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Cafe Tati, a French-Inspired Cafe by Barbès Team, Open in Hoboken

by Stephanie Spear
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A long-awaited locale that used to house a computer repair shop at the corner of 4th Street and Bloomfield Street in downtown Hoboken has finally come to fruition. The space is home to the new project, Cafe Tati, from the team behind local favorites Barbès, located at 1300 Park Avenue, and La Boheme, located at 233 Clinton Street. Both restaurants serve French and Mediterranean menus in chic, European-inspired settings, and Cafe Tati will be a French-inspired cafe, according to its owners. We first broke the news in mid-February, but as of the first weekend of May, it’s finally open in Hoboken. Read on for more about what to expect from newcomer Cafe Tati.

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The Details

The Barbès team, owners Lisa and Omar Balouma, spoke exclusively to The Hoboken Girl about what was to come for Cafe Tati back in February. “It is called Cafe Tati. It will be an express version of Barbès, like a diner,” they said. “There will eventually be seating at the coffee bar and tables. Until we get our change of variance approval, it will be takeout only.” The space used to be a computer repair shop.

Lisa and Omar expected Cafe Tati to open by early March, but May is when it all came together, in true Hoboken fashion. We stopped by last week and the space is finally ready — see the photos below.

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Other Restaurants from The Team

Barbès opened in 2018 and quickly became a neighborhood go-to for its incredible brunch. Omar brought the concept from its original location in Murray Hill, and transformed a ground-floor spot on Park Avenue into a Parisian getaway.


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La Boheme followed in 2021 in the former Cucharamama space space, inspired by the healthful yet delicious cuisine of the Mediterranean islands. While Barbès is a Parisian bistro with a North African flare (inspired by the neighborhood of the same name in Paris), La Boheme is heavily influenced by the French Riviera. Comparing the two restaurants at the time, Lisa said, “When you are in North of Hoboken, you are essentially up north in France, now we will be bringing the south of France downtown.”




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Lisa continued, “Many ideas for the menu came from my daughter’s visit to the south of France a few summers ago,” Lisa shared. “Layla is now gluten-free, and very health conscious. Her time spent there made her even more aware of the benefits stemming from a Mediterranean diet.” La Boheme has a wood-fired oven that the team uses for pizzas, which includes gluten-free options.

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Both restaurants have ever-changing cocktail lists featuring seasonal ingredients and on-theme drinks. During the holidays, Barbès featured a  Shortcake Martini made with vanilla vodka, Baileys, Frangelico, and strawberry puree and topped with Christmas sprinkles; a Merry Old Fashioned garnished with caramelized orange; and Snowstorm, made with tequila, white chocolate liqueur, coconut cream, and lime.

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