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Koro Koro is Jersey City’s first ever Japanese-style rice ball café serving quick, healthy, affordable comfort food...deliciously!!!
Koro Koro is Jersey City’s first ever Japanese-style rice ball café serving quick, healthy, affordable comfort food...deliciously!!!
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Koro Koro is a brand new café, the likes of which have never been seen in downtown Jersey City, that serves Japanese style onigiri (rice balls). They are small balls of white or brown rice stuffed with a wide variety of delectable cooked fillings served with or without nori (seaweed paper). Rice balls are a healthy, fast, affordable, mouth-watering comfort food; perfect for a snack, a quick lunch, or dinner on the go!

The rice ball is just as versatile as the sandwich and even better tasting! You can enjoy rice balls with our favorite Japanese fillings or go for the fillings inspired by our favorite rice dishes from around the world. We prepare them warm and made to order for the ultimate comfort-food experience.

Oh, and by the way, the offerings at Koro Koro are all inherently gluten Free! -- No strange concoctions of gluten substitutes, but an endless list of flavorful ingredients that just happen not to contain gluten – so don’t you worry gluten eaters. We also have some amazing vegetarian and vegan options, so everyone can enjoy this tasty and healthy snack or meal!

Here's a sneak peek at our menu...

                     ONIGIRI (Rice Ball)

MISO BEEF

Lean Ground Beef, Miso, Shallots, Leeks, Scallions, Ginger and Sake

CUBAN

Pork, Black Beans and Plantains

SPICY SALMON

Salmon, Kimchi, Garlic Chilli and Mayonnaise

INDIAN  vegan

Chickpeas, Carrots, Golden Raisins, Sweet Potato, Coconut Milk, Curry and Indian Spices

YAMA CHICKEN

Chicken, Mountain Vegetables, Shredded Coconut, Cilantro and Green Curry

MOROCCAN  vegan

Swiss Chard, Red Pepper, Golden Raisins, Toasted Pine Nuts, Fresh Ginger and Balsamic Vinegar.

UMEBOSHI  vegan

Pickled Plums(Ancient Japanese Superfood!)

COCHINITA PIBIL

Pork, Habaneros, Achiote, Cilantro, Garlic and Lime

MEDITERRANEAN  vegan

Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Sundried Tomatoes, Black Olives and Lemon Zest

Risks and challenges

Where you come in! You know how it goes. You have this great big idea. You use your experience and advisors to painstakingly plan for all your costs. You budget for the unexpected but the unexpected is almost always more than expected! Oh, and those notorious project killing delays, delays, delays!

After negotiations on a few other Jersey City locations fell through, we have finally signed a lease and we are currently right in the middle of construction! Just a few more weeks of work left and then we just wait for city approvals. We can only hope this will be a quick process but history tells us otherwise.
That's where we are now, so...

We need a kickstarter! Our real goal here is $20,000, but every little bit counts and is greatly appreciated! Since Kickstarter is all or nothing, meaning you must make your goal or get nothing, we've kept our official goal at $5,000. Thanks for your support!

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    Lunch is on us! Come in for 2 Onigiri and a Side Salad

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    Make it a date! Lunch or Dinner for Two!

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    Come join us for our Pre-Launch Party. Get an exclusive First Taste at Jersey City's only Rice Ball Café!

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    Join the World's First Onigiri-of-the-Month Club. Enjoy Free Lunch, once a month for a year!

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    Join the World's First Onigiri-of-the-Month Club. Enjoy Free Lunch, once a month for a year, And Receive your very own Set of Rice Ball Molds so you can make your own in the comfort of your home!

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    Come Join us for our exclusive Pre-Launch Party and Join our Onigiri-of-the-Month Club for a Year!!

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    Of Course you get an invite to the Pre-Launch Party. Also, join our Secret Supper Club: we'll treat you and Five of your friends to a Private Rice Ball feast, just for you, at our place or yours!

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    So here we go Special Donor: Pre-Launch Invite, Onigiri-of-the-Month for a Year AND Secret Supper Club date!

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    Be our guest to the Pre-Launch party and enjoy a Private Onigiri Cooking Class with you and 10 Friends AND join Onigir-of-the-Month Club for 3 years!!!!

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