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Simply Chai Has Reopened in Hoboken — And Their Dosa Waffles Are a Must-Try

by Steph
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There’s a lot of coffee in the Mile Square, but there’s something a bit sweeter but equally as satisfying in town — chai tea. Simply Chai at 79 Hudson Street is bringing a variety of delicious masala chai tea drinks to Hoboken {and beyond, for those on the go}. They’ve recently reopened and debuting some new menu items.

Simply Chai is the latest venture from owners you might find familiar — Anand Patel and his partner of Hidden Grounds Coffee in Jersey City and more recently, Hoboken. According to “Our Story,” on the Hidden Grounds Coffee official website, the owners score spices for masala chai from a mother in India. With their Hoboken shop, it’s safe to say you’ll be getting that same fresh chai with delicious and authentic ingredients straight from India.


^The current exterior of Simply Chai after reopening

The Vibe

simply chai inside

{Photo credit: Lara Cohn}

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At Simply Chai {when we can dine in-person again}, there’s no denying — the space looks inviting, intentional, and like a haven for tea-lovers everywhere {and eerily similar to the former Sunnyside Cafe space — but hey, let’s face it, it’s inevitable that the space stays a tea house of some sort}.

See More: A Guide to the Coffee Shops of Hoboken

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simply chai wall

You’ll find written in neon script on the wall, “Good morning, Sunshine!” {which you might recognize from the space’s days as the home for Sunnyside Cafe} as well as an abundance of reclaimed wood and greenery. Plants sit on nearly every shelf or surface and the neon sign is still situated on the green moss wall of our dreams.


The Simply Chai vibe is apparent from the second you approach the building’s front door — above the entranceway is some ornate molding with two awnings on either side, framing the storefront windows. The vibe here is open, inviting, and filled with goodness, and has all the charm that Hudson Street shops generally have to offer.

Food + Drink

simply chai menu

{Photo credit: Lara Cohn}

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As the name would suggest, Simply -Chai has an abundance of chai tea on the menu {but some feature a delicious twist}.

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Think drinks like the Magic Masala Chai, a chai flight, a lavender chai latte, a classic chai latte, and more delicious options. One drink worth mentioning, however, is the rose chai — rooh-afza, chai, milk, and rose petals. This drink is equal parts refreshing, creamy, and strikes a nice sweet flavor without going overboard.

simply chai rose ice cream falooda

simply chai ice cream falooda

Beyond the classics, however, are refreshing beverages such as a selection ice cream faloodas — from rose, saffron, pistachio,and signature flavors, these drinks will satisfy any sweets craving.

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For the non-chai drinkers, fear not, as there is filter coffee and a selection of fresh juices on the menu as well.

simply chai menu 2

{Photo credit: Lara Cohn}

simply chai dosa waffle

Oh, and Simply Chai also has a food menu, so you can sip and dine. There’s a selection of dosa waffles available to order, but don’t let the “waffle” name fool you.

dosa waffle simply chai 2

Like different kinds of crepes, these waffles are more on the s savory side. A few of the options include The Millenial {a waffle wth melted amul cheese, avocado, and a  side of honey + sriracha}, the Burning Man {melted amul cheese, onion-green chill, a side of coconut chutney}, and more mouthwatering options with a twist.


simply chai dessert

For those in the mood for something sweet beyond try, Simply Chai also boasts a few options of flavored snow cones, listed on the menu as golaganda, as well as other treats.

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Read More: Your Guide to Buying Loose-Leaf Tea in Hoboken and NYC {And How to Brew It Like a Pro}

Moms Know Best

simply chai moms

A massive part of Simply Chai, however, seems to be its roots. As mentioned on its site, Simply Chai and Hidden Grounds Coffee get their spices from moms in India. But on Instagram, the owners are not shy about showing their gratitude to the moms that have helped them perfect their delicious chai recipes.

In one IG post, they wrote, “A huge shout out to our moms for helping us with chai recipes.”

Open for Delivery

simply chai outside

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Like many other local businesses, Simply Chai has taken to serving customers with pickup and delivery orders while we all #socialdistance. View the menu and order online here. {And FYI: mention “HobokenGirl” and get a 10% discount}.”

What’s your favorite coffee shop or tea place in Mile Square? Let us know in the comments!


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