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Apr 10, 2010 05:58 AM

Sprig and Vine: New Vegan restaurant in New Hope

Sprig and Vine, open just three weeks, is a vegan restaurant in the Union Square complex just outside of downtown New Hope. Menu consists of apps, salads/greens, mains and desserts.
BYO. Preparation is imaginative: this is not a granola and grains type of restaurant. We enjoyed a fried baby artichoke appetizer, served over a chick pea salad, a beet salad, a risotto, a cauliflower dish with a puree of cauliflower served alongside a stuffed portobello mushroom and a "steak" of cauliflower. Servings were generous, prices average $25 per person for an app+main+shared dessert (I recommend the olive oil cake). Service was attentive.

Even if you're not a vegetarian, this is a reasonable choice for a well-prepared meal away from the crowds of downtown New Hope. It compares very favorably to my favorite vegan restaurant, New York's Dirt Candy.

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  1. I enjoyed lunch here very much. We started with the marinated olives -- with lemon, chilis, and whole black garlic cloves. I had the cauliflower banh-mi and my husband had the "reuben". The sandwiches were under $10 which I consider reasonable for this town. Both were delicious. The inside is very pleasantly decorated but I wish they'd play something a little hipper than the new-agey music they were playing. There are outdoor cafe tables too but they were all occupied when we arrived.

    1. This has been on my "to-try" list for a while now, and I finally made it over there today for lunch. WOW! I am not a vegan or a vegetarian, but I could easily become one if I could eat here every day!
      I had the carrot orange soup, a special, which was really good. It was thick and filling because of the added chick pea puree.
      The cauliflower banh mi was outstanding. The first ingredient in any great sandwich for me is always the bread, and boy did this deliver. It came on a PERFECT roll. Great crusty outside and perfectly doughy inside. The cauliflower was roasted and nicely brown and crusty. Pickled vegetables were great. For me, they had just the right balance of slightly sweet and slightly tart. The spicy sauce was quite spicy, and very very good. I love a great sandwich, and this is officially on my personal "top 3 best sandwiches EVER" list.
      I will definitely be back. Daily, if possible.

      15 Replies
      1. re: madgreek99

        Wow you are making me hungry madgreek! Was the place packed? I just have to figure out where it is. Not right in town I take it?

        1. re: givemecarbs

          No - it wasn't at all packed. Sadly, there were only 3 or 4 tables occupied. It is just off of Bridge Street in Union Square. It's in the same complex as Triumph Brewing Co. I'll attach a link with their website.
          Report back if you go!

          1. re: givemecarbs

            The place is full on Friday and Saturday evenings, necessitating reservations earlier in the day or the day before. All other times, you can walk in (although, I am sure, they would prefer a phone call).

          2. re: madgreek99

            Also on our to try list forever. We went twice in the last 24 hours and very much enjoyed the food. The best of the best were the oyster mushrooms. OMG. SOOOOO good. The sandwiches were all excellent: the bahn mi, the reuben, and the po boy. We really liked the red miso tofu, the local baby greens salad, and the soba noodles. Didn't love the green onion pancake roll--to me it was cloyingly sweet. The edamame falafel was okay.

            Would absolutely go back--really delicious flavors/preparations.

            1. re: noya

              Thanks Noya. Now if I could only figure out where this place is.

              1. re: givemecarbs

                Carbs.. it is in New Hope, right in the same area where Triumph Brewery is. Not hard to find at all. And I would hurry up to go there. I have heard from one of their sous chefs that the owner is seriously thinking of moving the restaurant to the Princeton area.

                1. re: cwdonald

                  @cwdonald: Yikes. Moving to Princeton? That would be a big loss. Given that the New Hope location is pretty close to full on weekends, perhaps they're thinking about opening a second location. Keep us informed if you hear anything more about this news.

                  1. re: cwdonald

                    Now if I only knew where the brewery is. Is the place in town or on the outskirts?

                    1. re: givemecarbs

                      It is in the Union Square complex which is in town, up the hill from the main drag. Very close to where the train departs from.

                      1. re: cwdonald

                        thanks maybe now I can find it before it is too late

                        1. re: givemecarbs

                          Tell me you don't have a smart phone. Google maps or any other map app will get you there.

                          1. re: famdoc

                            famdoc, I don't have a smart phone. Or any cell phone. But I am determined to find this place. I think I'll just stroll around NH the next nice day I have off. Now that I know the place is in town.

                            1. re: givemecarbs

                              Your life will be a lot easier with a GPS and smart phone.

                              1. re: noya

                                Noya we will really have to disagree on that one. He he he he! Thanks cwdonald. Maybe this weekend!

                              2. re: givemecarbs

                                Carbs.. just to be precise.. Union Square is above the train tracks.. it has a lot of parking spaces in front of the buildings. It is mixed use, offices, and retail. You will see a sign for Triumph at the entrance. Walk beyond Triumph, and sprig and vine is on the same side of the shopping center at the end. Wonderful people and great food. If you are on main street in New Hope you make a left onto bridge street go up the hill, cross the train tracks and Union Square will be on the right. If you are coming off of 202 and turning onto 179, take it all the way down, stay left at the fork in the road, and it will be on your right.