Celebrate World Vegetarian Day on October 1! Grab a plate of plant-based goodness at one of these New Jersey restaurants. We are the Garden State, after all, so there are plenty of plant-based options all across NJ! Not only does this list include vegetarian-specific restaurants, but also vegan restaurants and spots with plant-forward menu items. Enjoy!

Art of Salad, Multiple Locations 

Art of Salad offers tofu and falafel options (photo credit Foxtrot Media)

With locations in East Brunswick and Piscataway, Art of Salad offers both vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. Choose from the chopped salads, sandwiches and wraps, soups, and more. You can create your own bowl or wrap it with your choice of lettuce, protein, toppings, and dressing. Art of Salad also serves fresh pressed juices, smoothies, and sweet treats. Need catering? Check out Art of Salad for your next event. 

Blueberry Vegan Cafe, Newark

Rustic and artsy, Blueberry Vegan Cafe in Newark serves up vegan fare including juices, soups, and more. Be sure to check out their weekly specials including Meatless Mondays, Wellness Wednesdays, and Pasta Fridays. 

Brick City Vegan, Newark

Owners of Brick City Vegan

With plant-based burgers, scratch-made biscuits, and refreshing fruit shakes, this unique and 100% plant-based vegan restaurant in Newark is sure to be your new favorite spot. Their goal is to fuel your body with a diet that is good for you, and the planet! The menu consists of deliciously flaky homemade biscuits (gluten-free available), vegan burgers and sandwiches, build-your-own protein bowls, shakes, and signature drinks. Treat your body and your planet with love and stop by Brick City Vegan!

Chive Cafe, Lambertville

Located in quaint Lambertville, near the border of New Hope, PA, Chive Cafe offers vegetarian options like the veggie sandwich, grilled veggie sandwich, black bean burger, and falafel. Be sure to check out the specials, which change daily. 

Coffee and Cornbread, Montclair

This Upper Montclair spot has a clear and concise mission: to serve the community simple and delicious eats that everyone can enjoy. Specializing in “comfort food with a conscience,” Coffee and Cornbread serves breakfast and lunch with plenty of vegan and vegetarian-friendly options. Try some of the signature cornbread (both vegan and non-vegan options), organic vegan hash, sauteed kale, waffles and pancakes, cornbread breakfast bites, salads, sandwiches, bowls, and even keto options. Coffee and Cornbread is “not your ordinary breakfast” but it’s sure to be a new favorite! 

Coffee and Cornbread (photo credit Foxtrot Media)

Fresh Kitchen, Point Pleasant

Stock pot from Fresh Kitchen (photo credit Foxtrot Media)

Featuring nutrient-packed, locally sourced ingredients that taste good and fuel your body Fresh Kitchen offers dine-in and to-go meals. Choose from salads, grain bowls, wraps, stock pots, and amazing grilled tofu. Fresh Kitchen also offers a meal prep menu that delivers ready-made meals to your doorstep weekly!

Good Earth Organic Eatery, West Cape May

This West Cape May spot is a low-key, over-the-counter BYOB cafe specializing in Italian-inspired vegan and seafood dishes. Stop in for lunch, dinner, or a midday pick-me-up smoothie or juice. Enjoy dishes including vegan mac and cheese, Mediterranean platters, vegan crab cakes, and more. 

Good Karma, Red Bank

A bustling vegan cuisine, Good Karma has a team that’s passionate about using only the finest ingredients and are 90% organic. Enjoy salads, sandwiches (with gluten-free bread upon request), pad Thai, juices, smoothies, and more. And be sure to check out the catering menu as well.

Greens and Grains, Multiple Locations

If you’re looking for plant-based vegan and vegetarian food and smoothies, Greens and Grains is the place for you. With multiple locations across the Garden State including Wall, Vetnor, Galloway, and Shrewsbury, Greens and Grains is committed to making its menu accessible for all dietary needs. Enjoy smoothies and smoothie bowls, breakfast sandwiches, paninis and sandwiches, salads, grain bowls, and more. Be sure to check out the juice cleanse packages both online and in-store as well!

Happy Vegans, Clifton

Vegan entrees, burgers, salads, apps, and more make up the menu at Happy Vegans in Clifton. The dishes are made fresh daily with natural ingredients that are rich and flavorful — and 100% vegan.

