Ali Baba Celebrates 25th Anniversary
I wanted to refresh the stock image for Ali Baba today – and congratulate them on their 25th Anniversary in Hoboken!
This is one under-appreciated place in town – they consistently have great food and good portions. I think I’m going to order them for lunch today or tomorrow! (Oh, and I also added a menu!)
Description: Middle Eastern Cuisine and Décor. Zagat rated. Entrée price range $9 – $15.
Services: Middle Eastern cuisine – Shourba, Falafel, Baba Ganoush, Hummus, Kabob. Take Out, Delivery, Catering
Address: 912 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030 MENU PDF
Telephone: 201-653-5319, 201-659-1189, Fax: 201-653-5757
See quick dinner review from 2006 after the jump!
(Ali Baba, Continued…)
Ali Baba Review – August 2006
Every now and then, Hoboken411 has to step outside the American / Continental food arena and into other cuisines.
Today’s selection was the uptown Middle Eastern restaurant, Ali Baba.
We sat in the front and the waiter warned us that it was in direct line of the turbo air conditioner vent. We had no problem with that. Ali Baba has a pretty basic dining area with about 10 or so tables and some related ethnic art surrounding you. Nothing to rave about really. Just a room with chairs and stuff.
Our waiter was attentive and friendly. We received immediate attention and got our menus right as we sat down. He took our drink orders as we mulled our dinner selections. We placed our order and the food came out quickly, like an assembly line.
For starters we had a tiny plate of hummus and pita. It’s nice they toasted the pita, compared to other places that just give you cold, rubbery slabs. My friend really enjoyed the hummus, and prefers it to the hummus that you get at Pita Grill. I however, disagreed with her. To me, it tasted “dusty”. That was the only word I could use to describe it. Like the beans weren’t cleaned or something. Maybe a bad batch, but it didn’t leave a positive impression on me.
I also wanted to try their spinach pie, which is one of my favorite middle eastern snacks. It was pretty good, but not worth the 3 bucks they charged for it.
For our main dish, we each ordered a chicken sandwich. I chose the spicy Chicken Tikka, and she chose the basic Chicken Kabob. They looked pretty much identical, so there will be only one picture. These were excellent sandwiches. Pita stuffed with chicken, vegetable and drenched with delectable cucumber yogurt sauce. While eating these pita sandwiches are always a difficult task without being messy, they’re well worth it. We found these particular pita sandwiches better than It’s Greek To Me as well. This is their strong point.
Lastly, we shared a small piece of Baklava, which the waiter described as “fresh” and “he wants to eat them all”, because the woman that cooks these items in their Hackensack, NJ home had just made a new batch yesterday. It was a nice way to end the meal. Not too sweet, not too drippy.
But one thing that makes going to Ali Baba great, is the very friendly and attentive staff. It’s nice to go to place where they treat you well every time. You can’t really say that about too many places in Hoboken. A refreshing and welcome change to bad attitudes and rushed service.