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?

Ibbys Falafel Hoboken NJ doomed

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!

Ibbys Falafel Hoboken NJ 614 Washington Street

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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Mitch Ultimato(@mitch-ultimato)
Friday, May 11, 2012 5:07 pm

I liked Ibby’s more than Mamouns but the best falafel in town is still Ali Baba.

Thursday, May 10, 2012 8:09 am

This place was plain awful. I was told by my JC friends how good it was, but after the second trip I scratched it off the list and stuck with Mamouns.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 5:57 pm

Mamoun’s doomed Ibby’s. They opened first and were less expensive. If Ibby’s had opened first I would have tried them out, but by them being more expensive than Mamoun’s, there was no reason to give them a try.

Thursday, May 10, 2012 6:20 am

Too many restaurants in hoboken all fighting for the same clientelle, and when you take it to a specialty food such as falafel, how many you think will make it. Although i doubt Mamouns is making a killing maybe the are just weathering the storm a little better to snuff out the competition Ibbys. They both have decent sandwhiches, its probably just not enough room for all of them in Hoboken, now mamouns business should thrive.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 5:04 pm

I absolutely love Ibby’s Falafel. So happy they finally came into Hoboken. I’m a current a resident here in Hobo and made the trip over to Ibby’s (jc) just for a falafel. The food is Definitely Genuine. The atmosphere is Hoboken is very Welcoming especially being greeted by very good looking men :wink: love the Chicken Kabobs always very MOIST…. The Hummus is on point and the Desserts are to die for.

“brklyn812- Mamouns should’ve stayed across the river where they belong with a population of over 8 million. It makes you think “TrustThis” the true definition of Greed (is an excessive desire to possess wealth or goods with the intention to keep it for one’s self. Greed is inappropriate expectation.)

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