‘Mutz’ means mozzarella when you’re in Hoboken!!
September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
…At least according to Vito’s. Vegetarianism on the Hoboken side isn’t too hard to accommodate, a fact that I learned on my trip out this past weekend. However, venturing into Manhattan is a different animal, w. restaurant options that could hold one over for months. Hoboken is overrun with and known for its delis which serve fresh ‘mutz’, or mozzarella cheese made in the neighborhood. I can attest to the freshness and the stringiness experienced one bite in that often lacks in the imported varieties we find in other parts of the country. Vito’s is one of the more frequented delis on Washington Street, the city’s main drag for food, so watch out if you’re stopping in during the lunch hour, as the line generally runs out the door. The menu is vegetarian friendly with a good handful of interesting options such as the Hoboken Hero, which is filled w. grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, artichoke hears, pesto, and mutz.
A good stop for brunch is the Cinnamon Snail, a cool vegan truck that finds a space in Hoboken near the waterfront for breakfast and lunch from Thursday thru Saturday. The menu is inspired, with options such as Blue corn pancakes with piñon butter and Vermont maple syrup & Jalapeño red quinoa fritters with tomatillo salsa, mashed avocado, cilantro roasted garlic cream, arugula and peppered red wine reduction. The inspiration is a definite rarity for vegan fare, let alone that it’s all from a food truck!! Plan your day early. You won’t want to miss this one. I unfortunately did with my time crunch. I may have to jet back sometime soon, when the truck expands its route to NY!!!
Interesting spots for dinner include Cucharamama and Amanda’s. Amanda’s appetizers are almost all vegetarian this season, w. highlights being the Sweat Pea Risotto w. Pea Shoots and Garlic Chips & Roman Gnocchi, Ricotta, Heirloom Tomatoes, Pine Nuts and Parmesan Reggiano. The entrees are scant for us, making Amanda’s an awkward choice for dinner if ordering multiple appetizers in place of a main course doesn’t appeal to you. Cucharamama serves S. American food, and the menu is just so awesome that I’ve listed most of the veg. options on my ‘To do’ page, and can’t wait to recreate them in my kitchen. You MUST make a reservation if you plan to dine on a Friday or Saturday night. The restaurant is usually booked, but I was able to get in on a cancellation for a table for 4 @ 8:30 on a Saturday night w. a good hour’s notice.