A Visit to Ali Baba: Authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine in Hoboken

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Hoboken is flooded with great restaurants, but there are many that often fall under the radar and earn the title of a “hidden gem.” Ali Baba, located at 912 Washington Street in Hoboken, is truly one of those gems even though it’s on the main drag — serving up authentic middle eastern cuisine in the Mile Square for over 30 years {since 1983, to be exact}. From the great food, to the service that makes you feel right at home, Ali Baba is a true Hoboken staple {oh, and it’s BYOB which is always a blessing}. Read on to see why we love it:

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Ali Baba is definitely not a fancy restaurant — it emits an old-school feel, so you can enjoy some authentic Middle Eastern grub without getting all dolled up {which is why we love it – but totally down for a fancy date night, too}. Middle Eastern-style music is usually playing throughout the restaurant — which makes your falafel taste that much better. There’s a good amount of tables inside and whether you’re alone, with one person, or have a large group, the staff will gladly accommodate you. Expect a crowd during the weekends, but during the week you can easily get a table. When dining in, you’ll also notice a bunch of online deliveries constantly going in and out — guess most people like their falafel on their couch. 

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^Looove the exposed brick and paintings

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The Staff:

Typically, there is one waitress on staff, {if you frequent Ali Baba, you’ve probably had Jackie as your waitress — she’s the sweetest}, along with a cook the kitchen {one of them being the owner, Ibrahim}. That’s right, Ibrahim isn’t your typical owner who comes in once in a while to oversee things — he does the cooking and will even serve customers sometimes, too. And while some might think having a small staff is a bad thing, trust us, it isn’t. Having minimal staff {who know what they’re doing} makes for an intimate experience. Both Jackie and Ibrahim are also the sweetest people and truly take pride in making their customers happy.

The Food:

Now, on to the super important stuff. Ali Baba serves up some insane authentic Middle Eastern fare. Their falafels are amazing and if you’re craving some traditional yeero, that’s mouth-watering good, too. They are also extremely accommodating if you want to make a change to any of the dishes; whether you want a different type of salad with your platter, extra spice in your food, anything you need, really. And for dessert, they have something unique in Hoboken — honey cake. If you’ve never tried it, trust us, you need to. As we mentioned, Ali Baba is also BYO {which is worth mentioning again}.

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^The hummus is oh so fresh and delish

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^The platters are so filling — we ordered chicken + yeero platters with rice + a salad…YUM

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^Honey Cake with chocolate chips and a Turkish coffee — the perfect end to any of their dishes

The Verdict:

Ali Baba is truly an old-school Hoboken staple that you must visit if you haven’t already. And if you’ve only ordered for delivery, we encourage you to try dining in for a wonderful experience. Ibrahim and his staff have done a wonderful job the past 30+ years in bringing authentic Middle Eastern fare to Hoboken residents in a friendly and inviting environment.

So, have you ever been to Ali Baba? What’s your fave thing on the menu? Share with us in the comments!

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Briana is a born-and-raised Hoboken Girl who embraces both the new and old aspects of the Mile Square. She’s a freelance writer, works in social media, and more importantly (but not really) — a cat lover and total foodie. When she’s not working, she can be found convincing herself to buy something at Sephora or Target, eating mussels with her fiancé at Leo’s, or planning her next Disney vacation.