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Queen of Sheba
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/20/2008
Yes, there are issues at this restaurant, but the food at Q of S is the best Ethiopian in NYC. Service tends to be slow and spotty at times, portions can be small especially with some of the meat dishes, and the space can be a little cramped. But still, it's the tastiest Ethiopian food around, completely authentic and scrumptious.
Posted by foodlove on 07/03/2008
I am fine with the food but the injera was a bit too sour for my taste, my other friend loved all the food though. Service was poor. Did not refill water, gave an attitude when we asked the waitress to do so refused to split the check 2 way. Also, we ordered appetizer and entree for two person and there was a $5 because we were sharing. Just don't think thats fair.
Posted by naina on 05/17/2008
The food was not at all good. The lamb was only half cooked and it wasn't even specified on the menu that it would be half cooked if it were supposed to be that way. When I told the waitress about this, she dismissed it with a "it is cooked" :) . I tasted 2 'entrees' - 1 veg and 1 lamb, and 3 complimentary sides. Did not like any of them. Waitresses were rude and did not let us sit at one of the traditionally arranged tables. All this for $33 per head. An interesting gastronomical adventure :) The honey wine was good though.
Posted by Local Foodie on 05/03/2008
Compared to Meskeran, Queen of Sheba is more expensive and people are more snotty there. And Meskeran has better injera. As for the actual dishes, they taste better than Meskeran.
Posted by Catsnharps on 04/13/2008
Two friends and I went to Queen of Sheba late on a Monday afternoon when we had the place almost to ourselves. I had done my homework on MenuPages, so was really looking forward to my first taste of Ethiopian cooking. My friends had been to another Ethiopian restaurant in the Village,and said that Queen of Sheba was even better. The atmosphere was pleasant, the rest rooms clean, and the service excellent. We chose the two samplers for the three of us. There was plenty of food, and all delicious. The waitress brought a single large platter covered with injera a thin crepe-like bread that has a rubbery texture. The food was arranged in large spoonfuls on top of the injera. We were given an extra bowl of injera and, as tradition, we broke off pieces of it and scooped up the food. Yes, they will bring you a fork if you ask. The spices were wonderful, and not too strong. I had a glass of the deliciously spicy flowery honey wine. We capped everything off with rum cake and creme caramel. The prices were very reasonable, and we'd definitely come again.
Posted by pleased P.O.C. on 03/20/2008
I was wary of eating here, as all of my fellow diners were non-people of color. But I was pleasantly surprised. The food was authentic (especially for Times Square) and not watered down. If you asked me to warm up injera, I'd probably laugh in your face.