After bouncing around a few places looking for a good spot to eat dinner, I, along with a few other BTR staff members, found myself at Sabores on Washington Street in Hoboken, New Jersey. For such a small city, Hoboken boasts more than its fair share of Mexican joints, but I couldn’t be happier to have stumbled upon Sabores.
Here’s what we had to say about the restaurant that’s earned four stars on Yelp and 4.2 stars on Google.
Photo by Molly Freeman.
I should preface my part of this review by saying that I didn’t eat very much of my dinner at Sabores because I had eaten a very late lunch. So, I didn’t eat very much of the chips with salsa and guacamole. I did, however, try the salsa and guacamole, which were both fairly decent but nothing too exceptional.
For my meal I ordered the Tinga quesadilla, which comes with chicken, tomato, onions, and chipotle. The quesadilla was served with crema Mexicana, salsa, rice, and beans on the side. Since I’m not a fan of beans, though, I didn’t eat them. The chicken quesadilla was good, though the chicken was a little dry. But, when eaten with the crema Mexicana, it was delicious.
Again, I didn’t eat much of my meal because I wasn’t very hungry so I don’t think I got a full impression of Sabores. I would, however, return to try it on an empty stomach.
Photo by Samantha Spoto.
After walking around Hoboken for quite some time, deciding on Sabores was the best decision we could possibly make. Our party of four was seated immediately despite the crowds of people waiting to get into other restaurants along Washington Street, the city’s central area.
We started with an appetizer of guacamole and chips, which was brought to the table in a neat and fun display. It tasted delicious, with all of the key ingredients shining through, but none overpowering the rest.
For my entree, I ordered Pescado Tacos, a plate that consists of fish, special spice mix, and a mango-jalapeno chutney. The meal came with three soft corn tortillas, onions, cilantro, and lime slices. In addition, I was served a hefty portion of rice and beans on the side, all for a very reasonable price. My only qualm would be that the salsa for these tacos was exceptionally spicy, but thankfully it was put on the side and not directly on the food itself.
Overall, Sabores was a grand slam: the immediate service, the attentive staff, the authentic Mexican food. Next time I pass through Hoboken on a lively Friday night, I wouldn’t mind walking by all the other restaurants along the strip and heading right back to Sabores.
Photo by Dane Feldman.
Sabores offers an interesting concept that a few other spots in Hoboken also offer. I’d not seen this before moving to Hoboken, but the idea is to bring your own bottle of tequila and Sabores will make you any kind of margarita you want for a fraction of the cost. The place itself doesn’t have a liquor license, which means it’s capitalizing on the whole BYO situation as best as it can.
Because we were planning on heading to the bar after dinner, I skipped drinks and went straight for the chicken tacos, which came in an order of three with onions, cilantro, lime, and a side of rice and beans. My meal came with their salsa verde, but because I’m typically a bit sensitive to cilantro, I traded sauces with Samantha who had the salsa de habanero. The habanero salsa was incredible, flavorful, and remarkably hot.
All in all, I enjoyed our trip to Sabores and would certainly return to try a number of other items on the menu. I could easily go for the mole poblano next time or even the stuffed zucchini. The restaurant offers a great menu that combines traditional Mexican with an impressive consciousness for vegetarians. Almost half of the menu is vegetarian, so it’s not difficult to go there and avoid the meat, fish, and chicken.