Vegetarian restaurants in New Jersey: do they exist?
- ohromujici Jul 12, 2007 09:02 PM
I am a recent convert to vegetarianism and I am noticing that it doesn't look like New Jersey has a lot of vegetarian restaurants. Do they exist? I searched past chats on this website and didn't find a discussion that was similar. I love any kind of food: cheap/expensive/italian/mexican/indian/thai/chineese/czech/spanish/etc.. If there are not restaurants who specifically celebrate vegetables, I would settle for a vegetarian-sympathizer restaurant that has more than one choice for people on non-meat diets.
Thanks, in advance, for any advice offered.
we've been going to stone harbor for years but had never stopped into Green Cuisine until this year. What a mistake! this is a lovely restauarant (and very busy at lunch time). The sandwiches, quiches and so on all come with beautiful fresh fruit on the side. Prices are a bit higher than at other places, but considering that you're getting fruit instead of fries on the side.... We went twice this week-- I had a brie and avocado sandwich the first time and a great lobster roll the second. Good smoothies too.
While it is not a vegetarian restaurant in the strict sense, you will find many vegetarian choices on the menu at Park & Orchard, in East Rutherford. P & O is actually one of the best restaurants in NJ (IMHO), and it has been recognized several times for the excellence of its wine list. The very casual nature of the place might lead one to think that it is not a restaurant of a high order, but that would be an incorrect assumption.
Their menu (actually, they bring two different menus for each patron) provides a very wide selection of entrees, and the emphasis is on healthy eating. In addition to the chicken, fish, and pasta dishes, there are several vegetarian choices, so the only person who might not be pleased with the selection at P & O might be a hard-core beef lover.
The prices are moderate, IMHO, and I believe that P & O is a good value for the money. The one caveat is that, due to the popularity of the place, it is a good idea to get there by 5:00 p.m. Otherwise, there could be a long wait for a table. Of course, if one wants to hang out in their bar area, there is an incredibly large selection of imported beers to choose from, in addition to their long wine list. But, for the non-drinker, I think that an early arrival would be best.
Eurasian Eatery in Red Bank gets several favorable comments on this board. I haven't been there, but intend to try it. They are not strictly vegetarian, but they have a big assortment of vegetarian items. Here's a list of reviews from vegetarians: http://www.geocities.com/sfenster/din...
Dean's Market in Shrewsbury and Ocean Twp has vegan soups and a nice little salad bar with vegan items. They have a small seating area, but it's more for takeout.
110 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Dean's Natural Food Market
490 Broad St, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Dean's Natural Food Market
Garden State Pkwy, Waretown, NJ 08758
re: tom porc
Thank you for posting!!! Stopped here for lunch today -
Although Jesse's Cafe has been in business for 22 years this was my first lunch.
Casual and Cozy.
They have a great menu and specials.
Enjoyed a HUGE Fakin Bacon Sandwich with a side salad. Yummy!
It exceeded expectations! Although an expensive sandwich and green tea iced tea 17.00. would return again.
PS. They only accept cash.
My wife is very interested in veggie-focused un-carnivore places, and we have been planning on hitting up Piquant Bread in New Brunswick which looks very interesting and has a very extensive menu. That might work for you - good luck.
My mom and I went to New Brunswick today, looking for Zafra Restaurant and were sad to see that it was no longer there. Not sure when it closed.... We ended up at Makedas Ethiopian where there were plenty of veggie - even vegan - options. I HIGHLY recommend it!
Here are a few choices in northern New Jersey:
Chand Palace, Parsippany: An Indian all-vegetarian restaurant that has some of the best Indian food I've had in New Jersey. The food is excellent! Be sure to try their outstanding dosas. Casual atmosphere, moderate prices and great service.
Veggie Heaven, Parsippany: An all-vegan Chinese restaurant, specializing in imitation meat and seafood dishes. Outstanding food and service, moderate prices. I love their Crispy Orange "Beef" and Boneless "Spare Ribs." All of their dishes are very good, and they have a wide selection, from "beef" to "shrimp" to "chicken."
Thai Nam Phet, Rockaway: A great Thai restaurant, with many vegetarian options available. A cute place with wonderful food. Their Pad Thai is outstanding!
Zen Palate Princeton NJ does serve up and Amazing Dish called Stir Fried Spinach Linguine.
I have also tried the Veggie Wonton Soup, Crepe de Fleur and grilled sesame tofu salad here and all were alittle bland. The Green Tea Iced Tea was quite refreshing.
Veggie Heaven - Montclair (Parsippany and Teaneck too) is a favorite - Vege Roast Pork is Amazing!
Sentosa Chinese - Brick NJ is another good pick I enjoyed the soy pasta very much! The Autumn Roll and Tofu Crepe tasted very similar and both fried but a yummy treat
Took a road trip to Kaya's - Belmar NJ Today. It is a beach casual interior. Great Food! Really blown away by the depths of flavor in the dishes I tried.
