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Meskerem

Ethiopian Cuisine
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  • Ethiopian, African
  • 124 Macdougal St, New York NY10012 40.729905 -74.000246
  • (Btwn W 3rd St & Minetta Ln)
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  • (212) 777-8111
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User Ratings (Based on 48 reviews)

3.025
Food 3.5 Value 3.1
Service 2.8 Atmosphere 2.6

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 777-8111
Notes:
Take-Out Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc
Hours:
Daily: 12pm-10:30pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Cheap Eats, Prix Fixe, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out

User Reviews

  • Meskerem

    Posted by trey on 10/31/2006

    Not as good as uptown

    My fiancee and i went here for dinner the other night, mostly because we like the uptown restaurant a lot, and didn't want to catch the train. I have to say we were fairly disappointed. The service, as noted was pretty slow. The waitress was quite friendly, and nice, but it took a long time to get our food. We ordered the avocado, the tuna and the veggie combo. Normally, when we order it at the uptown place, it all comes together on a large platter of injera, which was what we wanted and were expecting. This time, they came separately, and the combo took forever. While we thought the tuna and avocado were fairly good, we were pretty disappointed by the rest of it. The food, normally quite good uptown, was bland, and uninteresting. The cabbage and carrot was nice, but the rest of the dishes really suffered from lack of flavor. This was our first visit to the downtown restaurant, and we won't be back. It turns out the food is worth the train ride.

  • Meskerem

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/03/2006

    Beware - Slow service

    I feel kind of bad criticizing the server at Meskerem, because she seemed like a nice person. But note -- there was ONE server for 12 tables. You do the math. In case you can't or don't want to, here's the rundown: Despite the fact that there was a table open when we walked in, it took our server 10 minutes just to seat us. We knew our order without looking at the menu (avocado salad and veggie combo are both good and enough for a couple to share) and put it in with her immediately. 5, 10, 15 minutes passed before our appetizer even arrived. The app consists of chopped up cucumber, tomato and avocado. Not complicated. We got through the app quickly, and had to ask for napkins and utensils twice before we got any napkins. We never got utensils. Another 15 minutes passed. Our water glasses were empty most of the time we were there. Two tables that ordered after we did (including one that ordered at least 15 minutes after we did, around when we got our appetizer) were served, and we still had no entree. I had to go up to the bar to ask them what happened to our meal. Finally, 10 minutes after I asked, our meal showed up. It was ok - not amazing, which generally describes Meskerem's food. Come to think of it, I'm really not sure why I go to Meskerem. I guess because it's your only option if you're desparate for Ethiopian food in the Village. I always leave there swearing I'll never go back, and then I get an Ethiopian food craving, forget I foreswore going to the place and end up fuming during the interminable wait for my food.

  • Meskerem

    Posted by Anon on 06/16/2006

    Pretty Good

    Just went last night and it was my boyfriend's first time eating Ethiopian food. He enjoyed the experience. I've eaten it before so had some basis for comparison. The food was alright (in the past, it had always been spicier than what we got), the service was excellent-attentive staff. The atmosphere was great, though I prefer the lower tables as opposed to the traditional modern dinner table that we had. The decor could have been a bit more authentic I feel, but all in all, it was a good evening out.

  • Meskerem

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/16/2006

    Different and yummy

    A friend and I went last Friday night. It was very good. The tastes are very different than what we are used to, and we have eaten many cuisines. We both got the combo platters, which were great b/c we could try different dishes. You sop up the dishes with the bread that is provided. The couple next to us asked for forks right away, whcih kind of takes away from the experience of trying something new! Note: if you want your own dishes, and not to all share, you have to request separate plates. My combo platter was around $13, so the prices are extremely reasonable. The tables are really close together.

  • Meskerem

    Posted by Alex on 12/20/2005

    Not recommended

    I went here to experience my first ethiopian meal - i don't know if i'll be having ethiopian again anytime soon. The bread was zingy and spongy. The platter we all shared BARELY had any food! I thought the platter was just for one of us, but nope, that was it! Needless to say i was still hungry afterwards. The tiny mounds of food on the platter all tasted the same - bland and processed.

  • Meskerem

    Posted by ankhster on 12/06/2005

    Times are a'changing

    I used to love this place when I went there in 2003-2004. In my past few visits though, I've noticed changes. Mind you, the food is still really well done.. It's spicy, it's tangy, it's different. It's the service that I'm concerned about. Till a few months back, you could order one platter and one appetizer and that would be sufficient for two of you. Now you're not allowed to share the platter. The assorted things you get with your platter are now limited. Ask for a refill of something you like and be prepared for a strict no. The place itself is slightly crowded, but hey, who cares when it comes to good food, right? I figure the change in the "attitude" is because of the business picking up. But it's a pity that the place is losing it's charm gradually.

  • Meskerem

    Posted by Firefly on 08/16/2005

    Good food, poor service

    I love Ethiopian cuisine, and this place does have good food. But last time I was there, they had neither Ethiopian wine nor Ethiopian coffee -- why? Plus they make you order 1 entree per person -- what if a couple wants to share? The waitresses could be friendlier too. I think the food at this place is worth all the hassle.

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