Greens Indoor Golf and Conscious Fork, 97 Baker St., Maplewood, NJ, 908-378-8366
Open to Gold Members before and after regular hours
Conscious Fork Spring hours:
Eat In/Take Out
Looking for somewhere new to eat in Maplewood? Something new and fun to do? Check out the Greens Indoor Golf and Conscious Fork. Don’t be fooled by the construction work outside. Inside it’s clean, bright, and ready for customers. Both businesses officially open on February 23.
The Conscious Fork is the perfect place to find a quick, healthy meal in the heart of the Village. It’s a vegan cafe and juice bar, though a first glance at the menu might make you think otherwise.
You see all the vegan staples, like salads, soups, juices and granola, but you will also find sandwiches (including daiya cheddar grilled cheese), bruschetta, nachos (again with daiya cheese), and their fabulous “Karma Bowls.” Karma Bowls allow you to choose a Tex Mex, Indian, or Mediterranean selection over rice or greens. Most of the dishes are available with gluten free, as well — and most menu items cost less than $10.
Also available are a variety of fresh pressed juices, wellness shots, and smoothies. Catering is available, as are juice cleanses, which start at $46/day. The food is sourced from the restaurant’s farm in the Hudson Valley.
Says co-owner Kim Gabelmann, “I think and hope the people of Maplewood will be happy to have this healthy option.”
Conscious Fork shares space with another new business in town, Greens Indoor Golf. And both sit adjacent to Baker Street Yoga and Maplewood Karate, in what is becoming a health and wellness corridor in the Village.
And you can take that healthy meal option from the Conscious Fork with you as you try out the exciting new virtual golf option at Greens Indoor Golf. Whether you are a seasoned golfer who wants to practice or new to the game and want to learn, you should check out Greens Indoor Golf.
If you’ve never used a golf simulator before, you’re in for a treat. You can choose a generic course or from 50 famous golf courses, grab a club, and hit an actual golf ball at a wall-sized screen. The computer analyses the direction and speed of the ball using overhead sensors, and shows you on the screen where your virtual ball lands.
Says co-owner John Profaci, “we invite you to come by and escape into one of these scenic landscapes and “hit around” for 9 or 18 holes by yourself or with some friends.”
During Monday’s open house, a crowd of golfers and non-golfers came in skeptical, but ended up having a blast. “It feels like you’re standing on the golf course,” said a curious new customer, “but it’s warmer and drier than playing outside in February.”
You can schedule online for one hour time blocks. Rates depend on your membership level (Bronze, Silver or Gold), but non-members can book an hour for $70. And you don’t even need your own clubs (though you are welcome to bring them). Greens is a Cobra-Puma dealer, and will provide you with complimentary use of their best men’s, lefty, women’s, and kids’ clubs.
Hit some balls while enjoying a healthy snack or smoothie.
Says Profaci. “In New Jersey, golf is a seasonal sport. Here, you can golf year-round in perfect comfort.”