For lunch had the Southern Shitake Corncake - AMAZING and the Herb Crusted Tempeh Tower - Also AMAZING (Never even tried Tempeh before today). Green Tea Ice Tea. The rest of the menu is Super Creative. Definitely with how good the food was gives reason to return. Worth the trip!
Also Asbury Park is really up and coming. Looks like by summer 2009 there will be new fun place to walk and eat from the shore all the way up Cookman Ave (kinda like Pier Village at Long Branch). The Twisted Tree will be my next adventure when I am in the mood for Vegan - when I was talking to some locals they sang their praises.
Another Vegetarian Place on the radar is Su Healthy Cuisine Edgewater NJ, yes north jersey but in NJ based on the topic title.
They never did get the web site up and running.
The menu looks wonderful!!
725 River Road
Some of the selections that caught my attention when I picked up the menu after lunch at Sushi Cruise a few doors down:
Five Spiced seasoned Edamame
Orange Spiced Guacumole
Erungii Mushroom Fries
Spinach Pistachio Roll
About 3 minutes down the road from Mitsuwa Marketplace
Spent the day in North Jersey and made it to Su for lunch.
The restaurant is modern. Great music. Wonderful, mature, and impeccable service!
They offered a Prix Fixe lunch menu, appetizer or soup and an entree for 11.99.
Spinach, Shitake, and Baby Bok Choy wonton vegetable soup - Very Good - this was a HUGE bowl of delicate wontons full of flavor, surrounded by a happy mix of julienne vegetables, and delicious broth.
Singapore Stir Fry Noodles with Smoked Seitan - Good - the rice noodles were a little over spiced for my taste but the smoked grilled Seitan was very good.
Brought some Orange Gucamole and Natural Taro chips home for a snack, good but think I set my own expectations to high, or maybe the power of the menu description got me?!?
Overall, good, and may return again one day.
Went to Mitsuwa for a green tea ice cream for dessert :)
Had lunch at Mr.Chu Vegetarian Cuisine 771 Bloomfield Ave West Caldwell NJ 07006
This place is part of the restaurant dynasty Noodle Chu - Mr Chu - Bill and Harry Chinese
Restaurants, all very good. All I can say is it was AMAZING! One of the best meals I have had in NJ! IMO better than Veggie Heaven and that place is very good.
The preparation, service and food were outstanding! The place was packed for lunch
They do not have a website.
Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup - AMAZING!
Cedar Pancake - Like a Scallion Pancake - Good
Seaweed Bean Curd and Vegetable Roll Fried with Sesame Seeds with Spicy Sauce on the Side - AMAZING!
Vege Chicken and Cashews - AMAZING!
Cannot wait to return! Maybe next time will try the Soy Duck.
It would be great to have ONE good Vegetarian Chinese restaurant in Northern Central NJ, there is definitely a need.
Returned to Mr. Chu Vegetarian today.
Vegetable Wonton Soup - Good - These were a heavier wonton wrapper, the filling and broth a little bland for my taste.
Vege Chicken Lo Mein - Very Good - this was not a traditional lo mein noodle, it was a linguine noodle, sauteed with assorted vegetables and vege chicken.
As a second visit to the same restaurant, the food was again, very good.
However, enjoyed the particular selections I ordered during my last visit more.
Overall - Definitely will be back!!
Hi ohromujici, val ann c and a couple other posters recommended Zaitooni Deli in Red Bank. I am vegan so I understand the position you are in. The owner is Lebanese and is such a sweet lady and there are many vegetarian options on their menu (hummus, baba ghannouj, falafel, grape leaves, salad, lentil soup, mujaddereh, the usual suspects). Her food is authentic, I mean, I felt like I was back in Beirut when I bit into that falafel! Their site is www.zaitooni.com and I know there is a post here on Chowhound. I noticed someone mentioned Jesse's in Long Branch so I am definitely going to check them out so thanks for your post. I am always on the lookout for something new and accomodating for me in NJ. Best regards.
I just realized the OP is 2 years old, but people have been responding to it. so here goes. I'm not a vegetarian, but there is a Kosher Vegetarian restaurant in Cherry Hill on Route 38 called Perlin's Kosher Vegetarian. I haven't been there, so can't comment personally. It did receive 2 good reviews on Yelp, however.
I highly recommend Madras Bistro (formerly Veggie Express) in Hackensack. It has some of the best Indian food around and is strictly vegetarian. The ingredients taste fresh, the spices are layered and distinct, and the food is a lot less heavy and oily than other restaurants in its category. The place is small and casual, but the food is reminiscent of fine dining and as good as or better than anything on "Curry Hill" on Lexington Ave in NYC. The rice pudding alone is worth going for.