers vegan-friendly dishes like bharwa baingan {Indian-style eggplant curry made by simmering small eggplants in a spicy onion masala}, white chole {chickpeas and tomatoes are simmered with a mixture of fried garlic, ginger, onion, and serrano chiles plus traditional Indian spices}, and aloo paratha {whole wheat flatbread}.

Bubby’s Burritos {440 Jersey Avenue}

Although this eatery specializes in burritos, they offer a vegan and vegetarian option called the Super Mission Bay Burrito that is made with rice, beans, corn, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and served with house salad or chips. Additionally, fresh juices are available like daily the detox juice {cucumber, carrots, lemon, apple, and ginger}, and the vampiro juice {celery, pineapple, apple, beetroots, and carrots}.

Busy Bee Organics {451 Palisade Avenue}

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Busy Bee is a fan-fave for its plant-based, nutritionally balanced meals, and delivery services. Patrons can expect flavorful vegan and vegetarian meals, nutrient-filled bone broths, gluten-free bakery items, and many more unique items.

Cafe Dolma {270 Grand Street}

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This cafe serves up Turkish cuisine with a modern twist in a beautiful and charming space. The salad options are packed with flavor and are vegan-friendly. Options include quinoa and veggie salad {quinoa, grilled vegetables, split peas, radish, and artichoke}, a string bean salad, and a spinach and green apple salad. They also sell coffee and fresh-pressed juices. Read more about Cafe Dolma here.

CAVA {30 Montgomery Street}

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CAVA is a Mediterranean restaurant that gives you the option to make your own bowl, salad, or pita by picking a base and then piling it high with your choice of toppings, dips, spreads, and proteins. Read more about CAVA here.

Dosa Hut {777 Newark Avenue}

This spot offers three flavors of lassi {fresh smoothies}, including mango, aloo banda {South Indian snack made of sweet potato, tapioca, grated pineapple, green peas, and other veggies}, vada pav {deep fried potato dumpling placed inside a bread bun}, pani puri {crisp fried dough balls are stuffed with potatoes, sprouts, spicy tangy water or sweet chutney}.

Juice Basin {336 2nd Street}

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This spot offers organic fruits, vegetables, and super-foods from local New Jersey and New York state farms. 95% of all ingredients are raw, according to the website. The menu consists of artisan organic cold-press juices, blended nut milk, smoothies, raw foods, and gourmet super-foods.

Kitchen Step {500 Jersey Avenue}

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Kitchen Step has just a few but delicious vegan options on the menu {quality over quantity, never a bad thing}. Start with their marinated olives and candied almonds, and enjoy the main vegan dish — a miso-glazed portobello mushroom, ginger-scented carrot purée in a spicy coconut emulsion. SOOOO good. Read more about Kitchen Step here.

Koro Koro {538 Jersey Avenue}

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Koro Koro is a rice ball spot in town serving Japanese-style rice with various fillings, wrapped in a nori sheet. Vegan options include The Indian, The Moroccan, The Umeboshi, and The Mediterranean. This spot also has a homemade miso soup chock full of squash, hearty and satisfying. They also almost always have a vegan soup of the day that will blow you away. Pro-tip, opt for the cucumber dill soup, a black bean soup, and a plantain soup. Koro Koro also has an amazing herbal detox tea on tap and carries vegan ice cream from a popular local spot, Milk Sugar Love.

Mathews {351 Grove Street}

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Mathews is a vegan-friendly restaurant where vegan items are noted on the menu and many items can also be made vegan. Most noteworthy on the menu: the white bean purée and the 5-Bean Cassoulet. Read more about Matthews here.

Mithras {795 Newark Avenue}

This eatery serves up traditional Indian street food and sweets. Small and simple eats like vegetable samosa {potato-stuffed pastry}, mixed vegetable pakora {veggie fritters}, vada pav {potato dumpling}, and manchow soup {a popular Indian and Chinese soup} are must-tries.

