A new Greek restaurant is currently in the works at the former Surf Taco location in downtown Hoboken. This will be one of the only Greek restaurants to operate in Hoboken since the closure of It's Greek to Me back in early 2018.
Residents have been eyeing the space at 62 Newark Street since the pandemic to see if Surf Taco would eventually reopen as restaurants slowly began to reopen their doors.The construction of Plaka Souvlaki confirms that Surf Taco will definitely not be coming back. The new Greek restaurant is named after a neighborhood in Athens, Greece.
Construction began in August after Hoboken granted the rights to owners Nicholas Babalis and Aristotelis Hartouliaris. The pair started an instagram page for their business back in May of this year, promoting various dishes that will eventually be served. The Babalis family has actually been in the industry since the 1970's and currently owns Malibu Diner, a restaurant that's been open since 1979 located in uptown Hoboken. They have hoped to open a traditional Greek style restaurant for years.
The menu at Plaka Souvlaki will consist of celebrated, classic Greek cuisine. Patrons can expect skewered meats, gyros, pitas, and healthy sides. All meat is prepared fresh and never frozen. Owner Babalis has also claimed that no fillers or MSG is used.
According to the official Instagram page, the restaurant will also be serving vegetarian options including a fresh greek salad that contains large chunks of juicy feta cheese, cucumbers, olives, tomatoes, and onions. In addition, fresh tzatziki dip, hummus, and spanakopita.
Other posts have included a portobello mushroom gyro that's marinated with spices and served with their signature plaka red sauce. A closeup shot of a fresh gyro stuffed with french fries has also been shared by the account.
The restaurant still has a little while to go before officially opening. As of right now, their website and menu remain unfinalized. However, what we do know is the exterior plans include a dark navy painted store front with bright yellow lights complimented by light blue and white signage.
Sticking to it's plans on becoming one of the few grab and go Greek establishments in the city, Plaka Souvlaki plans on being open from 11am to as late as 2am on the weekends. The restaurant will close at 11pm on weekdays. Although no official opening date has been announced owners have stated they hope to open as early as November.