It’s Greek To Me

1/13/2010 Update:

More late night dining options!

Good news for us midnight owls!

Recently, It’s Greek to Me (538 Washington Street) expanded their weekend hours – now open till 4am on Fridays and Saturdays – with delivery!

I hope to see this trend continue in Hoboken!

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See contact info and previous reviews after the jump…

3/25/2008:

I’ve always enjoyed the food at It’s Greek to Me. Many concur that the prices are relatively steep, but worth it.

However, one Hoboken411 reader was wholesomely disappointed with a seafood dish and shares her sentiments:

“Dear Hoboken411.com,

I’ve NEVER done this before and hope not to make a practice of it, but I had to share with you/your readers a rather dissapointing experience I had tonight with the restaurant “It’s Greek to Me.”

Sadly, tonight I made the decision to get the “Grilled Seafood” entree which cost me $19.95. I ended up with a plate of 3 miniscule shrimp,
4 pieces of rubbery calamari and 1 mushy piece of octopus. On the bright side, I did get a TON of rice and a large pepper. Having order over $50 of food on this single occassion I decided to call and voice my dissapointment.

The woman who answered the phone was pleasant but the man she spoke with (Mohammed) was less than sympathetic and I was left to gnaw on my meal.

Just a warning to the Hoboken411 readers who frequent this establishment. This is what a $20 Grilled Seafood entree looks like!”

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See 2006 Lunch Review after the jump.

Description – Greek restaurant. Casual cafe atmosphere. Entree price range approx. $6-$15.
Services – Greek cuisine, three cheese pizza, pita, souvlaki, peinirli, soup…
Website – www.itsgreektome-taverna.com
Address –
538 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone – 201-216-1888, Fax – 201-216-1883

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November 2006

This review was written after 3:00am, so please excuse any errors.
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What a beautiful 70 degree day to sit outside and enjoy the food of It’s Greek To Me.

It’s always been a favorite of mine, since going to the Fort Lee location over 15 years ago. So why not verify that the Hoboken location serves up the same delicious concoctions?

Not sure if everyone cares for Greek food, but I find it to be both interestingly spicy as well as mouth-wateringly refreshing. (Pardon my english if I’m inventing words. Sounds good to me, though.)

It is also somewhat more of a healthy alternative to other choices. Many grilled items, fresh vegetables and the use of olive oil instead of butter. Although the desserts can be quite a caloric whammy.

You can take a look at their menu HERE to see the wide variety of offerings they have. We won’t get into them today. Too tired.

We were the only ones that chose to sit outside today, but our waitress was still attentive and immediately came out, gave us menus and took our drink orders.

Undecided between the meatballs or the fried zucchini for our appetizer, we asked the waitress what she thought was better, and she chose the zucchini. So that is what we ordered.

Out came a plate of sliced zucchini and a mashed potato-like garlic dip. We were prepared for zucchini “sticks” and some drippy kind of dip (like you’d get at a chain restaurant). It was a pleasant surprise. Very fresh, and the dip has a strong garlic flavor.
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In an effort to be simple, we each chose a basic platter dish. One with chicken and the other with gyro.

The colorful platters come with greek fries, your choice of meat, some pita slices, tomato, pepper, onion, spices and the extremely delicious Tzatziki sauce. That has to be my favorite condiment or sauce of all time. Yogurt, cucumber and garlic. Simple, addictive and pretty healthy!

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Each dish was large enough that we were unable to finish and both had to take the rest home to eat at another time. It makes a great snack or lunch for the next day!

I’ve never had a bad meal at It’s Greek To Me, and despite it being one of the higher priced places in town (for what you get at least), we still visit it regularly. $50 for lunch for two people is a bit much, but with the leftovers and great taste, it’s still hard to resist.

84 Responses

  1. yellowsubmarine says:

    i got a can of diet coke there once and it was $1.75–small portions, WAY overpriced, not sure how they’re still in business

  2. BokenBarfly says:

    Greek to Me always screws you when you get it to-go! I always get the small greek salad…when I eat at the restaurant, it’s more than enough for 2 people, but when I get it takeout, its hardly enough for one person! Either way, it’s definately overpriced! Also, one would think that a GREEK restaurant would have awesome hummus, but it’s better from A&P…Greek to Me’s hummus has a soapy taste half the time….diluting it with dish soap to cut on costs?? Hummmmm..

