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Indian Food in Journal Square: Sapthagiri Jersey City

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If you have ever walked through Journal Square’s India Square, it can be overwhelming trying to choose from the dozen or so Indian restaurants lining both sides of Newark Ave. A great place to start is the 100% vegetarian restaurant, Sapthagiri Jersey City at 804 Newark Avenue. With a branch in Jersey City and in Franklin, owners Vinni Ankum and his brother Praveen serve up dishes from both Northern and Southern Indian cuisine {and they are oh-so-goooood}. We took a trip to check out the authentic eats and see how the vegetarian Indian food is at this little gem. Read on to learn all about Sapthagiri in Jersey City for Indian food in Journal Square. 


Nestled on the corner of Liberty and Newark Avenue, Sapthagiri Jersey City is one of the only restaurants in Journal Square with outdoor seating that is the perfect spot to bring your dog and people watch the hustle and bustle on Newark. They also have plenty of space indoors which is perfect for a large group — or if you need amble room for strollers.

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Whether the world of Indian food is new to you or you’re a seasoned veteran, if it’s your first time at Sapthagiri, definitely try out one of the Thalis on the menu {we recommend either the North or South Indian Thali}. The South Indian Thali comes with rasam, a tamarind/chili pepper soup along with kootu, a thick stew with lentils, and poriyal, a sautéed vegetable dish. The North Indian Thali comes with a paneer dish, a type of fresh Indian cheese and chana masala, a spiced chickpea curry. Both are served with sambar {a lentil/tamarind based soup}, chapti which is similar to roti, papadum {a fried disc-shaped bread}, and a dessert.


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Another must order on Sapthagiri’s menu is one of their giant dosas {a type of pancake made from a batter}. Currently, they have 18 different types of dosas on the menu that combine either mashed potato onion, green peas, cashews, cumin seeds, cream of wheat or cilantro. The Masala dosa was our pick — and it’s safe to say we were quite happy with that decision. Another bonus, your gluten-free friends can try too — all of their dosas are made from rice flour.


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An alternative to a dosa and one of Sapthagiri’s claims to fame is their uttapams. Hailing from Southern India, uttapams are a cross between a dosa and a pancake. We tried their onion chilly, but they also have other options such as tomato, coconut, and vegetable.


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A must-try appetizer to share is papadi chat. This is a northern Indian street food made of crackers but covered in potato, yogurt, and a sweet and saucy spice — the perfect starter to all the delicious curries Sapthagiri has to offer.


Speaking of curries, Sapthagiri also offers more standard Indian fare including a variety of Southern and Northern curries, several types of tandoor, and a variety of rice dishes. Not only are these all vegetarian, everything on Sapthagiri’s menu is also kosher certified by Rabbi Jacob Benzaquen S’T’.

Whenever you find yourself in Journal Square, it’s worth stopping into Sapthagiri. Not only can you try some unique authentic Indian food you won’t find at other restaurants, you can bring your vegetarian friends and it definitely won’t break the bank.

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