I read about this place in the Poughkeepsie Journal (http://bit.ly/jzpm1k) and decided to stop by yesterday evening. There is casual cafe style seating in the front and a more comfortable space in the back complete with cushions and candles. The owner was more than happy to explain the various dishes and desserts, which was great since I'm not that familiar with Middle Eastern cuisine.
I just had a chance to try the baklava and the sahlab. I really enjoyed the baklava. It was stuffed with ground nuts and had a nice touch of spice...somewhat similar to cinnamon. It's not as sweet or gooey as the Greek version, but I'm more than okay with that. I was curious about the sahlab, which turned out to be a hot milky drink that's topped with crushed pistachios, cinnamon, and coconut (see pic). It was quite good and very aromatic.
I'm planning to stop by in the near future and try some of the other dishes like their falafel and hummus. The chicken shwarma also sounded great. I haven't had a shwarma since my city days a decade ago. The prices were pretty reasonable ranging from $2 for a kibbie to $24.99 for the shish kabob combo.
Aladdin Cafe's online menu: