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ISO the tastiest babaganoush to buy - NYC ONLY

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pbjluver Jun 2, 2011 08:52 AM

searching NYC for the tastiest and freshest babaganoush for a party this weekend

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    mahler5 Jun 7, 2011 07:49 AM

    Avoid any that contain mayo.

    1. Cheese Boy Jun 6, 2011 09:15 PM

      This thread might help. Try Brooklyn ... just minutes from Manhattan.

      Suggestions --> http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/403841

      1. Joe MacBu Jun 5, 2011 07:23 PM

        Duzan in Astoria has a fantastic smoky version.

        Duzan Mediterranean Grill

        2411 Steinway St Astoria NY 11103

        (718) 204-7488 duzanonline.com

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        Duzan Mediterranean Grill
        Steinway St, New York, NY 11103

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          pbjluver Jun 5, 2011 04:11 PM

          I went to Kalustyans and bought their homemade babaganoush assuming it would be garlicky and tasty.
          It was so bad...tasteless, blech...that I promptly threw out the 2 containers.
          Very disappointed!
          A waste of $14.00

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          Kalustyan's
          123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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            sugartoof Jun 6, 2011 01:11 AM

            Great store, but not for prepared foods.

            If you have a favorite falafel or middle eastern restaurant, you can order a tub even if they don't have it packaged for sale. Just tell them the size. They're probably used to it. Otherwise, for store bought, Sabra's is best. Trader Joe's and Whole Foods sell passable versions.

            Hummus Kitchen is an option, but might be pricey.

            By the way, it's really easy to make.

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            Trader Joe's
            142 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

            Hummus Kitchen
            1613 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

            1. re: sugartoof
              JungMann Jun 6, 2011 06:32 AM

              I make my own baba ghannouj typically, which is why I found it difficult to recall which restaurants and brands to recommend. I actively do avoid Sabra's however. It has little roasted flavor and an artificial mayonnaise creaminess.

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                tex.s.toast Jun 7, 2011 06:54 AM

                while i like sabra's hummus (not as much as sonny and joe's but we've stopped buying it because of the labor dispute) for store-bought babaganoush i really like abraham's (spelling on that could be off) which is nicely tart and pretty garlicy - it has a purple/violet logo and we have purchased it at fairway pretty often.

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                  sugartoof Jun 7, 2011 12:08 PM

                  My favorite is actually a brand I've only seen in S. Williamsburg kosher grocery stores that comes in a tub similar to Sabra, priced dirt cheap. It claims to be made locally, but I've got a theory it's somehow a subsidiary or splinter from Sabra itself using their old manufacturing plant. There are other seemingly off brands with limited distribution in Sabra like packaging I wonder about.

                  I'll keep an eye out for the Abraham's.

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                chewch Jun 6, 2011 06:25 AM

                I like the bbg at Hoomoos Asli on Kenmare and Centre St in Soho. You can buy a small or large container of it. It's smoky, but the kind that's more processed and less chunky.

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                Hoomoos Asli
                100 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

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