• Pinwheel Garden Jersey City: A Vegan’s Review

    The Bergen-Lafayette area of Jersey City was starving for some vegan fare, and family-owned Pinwheel Garden answered the call. Brothers Steve and Albert Tseng opened this grass-roots dumpling and noodle place last year with the community in mind, and it really shows. Pinwheel Garden’s focus is on quality ingredients that are accessible to all — in a super cozy environment. While this spot isn’t 100% vegan, the plant-based items they do have on the menu are seriously on-point. {BYOB is also encouraged, which is always a plus.} Read on to learn more about this JC gem, located at 318 Communipaw Avenue in the Bergen Lafayette section of Jersey City:

    pinwheel garden jersey city vegan

    The Atmosphere

    pinwheel garden jersey city vegan

    The picture above says it all — Pinwheel Garden boasts a super cozy and romantic vibe {especially at night} that reflects the high-quality food they sell to their customers. Whether you want to grab a bite with friends during the day or pay a visit for date-night, Pinwheel is the perfect spot.

    The Dumplings

    While new vegan specials are constantly being introduced, there are a few staple vegan dishes currently on the menu. Already becoming known for their amazing dumplings, Pinwheel Garden always keeps a vegan dumpling on the menu.

    The Spinach Pie Dumplings {pictured below} are filled with herbaceous Mediterranean spinach, parsley, dill, and nutmeg. Another mainstay vegan appetizer is the Scallion Pancake and the Scallion Pancake “Pizza” {topped with veggie bolognese}.

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    The Veggie Bolognese is a main dish, consisting of lightly-spiced organic tofu and pea protein, peppers, fresh Campari marinara and pinot noir over udon noodles. Another popular vegan main dish is the Coconut Curry {Indian-spiced coconut milk curry with organic tofu, peppers, onions, cilantro over udon noodles or rice}. You can add divine mushroom seitan to the curry dish as well.

    READ: 13 Vegan Restaurants in New York City to Try

    Recent seasonal specials include:

    pinwheel garden jersey city vegan

    Spring Mango — wild foraged ramps, ripe chili-salted mango, dill and fennel Campari tomato, cucumber, broccoli, mixed greens and a sesame garlic vinaigrette.

    Wild Mushroom Seitan in a Pinot Noir reduction with lettuce wraps

    Wild Mushroom Seitan — in a Pinot Noir reduction served in lettuce wraps.

    Wild Ramp and Mushroom Dumplings — oyster, crimini, beech, king oyster and shitake mushrooms.

    Other Eats

    All of the noodles and dumplings are made in-house. Udon noodles are thick, chewy wheat noodles great for soups, sauce or curry dishes. Important to note: their ramen noodles contain egg, thus not suitable for vegans. But still delish.

    See More: Where to Find the Best Vegan Soups in Jersey City

    Pinwheel also has an impressive tea selection. Blueberry Meyer Lemon tea {blueberry, elderberry, hibiscus and Meyer lemon iced tea} is a crowd-pleaser and a variety of hot teas {chamomile rose, black tea, earl grey, genmaicha, Indonesian jasmine, Indian chai, mint or blueberry} are offered as well. All in all, great vibes, and such a gem in the Bergen-Lafayette section of JC.

    Have you ever dined at Pinwheel Garden in Jersey City? Share your favorite dish with us below and make sure to tag us in your foodie pics on Instagram @HobokenGirlBlog + #HobokenGirl <3

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    Written by:

    Jen Gonzalez is the owner/founder of Doody Free Girl, a colon hydrotherapy practice in downtown Jersey City. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jen graduated from the University of Miami, FL with a degree in business — but after discovering a passion for health and alternative wellness while working at her family's business, she realized how easy it is to lead an unhealthy lifestyle in today's corporate environment. Now, she works as a colon hydrotherapist and certified nutritional consultant. On Hoboken Girl, she'll be sharing all of the cool vegan/veggie/healthy options there are to discover in Jersey City.


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