New Jersey Date Night is a new series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Our First Date

When it comes to first dates, everyone should remember that a first-time meeting should be short and not break the bank. A first date is a getting-to-know you moment, allowing the opportunity to determine if you want to make the time investment of a second and more substantial date. Many decide that a coffee date fits the bill perfectly, but any savvy dater from New Jersey knows that a first date can’t just be at any random coffee joint.  The location for any Jersey first date must be perfectly interesting with an abundance of good taste.

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Luckily for us, New Jersey gives us great options for a first date centralized around coffee. Coffee houses in New Jersey are like no other, offering some specific features and benefits that allow first time daters and seasoned couples a fantastic experience. 

Get ready for a first date that just might brew over with perfect flavor!

A warmer heart one sip at a time!

Nothing hits the spot quite like a coffee beverage from Booskerdoo Coffee and Baking Co.  With locations in Asbury Park, Fair Haven, Holmdel and their flagship in Monmouth Beach, the choice of location comes second only to their many offerings of coffee beverages and desserts. Besides the friendly atmosphere, you and your date will be impressed with the fact that everything is created in-house. Owners James and Amelia Caverly roast their own beans and bake their own goodies, both to perfection. The staff of Booskerdoo Coffee and Baking Co. are true lovers of coffee, and all that love just might rub on any first date couple.











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Treats for your sweet … hold the gluten!

There’s something brewing in Plainfield, and it smells great and tastes even better. The Coffee Box is perhaps one of the friendliest coffee spots in New Jersey. Not only is the staff demeanor beyond welcoming and pleasant, but also friendly in the sense that their menu takes all stomachs into account. In addition to experiencing well-crafted coffee beverages, you’ll find a variety of homemade baked goods for all palates and stomachs. Vegan and gluten free options are always available, and be warned — they look so delicious that even the gluten-tolerant will be tempted.

The Coffee Box








For more information on The Coffee Box, including their soon-to-open location in Rahway, visit their website at

Perfectly Hot with an Option to Cool Things Down

Sometimes a new date can leave us feeling hot — or leave us feeling pretty cold. The Koffeewagon Roasters in Hasbrouck Heights has both bases covered. If you’re craving hot, you’ll find your cup of happy brewed on the spot using the pour over method. This method allows maximum flavor and the ultimate in freshness. If something a little cooler is necessary, nothing beats a cup of their cold brew. Regardless of your coffee choice, the welcoming and relaxing décor will help get you slip right into your conversational groove. The tasty coffee will leave you wanting more.











To learn more about Koffeewagon Roasters, visit their website at

Variety is the Spice of Dating Life

You’ll encounter a lot of options in the dating world, but you might discover even more options on the menu at The Fine Grind. With locations in Little Falls and Wayne, regardless of the craving, you’re sure to find the perfect quencher in their arsenal of deliciousness. If the frozen hot chocolate doesn’t tempt you, perhaps their Blendesso will. With a major assortment of flavors ranging from chocolate to Irish cream to mint, how could it not?

Besides serving breakfast all day, a major standout on menu would be fondue for two. Choices include classic chocolate and chocolate peanut butter. Romantic and tasty — a recipe for a perfect first date!











From the Blendoso to the Frozen Hot Chocolate, you’re sure to impress your date with the variety of coffee beverages at The Fine Grind. To learn more, visit

Is the idea of a second date brewing?

One of the important things to remember about a first date is that not all result in a second. Guess what? That’s totally OK. Dating is a numbers game and just like a fairy tail you sometimes need to kiss a lot of frogs before you find that royal spark. Your first date might just be the only one but the good news is that there’s always a new, flavorful date around the corner when you date in New Jersey!


Craig Rogers is the guy who gets relationships write.  Author of The 49th Challenge, he has written countless articles on dating, relationships and breakup recovery. To learn more about him, visit

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