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Posted by Just David on 07/01/2005
Whoa... this place has slow service. The food was good, once we were able to get served. It took sooo looooongg to get someone to our table. They really need to get it together with the staff. The night I went they had three people on the floor, which would have been fine, but only one was taking orders. One was filling water glasses, and another was wandering around doing nothing helpful. If you're interested in going for some good food, just manage your expectations that you're going to wait a long time to get served.
Posted by AA on 05/19/2005
Out of curiousity I read some of the reviews and I felt that Awash was undeservedly credited. I have been to 5 other Ethiopian restaurants in the city I would recommend others before Awash. The injera was poor and the food was all right, could be a lot better. The service on the other hand was not bad. The price as far as the quantity and type of dish is concerned is reasonable. Although I did feel that I overpaid due to the sub-standard quality of the food.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/04/2005
Without question the finest Ethiopian cuisine in the City. Order one of the combination dishes - a great way to sample the wondrous variety and savor a medley of comforting and exciting Ethiopian flavors. The atmosphere is cozy and surprisingly intimate, considering how busy it can be. A warning: in recent months, service has slipped significantly. High turnover & chronic shortstaffing issues have combined to undermine the best efforts of the well-meaning waitstaff.
Posted by pickyeater on 02/28/2005
My first experience eating Ethiopian food ever! I have to say I wanted to eat there for the next 5 days in a row. It is beautifully decorated but not too chi chi. Great for first date cause you get to eat with your hands. Fun for the family too. Nice people and so much food we usually have leftovers.
Posted by nycventure on 02/23/2005
I've been eating Ethiopian food at various restaurants around New York for about 20 years, and I think this is the best (with the possible expception of Zula which used to be on 121st and Amsterdam but is now closed). In particular, try the Kitfo, the raw beef, which is like Ethiopian steak tartar. And for those of you who don't like "spongy bread," stick with pizza; that's how Ethiopian food is served.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/20/2005
I give this place the biggest no no ever. I went there with two of my colleagues from work during lunch not knowing that they opened at 1pm so we had to wait around for a 1/2 hr to eat. Finally when we got inside we decided that we would of course wash our hands before eating since we were going to be eating with our hands. Well the ladies room had no water or light so there I was stranded in the bathroom with soap all over my hands. My colleague quickly ran back to the table got her water and split it on my hands. We then get our food the chicken and beef were alright the lamb was not too tasty especially for the PRICE. The real big doozy was the bread it was like eating a sponge with no flavor.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/19/2004
This place is amazing. I've been eating here for more than twelve years, and it is by far the best Ethiopian restaurant in all of New York - I've tried them all. Awash has excellent, friendly and attentive service, the food is amazing and really a great value. If you don't want to eat with your hands, then go to McDonald's - because that's what Ethiopian food is. Amazing food, eaten communily.