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Reviews from nymag.com
Posted by Anonymous on 08/14/2005
I've been several times with a variety of friends, but could never get my husband to come along. Well, after trying Ethiopian while out of town, I convinced him to come with me to Meskerem. We invited a couple that are friends of ours who had never tried Ethiopian. Everybody LOVED the food . . . especially the dorot wat, miser wat, and the veggie dishes they give you with your meal. It's a wonderful place to go, and eating from the communal plate encourages a warm and friendly feeling. We will certainly go back again and again.
Posted by Concerned customer on 07/21/2005
They could have done a better job, considering the price they charged on making their food more presentable and appetizing. We were served on a chipped metal tray, and granted we're supposed to be getting an "Ethiopian experience", it is best to always put your best foot forward. Food was bland and they didn't offer the normal salt and pepper on the table. When we asked for it, they could only offer pepper. Needless to say, they could have done a much better job. Go here if you're looking for a gritty, untasteful, Ethiopian bbq backyard experience.
Posted by cellistandy on 05/31/2005
After a long day of sightseeing, we (my wife, 13 and 9-year-old sons and I) were psyched for Ethiopian food. Meskerem delivered. Similar situation on another day, we ate at Ghenet. Let's put it this way- We had leftovers at Ghenet but not at Meskerem.
Posted by Peacekeeper on 05/04/2005
We travel all the way from the East Side of Manhattan to eat at this wonderful restaurant. My colleague, who is Ethiopian, recommended the restaurant to me because of it's wonderful food & atmosphere. The service has always been outstanding and the food is absolutely divine.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/23/2005
Didn't know I would be like Ethiopian food. Infact, I thought I was going to hate it. Little did I know--It's delicious! A vegetarian, I was delighted by choices on the menu. The most tasty, fresh food I have eaten! The bread which doesn't resemble traditional bread is from an gluten-free unknown grain. But it just melts in your mouth without giving you the heavy feeling in your stomach! The atmosphere is traditional. But the service and food is equisite! A real must for vegetarian and canivores alike. You will be pleasantly surprised...
Posted by lumberjack on 03/17/2005
Cousins suggested we go here. Never having eaten Ethiopian food, I went on-line to check it out. All the reviews on one site for this restaurant were not favorable...complaining mostly about service. We went and I was very pleased with the service. Staff was friendly, and the food was great. Kept looking for the silverware :-) but used the "sponge" easily. A great value for the money as well. I recommend it.
Posted by Grandpa Scorpion on 02/09/2005
Poor, aloof service. Ghenet downtown is much, much better on every front. Nearby Queen of Sheba is much better.