• Simply-Chai to Open in Hoboken at Former Sunnyside Cafe Space

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    There’s a lot of coffee in Mile Square, and now soon-to-be an overabundance of chai tea. The forthcoming Simply-Chai at 79 Hudson Street agrees that it’s time masala chai tea gets its share of shine. But that doesn’t mean the owners don’t love coffee, too.

    In fact, Simply-Chai is the latest venture from owners you might find familiar — Anand Patel and his partner of Hidden Grounds Coffee in Jersey City and more recently, Hoboken. According to “Our Story,” on the Hidden Grounds Coffee official website, the owners score spices for masala chai from a mother in India. With their latest shop, it’s safe to say you’ll be getting that same fresh chai with delicious and authentic ingredients straight from India. Keep reading to find out all about Simply-Chai opening in the former Sunnyside Cafe space in Hoboken. 

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    {Photo credit: @simplychaihoboken}

    The Vibe

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    While Simply-Chai has not released a menu yet, they have launched their social media on both Instagram and Facebook. And there’s no denying — the space looks inviting, intentional, and like a haven for tea-lovers everywhere {and eerily similar to the former Sunnyside Cafe space — but hey, let’s face it, it’s inevitable that the space stays a tea house of some sort}.

    See More: A Guide to the Coffee Shops of Hoboken

    You’ll find written in neon script on the wall, “Good morning, Sunshine!” {thank goodness that stayed put!} as well as an abundance of reclaimed wood and greenery. Plants sit on nearly every shelf or surface and the neon sign is still situated on the green moss wall of our dreams.

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    While outdoor signage isn’t up yet, the Simply-Chai vibe is apparent from the second you approach the building’s front door. Above the entranceway is some ornate molding with two awnings on either side, framing the storefront windows.

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    It has all the charm that Hudson Street shops generally have to offer, and stays true to the good vibes of Sunnyside from the last few years. And while Sunnyside used to have a small outdoor eating area, there’s no word yet as to whether or not Simply-Chai will follow in those outdoor-space footsteps.

    The Eats

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    {Photo credit: @simplychaihoboken}

    The owners behind Simply-Chai have been using gorgeous pictures of their drink recipes to start hyping people up for the grand opening. While no menu has been officially released yet, it’s safe to say you’ll find marsala chai on there, as well a Royal Saffron Chai drink {a mixture of saffron + chai and an energizing shot of matcha green tea}, and sweeter treats like waffles.

    Read More: Your Guide to Buying Loose-Leaf Tea in Hoboken and NYC {And How to Brew It Like a Pro}

    The Culture

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    A massive part of Simply-Chai seems to be culture. As mentioned on their site, Simply-Chai and Hidden Grounds Coffee get their spices from moms in India. But on Instagram, the owners are not shy about showing their gratitude to the moms that have helped them perfect their delicious chai recipes.

    In one IG post, they wrote, “A huge shout out to our moms for helping us with chai recipes.”

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    {Photo credit: @simplychaihoboken}

    Welcome to the neighborhood, Simply-Chai!

    What’s your favorite coffee shop or tea place in Mile Square? Let us know in the comments!


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    Steph Osmanski is a freelance writer and social media consultant who specializes in health and wellness content. Her words have appeared in Seventeen, Life & Style, Darling Magazine, and more. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton and writing a memoir.


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