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Posted by Anonymous on 12/23/2007
While Washington DC has hosted a number of Ethiopian restaurants for years this cuisine is relatively new to New York. Awash is one of the best, comparing favorably to most in DC. Each dish is well-seasoned, with different degrees of spiciness (none is too hot). You eat it with your hands, scooping up the food with a piece of injere, a flat, spongy bread made from a grain called teff, which is native to Ethiopia, central, and sub-Saharan Africa. The food is delicious and, for many, addictive. Awash is a good place for vegetarians, having a good selection of items (all vegan). There are meat dishes too. For those who haven't tried Ethiopian food before order one of the combination dinners (several meat combos one vegie combo) for one, two, three or four people. Awash has a wine list but wine is not the ideal accompaniment for this kind of food. Stick with beer, which works best, and for an after-dinner drink try one (or both) of the types of tej, a honey-based wine, that is traditionally served with this kind of food. Finally, the service here is wonderful and solicitous, and the owner is an absolute charmer!
Posted by Happy diners on 10/14/2007
We love this place so much! We always get the meat combo, and it's the perfect amount for two hungry people. (If we're REALLY hungry, we get an appetizer too.) The food has arrived at lightning speed every time we've been, even when there's a crowd. The people who work there are so nice. Sometimes they're a little harried, which could give the impression of rudeness, but if you smile and say "thank you" they're always really happy and friendly. Bring your appetite, because they will encourage you to clean your plate -- and be very pleased if you do. We haven't tried much outside of the meat combo, but the doro wat, tibs wat and special tibs are not to be missed.
Posted by JCsquared on 08/29/2007
Oh my! A coworker of mine introduced me to this magnificent restaurant. Let me just say that I am in love. I actually no longer recomend any other restaurant nor do I eat anywhere else. I recently took a great friend of mine here and now he's hooked. This place is contaagious, in a GOOD way! (Thanks Yolanda ; ) )
Posted by mrk on 08/05/2007
A friend took us to this place and I will definitely go back (and bring other friends!). We got the platter for four for $50, and everyone was more than satisfied--what an incredible value for eating out on a Saturday night in the city. The yellow lentils in particular were very good, as were the lamb and chicken dishes. I loved the atmosphere--very cozy. And the service was very friendly. Very enjoyable meal!
Posted by brandy alexander on 08/02/2007
this is the only ethopian place i've been to in manhattan, and it's really very good, so i have no desire to try elsewhere. the food is very good, spicy, not oily (like some comment below?). my only complaint is it is they are a little heavy with the salt. the service is slow, so be prepared, but they are very very nice! on average, we spend 2 hours ? the atmosphere: it is not a loud trendy place with techno blarring (which at times i totally love!) rather a very cute, quite, relaxing dinner. i think its great for dates, or with a group of friends. a really great experience for out of towners, too. and the price is great! we always get the combo platter, and try different things every time (meat wise, we have our fav vegi) entire meal incl drinks, appetizer and tip under $60! if you havent had ethopian food before, this is a great place to try. they are very helpful in recommending dishes. and they dont bring utensils, you eat it with your hand. that's what the "bread" is for :)
Posted by Francine on 04/07/2007
We enjoyed every morsel/lentil on the bed of spongy bread. The best part seemed to be eating with our hands. But the even more excellent condition was the red blackberry delicious honey wine. My oh my, we loved every minute of it. Every drop was a little slice of heaven and dance on our respective tongues. Honestly, I ran home and immediately went to the internet venue honeyrun.com to buy the sweet elixir in bulk. It went well with the chicken w/ beribere sauce. I love Ethiopian cuisine! I'm completely obsessed and could not get enough. I'm craving honey wine by the trashcan full, every minute of the day, and I continue to think about AWASH and how amazing and delicately my palate reacted to this irreplaceable experience. Yay Awash!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/17/2007
My boyfriend and I can't get enough of this place. The food is excellent, the honey wine is tasty, and the service is always knowledgable and My boyfriend and I can't get enough of this place. The food is excellent, the honey wine is tasty, and the service is always knowledgeable and kind. It’s a great place to go on a date (as I always see many people doing) and even more so sharing with friends. I'm so glad to see recently people have been catching on! HIGHLY recommended