Couscous at Ali Baba Middle Eastern Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ

 Ali Baba Middle Eastern Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ

Ali Baba Middle Eastern Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ

Ali Baba is a Middle Eastern restaurant located on Washington street in Hoboken. This place has been there for so many years. We often ordered but it has been a while since we had dinner there and, one day, we went as I really wanted to try their couscous. This is where we heard about Barbes, a Moroccan and French place that opened several weeks ago few blocks from there, that has an amazing food, especially the tagines and couscous. And I admit that the couscous at Ali Baba does not measure up to it: I tried their lamb couscous that was just ok. The lamb was very good, perfectly cooked, but it is the semolina itself that I did not like. 

 Lamb couscous at Ali Baba Middle Eastern Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ

Lamb couscous at Ali Baba Middle Eastern Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ

Jodi, that time, got the falafel platter that is so good: their hummus and babaganoush (that we got for appetizer also) are the best in town, and the falafel are delicious.

 Falafel platter at Ali Baba Middle Eastern Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ

Falafel platter at Ali Baba Middle Eastern Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ

 Babaganoush at Ali Baba Middle Eastern Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ

Babaganoush at Ali Baba Middle Eastern Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ

We finished our meal with a baklava that was perfect, not dry, slightly crispy with enough honey, as well as a mint tea that paired well with this dessert.

 Baklava at Ali Baba Middle Eastern Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ

Baklava at Ali Baba Middle Eastern Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ

We had a good time at Ali Baba: the staff was very friendly and we had a decent dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. However, I would not go there for the couscous and would more go for their vegetarian dishes or grilled meat.

Enjoy (I did)!

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Ali Baba - 912 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030