New Vegan Spot ‘Poor Man Vegan’ Opens in Jersey City

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A new vegan and vegetarian café, Poor Man Vegan, has opened in Jersey City at 90 Monticello Avenue. As of mid-May, the eatery welcomed local residents and has been sharing new items that have been added to the menu on its social media pages. Read on to learn more about Poor Man Vegan in Jersey City.

The History

Prior to opening shop in Jersey City, Poor Man Vegan began as a catering company based in Clark, NJ that catered vegan food and baked goods to local events and private parties. Since beginning operation in March of 2019, Poor Man Vegan has taken off and has been delivering its popular cupcake orders non-stop.

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(Photo credit: Poor Man Vegan’s Facebook)

The inspiration behind the brand stemmed from the owner’s own experience as a vegan. Christopher Stokes, who manages the company alongside his wife Mary Stokes, shared, “Since a very young age, I’ve always loved animals. Growing up, I ate what my parents fed me and it always grossed me out when I would eat meat but not knowing any better and being a kid, I just ate it. I was a vegetarian for most of my adult life until finally going vegan 8 years ago. My only regret….not doing it much sooner!!!”

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In mid-April, PMV announced on social media that they are “working hard to get things ready” for the opening of the café in Jersey City. In just a month, the owners turned the Monticello Avenue space into a cozy yellow-and-green-themed restaurant and filled the location with delicious vegan food. PMV joins other well-known cafes on the street including The Cottage, Baonanas, and Snapdragon Coffee.

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(Photo credit: Poor Man Vegan’s Facebook)

The Menu

Poor Man Vegan is becoming a hot spot for their various empanadas served fresh daily including beef, chicken, barbecue chicken, spinach and cheese, taco, and sloppy joe. Lunch options include the classic Beyond burger and Beyond cheeseburger, vegan grilled cheese, and chicken nuggets. All burgers are served on a vegan pretzel bun with a side of fries.

To satisfy a sweet tooth, patrons can select from the variety of cupcakes (vegan vanilla or chocolate), brownies, cookies, ube mason jar cupcakes with macapuno on top, or the lemon blueberry and coffee cake muffins.

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(Photo credit: Poor Man Vegan’s Facebook)

The menu, which can be found via a QR code on the restaurant’s Instagram, also features fresh fruit smoothies and salads. In addition, visitors can find vegan snacks like Pig Out Pigless Pork Rinds and Treat House’s handmade rice krispie treats.

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The unique aspect of Poor Man Vegan is that there is a buffet available for convenience and on the go. Buffet items change daily but the usual is rice or pasta with two sides, and a grab n’ go cheeseburger or burger and fries.

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(Photo credit: Poor Man Vegan’s Facebook)

Plan Your Trip

For other vegan-friendly restaurants in Jersey City, visit Hoboken Girl’s list found here and the vegan-friendly restaurants in Hoboken can be found here.

Delivery from Poor Man Vegan is available via the Uber Eats app. Operating hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11AM to 4PM; Friday from 11AM to 6PM; and Saturday from 10AM to 5PM.  PMV is closed to the public on Sundays (reserved for private events) and Mondays. Follow Poor Man Vegan on Instagram here and Facebook here.


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After landing her dream job as a reporter for In Touch Weekly and Life & Style Weekly, Diana moved to The Heights in 2014 and has been living in Jersey City since then. Diana enjoys riding her bike at Lincoln Park and taking fitness classes in the downtown area in her free time. She loves binging reality TV shows, dining out and grabbing drinks with friends, and traveling to new places. Her work has led her to meet and interview celebrities as well as attend exclusive events and premieres in New York City. But at the end of the day, what she enjoys the most is cuddling up with her newly adopted kitten, Chloe.