Plant Based for the Planet

Montclair, NJ

The following Montclair businesses partnered with Planted Society, Humane Montclair and the Montclair Office of Environmental Affairs to celebrate existing & new plant-based options! Please join us in thanking them for supporting this climate and restaurant initiative by carrying planet-friendly foods all March-long and beyond. 

Though the campaign only ran through March 31st, you can still show your support by visiting for a meal with friends and family, spreading the word, leaving a positive review and giving them a follow on social media. If you post, be sure to use the hashtag #montclairplanetchallenge so that we can see and share!

Montclair Plant Based for the Planet Logo, which is a globe topped with trees, fruit and vegetables.

Montclair Restaurant Partners

We are so thankful to our amazing Restaurant Partners in Montclair, NJ for the Plant Based for the Planet Initiative!

Please understand that after March 31st, these plant-based specials may no longer be available on their menus. We will update this page very shortly with each restaurant’s plant-based commitments, (along with the Township of Montclair’s Climate Commitments!) within a couple weeks after the challenge!

Basil Indian & Thai Grill: This restaurant is a must-try for anyone who loves pan-asian cuisine! Basil Indian & Thai is a new restaurant to the Montclair area and have received rave reviews from day one. Their customer service and relaxing atmosphere will make you feel right at home.

Visit their Watchung Plaza Location: 117 Watchung Avenue, Montclair, NJ

Or Order To-Go Here

Menu Highlights: In addition to their Plant-Based March Specials (ask your servers!), diners really enjoy their Tikka Masala and Vegan Prawn Curry.

Coffee and Cornbread: This fast-casual restaurant serves up a fully organic, non-GMO menu and has SO MANY delicious plant-based options! Coffee & Cornbread opened its doors in April of 2017 and diners love their breakfasts and comfort food, noting that it’s a great place to dine when you have people who eat plant-based in your party!

Visit their Upper Montclair Location: 38 Upper Montclair Plaza, Montclair, NJ

Or Order To-Go Here

Menu Highlights: Their Plant-Based March Specials are a Vegan Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Vegan Chik’n & Cornbread (Wowwww!!)

Egan & Sons: In 2005, Egan and Sons was born by the coming together of a seasoned publican from Dublin and a lifelong Montclair resident. They are proud of their menu full of time-honored Irish dishes with American staples. In 2018, they won the Irish Hospitality Award, Best Irish Food Global. This is a great place to enjoy a pint & plants!

Visit their Walnut Street Location: 116 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ

Or Order To-Go Here

Menu Highlights: This March, Egan & Son’s is serving up “Classic Pub Fare with a Vegan Twist!” starting with specials like plant-based Bocconcini. Already on their menu, you’ll find awesome plant-based favorites like the Grilled Portobello Burger and the Bobbi Salad.

Faubourg Restaurant and Bar: NYC hospitality veterans Dominique Paulin and Chef Olivier Muller have created a modern French brasserie in the heart of Montclair. Seasonal, French-inspired fare is paired with unique wines, craft cocktails, and attentive service in an elegant bi-level, indoor-outdoor space.

Visit their Central Montclair Location: 544 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ

Menu Highlights: In celebration of Plant Based for the Planet, Chef Olivier is adding two climate-friendly dishes to the menu for the month of March: Fava Bean Tartine with rye toast, kale pesto, Cara Cara oranges & pine nuts; and Grilled Avocado & Asparagus with freekeh tabouleh, barberries, Marcona almonds and tahini

Guerriero Gelato & Cakes: This award-winning Gelateria was founded by husband-and-wife team Mike and Breanna Guerriero in 2014 when they purchased their childhood go-to ice cream parlor. Since then they have amassed over 100 awards, even being recognized in Italy as the Best Gelato in America. They’ve appeared on Real Housewives, ESPN, Washington Post, CBS, and many more! 

Visit their Central Montclair Location: 571 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ

Order To-Go Here and Get 10% Off with Code: PLANTED

Menu Highlights: Their Verdi flavors are 100% plant-based – we suggest the Coffee, Oreo, Southern Peach Mango, Caramel Chunk, and Coquito Chip. And remember to get the CUP, not the cone, to keep it plant-based!

Laboratorio Kitchen: This is a top-rated BYOB American restaurant featuring chef James DeSisto’s sustainable cuisine. Their menu features Italian favorites and adventurous new-American cuisine. The polished atmosphere and excellent service make this a great date-night destination!

Visit their Central Montclair Location: 615 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ

Menu Highlights: Chef James Desisto will dazzle you with his plant-based prix fixe tasting menu featuring fresh farm-to-table, organic produce reimagined into creative and surprising dishes. If you’re familiar with Chef James, you know that he can work magic in the kitchen!

