Review: Mamoun’s Restaurant, Hoboken, NJ

by Cate on April 11, 2011

Reality has a way of quickly biting you in the arse sometimes, doesn’t it? A quiet but swift reminder that it still very much exists. Last week was Spring Break. For Nick. For me. Not so much Madeline, because her life is like a never-ending Spring Break. We all had a great time. I came back replenished, very clear-headed about a lot of things, and ready to conquer the world. Well, small parts of it that are mine anyway. But I also came home to a house with no power.

Power has since been restored, but unfortunately a messy wrath was left behind. So far, no computer, phones, tv, printer, and, unfortunately, the list is growing, including a fridge that I sadly had to empty.

Luckily I had a few posts that I wrote before I left, so I was able to quickly post this at lunch time today, but unfortunately no new pictures until everything is righted in the O’Malley household. Until then, bear with me.


I love Middle Eastern food.  Falafel.  Tabbouleh.  Hummus.  All of it.  So when a new Middle Eastern restaurant opened up in Hoboken, I couldn’t wait to try it.  Although new to Hoboken, Mamoun’s is not new.  They have a location in Greenwich Village in New York City, a falafel restaurant that first opened up its doors in 1971, and the oldest falafel restaurant in New York.  They also have a second location in NYC (on St. Mark’s) and another one in New Haven, CT.  If you’re lucky enough to be near one of their restaurants, do grab a bite.  You won’t be sorry.

Our dinner was take-out, and when we got back, we had an assortment of little foil-wrapped mystery packages to sift through.

Mystery Packages

It took me forever to decide what to order. It all sounded so good. And truth be told, the prices are so inexpensive, you could order half the menu and still not break the bank. I went with their falafel veggie sandwich combo. It has chopped fresh vegetables, falafel and their special sauce. I had no idea what some of the ingredients were, but it was so good, it didn’t matter.

Falafel Sandwich

A side of seasoned rice. It tasted like it had cinnamon in it, but beyond that, I am not much help. After a little bit of added salt, it was perfect.

Seasoned Rice


Falafel Sandwich with TabboulehThis is the same sandwich with a side of Tabbouleh, a perfect little dipper for your pita sandwich, pita wedges, fresh vegetables or whatever else you want to dip.

KnafeThis was Knafe, one of their dessert items. Filo dough with honey and pistachios and goodness knows what else. But so.very.good.

BaklavaThis was their Baklava. Although it was fine, it paled in comparison to the Knafe.

They offer free delivery with a $10 order. The Hoboken location opened up very recently, and they are still working out a few kinks, so be sure to check your order if you get take-out (we were missing a drink, got an extra sandwich, and one sandwich was incorrectly filled).

Totally worth a visit though, even if I have to drive 30 minutes to get there.

Mamoun’s Hoboken
502 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 656-0310

PS – If anyone happens to have some awesome recipes for Knafe or Tabbouleh, I’m all ears!

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Joanne April 12, 2011 at 6:17 am

Ive been to the NYC Mamoun’s and it is SO good…especially given how cheap it is! Love that.

What a fun surprise for you to come home to! NOT. Ugh, sorry you’re having to deal with this and I hope it gets sorted out soon!

I’ve made a recipe for a pomegranate-infused tabbouleh. Not traditional but still delicious!


Ramona April 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

I haven’t had much middle eastern food. It looks good.

Sorry about no power. Been there. After Katrina we were out for 13 1/2 days.


Kate @ Savour Fare April 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I went to college in New Haven, and law school in Greenwich Village, so for 7 years Mamoun’s was the stuff of cheap late night feasts. I do miss it, very much.


Maris (In Good Taste) April 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm

What fun you must of had unwrapping all that delicious food!


Sarah April 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Ah, the good ol days of knapfe and baklava! I have a pretty good quinoa tabbouleh recipe, that you just substitute bulgur in for a traditional version, but we always bought knapfe downtown (too fussy to make!)


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