  3. thebinatwork2 says:

    [quote comment=”74796″]The lamb dishes at Ali Baba beat the crap out of this place, whose main asset is that they have outdoor seating, which is good for dog owners. The service is very strange here — once I took my dad there weekday mid-afternoon when the place was EMPTY, and they kept trying to clear the plates away even though we weren’t done and were trying to have a private conversation. The third time, I said, you must know better than I do when I’m done, take the plates and then leave us alone already.

    Oddly enough, though, we haven’t had a problem with the grilled seafood, which my husband orders almost every time he goes there.[/quote]

    Ali baba needs to deliver.

  4. rag246 says:

    I like the spinach chicken pie there. It’s ok once in a while, but for the price, you can do much better elsewhere in town.

  5. Largemarge says:

    I hate to admit but their Souvlaki in pita is pretty good regardless of the price. What makes it all taste like crap is the service. I’m totally down with slower paced European service or even slower paced Greek service. You can be the only person there and they will act like you’re not there. Why do I have to stand there waiting for my order when I ordered it 30 minutes ago and the place is dead? Completely unprofessional. It’s a good thing you can bring your own alcohol, you will need it to cope with the rudeness.
    Just to make sure I wasn’t over reacting I sent in my fiance to get the order. Although we called the order in he still had to wait 15 minutes inside, again treated like he was invisible. He was steaming hot when he came out. I guess we’re not going back.

  6. potatochip says:

    We had our rehearsal dinner here last night and it was one of the best decisions we made with this wedding!!!!

    Baker, who runs the place, and his staff did an amazing job and at the end of the night everyone was screaming OPA and they even smashed some plates for us.

    Coming from an all Italian family, they were not thrilled at first that we did not decide on the run of the ordinary Italian restaurant with $50.00 dollar bottles of wine and standard food (we have some good cooks in the family). Anyways at the end of the night we fed 40 people like royalty, drank, laughed, and celebrated the way it should be for a very fair amount.

    Let’s just say we saved 5 grand and it was better than any rehearsal dinner I have ever been to….

    The staff was absolutely wonderful from the first time I called to inquire until last night. They handled everything and were enthusiastic about it. FANTASTIC NIGHT!!!

    Thanks so much to the owners and staff and we highly recommend to anyone hosting a small event.

  7. beccaf9 says:

    After another incorrect and disappointing delivery from It’s Greek to Me, I felt it’s time I commented. My husband and I used to get food delivered from It’s Greek to Me on a regular basis, however, we stopped for a while since the order was NEVER correct. Either a salad dressing would be missing, tzatziki would be missing or we’d get fries instead of rice. Once again, it happened tonight. This time, EVERYTHING was wrong! When I called to complain, the man on the phone asked if he could bring me something else to make up for it tomorrow night! I told him no–I need salad dressing with my salad. What a joke. This time I mean it–we are NEVER ordering from It’s Greek to Me again. I’m sure they don’t care….

  8. MF says:

    [quote comment=”99701″]We had our rehearsal dinner here last night and it was one of the best decisions we made with this wedding!!!!

    Baker, who runs the place, and his staff did an amazing job and at the end of the night everyone was screaming OPA and they even smashed some plates for us.

    Coming from an all Italian family, they were not thrilled at first that we did not decide on the run of the ordinary Italian restaurant with $50.00 dollar bottles of wine and standard food (we have some good cooks in the family). Anyways at the end of the night we fed 40 people like royalty, drank, laughed, and celebrated the way it should be for a very fair amount.

    [/quote]
    Mamma Mia! Greek? You could have found a BYO and non-“ordinary” Italian I’m sure. Oh well.

  9. strand tramp says:

    is 40 people for a rehersal normal?

  10. kellyjoy says:

    [quote comment=”123350″]is 40 people for a rehersal normal?[/quote]

    It’s usually just the people who will actually participate in the wedding – bridesmaids, ushers, parents on both sides, etc. – but if it’s an out-of-town wedding or if you have a lot of out-of-town guests, a lot of people will invite them to the dinner as well.

