Ibby’s Falafel – Doomed in Hoboken

Ibby’s Falafel barely lasts a year in Hoboken, NJ

Looks like Hoboken’s love affair with Falafel is showing signs of fatigue. A few days ago, Ibby’s Falafel at 614 Washington Street called it quits. The reason for their demise could be one or more of the following:

  • Exorbitant rent
  • That location is cursed
  • Falafel sandwiches not really low carb enough (pushing almost 100g per sandwich)
  • Other places (like Maoz) are that much better

Perhaps it’s even the block they’re on – because Hummus Bar a few doors down also seems to be suffering a bit these days as well.

Why do you think they crashed?

Falafel overload in Hoboken: Ibby’s Falafel coming


For the longest time – Hoboken had Ali Baba and The Pita Grill. Then came along the Two Pitas in a Pod Lunch Truck. (We also had the Kebab “Pimp” House for a little while, before the owner got busted for his prostitution ring.)

But that sounds like a fine selection of healthy Mediterranean places for a Mile Square, right?

In less than six months – the Hummus Bar, Maoz Vegetarian, the Hoboken Cottage (which now serves Turkish Cuisine) Mamoun’s (coming soon), and now Ibby’s Falafel also set to open up shop at 614 Washington Street (f.k.a. Dino Sandwich Cafe).

Do you think this is Falafel overload? Or just way overdue?

For me – I’m sticking with Two Pitas (see review). Still the best in my opinion!

Description: Mediterranean / Middle-Eastern Cuisine. Stuff like Falafel, Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Tabouli Salad, etc., et. al, yadda yadda yadda.
Address: 614 Washington Street
Web: www.ibbysfalafel.com
Phone: TBD

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16 Comments on "Ibby’s Falafel – Doomed in Hoboken"

4 years 8 months ago

Another falafel joint? Well, I wish them luck but it’s going to be hard with all the recent competition. Then to make the situation even less promising, we know from Dino’s experiences that a place needs to be very busy to cover the rent. I only want falafel, eh, maybe 1-2 times a year – so hopefully others out there crave it more.

3 years 6 months ago

Ibbys is so great in JC, that when they posted a Hoboken uprising, everyone was excited. They were renovating forever. In the time it took to get running, Mamouns posted a we are coming sign, and opened up before Ibbys. Atleast 2 months before. They lost 2 months of that loyalty. Mamouns has a massive following from NYC location, hard to beat that. Ibbys JC following is not as big. Also, Mamouns had Ibbys beat on falafel sandwich by $0.50 i think. Times are tough.

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4 years 8 months ago

This falafel war is interesting. I remember the first time I went to Ibby’s on Grove Street, reading an article on the wall about how Ibby is Mamoun’s nephew. Was there a family falling out, or is this a case of “Come on in, the water’s fine” between the restaurants?

4 years 8 months ago

Ibby’s is great stuff! we go there quite often. This will save us the trip.

looks like the middle east falafel wars are heating up in Hoboken.

Falafels….Not Oil!!! :)

4 years 8 months ago

Mahmouns and Ibbys ARE related , I agree that something, or some kind of falling out, must be the case. In any case, Hoboken is the BIG winner. These 2 places are awesome. in NYC, the lines run down McDougal St. for Mahmouns. Ibby’s in J.C. is incredible as well, the shawarma is AMAZING. My prediction, Hummus bar, Maoz, et al, will all close. They all may be located on Washington street, but they’re not even CLOSE to being in the league of an Ibbys or Mahmouns.

4 years 8 months ago

I agree with trueblue11. Even though Mamoun’s and Ibby’s are last to the party, they’ll outlast the others. Funny thing how Ibby’s has been in Jersey City for well over decade and as soon as his uncle (Mamoun’s) announces they are crossing the river to Hoboken, Ibby’s need to find space in town as well. I started going to Ibby’s when it opened. At the time, I lived in Hoboken but worked at Grove St. I kept telling him “you need to open in Hoboken”. Finally, the day has come.