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Posted by Anonymous on 02/02/2010
The food is very good and esp. not oily. Plus, you get a sizable portion for your money. The waitress was not as quick on her feet but once your order is taken the food doesn't take that long to arrive.
Posted by I wrestle for Columbia on 12/05/2009
I recommend the lunch special (Monday - Friday, 11:30 - 4:00), which is just about the same portion as the dinner menu but discounted at 5 or 6 bucks a pop.
Posted by Nara on 06/22/2009
This is consistently the best Ethiopian I've had in NYC. The flavoring is much better and more balanced than at other Ethiopian restaurants.
Posted by Mima on 06/03/2009
We love this place. The food is consistently good, but you need to find the items on the menu the suit you. My husband loves lamb, I like beef and shrimp. We have a couple of friends that tried it the first time and weren't impressed, but then tried a different dish and loved it. Everything is always fresh and the injera...mm..to die for.
Posted by Iknowgoodfood:) on 02/21/2009
I really like the restaurant, although some of their dishes are not always consistent in flavor..the one thing that wont fail you is the tebsi dorho...it is great! I saw a comment about someone saying the salad on the plate seems like an attempt to americanize the food..but I dont know any habeshas who will eat injera without salata..salad is part of our cuisine... how else would we be able to digest all that meat? Well all I can say is this place is authentic, they care about their food and dont be afraid to ask for more berbere or salt if you need it..also if it is too spicy ask for yogurt on the side...it is really good. Also try the honey wine, the spiced tea, the alcoholic coffees...there is alot of good stuff here! Believe me, I have had my share of Eritrean food...from the motherland back to the states.
Posted by UWS resident on 09/22/2008
Of all the Ethiopian places in NYC (and I've been to about 80% of them). I went to Columbia, and I spent 4 years in the area and Massawa has consistently held up compared to other places like nearby Awash (which is also delicious) and midtown places like Queen of Sheba.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/25/2008
I wasn't too impressed with this place. The smell coming from inside is intoxicating when you walk by, but the food just didn't hold up. I expected intense flavor, but was disappointed, as many of the dishes were somewhat bland. The place is cute, and the atmosphere is nice. Everyone was polite however, we waited a long time for the food to be brought out, and then again for the check.