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Feb 11, 2012 09:36 AM

Where art thou, really good hummus and baba to go? (OR: A Sahadi's in Manhattan?)

Recently moved from Brooklyn to this little island, and I am very, very sad. Sahadi's has unbelievable hummus, baba, nuts, dates, and sundry dried goods. I'd buy a half-pint of hummus and of baba each week.

Where oh where in Manhattan can one get (to go) delicious hummus and baba? Is there a place comparable to Sahadi's in Manhattan?

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  1. I've never been to Sahadi's, but I think the hummus at Hummus Place is excellent. Please try it and let me know if I need to make an excursion to Sahadi's for something even better. According to the website, you can buy hummus by the pound, but not babaganoush (which seems very peculiar).

    Hummus Place
    109 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: small h

      Ah, I've been to Hummus Place many times. Never knew that you could buy their hummus to go. Thanks for the suggestion.

      Just called (E. Village location) and apparently you can buy baba to go, too—cool, since hummus is the easier to replicate at home anyway.

      I think this is a good solution. But yeah, you should definitely make that Sahadi's excursion. Their spicy hummus is unreal, and they've got the best selection of dates, fruit candy, and nuts I've ever seen.

      1. re: Actie

        For your date & fruit candy needs, you might try Russ & Daughters. I only go there for the fish, but plenty of people rave about the other stuff. The selection isn't vast, 'cause the store itself isn't vast, but it may tide you over 'til you can make it out to Brooklyn.

        Russ & Daughters
        179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

        1. re: small h

          The thing about R&Ds is that the smokiness permeates everything--dried fruit, sweets, etc. And the prices there, and at Kalustyans's, will have you hopping the train out to Sahadi's in no time.

          I like Moustache for hummous, Alfanoose for baba, but no, there's nowhere that compares with Sahadi's breadth and prices in Manhattan. (Or proximity to Damascus's awesome bread).

          265 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009

          8 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038

    2. I've never been to their actual physical locations, but a friend introduced us recently to the crack-like baba from pita grill (locations all over, the one they frequent is on first ave way up on the east side?) its a bit mayo-ey but more than make up for it (i prefer a more natural approach) but its got incredible smokey flavor and good, chunky consistency. no idea what the hummus is like, but i can definitely highly endorse their baba ganoush. the friend who introduced it doesnt really cook and apparently it (the baba) is her staple potluck/picnic/hangout bring-along, and i totally understand why.

      Pita Grill
      1570 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

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      1. re: tex.s.toast

        Awesome. Will try this, too. Thank you!

        1. perhaps Kalustyan's...i haven't tried their hummos, but their baba gh was very good when i tried it recently...

          i also like the hummos at Cafe Mogador

          123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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          1. We always get our hummus and spinach pies at Damascus Bakery(?), just down the street from Sahadi's. Is there really better hummus than that from Damascus?

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            1. re: uwsgrazer

              Never been to Damascus. What Sahadi's does esp. well is the spicy hummus, though the regular is yummy, too. If Damascus doesn't do a spicy, it's probably worth checking out Sahadi's.

              1. re: Actie

                You should really try Damascus. I don't think they any flavors like spicy or chipotle, but their hummus, and especially their baba ghannouj, are worth traveling for.