  11. AO56 says:

    this is the best food i ever ate in my life.this place is clean and a nice place to sit and enjoy your food.They Have the BEST salad! 😛

    Ps: Ahmad O

  12. panicmule says:

    Wait a minute, I thought 24hour/late night establishments were “trouble magnets”.

    http://hoboken411.com/archives/34536

    Which is it, “trouble magnets” or should “this trend continue in Hoboken”?

    • hoboken411 says:

      Maybe if you read for the purpose of understanding what I wrote – rather than looking for ways to bash me – you would have seen the final sentence in my “24 hour establishment” post:

      “I for one, love the all-night places – and wish there were more uptown!”

      Have a nice evening.

      In response to panicmule who said:

      Wait a minute, I thought 24hour/late night establishments were “trouble magnets”.

      http://hoboken411.com/archives/34536

      Which is it, “trouble magnets” or should “this trend continue in Hoboken”?

      • panicmule says:

        My bad. Too many words, not enough reading.

        In response to hoboken411 who said:

        Maybe if you read for the purpose of understanding what I wrote – rather than looking for ways to bash me – you would have seen the final sentence in my “24 hour establishment” post:

        “I for one, love the all-night places – and wish there were more uptown!”

        Have a nice evening.

  13. xyzpdq says:

    Sad to say this place is overpriced with slow service and mediocre food. They could learn a thing or two from Gyro II across from Penn Station.

    • blaueaugen says:

      EVERYTHING in this town is overpriced! Why is this always a shock to everyone? I bought a nice bottle of scotch in clifton and it was $15 cheaper there! Business owners have to make up for the exorbinant rent and pass those expenses to the customer.

      In response to xyzpdq who said:

      Sad to say this place is overpriced with slow service and mediocre food. They could learn a thing or two from Gyro II across from Penn Station.

  14. nbm3 says:

    The food here is mediocre at best…..They must be hurting to stay open till 4am

  15. midtownauthentic says:

    put a little windex on it….

  16. sherri says:

    I LOVE GREEK TO ME! Their food is fresh & DELICIOUS!!! Their prices are reasonable, especially if you consider the quality of food they serve. This family owned buiness has a warm and charming staff. I eat their at least once a week. A MUST GO!

    • ktbc says:

      I love their food too, and order from there weekly. Other than it being a bit pricey, I really don’t understand what all these people are complaining about. It’s delicious! Love it! I’ve tried many of their dishes and have been pleased with all. And, I’ve never had a problem with my take-out and delivery orders.

      In response to sherri who said:

      I LOVE GREEK TO ME! Their food is fresh & DELICIOUS!!! Their prices are reasonable, especially if you consider the quality of food they serve. This family owned buiness has a warm and charming staff. I eat their at least once a week. A MUST GO!

  17. Redstorm says:

    I am Greek…the food here is not very good…get in your car and go to Greek Taverna in Edgewater

  18. 9 says:

    I’ve never tried it, but I have a good reason. One of my friends who eats like a garbage disposal, and is far from picky, absolutely hated it (twice, not once). The fact that someone was able to whip up a batch of something this glutton wouldn’t devour truly frightens me.

    • potatochip says:

      9 you have to try it…. I will rally for this place till the day I die. The staff is amazing and my girlfriends and I love coming here with a nice bottle of wine and having a relaxed enjoyable meal. The Greek Salad is amazing (and I am not a “salad” girl, so that say’s a lot) and everything else is really good too.

      The biggest draw to me though aside from the food being good is how good they treat you once they get to know you. Makes you feel like your having dinner with family. Don’t let your glutton friend turn you off. :)

      In response to 9 who said:

      I’ve never tried it, but I have a good reason. One of my friends who eats like a garbage disposal, and is far from picky, absolutely hated it (twice, not once). The fact that someone was able to whip up a batch of something this glutton wouldn’t devour truly frightens me.

  19. 9 says:

    I don’t know, homeboy eats like he’s never seen food, and he went twice, ordered two different dishes and hated both.

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