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Posted by not my first time on 02/18/2005
Half of the reviews here are by people who have never had any ethiopian food, they're reviewing a cuisine not a restaurant! Ethiopian is an unusual flavor. This particular restaurant serves very good ethiopian food! The bread is the perfect accompaniment to the food, eaten all together it's sharp, sour, savory and rich. The service is slow but polite, not uncommon anywhere else in the world, but obviously new yorkers are impossible and expect effusive service with their food showing up in five minutes... It's good, it's slow, it's very different, it's delicious. Excellent vegetarian sampler for two to share.
Posted by Arnold on 01/22/2005
An interesting cuisine from a most divergent culture but, draw back and consider. You are spending good money on a meal with is 70% spongy, sourdough bread on which they lay little droplets of vegetables and sauce. This may be sumptuous dining in Addis Ababa but surely they could afford to give you more vegetables for the money. You find yourself loading up on the bread which looks like a hot towel laid on a plate, and is extremely binding. Some people say it stops you up like concrete. I doubt if I'll go again.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/12/2005
I love the food at this place and used to go fairly regularly. When I started going a few years ago, the place was usually pretty empty and service was fine. As business has picked up, service has gone downhill. The last few times I have been there, I have been really frustrated by strange new requirements that raise my bill. Two times I have been in a party of three and was told that 3 people cannot split the vegetarian sampler - we needed to order 2 samplers. When the food came out, there was no more food than there would have been in a single sampler - certainly enough for 3 people - but we were charged twice as much. In a party of 4, I was told that we had to buy a larger bottle of wine since there were 4 of us drinking. I'm trying a different place next time I want Ethiopian food.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/22/2004
My boyfriend brought me to this place for the first time after a hard day at work. To be honest, I wanted to tell him I wasn't in the mood for dinner, but I am glad I didn't! When we got there, we were greeted by a beautiful Ethiopian girl. After staring at her and admiring her beauty we quickly learned how charming and helpful she was. She gave us a lot of information about the name Meskerem and what it means and Ethiopia in general. She recommended her favorite food Special TIBS....she said "you can't go wrong. Trust me"... That alone was enough for dinner..... We had such a great time, I forgot all about my horrible day by the time I left.... The food was excellent and the service was like therapy for me....
Posted by NRGgirl on 11/22/2004
Delicious food for reasonable price - make sure to try the honey wine. Sampler platters are a great way to go.
Posted by gman on 10/12/2004
I liked the food and the ethiopian (style) beer, but the service and atmosphere was indeed lacking. The decor wasn't really bad at all, comparable to a lunch style place, but the service kept us waiting for more drinks, the check, and everything else.....even while the place was empty. My girlfriend and I went right after we broke up (first break up, then go to dinner, weird) but I do admit the eating experience (with your hands) lightened the mood a lot.
Posted by Food Guy on 10/11/2004
I was introduced to Ethiopian cuisine at the well-known Blue Nile restaurant in Montreal. I've been sold ever since, if not merely on outrageously good food, then surely on the indulgent manual experience of Ethiopian dining. Sadly, this place on MacDougal wasn't good at all. My brother and his girlfriend were in town, and we finally settled on this place in the face of other tantalizing options. This largely based on my touting of said cuisine. They had never tried Ethiopian and, after our negative experience (bland cold food, dopey service, cramped seating) I'm not sure they'll try it again!