Open 6 days a week (closed M) until 9PM (F and Sa until 10PM), Su Brunch 10AM - 2PM
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Set in an unassuming shopping complex just a few blocks away from historic downtown New Hope, this casual restaurant is a vegetarian’s heaven, and an omnivore’s delight. It boasts a 100% vegan menu, which means no food that had a mother, and no dairy or eggs either. Sprig & Vine offers a wide-ranging menu of gourmet delights, for prices far more reasonable than to what you would pay for comparable food in NYC or Philly.
Executive Chef and co-owner Ross Olchvary cut his plant-eating teeth at Horizons Vegan Restaurant, the predecessor restaurant to Vedge (the holy grail of Philadelphia’s vegan dining). The influence is clear. Like those other establishments, Sprig & Vine offers a seasonally-shifting menu of gourmet delights, without relying on meat-substitutes (such as tofu, seitan, or tempeh). The “small plates” are, indeed, small–an encouragement to try several, such as local pickled vegetables, grilled oyster mushroom crostini with zatar spice, or a delicious daily soup (I enjoyed an impossibly creamy butternut squash soup, in the picture above). They are all excellent, as are the sides. There are salads (and they’re great–but honestly it’s a plant-based restaurant so isn’t everything basically a salad?), as well as impressively imaginative entrees. You might have to pull out your smartphone to figure out what a “fregola” or a “wat” is, or you can order blindly, since everything is vegan (and gluten-free and soy-free items are helpfully listed as well). During lunch, sandwiches are offered. The desserts are a highlight, so be sure not to miss them! The PB+J French Toast is slap-your-momma good.
The decor is tasteful, with a semi-open kitchen and nice amount of space between the tables. It’s BYOB and situated right next to the New Hope outpost of Triumph Brewing Company; if you’re inclined you can get a growler of beer from next door–though be cautioned that not all beers or wines are vegetarian, so be careful if you’re bringing a strict vegetarian or vegan). This isn’t a table-cloth dining, but it’s a lot nicer than a typical cafe.
Will an omnivore enjoy it? Probably. This is inventive, high-end cuisine, and so what if it’s missing a piece of dead cow in the middle of the plate? The flavors that Olchvary coaxes out of his produce are potent, more than enough to impress your carnivorous date. But if your partner would prefer cholesterol to culinary adventure, they’ll likely find Sprig & Vine lacking.
Portions are not enormous, so you want to round out the order with a few sides or small plates if you come in hungry–and those are often the most delicious items. It isn’t as rib-sticking as an equally favorite vegetarian joint: Blue Sage. Sprig & Vine offers a great value for this quality of food, but it’s not cheap. Expect to pay around $20 for an entree, $10 for a salad, or $10-12 for a sandwich (lunch only). Sides and small plates range from $5-$10. For New Hope, this is more than reasonable (but it’s high for Trenton). Parking in New Hope can be a headache, but fortunately Sprig & Vine has ample parking in the shopping center (you pay at a kiosk) for cheaper than you can find elsewhere in town–and you’re still only a few blocks from the main drag. (Speaking of drag, New Hope is a great place to visit during Pride Week).
Sprig & Vine is definitely worth the trip from Trenton, especially if you’re vegan or vegetarian.