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Jun 2, 2011 08:52 AM

ISO the tastiest babaganoush to buy - NYC ONLY

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

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  1. 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

    123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

    5 Replies
    1. re: pbjluver

      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.

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

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

      1. re: sugartoof

        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.

        1. re: sugartoof

          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.

          1. re: tex.s.toast

            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.

        2. re: pbjluver

          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.

          Hoomoos Asli
          100 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

        3. Duzan in Astoria has a fantastic smoky version.

          Duzan Mediterranean Grill

          2411 Steinway St Astoria NY 11103

          (718) 204-7488

          Duzan Mediterranean Grill
          Steinway St, New York, NY 11103

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

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