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Posted by Awashaholic on 06/19/2009
When I first said that I had Ethiopian food here and love it to a friend they said, "Ethiopian food? What do you eat sand?" It was safe to say I was a bit incredulous, first off the 1980s food crisis is nothing to laugh at and second of all the food is far from sand. Nevertheless, they were contrite when I brought them here. I always get the Awash Chicken and ask for them to mix up the vegetables for me (this way one gets a larger assortment). This is not your typical restaurant experience, where they try to turn your table over in the shortest amount of time possible. The servers are wonderful and let you eat and enjoy the food, this is a non-pressured environment, where you can come to relax and enjoy without feeling a need to hurry up and get out, which is very nice. And the point. You might wait for a little while for the food, rarely over 20 minutes but it is all fresh and hot when it comes out, so why complain. Get yourself a nice glass of the honey wine, relax and enjoy the leisurely experience, no rush. All in all I have brought 40 different people here on separate occasions and it has been well worth it. Highly recommended.
Posted by a true ethiopian food expert on 05/20/2009
I'm only writing this review because I'm shocked that anyone can bad-mouth Awash. All restaurants have their busy nights and dining experiences that may require a little more patience during certain times. The bottom line. Awash (uptown) serves the best and most authentic Ethiopian food you're going to find within hundreds of miles of NYC. I will sometimes travel up to 3 hours in NY-sports traffic just eat there. Do not even bother reading reviews that waste your intelligent taste-buds' time. If you demand the best Ethiopian food, just stop it and get to Awash. The best appetizers, meat dishes, vegetarian selections and most importantly; the best injera, hands down. Their combination dishes are unparalleled and even though Awash is not cheap, their food quality is off the charts. Ethiopian food is my favorite food on Earth and Awash (uptown) is by far my favorite Ethiopian restaurant. Take it from someone who actually knows what they're talking about and not a bunch of fly-by-night reviewers who wouldn't know quality Ethiopian food from a fajita. Some might say I'm biased and they're right. Prove me wrong people!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/28/2009
This was my first time eating Ethiopian food and I was not disappointed! The restaurant is cozy with closely set tables lit with candles. The experience of sharing a meal and eating with your hands is so much fun. They have tasty vegetable and meat combinations available at very low prices. Awash is undoubtedly my favorite restaurant in NYC. I recommend it to anyone and everyone!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/13/2008
delicious food. we've never had to wait for a table and we eat here all the time. try the azifa and the lentil sambusa, they are both great.
Posted by Uber on 10/28/2008
I love Ethiopian and Awash is a great place to sample some great food. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere though a little crowded was clean and inviting. I suggest any first time visitors try one of the sampler platters as it is one of the best deals on the menu.
Posted by Not Going Back on 04/19/2008
This restaurant compares somewhat to other Ethiopian restaurants. The service is usually satisfactory. But on the evening of April 19th it was below average. Having to wait is one thing, so is being ignored, but rudeness is just unnecessary. We were waiting for a while when we noticed that other patrons, that had just arrived, were being served. I’m sure that many people that go out to eat have experienced this, I know I have. What I have not experienced was the blatant rudeness. I caught our waitresses’ attention by saying “excuse me miss,” to which her immediate reply was “You ordered an appetizer, that’s why your food is taking longer….Get it?” I purposely paused after getting her attention to give her the chance to explain. By her immediate reaction it was clearly evident to her that we had been waiting a while for our food. This was the first time we had asked. Soon after that, a different waiter brought out or food, but they didn’t complete the order correctly. Given that there are several Ethiopian restaurants in the neighborhood, and the only charm of this one was the space, I will not be going back. Good service should not be a gamble.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/29/2008
We waited for more than a hour on a Saturday night. We ordered and waited for additional 40 minutes. The food was nice... not the best and not bad. I don't think we will come back, BUT, I WILL recommend it as an experience with something different.