Photo courtesy of Hashem Alshanableh

Kaya’s Kitchen, Belmar

Cozy yet eclectic Kaya’s Kitchen makes each dish from fresh, organic ingredients. The BYOB spot has a wide range of vegan and vegetarian cuisine includes pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, south-of-the-border favorites, and even breakfast. Feel good about the food you eat while enjoying live music or a poetry reading. 

Oyster mushroom fajitas at Kaya’s Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Omer Basatemur

Living on the Veg, Manahawkin

Avocado club with homemade hummus, avocado, and fresh veggies. Photo courtesy of Living on the Veg

Living on the Veg is an all-vegan cafe serving breakfast and lunch, plus smoothies and juices. Check out the soups, salads, sandwiches, and more. You can also order from the catering menu for your next event. 

Local Urban Kitchen, Wall

For over ten years, Local Urban Kitchen has used organic, locally grown ingredients in all of its unique menu offerings. The eatery’s mission is to serve everyone. So whether you are vegan, gluten-free, or a meat lover, Local Urban Kitchen has you covered. Dine on breakfast, lunch, juices, and smoothies, and choose from menu items including a tofu breakfast scramble with veggies, vegan sausage, gluten-free hummus platter, black bean burger, and much more. 

Papa Ganache, Multiple Locations

Got a sweet tooth? Stop by Papa Ganache in Cranford, Manasquan, or Matawan. Stop in at this vegan and gluten-free bakery for bars, brownies, cupcakes, cakes, cookies, pies, and more. Everything on the menu is labeled to indicate vegan (V) or vegan gluten-free (VGF). And be sure to check out the custom cakes for your next event! 

Chocolate mousse cupcakes (VGF), courtesy of Papa Ganache

Planted Plate, Princeton

From the same owners as Kaya’s Kitchen, check out all things plant-based at the Planted Plate! The meals are served fresh daily, healthy, and satisfying. From salad bowls and soups to kabobs, sandwiches, bowls, and more, you are sure to find something on the menu that speaks to you. And check out the breakfast menu for a morning pick-me-up! 

Buffalo “chicken” empanadas at the Planted Plate. Photo courtesy of Omer Basatemur

Seed to Sprout, Avon-by-the-Sea

Kimchi rice bowl from Seed to Sprout

Everything served at Seed to Sprout is made with whole foods and organic ingredients, and purchased locally whenever possible. Enjoy all-day breakfast selections, sandwiches, toasts, bowls, and even a kids’ menu. At the beverage bar, you can try superfood smoothies, fresh juices, and espresso drinks. If you would like to read more about Seed to Spout, check out our article about them here

Taste Buddy, Short Hills

Enjoy a sweet treat at Taste Buddy in Short Hills. They specialize in crafting treats that cater to a range of dietary needs, including gluten-free, allergen-friendly, and vegan. Their menu includes smoothie bowls, smoothies, juices, and more, as well as breads, pastries, cookies, custom cakes, and more.  

Cake from Taste Buddy, courtesy of Angie Segura

Veganized, New Brunswick

Low-key and casual, Veganized offers flatbread wraps, sandwiches, salads, and pizzas as well as cocktails, wine, and beer. All of the menu items at Veganized are pure, wholesome ingredients of the highest quality 100% vegan, 100% natural, and 95% organic. They are heavily focused on their community and use locally sourced ingredients and fair trade. 

Courtesy of Veganized

Veggie Heaven, Multiple Locations

Serving Denville, Montclair, and Teaneck, Veggie Heaven specializes in vegetarian, vegan, and kosher Chinese cuisine. Enjoy all of your Chinese food favorites while catering to your dietary needs. From wonton soup to spring rolls, to lo mein, sushi, and more, you are sure to be in heaven at Veggie Heaven! 

Wildflower Vegan Cafe, Millville

Bright and colorful, Wildflower Vegan Cafe features vegan breakfast and lunch items made with locally sourced and organic ingredients. From salads and wraps to soups and smoothies, the mantra, “You Belong,” makes itself apparent with the inclusive menu items for all to enjoy. 

worldFLATS, Multiple Locations 

young woman holding salads from worldFLATS
New menu items at worldFLATS (photo credit Foxtrot Media)

Inspired by cuisines around the world, worldFlats takes vegetarian and vegan fare to a whole new level. Can’t decide on what to have for lunch? Choose from Italian or Mexican, Asian, Greek, Middle Eastern, and more, and find the perfect meal for you. From flatbreads to bowls, sandwiches, salads, and more, worldFLATS offers a 100% vegetarian menu with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options inspired by all of your favorite fare.