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Posted by citydweller on 09/21/2009
The food was okay, nothing to rave about. The service was not good at all. They snapped at us for asking for something as simple as water. This was our first ethiopian experience so we asked to start with a platter and they got annoyed that we weren't ordering more. After we tried the combo platter, we picked what we liked and ordered more of that. You'd think they'd be happy we were ordering more but no. They got angry that we were extending our order after the fact. This is not an uncommon thing to do at restaurants and usually they're happy to accomodate. Then when we asked for change for our bill the waitress got angry and said-- there's no tip included in the bill. We explained that we knew that we just didn't have any change on us so if she gave us change we could leave the appropriate tip. She delayed getting it for us. Service here is INEXCUSABLE. My friend was actually apologetic for suggesting this restaurant.
Posted by Jon on 07/22/2009
I thought the flat bread served with the meal ruined the flavor of the dishes. I ordered both the veggie and the meat sampler. I agree as many have stated that much of the food was bland. But some of the dishes were spicy and enjoyable before the flat bread flavor overpowers everything. Must be an acquired taste. We left most of the food and left and had a slaw dog at Papaya King. Yum
Posted by Helen on 03/18/2009
I have been to various ethiopian restaurants but this was by far the worst - both customer service, value as well as taste of food. The injera is super sour, the food is terrible, i dont know where they got their recipe from, over charge and the meat was nasty. Would never recommend anyone to go there, heard there are other places in NY Better try that.
Posted by Andy & Ana on 01/10/2009
I've been enjoying Ethiopian food since moving to NYC in '89 and miss the Blue Nile, but have found a new home in the Queen. Wife and 18 month old boy have been twice in two months, which is saying something since we live in Westchester. The lovely front of house staff is accommodating and attentive. We are trying to introduce little Mister Terrible Twos to dining out without becoming the talk of the restaurant. This is one of those places that the wait staff made us feel right at home. The honey wine (Mead to you history buffs) is a great accompanyment to the bold flavors of the cuisine. Got a huge laugh out of the little guy trying Tibs Watt and screaming, but he swallowed it and ate some more. Can't beat eating with your hands, sharing a communal dish, and oh the spices and herbs. Best part is the last of the rice bread on the platter kinda like the last gulps of milk in your cereal bowl. Recommed them and tell the cutie with the big hair that our son is going to come calling in 20 years.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/26/2008
It was my first time trying ethiopian and I like the presentation a lot! We ordered lamb and beef and some chickpeas and spinach dishes and absolutely loved them! I am used to spicy food and didn't think any of the food was too spicy but just delish!
Posted by vtchefgirl on 09/26/2008
I'm no expert on Ethiopian food but, I know I've had better than Queen of Sheba. Their injera doesn't taste quite right. I found the food a little bland and when we ordered the sampler platter there was almost no distinguishing one item from another. I also wasn't too pleased with the lack of vegetables. I felt that the service was actually fairly good. The honey wine was simply amazing. It was a little crowded but other than that it was okay. If it's your first Ethiopian meal, I guess you wouldn't know any better, but I was a little disappointed.
Posted by New Yorker on 09/22/2008
I'm a big lover of Ethiopian food, I go often and I like to bring friends. Last time I was there with a big party, the service was good but my favorite dish, Shiro (a phenomenal vegetarian dish that's a must-try at any Ethiopian place) had changed drastically. It was much less flavorful and tasted bland, almost oily and gag-reflex-inducing. I've tasted shiro like that before at one other place (Ghenet) and hated it. It's very good at Massawa and both Awash's. But I'm very disappointed that the recipe has changed for Queen of Sheba.