The Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Hoboken, NJ

Acai bowl for breakfast.
Acai bowl for breakfast. | © Charlie Marchant / Flickr
Emily Tan

Hoboken, New Jersey, isn’t a big place, but the Mile City is known for having a great selection of restaurants that can satisfy any palate. Despite the variety, many of the food spots cater more to a meat-eating diet. But if you look a little closer, there are actually a number of vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Hoboken. And sometimes you can come across a restaurant with some vegan choices too.

1. Koro Koro Riceball Cafe

Restaurant, Japanese

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Koro Koro Riceball Cafe is set to save you from the typical sandwich lunch. Also known as onigiri, the handheld dish is gluten-free and commonly eaten in Japan. And while many of the fillings are meat-based, the Umeboshi (pickled plum) or Indian, filled with chickpeas, carrots, raisins, and spices, are perfect for vegetarians. There is also a selection of soups and salads that are available.

2. Shaka Bowl

Restaurant, Vegetarian, Seafood

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Are you looking for something more tropical to nosh on? Shaka Bowl is here to provide you with all of your acai and poke bowl needs. After living in Hawaii, the two owners missed the fresh and light food from the islands. So, they brought it to New Jersey with two shops in Hoboken and Fort Lee. The menu has a variety of different poke and acai combinations, but customers are also free to customize their own. And vegetarians can also enjoy some poke and can replace the fish with tofu.

3. Mamoun’s Falafel

Restaurant, Middle Eastern

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The first Mamoun’s Falafel opened in 1971 in New York City’s Greenwich Village. However, due to its popularity, the family-owned Middle Eastern restaurant eventually opened up shop in Hoboken. Since they’re known best for falafels, this is a dream for anyone with a plant-based diet. Whether it’s inside a pita or on a platter with rice and salad, vegetarians can order falafel, hummus, baba ganouj, tabbouleh or the fava bean-based fool madammas. If you can’t decide, you can combine the different veggie options. And if you have some room for dessert, grab a piece of baklava to go.

4. Karma Kafe

Cafe, Restaurant, Indian

While Karma Kafe might seem unassuming from the outside, once you walk inside, you’ll quickly be enrobed with warm and comforting scents. While they serve hot meats from the tandoor, they also have numerous options for vegans and vegetarians, including paneer and chickpea curries, vegetable dumplings, and a variety of naans, plus they will tailor the spiciness of their dishes to your liking. Their lassis are delicious and complement any spicy dish. During the summer months, it has an outdoor dining area, perfect for an al fresco lunch or dinner.

5. Simply Juiced

Juice Bar, Vegetarian, Vegan

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Don’t be fooled by the name. Simply Juiced is more than just your average juice bar. Located in the same building as SoulCycle, it has an extensive menu full of juices, smoothies, salads, sandwiches and sweets that are vegan, raw and/or gluten-free. The La Bella Burger includes sprouted grains and seeds bread, portabella mushroom, spinach, fresh and sundried tomatoes, red onions, cashews and a variety of herbs and spices. The Mac No Cheese is made of well-seasoned kelp noodles, cashews, and broccoli. Pretty much anything you order from Simply Juiced not only tastes good but is good for you too.

6. Matt & Meera

Bistro, Restaurant, Indian

Matt & Meera breathe new life into Indian food by fusing traditional flavors with Western dishes. From Naanchos to the Lambza, the Hoboken bistro bridges the cultural gap well without sacrificing flavor. Of course, you can still get your tandoor-grilled dishes too. And whether it’s the quinoa and mushroom burger or the paneer tikka and mint pizza, vegetarians will definitely not go hungry.

7. honeygrow

Restaurant, Asian, American

Philadelphia-based healthy food chain honeygrow serves fresh salads as well as noodle and stir-fry bowls. Customers can choose the style, the protein (including tofu for vegetarians), sauce, vegetables and other toppings. The fast-casual spot also has a line of sugar-free juices. And if you’re craving something sweet, they offer a fruit and cream bowl that’s sweetened with honey.

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