More Life Cafe {191 Mallory Avenue}

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This cafe is off-the-beaten-path and serves up plant-based menu items, including warm comfort foods like vegan mac and cheese. The owner is influenced by his Latin heritage and created a vegan-friendly spin on classic Latin foods like empanadas. The restaurant is spacious and set up as a buffet. There are at least two different mixed greens salads, potato salad, Waldorf salad, falafel, baked empanadas, black beans, rice, sweet potato mash, and different stews. Read more about More Life Cafe here.

Orale {341 Grove Street}

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Orale is a stellar Mexican restaurant in the area, hands down one of the best in JC. Known for its frozen margaritas, Orale has not only a great beverage menu but a uniquely modern twist on Mexican fare. They make their own seitan in-house for their vegan tacos and offer numerous guacamole options. Celebrating Meatless Mondays, Orale also adds more vegetarian options to the menu on Mondays. Tip: Order the “vegetales” for an artisanal display of colorful vegetables. Read more about Orale here.

Pet Shop JC {193 Newark Avenue}

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Almost everything on the menu at Pet Shop can be made vegan upon request. Crowd pleasers for both vegans and non-vegans include the Buffalo Cauliflower, Fried Green Tomato Sandwich, Bollywood Fries, and the Pulled “Pork” Sandwich. Another mouthwatering vegan item to note — the impossible burger {pictured above}. Read more about Pet Shop JC here.

Pinwheel Garden {318 Communipaw Avenue}

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The Pinwheel Garden is a family-owned restaurant that serves a combo of Asian-American food that’s influenced by Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Italy, France, and America. For an app, opt for the Spinach Pie Dumplings. For a main, opt for the Coconut Curry {spicy and slightly sweet Thai/Indian-spiced coconut milk curry with hints of kaffir lime, lemongrass, and housemade curry blend served with organic tofu, peppers, onions, and cilantro}.

Plant Base Market {370 Pacific Avenue}

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For all things vegan, check out Plant Base Market. This JC newcomer is a vegan-friendly + zero-waste market serving the community. The locale offers vegan food supply, grab and go items in environmentally-friendly containers, and more. Read more about Plant Base Market here.

Porta {135 Newark Avenue} 

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Porta is a beautiful brick oven pizza venue with the best crust in town — originally hailing from Asbury Park {JC is their second location}. They usually have two vegan options available, switching them up seasonally.

Rosita’s Yah {203 Academy Street}

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This spot has build-your-own acai, and pitaya bowls, as well as veggie-based and fruit-based smoothies. All of their chips and dips are vegan-friendly, including the hummus and guac. They even offer guac tacos, a guac burrito, and a hummus and avocado burrito.

Salt + Seed {Harborside Financial Center}

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A favorite at the Farmer’s Market, this vegan, and plant-based gem was able to open a brick-and-mortar location. The menu is chock-full of vegan delights. Some favorites include penne with a cashew pesto cream sauce, “chicken” parmesan, quesadillas, and baked treats like brownies, french toast roll-ups, and cookies.

Sapthagiri {737 Newark Avenue}

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This local favorite specializes in both and north and south Indian tastes. The menu boasts traditional dishes packed with flavors. A popular vegan dish is the Vegan Thali is made with kootu, poriyal, sambar, rasam, rice, channa masala, aloo masala, chapati, papad, and pickle. Other house favorites include the Set Dosa {set of two thin butter pancakes served with a portion of mashed potato and green peas curry}, Idili {steamed rice cake}, and Aloo Bonda {spicy round shaped dumplings made of potato, onions, and cashew nuts dipped in chickpea batter and deep-fried}. Read more about Sapthagiri here.

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Sri Ganesh Dosa House {809 Newark Avenue}

This is an Indian vegetarian restaurant offering south Indian home-cooked food. Patrons can find several flavors of idly {Indian rice cake}, vada {Indian-style donuts}, bhaji {spicy snack made of rice flour, gram flour, green chilies, green chili, and lemon juice}, curd rice, vegetable biryani, and many more delicious eats.

