Disclaimer: This cafe is owned by family friends but upon their request, the content of this post is pure honesty and no bias.
The street where I spent my first months in the United States is now housing a brand new adorable cafe that invites you to Grab A Snack, literally! It doesn’t get any more local than this! Grab A Snack is now open at the corner of Westside Avenue and Virginia in Jersey City, New Jersey operating in their regular hours from Monday to Sunday 7am to 9pm and on Wednesdays from 7am to 6pm. Although surrounded by restaurants and other food spots that have been there for several years, Grab A Snack offers a different twist on your everyday meals. It offers food choices and meals that satisfy your hunger from breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks in between. Owners want to create an all season and all day kind of menu to satisfy customers’ needs. This is not your typical corner cafe that only sells products that you can already avail from other places. Grab A Snack adds their own recipe of salad dressing, asian chicken wrap, and adobo flakes rice bowl that you won’t find anywhere else!
Grab A Snack caters to those of us who are constantly on-the-go and looking to grab something quick but healthy at the same time. The “rice bowl evolution where east meets west,” as one of the owners states, allows Grab A Snack to provide a more convenient way of serving complete nutrient dense meals. As starter, bulgogi, chicken, and seafood rice bowls are offered but owners are already in the process of adding more options in their menu. Other than rice bowls, Grab A Snack takes pride in serving freshly made garden salad served with their very own salad dressing and a unique twist on its asian wraps. You’re just gonna have to come and experience it yourself to know what I’m talking about. 😉
Of course I had to experience it myself to be able to tell all of that to all of you. I was able to visit Grab A Snack yesterday around 4pm which was the day after their Grand Opening. I purposely skipped the event to be able to get a more intimate experience of the cafe.
The place is quite small with only two tables and three chairs in each. Though Grab A Snack warmly welcomes their customers to stay by offering FREE Wi-fi, its main concept is really to provide a quick service for customers that are always on the go. If you choose to stay, then you will definitely get a cozy and loving accommodation.
For a dollar, customers are welcome to make their own coffee however they want it using this Flavia Coffee Machine. It has different flavored coffee such as French Roast, Hazelnut, Columbia, Donut Shop Blend, Espresso Roast, Dove Hot Chocolate, and even two flavors of tea, green and lemon. The machine can get a bit confusing to operate but before you know it, someone is already there waiting to help customers.
Here is the full menu as of now and I cannot wait to show you what I had on my first visit!
As you can see, Grab A Snack also offers Bubble Teas in five different flavors. Customers are free to choose the level of sweetness of their bubble teas whether 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100%. I got a small Taro Bubble Tea with 50% sweetness. I had so many bubble teas in my life and if I would compare it to well-known bubble tea places that I’ve been, then it definitely fulfilled my expectations.
I had to try one of their speciality rice bowls so I had the Bulgogi. I could’ve easily ordered the chicken rice bowl but I wanted to try something different. My brother, who attended the grand opening, told me to try it so I did!
Gosh that was delicious!! The thinly sliced beef on top of white rice was tender, juicy, and sweet, but the sweetness was not overwhelming. The serving of the meat was also proportional to the serving of the rice so there won’t be any left overs for sure! You might think that Bulgogi is a pretty popular Korean food, so what’s so special about it? Grab A Snack actually offers a different kind of rice recipe that you can have instead of the typical white rice for an additional cost. When ordering, make sure to let them know that you want the “special” rice instead.
Here’s a photo of Chicken Rice Bowl which I didn’t personally try but my dad finished it in no time!
Salad can be so boring and honestly, I dread eating it. You can find any salad mix anywhere you go but Grab A Snack is the only place where you can have this light and delicious dressing. Bullshit aside, (excuse my language loves lol), I have never enjoyed eating salad this much. I didn’t need to add grilled chicken or any kind of meat to make it easier to eat and it was freshly mixed/made from scratch.
Are you seeing this? Because this, my loves, is by far the best chicken wrap I have ever tasted, no lie! Using another original recipe for the dressing and an original kind of wrap made of scallion, Grab A Snack created a healthy yet tasteful chicken asian wrap. You can also get this in veggie, beef, viet spring roll, tofu, or chicken quesadilla.
Soup is next which is perfect for the upcoming cold season. Grab A Snack offers three kinds of soup: Shrimp & Corn Chowder, New England White Clam Chowder, and Cream of Broccoli. I had the New England Clam Chowder Soup. I don’t remember the last time I had this but this was very creamy and salty enough for my taste. Some soup I had before barely had any ingredients in it other than the soup itself. Grab A Snack’s New England White Clam Chowder was packed and I truly enjoyed every spoonful!
No matter how much I eat, I always have room for coffee and dessert. This delicious Almond Danish came from Calandra’s Italian & French Bakery so as the rest of pastries Grab A Snack offers. From cheesecake slice, carrot cake, tiramisu slice, red velvet to creme brules, the “variety is endless!”
There you have it! What are you waiting for loves? Start your week right and stop by! If you are a local resident of Jersey City, make sure to come and support our local businesses and come check it out. Please do spread the word and share this post to your friends and family through your social media accounts using the hashtag #grabasnackJC. For those who are miles away, you are more than welcome to stop by whenever you get around the area.
Thank you Grab A Snack for a warm and fun experience. I will definitely be coming back! 🙂 ❤