Le Salbuen Cafe: This American and French Portuguese Fusion cafe takes pride in crafting creative menus from the seasonal harvests of local farmers they trust. Le Salbuen offers Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and have been nominated for Best Breakfast in NJ Monthly and Best French restaurant in Essex magazine for the last 2 years. 

Visit their Walnut Street Location: 97 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ

Or Order To-Go Here

Menu Highlights: Their Plant-Based for the Planet Specials are Broccoli, Roasted sweet potato & jalapeño filled empanada with balsamic glaze and the White Bean Stew with Cannellini beans, kale, potatoes, onions, tomato. And pay attention to their existing menu for clearly labeled, climate-friendly plant-based options!

Marcel Bakery & Kitchen: Meny Shem Tov Vaknin owns and operates this globally-inspired Mediterranean eatery and bakery, where he creates dishes that evoke the rich culinary legacy of Morocco that he was taught – with love – by his mother and grandmothers, while employing the skills he acquired in his French Culinary School training. 

Visit their Upper Montclair Location: 631 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ

Or Order To-Go Here

Menu Highlights: In addition to their awesome month-long plant-based specials for this initiative, don’t forget to check out their existing plant-based options, like the Curry Tofu Pita and the Vegan Shawarma Wrap!

Mercado: Freshly celebrating their first year in business, Mercado is a fast-casual restaurant with a focus on hearty and healthy staples. The large, hall-like space is inspired by the traditional markets found in Portugal & Spain, where patrons gather for a quick bite or coffee in a lively environment. They are the winners of the Montclair Girl’s Best Healthy Food Spot in 2022 and were listed as one of New Jersey’s Best Restaurants in 2021.

Visit their Upper Montclair Location: 605 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ

Or Order To-Go Here

Menu Highlights: In addition to their plant-based March specials, like the Tofu Burrito Wrap and plant-based brownie-like energy bars from a local baker, their full brunch menu, make-your-own bowls, specialty sandwiches, salads and soups all include plant-based menu options. 

Mesob Ethiopian: Since they opened in 2003, this restaurant has been a favorite for both vegans & meat-lovers with its authentic Ethiopian dishes, which are prepared with imported Ethiopian spices that they blend daily. Mesob’s produce is always fresh and the sauces are prepared as-ordered. The friendly staff and warm décor makes Mesob the perfect place to relax with family and friends. They have been recognized for Excellence by Zagat and were awarded Best of Montclair: Best Vegan/Vegetarian-Friendly Menu for 2022.

Visit their Central Montclair Location: 515 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ

Or Order To-Go Here

Menu Highlights: Injera, a delicious sourdough Ethiopian flat bread that you wrap your food with, makes Mesob a favorite with families and kids, where it’s a treat to “eat with your hands.” (but they also have silverware, if you prefer!) And for the month of March, they are offering a prix fixe 4-course menu which includes an appetizer, entree of shiro with flaxseed, a delicious medium-spiced split-pea stew, plenty of Injera and 3 vegetable dishes, plus a selection of artisan desserts. You will also get a choice of house-roasted Ethiopian coffee or spiced house Kemer Chai tea with an aromatic blend of ginger, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.

Tino’s Artisan Pizza Co: Featuring all-natural ingredients, this Italian restaurant and pizza company offers options for every kind of eater at 5 locations across New Jersey and New York. They proudly use the highest quality ingredients that are sustainable, local & organic whenever possible: “Like things used to be!”

Visit their Upper Montclair Location: 252 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ

Or Order To-Go Here

Menu Highlights: Be sure to try their Plant-Based Pepperoni Pizza and the Tomato-Basil Balsamic-glazed Flatbread appetizer throughout the month of March! They are so delicious, you won’t believe they are meat and dairy-free!

Toast City Diner Montclair: This is a lively destination with a giant menu full of diner favorites. 

Visit their Central Montclair Location: 700 Bloomfield Avenue

Or Order To-Go Here

Menu Highlights: Stay tuned to hear about their Plant-Based for the Planet Specials!

World Flats: This 100% vegetarian restaurant offers loads of plant-based and gluten-free options. Home to world flavors and made from fresh nutritious ingredients, their food is crafted by hand and is naturally delicious, good for you, and good for the planet.

Visit their Central Montclair Location: 58 Church Street, Montclair, NJ

Or Order To-Go Here

Menu Highlights: For the Plant Based for the Planet Challenge, worldFLATS is launching their new 100% Vegan Spicy “Chiquin” Sandwich and 100% Vegan “Meetball” Parm Hero, smothered in a plant-based Bolognese sauce