Subia’s Organic Health Market {506 Jersey Avenue}

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Notable favorites include the Subia’s burger, Garden Zen Tempeh sandwich, and Philly Cheese Steak. Super healthy favorites include the raw salad, the raw wrap, and the lentil soup. Everything served at Subia’s is organic, and they have the most amazing fresh juices and smoothies, including a cleansing juice selection. You can also purchase some unique items like vegan cheese, Miyoko’s Kitchen,  and purple Japanese yams {great for the skin}. Read more about Subia’s Vegan Cafe here.

Sweet Green {90 Hudson Street}

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With locations throughout the country, this is its first New Jersey location. The menu is made up mostly of warm bowls, salads, and make-your-own salads from the base to the toppings. House favorite salad options include the spicy Thai featuring tofu, Kale Caesar, and Guacamole Greens. The Hummus + Tahina and Lentil + Avocado salads are made up entirely of veggies. The curry cauli and peppercorn tahina is a great side dish. Read more about Sweetgreen here.

Tea NJ {262 Newark Avenue}

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Tea NJ is a family-owned vegan-friendly cafe boasting Vegan Treats, a world-famous vegan bakery from Bethlehem, PA. Usually in stock are vegan cannolis {plain and chocolate covered}, chocolate peanut butter bomb cake, carrot cake, red velvet cake, and vegan cheesecake. Vegan chili is often the soup of the day and is deliciously hearty. Tea NJ also has a great vegan brunch on the weekends that genuinely feels like home cooking — tofu egg scramble, vegan tempeh, and vegan sausage with potatoes fill your plate and are just a few of the many yummy dishes they offer. After its namesake, Tea NJ also boasts an extensive tea menu which includes soy matcha lattes, lavender lattes, and bubble teas.

See More: Where to Find Vegan Pizza in Hoboken, Jersey City, + Beyond

The Cliff {38 Congress Street}

Most notable at The Cliff is their vegan burger, which tastes more like meat than vegetables. Order it with their truffle shoestring fries, which are not only vegan but are some of the best in Jersey City. Other vegan items include their famous acai bowl {ask for it without bee pollen}, quinoa wrap {ask for it without feta}, kale salad, and tofu scramble. If it’s a nice day out, make sure to eat on their adorable patio in the back.

Tony Boloney’s {363 Grove Street}

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Tony Boloney’s is known for its innovative menu items — and for good reason. This popular spot also offers vegan-friendly dishes as well. Some of the choices include the Kaliente {with roasted kale, Mexican black bean hummus, avocado, cilantro, + homemade salsa verde}, Yogi {with coconut curry tikka masala, mushrooms, broccoli rabe, + cilantro chutney}, and more. Read more about Tony Boloney’s here.

Two Boots {133 Newark Avenue}

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Two Boots is a popular pizza joint in all of Manhattan known for its cornmeal crust and many vegan options. They always have the V For Vegan available by the slice, but other vegan choices must be purchased by the pie. Opt for the Larry Tate, a white pizza with spinach, tomatoes, and garlic. 

Vegan AF {291 Central Avenue}

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The name Vegan AF is a play on words, the “As F” standing for “Animal Friendly.” Vegan AF serves up breakfast and brunch all day, a “create-your-own” salad option, and 10 signature burgers, with customer favorites like hot jalapeno and guacamole burger, the teriyaki burger, and the Hottie from The Heights Burger with alternative meat selections. Read more about Vegan AF here.

Vibez {83 Hutton Street}

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Vibez is a juice bar and 100% vegan cafe dishing out soulful vegan cuisine. They offer fresh organic juices, veggie patties, and fresh-baked pastries. At Vibez, vegan cuisine is a lifestyle, and they host health seminars, live entertainment, private booking, and kids’ activities. Read more about Vibez here.

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Jen Gonzalez is the owner/founder of Doody Free Girl, a colon hydrotherapy practice in downtown Jersey City. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jen graduated from the University of Miami, FL with a degree in business — but after discovering a passion for health and alternative wellness while working at her family's business, she realized how easy it is to lead an unhealthy lifestyle in today's corporate environment. Now, she works as a colon hydrotherapist and certified nutritional consultant. On Hoboken Girl, she'll be sharing all of the cool vegan/veggie/healthy options there are to discover in Jersey City.