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10 Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in New Brunswick, NJ

Eat vegan at these great restaurants!

With vegan diets becoming even more popular, restaurants are beginning to take steps to ensure that all customers – plant-based and otherwise – leave happy and hungry for more. One city with restaurants that have taken steps to include more vegan options is New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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With numerous cuisines and even a 100% vegan restaurant, the restaurants of New Brunswick are becoming enthusiastic about introducing vegan options to local residents and visitors of the city. See where the top ten best vegan options in New Brunswick are below!

Best Vegan Food in New Brunswick

  1. Veganized
  2. Honeygrow
  3. Playa Bowls
  4. Freshii
  5. Fat Cactus Cantina
  6. Dashen Ethiopian Cuisine
  7. Efes Mediterranean Grill
  8. Mamoun’s Falafel
  9. The Frog & The Peach
  10. Edo


1 Elm Row, New Brunswick NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 342-7412
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Coming in top of the list for best vegan options in New Brunswick is Veganized, an all-vegan restaurant in the heart of the city! 

Veganized emphasizes that every option on it’s menu is 100% vegan, 100% natural, and 95% organic. Additionally, everything is made fresh daily!

It’s not just the incredible food (with a modern take on vegan cuisine) that we love about this place, either. The incredibly warm and cozy atmosphere makes you feel like you’re having a hearty home cooked meal… that just happens to be really good for you!

Veganized also enjoys using local ingredients whenever possible, making their restaurant good for both the community and the environment. Go Veganized!


36 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 0890
Phone: (732) 214-9182
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Honeygrow is a favorite among Rutgers University students and professors, as well as staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Offering a variety of feel good, healthy options, Honeygrow is a great and easy place to have a sit-down vegan meal.

Offering stir fry, salad, and honeybar (fruit based) options, it is easy to build your own vegan breakfast lunch, or dinner! In addition to vegan options, Honeygrow offers paleo, keto, whole friendly, and high protein dish options.

We also happen to love how fresh and natural honeygrows ingredients are: in fact, there are no freezers in-store, and some ingredients are even bought locally!

Honeygrow was also founded by an owner with a plant-based diet, so vegan options were prioritized as this restaurant grew. They also emphasize providing customers with a positive and enthusiastic environment. What’s not to love?

Playa Bowls

53 Mine St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 640-2300
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A great option for those looking for a more fruity take on a vegan meal, Playa Bowls offers a variety of mouth-watering, feel good options. Tucked away on a quieter street in New Brunswick, Playa Bowls is a little gem for the local New Brunswick residents – they even have outdoor seating!

Customers can choose from a variety of bases if they choose to order a classic bowl, including acai, pitaya, coconut, green, chia, banana, and oatmeal. Bowls come with a variety of fruit and protein toppings, packed with energy and vitamins to keep you going throughout the day.

If you’re not looking for a full meal, Playa Bowls also offers numerous delicious smoothie and juice options. And for customers who aren’t looking for a vegan meal, this little place builds poke bowls as well!


131 Neilson St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 427-8283
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With a mission to make healthy food more convenient and affordable to the people of the world, Freshii offers a large menu with more healthy options than you can count – some of which are vegan!

Freshii also has a “mission green,” which focuses on environmentally sustainable practices. All packaging is biodegradable or recyclable, and they use significantly less water via dishwashers, significantly reducing their carbon footprint. 

In addition, Freshii offers a nutrition guide for all of its available meals. So, whether it’s a salad, wrap, burrito, soup, smoothie, or frozen yogurt, Freshii lets you know exactly what you are getting (and how good it is for you!).

Fat Cactus Cantina

350 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 543-1153
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Looking for Mexican cuisine or Tex-Mex vegan options? Fat Cactus Cantina has plenty of options for you! 

A few of the top vegan options on their menu include numerous takes on guacamole, the house and cactus salads, and the impossible fajita! There are also many vegetarian options.

The Fat Cactus also makes sure that customers have a fun and entertaining atmosphere to greet them while they eat! On weekends, this restaurant hires live Mariachi bands to perform.

Dashen Ethiopian Cuisine

88 Albany St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 249-0494
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Dashen Ethiopian Cuisine provides customers with authentic Ethiopian food designed to satisfy anyone looking to try a real Ethiopian dish.

With both a lunch and dinner menu, Dashen has a full section on both menus dedicated to main course dishes featuring non-meat options, many of which are vegan. They also have a full menu dedicated to crepes, if that’s what you’re in the mood for!

With incredible reviews, we highly recommend you check Dashen Ethiopian Cuisine out the next time you’re in New Brunswick, vegan or not!

Efes Mediterranean Grill

32 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 249-4100
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Named after the Greek city of Ephesus, this restaurant ensures an authentic (and tasty!) customer experience. With numerous vegan options, Efes Meditteranean Grill is fully prepared to satisfy anybody with a plant-based diet.

In one of the best locations in New Brunswick, Efes also allows customers to walk just about anywhere. So whether you are just passing through, waiting for the next train, or heading to the theatre district post-meal, this restaurant is the perfect location to grab a bite.

Mamoun’s Falafel

58 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 640-0794
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Located on the busiest black of Easton Avenue, Mamoun’s Falafel is a favorite among New Brunswick locals.

Mamoun’s Falafel has over 15 vegan options on it’s menu, not including sauces or drinks. Most of these options are main-dishes, so no need to worry about if you’ll actually have enough to eat!

And with everything on the menu being made from scratch with fresh and natural ingredients, Mamoun’s Falafel is not just good, but good for you!

The Frog & The Peach

29 Dennis St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 846-3216
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The Frog & The Peach is so amazing that it has won numerous awards over the past few years, including New Jersey’s best “All Around” restaurant and “Top 30 Restaurants in New Jersey.” 

While there are not too many vegan options on the menu, The Frog & The Peach chef and staff are more than happy to alter any dish for specific diets. Just let your server know!


16 Condict St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 514-0700
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Looking for Japanese cuisine with a vegan twist? Look no further! Edo on Easton Avenue offers numerous options that are either vegan or can be easily converted to vegan.

As a majority of the sushi rolls and sushi bowls are vegan based with fish or meat on top, removing the meat (ensuring even more of the vegan toppings) will do the trick! Edo also has veggie spring rolls and multiple veggie rolls to easily satisfy any vegan customer.

And did we mention that Edo is a super cute place to chill out with your meal? Grab a few friends, order some vegan sushi, and relax in the arguably cutest eatery in town.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it! The next time you’re searching for a vegan meal in New Brunswick, we hope you check these places out. If you aren’t into vegan food, check out our other articles for the best food in New Brunswick.

Know a restaurant with great vegan options that’s not on this list? Leave a note in the comments to share!

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Written by Maggie Kelly

Maggie is a New Brunswick local and Rutgers University student who has made checking out local eateries one of her hobbies the past three years. She grew up in Frenchtown New Jersey and is often seen exploring the greater New York City area.