Falafel Wars in Hoboken

Ali Baba claims to have the best Falafel in New Jersey

Many people think that Falafel is new in Hoboken – especially with the tsunami of new places like Ibby’s, Mamoun’s, Maoz Vegetarian, Hummus Bar, Zena Grocery and the like.

But if you’ve lived in town for the past 25 years, you always had good middle eastern food over at Ali Baba (912 Washington Street).

And Ali Baba is so proud of their product – that they claim to have the “Best Falafel in Jersey,” as evidenced in the photo below.

Ali Baba Hoboken Best Falafel in New Jersey

More about Falafel – have you ever made your own?

You can read more about the wonderful Falafel here on Hoboken411, in an article published this past spring.

For the more enterprising folks – try making it yourself! Maybe there’s better falafel sitting in someone’s kitchen here in Hoboken?

Home Made Falafel Hoboken New Jersey RecipeIngredients

1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight (or a 16oz. can chickpeas)
1 cup dried broad beans, soaked overnight (or a 16oz. can beans)
1 small onion, very finely chopped
⅓ cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
⅓ cup fresh coriander, finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Lebanese Seven Spice Rub
2-3 tablespoons water


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor (minus the water) and puree. Add water and pulse until a gritty paste / dough forms.
  2. Chill for an hour, then shape into small balls and flatten into patties.
  3. Fry until brown and crispy, or brush with oil and bake at 425° F.

Note: If you can’t find Lebanese Seven Spice Rub, you can make your own using equal parts allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, fenugreek, ginger and cloves. See recipe for that here.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011 2:54 pm

Did the Mammouns on McDougal raise their price from $2 to $2.50 too, or is that special Hoboken Yuppie pricing?

Reply to  rag246
Thursday, September 22, 2011 3:36 pm

The price has been $2.50 on Macdougal for some times now.[quote comment=”210936″]Did the Mammouns on McDougal raise their price from $2 to $2.50 too, or is that special Hoboken Yuppie pricing?[/quote]

Reply to  jonnyc
Thursday, September 22, 2011 4:41 pm

Been a while since I’ve gone there…2005 / 2006 maybe. They probably raised their prices during the forgotten “commodities shortage” in 2007, when the price of a piece of pizza at Tudinos went from 1.75 to 3.50 or something ridiculous like that. When commodities prices settled down, the price stayed high.

2.50 is still good for what you get an mammoun’s tho. [quote comment=”210938″]The price has been $2.50 on Macdougal for some times now.[/quote]

Thursday, September 22, 2011 11:26 am

Still loving Mamouns…$2.50 for a falafel sandwich may be the best deal in town..

Thursday, September 22, 2011 11:07 am

Ali babas is ok I guess. Been there a few times. The best falafel I’ve had in Hoboken was a place that has since closed down: Mediterranos by the PATH. Their pizza was not so great but for $3.50 they made a falafel sandwich that was huge. I worked with an Israeli guy back then who would bring them home to his wife out in the burbs.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 7:15 pm

Did your dog pee on the sign?? He has a satisfied look in his eye.

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