Colorful dots line the lime-green walls at re Juice a Nation, but though they bear a resemblance, they're not the candy kind. Customers find healthful sweet treats here, in the form of fruit smoothies boosted with nutrition and sports supplements, which eliminate the need to mash fruit into Gatorade. To satisfy savory cravings, the eatery simmers 100 varieties of Hale and Hearty soup, which are always fresh and never frozen.
To make the Fat Ortley burrito, chefs stuff a tortilla with chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries, ketchup, lettuce, and tomatoes. The eclectic burrito is the brainchild of self-proclaimed foodie Bruce Jones, who graduated from Rutgers University and brings his love of Tex-Mex fusion dishes to the masses at his eatery, Papa Grande Grille. There, chefs fill tacos with Corona-battered cod, and cook up their own jerk chicken. Other standouts include BangBang shimp burritos and a mango chicken quesadilla.
To get an idea of what Chocobeanz serves, take a glance at the bakery's purple walls; words such as "cookies" and "lemon tarts" are painted there in rounded white script. Alternatively, you could just glance into the glass display case where bakers arrange the treats after making them from scratch. Savory snacks are available too: chicken pot pies, snack wraps, and create-your-own sandwiches and salads are a few specialties. Pair your meal with a coffee, chocolate smoothie, or a smoothie made from fresh fruits, flaxseed, and other healthy components.
Village Coffee isn’t just a place to get a cuppa and run. It’s a place to lean back into soft leather chairs with a hot latte, or gather at a table of fresh-baked sweets and good conversation. Striving to be more than just a coffee shop, Village Coffee encourages its visitors to enjoy the camaraderie that surrounds coffee and sandwiches. Mornings, stop by for breakfast sandwiches, fresh muffins, and hot or iced coffee drinks, or swing by during the afternoon for sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, and salads.
The bakers at DOCO take the old-fashioned approach with their donuts. Each of the 13 light, cake-like styles are hand-dipped and dressed in an array of traditional—and nontraditional—toppings. There's the strawberry-glazed and graham-cracker-topped Cherrygraham, for example, as well as the strawberry glaze and granola-dipped Strawberry Fields and the oreo-topped Cookie Monster. Additionally, specialty donuts are stuffed with fillings ranging from fruit to cannoli and boston cremes made from fresh ingredients. The café doesn't just offer baked goods, though—sweet treats can be paired with mugs of robust, locally made Ward Coffee.
Before supplying a single item, the proprietors of Eagle Specialty Coffee spent an entire year sampling coffees, juices, pastries, and other goodies. That meticulous search resulted in the shop's 11 private-label coffee varieties, which range from Brazilian javas to Kenyan AA. Prepared with the classic pour-over method, each option lends robust flavor to Eagle's espresso-based drinks like cappuccinos and lattes. For caffeine alternatives, baristas make organic juice onsite, blend fruit smoothies, and steep teas from Smith Teamaker inPortland, Oregon. To complement beverages, cooks ladle housemade soups, assemble sandwiches, and sell freshly made pastries delivered daily from Brooklyn on a wave of melodious Indie rock.